Computer Souk: Computer Souk
Olaya is also famous for electronics , computers and computer's accessories. The place is usually flocked by men and very seldom i see women in this area.
Check the price and bargain before buying. Also, check the warranty of the products.
Jarir Bookstore: Jarir Bookstore
Jarir Bookstore has wide selection of books, school supplies and even computers.
The first floor are mostly allocated for school and office suplies while the second floor is for books.
Street by street shopping
Shopping is a way of living in riyadh from the souq to well known department store or the street by street shopping store.
Olaya is the the main shopping street in riyadh stretching from prince abdul Aziz street in the north to the makkah highway in the south. You can find here much of international brand.
for those serious shopper take note about your planning time as we know all shops were close for prayer times.
What to buy: local to international brand
Granada Center: Largest mall in riyadh
Granada center is the largest mall i've ever seen here in riyadh it is 200,000 sq m with a 2 floor shopping facility (ground floor and 1st floor ), a mall where you can shop untill you drop, from local to International branded clothes, shoes perfumes beauty products are here.
The largest stores you can be found here are the Debenhams,Paris Gallery and Etam.
as a rule family is only allowed to enter on this mall.
What to buy: as many as you can see
What to pay: expect to spend lots of money here if you dont know how to control your self
Panda is the first local supermarket in Riyadh a well known largest supermarket in KSA it has more than 20 branches all over the city not including in jedda and other parts of KSA they continue building more braches in the kingdom aim to have 100 supermarkets and 60 hypermarkets by year 2010.
Panda provides all your needs with talking about their products foods are great at affordable Prices and gives especial weekly promotion, good quality of electronics, home decors, tools and more…
What to buy: basic needs
Carrefour: International Supermarket
Carrefour is an international supermarket established in 1963 in Paris, maintains the top position in European mass retailing and the second worldwide in terms of revenue and sales figure.
It is one of the well known hypermarket in KSA with lots of branches including the 3 branches here in Riyadh located at Granada center, Khurais road and Lemall,
What to buy: Carrefour is one of my favorite supermarket I can find here all of our needs at a very low prices and quality goods like foods, clothing, homedecors,electronics, and lots more
What to pay: affordable prices
Saudi National Products: Saudi National Products
Saudi National Products is one shop which caters to home needs like matress, Plastic containers, bathroom accessories.They even have a small shop for foods, grocery items and dates :-)
Saco: Home Needs
Saco is known for its home furnishing items...Smaller than home plaza but selection of goods is not far behind. Screws, Lamp Shades, heater, weighing scale, candles, mats, blinds, shower curtain etc..name it and most of the general items which u will need will be avaiblae here.
Al Faisalia is one of the famous shopping mall here in Riyadh. They have a huge selection of designer shops like Nike, Zara, Mango etc.
The mall is connected to the high rise building (as shown in the photo) and it has a restaurant on top.
The good thing about the winter sale is that, they dont go for 10-30% off from the regular price but moreso they reduced the price upto 70% off. Mind you, that those are not off season clothes but the latest designs..
Home Plaza: Home interiors and decorations
Home Plaza is one stop shop for home decorations, bedroom set, glassware,kitchenware etc. Their products have reasonable prices with good quality.
Not to mention that most of their items are updated with regards to the designs.
Big place to do your home shopping....
What to buy: A designer throw pillow : 25-20SR/ piece
A comforter set (pillow cases, comforter, fitted sheet, curtain and blanket) : 300-400 SR
Candle holder : 50-80SR
Picture frame: 10SR
Tamimi Market: Grocery
Tamimi has almost 6 branches here in Riyadh and they operate 24 hrs a day but of course they closed during Salah or prayer time.
They have wide selction of vegetables, meat, and other grocery items. They sell several Asian items both for Filipinos and Indonesians.
This is where me and mu hubby usually go for grocery shopping :-)
Ikea: Home furnishing
One of my hobby is to decorate my house, and I love to shop for it, this store is very huge furnishing home, everything you need to furnish your home are here the store is also make a suggestions and solutions how to design your home.
What to buy: house furnitures
What to pay: a little bit expensive
Swighah - souq: commercial old DIRA
This lower-cost souq is used by locals (lower and middle class) and expatriates especially women. The souq provides all kinds of shops: clothes, toilettries, shoes, jewellery, carpets, souvenirs, food and drinks.
Beloved by nurses.
What to buy: colured Abayas or other latest courageous Abaya fashion for expatriates
What to pay: app. 80-100 Rial for an Abaya
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Al Mamlakah(the kingdom): shoppping kingdom!
The Kingdom Centre, located in Riyadh's Olaya district and visible from virtually anywhere in the city, serves as the headquarters of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's international business interests.
Al Mamlaka Mall is an upscale three-level retail complex.And it also has the Four season`s hotel.
single males are not allowed to enter the mall all the time,just check with the gurad about the times you are allowed to go shopping there.
What to buy: Everything!
What to pay: If you are a shopping freak,,you will go nuts there!,,,,i did:P
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Al Faissaliyyah tower: shop til you drop!
It is one of Riyadh`s tallest towers( 260 metres in height), containing 30 floors of office space, a 224-bed five-star hotel, residential accommodation, and a shopping mall.
You will be dazzled!
Just one note : single males are not allowed to enter the mall all the time,just check with the gaurd about the times you are allowed to go shopping there.
What to buy: Everything,cloths,shoes,children stuff....anything you want it is there,the best thing is that Saudi Arabia does NOT have sales tax!
What to pay: Big money!
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