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    Tamimi Market: Grocery

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Jan 16, 2007

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    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 :-)

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    Home Plaza: Home interiors and decorations

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Jan 16, 2007

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    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

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    Kingdom Tower: Almamlaka

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Sep 15, 2007

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    It is one big shopping mall which has one floor exclusive for ladies :-)

    Mostly designer and hig end shops like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Coach, Zara, Lacoste, Nine West, Ferregamo, Burberry etc..

    They were on sale during the first time i was there..so most of the ladies went gahgah over the 50-70 percent sale.

    The only drawback when shopping for clothes is that they dont have fitting rooms. So, you can only try on the clothes that you bought once you're home and if it doesnt fit or doesnt look good on you...you can bring it back to them within 3 days for the exchange of goods.

    SHOPPING TIP:
    Pls check the labels that says where their product was made. Some of the high end shops for wallets,bags, shoes etc are made in China. Unlike LV and Hugo Boss....you really get the worth of your money....Its made in Italy and Germany..

    What to buy: Clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, cosmetics, perfume

    What to pay: as low as 50 riyals and as high as 50,000 riyals

    Loving it! LV Speedy 30 Mini Lin My hubby's surprise gift! AGAIN????hehehehe

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    Alfaisalia: Al-Faisalia

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Jan 20, 2007

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    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..

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    Saco: Home Needs

    by Cielo_Algaeed Written Jan 20, 2007

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    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.

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    Computer Souk: Computer Souk

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    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.

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    Thumeiri Gold Souk: Gold! Gold!

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Mar 19, 2007

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    Just within the area of Masmak fort, you can find one of the famous gold souk in Riyadh. The Thumeiri Gold Souk.

    They have white gold, yellow gold, silver etc. They do engraving & re-setting of jewelry.

    White gold per gram is 85SR while the price of yellow gold is less.

    Also, the place is famous for selling wholesale items like carpets, thobe, undergarments etc.

    Along the small alleys, insense, oud & spices like cardammon, saffron, etc are being sold.

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    saks 5th avenue: show me the faluss honey

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Apr 17, 2004

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    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.

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    Jarir Bookstore: books and more

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Apr 17, 2004

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    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.

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    Saudi National Products: Saudi National Products

    by Cielo_Algaeed Written Jan 20, 2007

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    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 :-)

    Resonable prices.

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    Debenhams: uk department store chain

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Apr 17, 2004

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    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 :-(

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    Swighah - souq: commercial old DIRA

    by sjazeerah Written Jan 23, 2006

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    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.

    a MUST

    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 Faisaliah Center: Faisaliahs

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Aug 10, 2003

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    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

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    Kingdom Tower: Shopping Paradise

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Aug 14, 2003

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    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.

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    Batha: Anything and Everything

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Jul 4, 2003

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    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.

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