Abadi Al-Johar, Saudi musician

Abadi Al-Johar
Short Url
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.”


Women’s discussion forum calls for more female inclusivity in G20 policies

Updated 8 min 41 sec ago

Women’s discussion forum calls for more female inclusivity in G20 policies

  • This will help Saudi Arabia advance, says Princess Lulwah Al-Faisal
  • Ministry of Human Resource and Social Development soon to launch an initiative called Qiyadiyat (Female Leaders)

JEDDAH: The second leg of National Dialogues on Saudi Women promoted the inclusion of gender equality and economic empowerment for women in policies and decisions made by G20 leaders.

This came in conjunction with Al-Nahda Foundation becoming president of Saudi Arabia 2020 Women (W20), an official G20 initiative.

Speeches and discussions focused on technical and economic promotion of women, inclusion in work and leadership positions and empowering more women to be entrepreneurs.

“This will help the Kingdom advance. Whether in health advancement, women’s empowerment and cybersecurity, these discussions will help generations to come,” said Princess Lulwah Al-Faisal, vice chair of the board of trustees and the general supervisor of Effat University during her welcoming speech.

She emphasized the importance of cooperating with countries that are less fortunate and exchanging knowledge and resources.

W20 chair, Thoraya Obaid, guided the audience through a rundown of what W20 means and how the team behind it has worked to make it meaningful and unique.

“The W20 will focus on four pillars: Financial inclusion, how to get into the financial field and facilities that are already helping women, and technical inclusion, to make sure women are part of producing technology, not just using it. It will also focus on inclusion in labor,” said Obaid.

The fourth and final pillar, she explained, is usually chosen by the hosting county, through analyzing past G20 data, going through various reports relating to women’s issues, and delegations with organizations like the UN and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

“Finally, we chose inclusion in decision-making: Not only to reach leadership positions, but also making those decisions,” she said.

As for the G20, Obaid said that the Kingdom specifically chose to focus on human empowerment for youth and women, preserving the earth and new horizons.

During the first panel discussion, Hind Al-Zahid, undersecretary for women’s empowerment at the Ministry of Human Resource and Social Development, said that the share of women in leadership positions has gone up from 1.6 percent to 2.3 percent. 

She added that the ministry is aiming to reach 5 percent by the end of 2020.

Al-Zahid announced that by March 8, on International Women’s Day, the ministry will be launching an initiative called Qiyadiyat (Female Leaders), acting as the first ever platform for women in leadership positions to network.