The Six: Black Friday deals

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Updated 20 November 2018

The Six: Black Friday deals

DUBAI: The American shopping bonanza has invaded the Middle East, with several online shopping platforms offering flash sales this week.

Namshi
The homegrown platform, which boasts local and international labels, is offering 40 percent off beauty, grooming and home products, as well as bags and accessories until Nov. 25.

Noon.com
From Nov. 20-24, the e-tailer is offering “Yellow Friday” deals of up to 80 percent off on fashion and home products and up to 50 percent off on laptops among a host of other discounts.

Ounass
High-end e-tailer Ounass is offering up to 80 percent off on a range of designer fashion and accessories from the likes of Prada and Sophia Webster.

The Modist
Luxury platform The Modist, which specializes in modest wear, is offering up to 40 percent off until Nov. 26. Products from new seasons are not included in the sale, however.

Nisnass
The Dubai-based online shopping platform, that features brands like Nike and Vero Moda, is offering 30 percent off on “absolutely everything” until Nov. 20.

Souq.com
The Amazon-owned online shopping platform is offering up to 70 percent off on a range of products — from electronics to homeware — in its “White Friday” sale, set to run from Nov. 20-24.



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Why diamonds are forever for romantic Saudis on Valentine’s Day

Updated 13 February 2020

Why diamonds are forever for romantic Saudis on Valentine’s Day

  • Number of Saudi brands have produced pieces specially designed to celebrate Valentine's Day
  • Farsi, one of the Kingdom’s oldest jewelry firms, has exclusive Valentine’s collection

RIYADH: The old adage diamonds are a girl’s best friend certainly rings true for Saudis.

Gifting jewelry has throughout history been regarded as a symbol of appreciation, devotion, and love.

And whether it be a diamond ring or exquisite ruby necklace, on Valentine’s Day many romantic Saudis will be expressing their feelings by presenting their loved ones with precious stones.

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In recent years, a number of Saudi brands have produced pieces specially designed to celebrate the national day of love.

Farsi, one of the Kingdom’s oldest jewelry brands, has carried on the art of jewelry design for more than 100 years. Its latest exclusive Valentine’s collection, My One and My Heart, incorporates a solitaire diamond or heart-shaped ruby set on a thin gold- or white gold-plated rod.

Nasser Farsi, the company’s chief executive officer and collection designer, told Arab News: “I personally designed the pieces because many people like to celebrate their love on Valentine’s Day.

“The design is simple, a single solitaire diamond or heart-shaped ruby symbolizes the simplicity of love, how glamorous it is with beautiful moments, and exciting experiences within that love.

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“My latest design resembles the elements of a successful relationship, where love should be straightforward, simple, yet glamorous. Love is that pillar,” he said.

The brainchild of sisters Hala and Leena El-Khereiji, Charmaleena’s jewelry collections are known for their unique designs and mix and match of precious stones and diamonds.

The Saudi brand’s My Heart collection, which includes mother-of-pearl heart pendants and bright red coral earrings, has been specially produced with Valentine’s Day in mind.

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Qilada, another Saudi brand, is marking the day with its geometric heart-shaped earrings and necklaces which are also adorned with red agate stone.

When it comes to saying, “I love you,” jewelry, it seems, continues to stand the test of time for Saudis.