Business blooming

Longtime friends open first female-owned florist in Basra’s Abu Al-Khasib

BASRA – In Basra’s Abu Al-Khasib district, a new flower shop named Al-Rif has emerged as the first female-owned flower business in the city, founded by longtime friends Maryam and Noor. Their enduring friendship began in high school and has now blossomed into this entrepreneurial venture, located near the Jamal Al-Din Mosque in the Muhaijran area.

Noor Nizar, the project owner, spoke with 964media about their journey. “Maryam and I have been friends since high school, and we wanted to start a business suitable for us as women, so we chose to sell flowers,” Noor said. The choice of Abu Al-Khasib was strategic, filling a void as the district lacked a female-owned flower shop.

The shop opened its doors during Eid Al-Adha, attracting considerable attention and fostering a growing customer base. Noor shared their future aspirations: “We have ambitions to expand the business beyond selling flowers to include car decorations and event décor.”

Their clientele is diverse, including university students, government employees, and newlyweds. Noor, a descendant of one of Abu Al-Khasib’s old families, mentioned that Maryam relocated to the district about ten years ago, and their friendship has flourished ever since.

Al-Rif sources most of its flowers from Erbil or Baghdad, offering an array of blooms like roses in various colors, baby sun roses, and Casablanca lilies, among others. The culture of buying flowers is reportedly on the rise in Basra, especially among the youth and newlywed couples, contributing to the shop’s growing popularity.

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