In what can only be termed as a bizarre request, a Saudi man has asked his possible brother-in-law, who showcased intentions to marry his sister to offer an iPhone 6 as dowry. Also Read - New iPhone SE with 4.7-inch display could launch in 2022, will get 5G chip
The brother insisted that if the man wanted the marriage to happen, he should offer the special gift to his sister as soon as the latest Apple phone is available in the local Saudi market, Gulf News reported. It is also important to mention that, earlier, the bride’s father had asked only for a nominal amount in cash, but the brother later insisted on the iPhone 6. Also Read - iPhone 13 to get 1TB storage option to sort your storage issues but at a price
What this means is that the couple has to wait till the phones are released locally in Saudi and cannot marry before that. Apple has not revealed the Gulf release date yet. Also Read - Woman ordered iPhone 12 Pro Max, got Apple yogurt drink in return
Reportedly, dowries are a deep-rooted tradition in the Arab world and Asia. Despite calls from religious scholars to ensure they should be simple gifts, several families insist on taking exorbitant sums of money to allow the marriage.
“We have heard about quite a few of things, but an iPhone 6 that has not even hit the markets here is a bit bizarre,” Bahraini office clerk Saud Ahmad told Gulf News. “We need to promote a culture where marriage should not be used by anyone to get gifts or make profits in any way. If I had been the groom, I would have confronted the brother,” he said.
The young generation in the Gulf has been pushing for lower dowries, but their calls are often resisted by traditions and status-conscious families and tribes.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now available in several countries at various retail outlets. The devices are set to hit the Indian market in October.