Sawsan Al-Bahiti, Saudi opera singer

Sawsan Al-Bahiti
Updated 18 June 2019

Sawsan Al-Bahiti, Saudi opera singer

  • Al-Bahiti has sung opera since 2008
  • Al-Bahiti is the owner of a Jeddah-based company La Mamma Catering

Sawsan Al-Bahiti is the first professional Saudi opera singer and a certified voice coach at the New York Vocal Coaching Center.

Al-Bahiti has sung opera since 2008 and has performed on stage several times in the UAE.

Along with her singing, she is the owner of a Jeddah-based company La Mamma Catering. 

Al-Bahiti has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the American University of Sharjah, UAE, specializing in advertising. She worked as an assistant brand manager for Lipton Green Tea at Unilever between 2012 and 2015, having joined as a trainee.

She also worked as assistant production manager at the Saudi Airlines Catering Co. in Jeddah between 2017-2018, but constantly developed her professional singing skills from university onward, encouraged by her academic supervisor to pursue a career in opera.

Al-Bahiti recently made her singing debut in Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, accompanying the symphony orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala Academy on Friday.

The show opened with a surprise performance of the Saudi national anthem by Al-Bahiti, who received a standing ovation. The event was reportedly attended by over 3,000 people including artists and poets.


‘Juhayman: 40 years on:’ Arab News takes a Deep Dive into Saudi history with a multimedia look at the siege of Makkah's Grand Mosque

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‘Juhayman: 40 years on:’ Arab News takes a Deep Dive into Saudi history with a multimedia look at the siege of Makkah's Grand Mosque

  • Featuring interviews with key players such as Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s English-language newspaper tells the full story of the unthinkable event that cast a shadow over its society for decades
  • As part of its Deep Dive series online, featuring documentary-style multimedia stories, Arab News looks back at this event in a way no Saudi publication has done before

Forty years ago this week, on Nov. 20, 1979, a group of militants did the unthinkable: They seized the Grand Mosque in Makkah, taking people hostage inside in a two-week standoff with Saudi forces.

Until recently, the crisis remained too painful for Saudis to examine fully for almost four decades. Now Arab News, Saudi Arabia’s leading English-language daily, is looking back at the event in a way that no publication in the Kingdom has done before: with a multimedia Deep Dive story online at arabnews.com/juhayman-40-years-on.

“The 1979 attack on Makkah’s  Grand Mosque halted major social development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, negatively affecting a progressing nation for generations to come,” said Rawan Radwan, the lead reporter on the project, who is based in Jeddah. “At Arab News, we delved deep into the matter to uncover the story of Juhayman, the terrorist who seized the holiest site and shook the Islamic world. It’s a story that for many years struck fear in the hearts of the Saudi people, yet has not been covered in such depth in local or international media — until now.”

Arab News launched its Deep Dive series earlier this year as an engaging new way to showcase its in-depth storytelling on key topics, enlivened by audio, video and animated graphics. Its first story was an in-depth account of the space mission by the first Arab astronaut, Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman; the siege of Makkah is another story from the Kingdom’s past that it chose to revisit.

Extensive research was conducted over two months in several cities, including Makkah itself, and involved teams in five of Arab News’ bureaus: Jeddah, Riyadh, Dubai, London and Beirut. The team interviewed key players such as Prince Turki Al-Faisal, then head of the General Intelligence Directorate, and re-created what happened in a series of interactive maps.

 

Juhayman: 40 years on
On the anniversary of the 1979 attack on Makkah's Grand Mosque, Arab News tells the full story of an unthinkable event that shocked the Islamic world and cast a shadow over Saudi society for decades
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