A mother’s invention, Barbie-like doll recites Qur’an verses

Barbie-lookalike “Jenna” doll. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 05 September 2017

A mother’s invention, Barbie-like doll recites Qur’an verses

DUBAI: French businesswoman and mother Samira Amarir struggled to find toys which could help impart her Islamic faith to her young daughter, so she invented her own.
Now the Barbie-lookalike “Jenna” doll, which she designed from scratch to recite four chapters from the Qur’an, has entered mass production and is on sale in Gulf Arab countries.
“When my daughter Jenna turned two years old, I was looking for a toy or a tool,” Amarir said.
“The idea was to come up with a toy that would enable her to learn the Qur’an fast and easily while she plays.”
Jenna, with a name derived from the Arabic word for heaven, comes dressed in a lengthy “abaya” robe with a matching purple headscarf.
Designing the doll using online modelling software, Amarir decided to give it a dark skin tone and little makeup.
“For me it was important that the doll would show something my daughter can recognize herself in, or recognize her mother at least,” she said.
The four chapters that Jenna recites are short and designed to be easy for a child to memorize. Within days of beginning to play with the doll, she began reciting verses.
Amarir and family have moved from their home in France to the United Arab Emirates to market the doll in the wealthy and religiously conservative Gulf.
After four years and many flights to Chinese factories to get the doll produced, she launched Jenna earlier this year in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE.


Most expensive Shaheen falcon sold at auction

Updated 14 November 2019

Most expensive Shaheen falcon sold at auction

RIYADH: The most expensive Peregrine (Shaheen) falcon was sold in Hafr Al-Batin’s auction on Tuesday for SR400,000 ($106,000).
Four other falcons were sold for a total of SR114,000, making it the auction’s biggest deal since it was launched a month ago. The auction is organized by the Hafr Al-Batin Falconers Association.
The head of the falcon market in the city, Faleh bin Mohammed Al-Odwani, said Hafr Al-Batin is home to the largest number of falconers in the Middle East.
The market includes more than 1,500 birds, more than 20 trappers and more than 1,000 falconers, he added.

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