Abadi Al-Johar, Saudi musician

Abadi Al-Johar
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Updated 05 January 2020

Abadi Al-Johar, Saudi musician

  • He earned the title Ikhtabout Al-Oud (Octopus of the Oud) from the late Talal Maddah
  • Al-Johar is also a member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts

Abadi Al-Johar is a Saudi musician, singer and composer. One of the most popular Khaleeji singers in the Gulf, he has composed around 50 albums since he began his musical career in 1968.

He earned the title Ikhtabout Al-Oud (Octopus of the Oud) from the late Talal Maddah because of his unmatchable oud playing. Al-Johar is known for his own compositions and hits such as “Awazel” and “Eyaunek.”

He has worked with a number of top Arab pop stars including Maddah, Assala Nasri, Samira Said, Abbas Ibrahim and Aseel Omran.

Al-Johar is also a member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts. He has won a number of awards, including an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Arts in Egypt, the Best Khaleeji Musician Award from Egypt, and the Golden Oud from Rotana.

The “Lailat Abadiyat” concert took place at the Abu Bakr Salem stage in Riyadh Boulevard on Friday as part of Riyadh Winter Season to honor Al-Johar.

He performed some of his most famous older songs, which were applauded by the 6,000 attendees.

Turki Al Sheikh, president of the General Entertainment Authority, could not be physically present at the concert, but passed on his regards by phone.

“Welcome everyone on this beautiful night. I wish to be with you tonight, but I’m with you by heart,” he said.

“The artist Abadi Al-Johar is very dear ... We’re proud to have you (Al-Johar) today on the night of your celebration.”


Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Updated 17 January 2020

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

  • Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions

The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report.

“Great seeing some big progress in countries with the most improved scores this year in the World Bank WBL (Women, Business and the Law) report,” she said, referring to several countries mentioned in the report, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia.

 

The World Bank’s annual “Women, Business, and the Law” report ranked Saudi Arabia top among 190 countries for its progress in bringing about reforms related to female involvement in economic development and entrepreneurship.  

According to the World Bank’s figures for 2020, Saudi Arabia scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. The report’s findings also placed the country first among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria.

Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions.