Never seen large amount of gold like this!
One of the old customs among native Saudies to give the bride-to-be a (Rash-rash) it is a very big necklace covering most of the chest,plus some more like the (kaff)a bracelet with five rings attatched to it.But this custom is fading away.
What to buy: I prefer the 18k gold,it`s more yellow-sih,but there are many gold jewelry made of 21k gold,which is more redd-ish.
buy even a ring,you will never get that pure gold for that price in any where in the world:D
What to pay: The sky is the limit;-)
This recently-built mall is dominated by the amazing tower that bears the same name. It's by far the most popular and crowded in Riyadh, and it's the place where the local teenagers go to look at each other and avoid the strict rules that virtually prohibit any contact between people of different sex. It's worth a try to get a glance of the new Riyadh: if something is ever going to change here, it will start from Faisaliyah.
What to buy: Lots of stuff. The largest outlet is Harvey Nichols, but you'll find a lot of the most common high fashion names, some electronics stores, a good music outlet and an excellent food court (see my other tip). At the basement is an area for children and a great tobacco shop.
What to pay: It's quite expensive in here - you'll find the glamour and the chic and you'll pay for it. Still a bit cheaper compared to western standards since there's no VAT here.
Almamlakah shopping centre is a massive centre that containing variety of shops .
It contains men's clothes , women's clothes , music , some restaurants and more .... lots of things you can find there.
It has three floors and the third floor is SPECIAL .... Why ?
Because it is only for women .... You will NEVER see a man there .... because Saudi women like this privacy .
Jarir has quite a few locations around the Gulf States.
I bought a laptop from them almost 2 years ago, and have had it serviced and de-virused for free on a couple of occasions, in both Jeddah and Riyadh.
What to buy: Books are really cheap and they have a wide selection - light romance novels to autobiographical and biographical accounts of life in various Arab countries. All the latest topsellers also. Even Australian Women's Weekly cookbooks!!
There is also greeting cards, wrapping paper, school/writing stationery, diaries.
Foreign magazines (no FHM/Playboy/Sports Illustrated/Maxim though) are popular, but quite pricey (off the top of my head SR55/US15 for a Cosmopolitan).
What to pay: From SR2 for an HB pencil, up to SR10,00 for the latest laptop.
Once you've spent SR500, you can get a discount card which gives you 10% off books.
Debenhams takes up one end of Kingdom Towers 3-storey shopping mall. The top floor is ladies-only, you can try on clothes from this and the other two floors of the store.
A good tip for ladies is to try your cosmetics on in the ladies section (where the female salespeople know their stuff), but actually buy them on the second floor (where the male salespeople give out all the free samples!!).
What to buy: It is great for basics like strapless bras, sports socks, crockery, towels, bikinis.
It's good to stock up on 'designer' type stuff like John Roche cushions and vases and Jamie Oliver dinnerwear because it's all so cheap with the exchange rate.
What to pay: They are reasonably priced, and also have great sales 3-4 times a year 25%-75% off prices depending on the season. No bargaining though :-(
Saks 5th Avenue is a showcase of lots of designer pret-a-port clothing.
You can get Prada FMB boots and Galliano balldresses, even Moschino suspenders and DKNY running shoes.
This is where anyone who's anyone in Riyadh buys their latest attire if they're trying for a 'Western' or 'European' look.
What to buy: Everything is pretty reasonably priced by designer standards, and taxfree of course.
What to pay: So ladies, stock up on some designer undies starting from SR1000 (US266) a set. Which would probably be the cheapest thing there.
this mall is for luxury shoppers, you want Saxs Fifth Avenue, Ralph Loren, Gucci, Armani...etc, it has also Depenhames department store, Planet Holywood Restaurant, and a lousy food court, you can go from there to the highest point in Riyadh in Al Mamlakah Tower
What to pay: bring your credit cards with you
We went there to buy cheap cigarettes to take back and sell back in UK,over there they were about ý9 per carton compared with nearly ý50 in UK.A few of the main brands were there,but as I'm a non smoker they're all the same to me !!!
The Kingdom Centre was opened in 2001. It contains wedding chapels, conference rooms, restaurants, bars, shopping areas, social and family facilities and parking garages. The tower is occupied by a bank, a business club, a business centre and a 5 star hotel as well as offices and condominiums.
The shopping centre has a special women-only shopping floor with female security, cleaners and shop attendants. You can even take off and check-in your abbeya at cloakrooms located inside. There is even a beauty salon (complete with gym and spa options) with a hair salon attached (the hairdressers are ex-pats).
There are departments, optometrists, food chains, a grocery store, fashion and beauty store, jewellery shops, homeware stores, camera shops etc.
What to buy: The One Store, down on the ground floor has some cool home accessories and a good supply of abstract greeting cards all at reasonable prices.
There is a chocolatier's on the ground floor that has a wide variety of dates filled with different nougats and other fillings - and they're happy to let you taste-test.
Kingdom has: Debenhams, Saks 5th Ave, Massimo Dutti, Marks & Spencers, Mango, Zara, Kodak, Nike, Starbucks, Espirit, Colours of Bennetton, La Senza, The Body Shop, McDonalds, KFC, Givenchy, Ninewest, Aldo etc.
What to pay: Prices are set, depends whether you're after a haircut or Prada knickers.
Al Faisaliah Center soars above the traffic-choked streets of Riyadh. The center, which includes a luxury hotel, mall and restaurants, was built by the Saudi Bin Laden Group, the huge construction company founded by the late father of Osama bin Laden.
What to buy: Shops include: Harvey Nichols, Reebok, Bennetton, DKNY, Next.
What to pay: Fixed prices, so more expensive than the souks
Several modern shopping malls have been built during the 4-5 years to keep pace with this ever-expanding city. The Al Faisaliah shopping complex on Olaya leading to major traffic chaos on most evenings. A new Harvey Nichols store anchors the complex, which contains three floors of local & international boutiques & shops.
Then there is a Kingdom shopping mall which includes Marks & Sparks, Debenhams, SAKS fifth avenue and all other leading stores. The three-level centre also has one level dedicated solely to women. Female management, female staff & female only shoppers!
Al Akariah Centre on Olaya Street sells electronic goods, and all other stuff and also if you are looking for perfumes then Gazzaz is the right place to be in as the perfumes arent fake and also good prices and deals.
Most of the major hotels have lobby shops, notably the Inter-Continental & the Al Khozama, where they often have small art exhibitions. For rugs and carpets the place to go is Kuwaiti souk.
Most often the timings are 0900-1200 hrs and then in the evening from 1630 until about 2300.
Specialised markets (souks) sell everything from gold, silver & antiques to pots & pans, spices, pottery, linen, rugs & tents. There are even camels for sale! Most are located near the Palace of Justice & off Al Batha St. Haggling is the norm & highly recommended! Al Batha souk is the best, & sells the likes of spices, woven goods, coffee pots & daggers for good prices. Open from about 1000 until the noon prayer call.
I head straight for the gold and silver shops, there you can find gold, silver, precious stones, pearls etc.
All of the shops will make to order, for very reasonable prices.
Just past the jewellery shops, there are shops selling antiques, kilims, frankincense and Saudi clothes.
There are alleys with shops selling means traditional clothing - leather slippers, thobes (long white shirts), gutras (headscarves) and igalls (coils), supplemented by furwas (thick coats) lined with fur.
What to buy: You should definitely get some jewellery - either made or brought off the shelf.
Two unique pieces found here in Saudi Arabia - get your name translated into arabic around a ring - looks really cool. And the same again on a necklace.
What to pay: Gold and silver are sold by weight in Saudi Arabia, so always check the price per gram first. And ask for discount - start at 40% of the offered price.
Batha is the main souk area in Riyadh. The souk is covered and has many alleyways and different buildings.
What to buy: Batha souk specialises in clothes, electrical appliances and household goods.
But is also the place for finding cheap bargains of any imaginable artefact or appliance & where almost anything can be made to order.
It comprises a maze of old buildings & stalls, many without air-conditioning & intersected by very narrow alleyways.
What to pay: How much you pay depends on how good your bargaining skills are. There is always more than one shop selling the same things, so check around a few shops if you're not sure of prices.
There is a long alleyway with about 20 material shops and tailors along it.
What to buy: You can buy any material. I buy cotton (expect to pay SR5 - SR12 per metre, depending on quality) and silk (SR180 for 4m sq.).
What to pay: Go early in the morning for "best price"
Looking for a nice bedroom set? You can find alot of these in Kuwaiti Souk. Price ranges from 5,000 - 8,000 SAR.
It includesa Bed, A dresser, a 3 door closet, a Drawer, 2 side tables and a chair