Startup of the Week: Jeddah’s Gypsy Accessories taking inspiration from natural surroundings and modern trends

Updated 08 October 2019

Startup of the Week: Jeddah’s Gypsy Accessories taking inspiration from natural surroundings and modern trends

  • Gypsy Accessories has successfully created two main collections

JEDDAH: Bohemian style is a popular look among artistic individuals and for the free-spirited, Gypsy Accessories offers all the right added extras to stay in vogue.
The handmade accessories brand was started in Jeddah three years ago by Malikah Alimam, a 25-year-old Syrian architect with a lifelong passion for arts and handicrafts.
“The story of it goes back to my childhood. I had an enormous interest in collecting jewelry pieces and re-designing my own jewelry,” she told Arab News.
As she grew up, Alimam collected unique materials and items from countries she visited to create expressive and distinctive art works. “Later in 2016, me and my loving mom, Zain, decided to open our online store Gypsy Accessories and with the support of family we turned a passion into a small business.”
The store provides individual boho-urban pieces made with top-quality craftsmanship. “We focus on high-quality natural materials as I consider it a part of Gypsy’s vision and message as a brand,” she said.
With the natural world the inspiration behind all the products, stones used include agate, quartz, jasper and more. “Silver and natural wood are essential materials in our designs too. Our aim is to use Gypsy designs as a symbol of each person’s connection to nature.
“We want all the adventurous spirits looking to discover nature to always carry a symbol of it with them,” added Alimam.
The founder said the handcrafted style of each piece showed a “respect for raw natural materials. This for me is what gives the style its uniqueness.”
Gypsy Accessories has successfully created two main collections. Inspired by outer space, Alimam worked on her Sayyar collection for a long time. “Outer space with all its greatness is something that has amazed me since forever,” she said. “We’ve always looked at this enormous universe with our small human eye as if it is very far away and different from us, when it’s actually not.”
Alimam tried to find a connection between humans and faraway planets “by relating the physical characteristics of planets to the different personalities of humans, so that humans feel more connected to the universe.” Her 2019 Eid collection celebrated different natural stones such as amber and marble which have been used as unique middle pieces in necklaces.
“Other than the Sayyar and Eid collections, some have focused on the beauty of a certain material, such as the Fabric collection, and others on a design element like in the Blacked collection, which was inspired from the simplicity of a thin black line.”
Keep up with Gypsy Accessories on Instagram (@gypsy.hm). The online store makes deliveries in Jeddah and there are plans in the pipeline to distribute internationally.


Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

Updated 11 December 2019

Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

  • Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU
  • Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi has been the president of Tabuk University since October 2017.

Prior to that, he was the deputy head of educational affairs at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, where he served in the position for one year. 

He has also been the chairman of the promotion and job competition committee, as well as the safety committee, at Tabuk University since November 2012. 

Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Science. 

He later traveled abroad to pursue his higher education, earning his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri, US. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Birmingham, UK.

After that, he returned to the Kingdom and joined KAU as an assistant professor. He remained in that position from 2005 to 2010, then served as an associate professor between 2010 and 2014.

Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom and the community colleges higher committee at the Ministry of Higher Education.

He congratulated King Salman on the release of the government’s annual budget for 2020.

“Approximately one-fifth of the budget is allocated to education, which reflects the leadership’s keenness to invest in the human element through education and training ... to open new horizons and job opportunities for Saudi youth and encourage them to invest in the diverse resources in the Kingdom,” Al-Dhayabi said.