Al Rashid Mall is the biggest shopping centre in Saudi Arabia. Its design is based on a traditional Arab fort and inside there are fountains.
The mall has an extensive food court, amusements and numerous boutiques and designer clothes outlets.
This is the place where most of the local youngsters hang out at night.
Tamimi Safeway is the best supermarket in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia for wealthy expatriates. It has the widest range of imported goods, ranging from breakfast cereals to pet foods.
However, this is not the best place to buy local goods or fruit and vegetables, as the prices are much higher than elsewhere.
If you are looking for a particular product from back home, this is a great place; if you want great value for money, it is not.
Saudi Arabia on the whole is a real shoppers paradise, there is an abundance of shops to satisfy the most diserning shopper.
Because there is very little to do out here, many people hit the shops from the time they open their doors till the time they close them at night and during prayer times.
Al Rashid Mall is perhaps the largest shopping mall to be found in Saudi Arabia and it is right here in Al Khobar. It has a terrific selection of womans clothing shops and men's and children's clothing too.
What to buy: While in Al Khobar, be out on the lookout for any of the beautiful authentic Arabian gift shops downtown such as in King Khalid Street and in the Souqs. A hubbly bubbly or waterpipe might make an interesting gift but check with your Home country's laws before taking one home. Unfortunately in New Zealand where I come from, these are illegal and are considered a piece of cannabis equipment. Then there are the beautiful carpets, a good idea is to take a friend along who is experienced in carpet making and knows what weave etc... to look for, you can easy get ripped off by purchasing a synthetic one if you aren't careful. Then there is the gold. Most of the jewellery out here is 24ct which is the bright yellow variety, for a fair skinned person like myself it looks terrible so I have to ask about the 18ct which they frown upon saying its not a 'true' gold. The trouble is though is that alot of it looks heavy but in fact it is very light and very hollow, unfortunately I have had to take my necklaces back more than once for repairs.
Other goods to purchase include items from other cultures such as from other Arab lands and India. I have found a terrific little Indian shop at the Gulf centre on the corniche and have bought alot of items for just under 200 riyals such as a small marble chess set, marble egg, brassware and so on.
What to pay: The best thing do is half the cost the seller is trying to sell you and then barter your way through until you reach a price that you and both the seller are comfortable with. Look out for the big sales too as you can find some good finds particularly during Ramadan or around Eid.
The only aircraft models and hobby shop in Al Khobar that specialises in selling all kinds of models at very reasonable rates!!! Cheaper than the original prices!!! Also sells a lot of Waterford lead crystalware on the mezzanine floor above!!! And you can browse around and see what you want and nobody will pressurise you to buy anything except ask you to leave during the prayer times!!!
What to buy: Plastic models of all types of aircraft, ships, cars and trains are available in most of the standard scales and sizes at very cheap prices and with a 20% discount off marked prices!!! Paints, putty, craft knives, brushes, paint guns and other modelling accessories are also available at very reasonable rates!!! Also available are some other models to build for children and a lot of games and toys too!!!
What to pay: From about SR15 for the smallest to about SR200 for the largest model kits. Plus a discount of 20% off the prices mentioned here.
The best place to buy the best speakers in the world!!! The Bose speakers system and other audio products are world famous for their quality and sound performances so you get only the best!!!
What to buy: Bose speakers and audio systems. Also available are some other well brands like Yamaha, Onkyo, and JBL!!! So take your pick!!! I chose the best!!! BOSE!!! Available at hefty discounts too for some of the older models as well as lesser prices for new models too!!! Helpful staff and good demos too!!!
What to pay: SR900 to SR30000 for some of the high end products like home theatre systems!!!
Lovely and large collection of original persian carpets and wall hanging carpets handmade from wool and silk as well as silk and wool mixed together!!! Made in Iran from different regions like Nain, Shiraz, Tabriz, Esfahan, etc.
Also carpets and rugs from Afghanistan, India and Pakistan!!! Also on sale are some fancy artefacts from wood and leather like tables, stools, lanterns, wall hangings, etc.
What to buy: Carpets, rugs, what else?!!!
What to pay: SR400 for some very small sizes to SR?0000 for larger varieties.
Large shop with a very knowledgeable owner Mr Amjad Ali from Pakistan who has many of his designs on his laptop too for showing around on the net!!! A large selection of Persian silk and woollen carpets handmade and brought from different regions of Iran. Also available are carpets from India, Afghanistan, Turkey and also from the erstwhile soviet republics. Good quality carpets with a lot of designs and colours to choose from!!! You won't come away from here disappointed!!!
What to buy: Carpets, rugs, dhurries and some fancy items like wall hangings, etc!!!
What to pay: From around SR400 for very small woollen rugs to SR?0000 for larger ones!!! HAHAHA!!!
One of the largest book stores in the city with two branches in Al Khobar one at the Corniche and the other at Al Rashid Mall.
What to buy: Books, magazines and newspapers of course but you can even get a lot of other things like stationery, art materials, computers & peripherals, cameras and many other items!!!
What to pay: Some books are at heavy discounts too!!! Just check the prices first!!!
old town, many shops, crowded exept in morning, difficult to find parking.
What to buy: Gold, clothes, gifts, music, other...