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Saudi groom asked to ‘offer iPhone 6 as dowry’

The groom has been asked to present the phone, which was unveiled by Apple last week

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One marriage may not go ahead if a shining new iPhone 6 is not given as a dowry.

That’s what one Saudi man reportedly wants after asking a prospective groom, who has proposed to his sister, to offer Apple’s latest device as a dowry before the marriage can go ahead.

“Dowries are a deep-rooted tradition in the Arab world and Asia, and 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,” explains the UAE-based Gulf News which reported the story on Tuesday.

The groom has been asked to present the phone, which was unveiled by Apple last week, “as soon as it is available on the Saudi market” in the coming months.