Not even COVID-19 can dampen Saudis’ passion for Valentine’s Day

Sun, 2021-02-14 04:05

RIYADH: There may have been less romance and more coronavirus in the air for the past year, but Saudi couples are undeterred — it’s Valentine’s Day, and they’re going for it big time.

Flower shops, chocolate stores and restaurants, even with food available only for delivery, report booming business as love conquers all.

Khalid Omar, 28, who set up Dream Flowers in Jubail Industrial City in 2017, has doubled his sales in the past four days. And not a moment too soon, after the damage caused by the coronavirus lockdown, with the shop closed for three months in 2020.

Saudis in major cities are buying extravagant gifts, flowers, cheesy balloons and even the cliched teddy bears for that special person. (AN photo by Hameed Al-Harbi)
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