(U.S.A.), Faisal ibn Abdul Aziz
(Saudi Arabia), Stephen Bantu Biko (South Africa), Anwar el-Sadat (Egypt), Indira Gandhi (India), Yitzhak Rabin (Israel) and Ahmad Shah Massood (Afghanistan).
The Al Faisaliah Banquet and Conference Centre was a fitting venue for the presentation of King Faisal International Prize, which is the most widely known of the philanthropic activities of the King Faisal Foundation, established in 1976 by the eight sons of the late King Faisal Ibn Abdul Aziz
. The King Faisal International Prize for Arabic Language and Literature was jointly awarded to Professor Ahmad Matloob Al-Nasiri, Professor of Arabic Rhetoric and Literary Criticism and Acting Chairman of the Iraqi Science Academy, and Tunisian Professor Muhammed Rashad Al-Hamzawi, former Professor of Linguistics and Chairman of the Department of Arabic Language at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman.