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.”


Saudi passport directorate expands e-services through Absher

Saudi passport office said that the services will promote e-transactions and make it easier for people to get in touch with officials. (SPA)
Updated 01 April 2020

Saudi passport directorate expands e-services through Absher

  • Saudi Arabia’s information and communications technology sector makes up 4 percent of the Saudi gross domestic product

RIYADH: The Saudi General Directorate of Passports is offering a “messages and applications” service to people through the Absher online platform.
Beneficiaries can use the service by logging into their account on Absher, choosing the “My Services” option, general services, messages and applications, then clicking on the “General Directorate of Passports” link and selecting the required service from a list including “identification of residents, visas, transfer of information, transfer of information and change of profession, suggestions.” After writing their message, they simply click the “send” button.
The passport office said that the services will promote e-transactions and make it easier for people to get in touch with officials at the directorate to discuss their problems.
The Kingdom’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector makes up 4 percent of the Saudi gross domestic product.
The sector has experienced significant regulatory change, expressed across several public- and private-sector investment drives since the launch of Vision 2030.
Saudi Arabia is also the region’s largest ICT market, ranking 13th globally, with a value of $28.7 billion (SR107 billion) in 2019 and strong growth in both the consumer and enterprise segments.