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Saudi man asked to provide iPhone 6 as dowry

Would-be brother-in-law asked for Apple phone as soon as it is released

Saudi man asked to provide iPhone 6 as dowry

A Saudi man has asked his future brother-in-law for an iPhone 6 as part of the bride's dowry.

The groom-to-be has been asked to buy the new Apple iPhone 6 as soon as it has been released on the Saudi market, according to Gulf News.

The brother’s condition replaces the father’s request for money as the dowry.

Bahraini office clerk, Saud Ahmad, said the request was bizarre and was a move away from the culture of 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. 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.

Dowries are a traditional part of the Arab world, and despite calls for simple gifts from religious scholars, some families have been insisting on large sums of money to permit a marriage.

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