Saudi man demands iPhone 6 as dowry
Brother of bride-to-be insists on next-gen handset before sister can be wed
A Saudi Arabian national has insisted that his sister's fiancé must procure him an iPhone 6 before the couple can be wed, The Independent reported, citing Kuwaiti daily Al Anba.
Normally the prospective groom would have to wait several months for the next-generation handsets, but following Apple's announcement that it was opening a store in the UAE, regional retailers have announced release dates for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus within the coming weeks.
But recent reports of Apple's struggles with its supply chain may mean the couple have to wait longer. According to Reuters, Apple has received twice as many pre-orders for its iPhone 6 handsets as it did for the iPhone 5.
While dowries remain a tradition across the Arab world, most are modest gifts. However, some bride's families ask for more expensive offerings or large sums of money. It is not clear which model the intended's brother has demanded, or if it is a customised, bejewelled version.
"We have heard of quite a few things, but an iPhone 6 that has not even hit the markets here is a bit bizarre," Gulf News quoted Saud Ahmad, a Bahraini office clerk, as saying. "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."