6 online fashion shopping platforms

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Updated 03 April 2020

6 online fashion shopping platforms

  • If you are feeling demotivated while self-isolating, try web shopping with any of these six e-tailers and uplift your mood by dressing up at home

Nisnass

The Dubai-based online shopping platform features brands including Nike and Vero Moda. First launched as a smartphone application, Nisnass now has a dedicated website that caters to your needs. The e-tailer offers customers options like pay on delivery and free returns.

Ounass

This upscale e-tailer offers a gorgeous selection of some of the world’s best designers and Middle Eastern talents at your fingertips. Ounass offers a range of designer fashion and accessories from the likes of Prada and Sophia Webster.

Namshi

This homegrown platform boasts local and international labels that sell beauty, grooming and home products, as well as bags and accessories.

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The online shopping platform has everything for the entire household – men, women and children. For the ladies, you can also get your hands on some beauty and skincare products.

Sivvi

Launched in the Middle East in 2014, Sivvi offers online clients global high street labels, sportswear and boutique brands. The website also offers in-house brands, including High Streets, STOCK, STATE 8 and modest fashion brand Hindam.

Raw Orange

Created by women, for women – according to its founder  – the UAE-based online outlet offers affordable womenswear produced locally. Raw Orange also has a try-before-you-buy option so that customers can order the items, have them delivered to their location and try them on before paying for them.


Life is sweet as Saudi children say goodbye to lockdown

As the second phase of easing lockdown restrictions gets underway, people are cautiously getting back to familiar vacation routines, such as shopping and barbecues by the sea or in parks. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 01 June 2020

Life is sweet as Saudi children say goodbye to lockdown

  • Entertainment centers and children’s play areas, as well as cinemas, will remain closed until June 20

JEDDAH: After more than two months in lockdown, families and children in Saudi Arabia are enjoying a return to normal activities as coronavirus restrictions are eased around the Kingdom.

But while some parents have lingering worries about their children’s health, for youngsters it is a different story.
Eight-year-old Sara Issam, of Makkah, told Arab News that she was excited to finally visit a nearby mini-market with her elder brother as she used to do every Eid. “I had to wear a face mask and be careful where I put my hands, but I was happy to buy all those sweets using my Eidiyah (money gifted to children in Eid),” she told Arab News.
From Sunday, children under 15 will be allowed entry to public areas, such as malls, restaurants and cafes.
However, entertainment centers and children’s play areas, as well as cinemas, will remain closed until June 20.

I want to go to the playground, the park, the toyshop and to play with my friends. I also want to go traveling.

Yahya

As the second phase of easing lockdown restrictions gets underway, people are cautiously getting back to familiar vacation routines, such as shopping, barbecues by the sea or in parks, exchanging family visits, traveling around the Kingdom and desert camping.
With children now allowed on family outings, some parents worry about safety, saying it will be difficult to keep them in quarantine if they fall ill.
However, three-year-old Yahya told Arab News that he was “sad to be kept at home” because of coronavirus and there are many places he missed.
“I want to go to the playground, the park, the toyshop and to play with my friends. I also want to go traveling,” he said.

HIGHLIGHTS

• After more than two months in lockdown, families and children in Saudi Arabia are enjoying a return to normal activities.

• As the second phase of easing lockdown restrictions gets underway, people are cautiously getting back to familiar vacation routines.

• Some parents worry about safety, saying it will be difficult to keep them in quarantine if they fall ill.

Yahya’s mother, Rawan Najjar, from Jeddah, said: “I intend to take him out but with proper precautions and as long as I know that he understands what is going on.”  Other families say that as long as the current phase is experimental and under constant review, they will stay home.
For nine-year-old Ayham, from Jeddah, quarantine has been a happy experience.
“We played games together as a family, I also learned English and French on a mobile app, I fasted for the first time in Ramadan and learned to read the Qur’an,” he said.
“I also read the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ books, and another Arabic book, and chatted and studied with my friends through videoconferencing. But I missed swimming in the sea, going to the supermarket to buy food for the house and shopping for books.” Ayham’s mother, Haneen Maher, said that she is reluctant to take her children out.

As a mother, I fear for my children’s safety and worry about taking them to public places.

Haneen Maher

“I don’t think we should get too excited with easing the restrictions. As a mother, I fear for my children’s safety and worry about taking them to public places,” she told Arab News. Maher said that she would take her children out for fresh air, but only inside the family car.
“We went to Jeddah Corniche and to a public park with our snacks, but the children were not allowed to get out of the car. I know they want their freedom back,
but they understand the situation,” she said.
Musab Allan agrees, allowing his children out only in the early morning “in addition to visits to grandparents twice a month.”
Families with common or chronic health issues such as asthma are also cautious about leaving the house amid the pandemic.
Salma, 23, said: “I can see how bored my younger siblings are, but my mother insists nobody leave the house until coronavirus is no longer there. As a family with weak immune system history, this is the best option for us.”
Other parents looked for different options, avoiding closed areas such as malls and restaurants and, instead, visiting open spaces such as the Corniche and other natural locations.