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    Dira Souk: Gold Souk

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Jul 4, 2003

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    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.

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    material souk @ batha: material possessions

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Jun 26, 2003

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    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"

    one of my mates bargaining for material
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    Stradivarius: Chique and Unique

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Apr 30, 2007

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    Stradivarius - A spanish brand of clothing for women is dominating the Mid Eastern market esp here in Riyadh. The style, material and uniqueness of their designs is at par with Mango and Zara.

    They only make few pieces per design so you're assured that there are only few of you who will be wearing the same design :-)

    They have branches in Granda Center, Royal Mall and AL Faisaliyah

    What to buy: Tops, shoes, dress, shorts, bags, accessories etc

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    La Senza: La Senza

    by Cielo_Algaeed Written Apr 30, 2007

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    La Senza offers a wide range of sleep wear like lingerie and pajamas. They also have knit wear, undergarments, pillows, beauty products, home slippers etc.

    They have branches in major shopping malls.

    They usually go on sale every end of the month.

    What to buy: Pajama and top for SR 119

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    Oasis: Oasis

    by Cielo_Algaeed Written Apr 30, 2007

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    Oasis is an English brand which caters to ladies wear and apparels including bags, shoes and accessories.

    Their items are bit upscale compared to other brand but the quality is really good.

    They have 2 branches her in Riyadh. One in Al Mamlakah and the other one in Granada Center.

    ** The tube tank top in the photo was originally SR 230 (60usd)and i was able to get it on sale at SR50 (13usd)

    What to buy: Expect to pay 90-100USD for pants.

    I got this only for SR50!

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    Al Faissaliyyah tower: shop til you drop!

    by DunaKal Updated Dec 17, 2005

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    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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    Al Mamlakah(the kingdom): shoppping kingdom!

    by DunaKal Updated Dec 17, 2005

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    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.

    note again:
    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

    Kingdom mall&hotel(google images)
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    gold souk: gold all over!

    by DunaKal Updated Dec 17, 2005

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    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;-)

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    Jarir Bookstores: No Just a Bookstore

    by anees Written Jul 11, 2007

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    Its the largest bookstore chain the country, with more than 21 branch throughout the kingdom and even Kuwait, Qatar, and UAE.
    They offer wide verity of PC and laptops, software, newspapers and magazines, DVDs, Books in Arabic and English, mobile phones and greeting cards and so many others.
    The best branch for me to go is located in Al Olaya Street.
    The shop is open from morning till noon, than again from 4 pm till 10:30 pm. They close at prayer times.

    Branchs in Riyadh are
    Plaza Showroom: Olaya Main Street, Riyadh
    Showroom Timings: Sat-Thu 9am-2pm, 4pm-11pm; Fri 4pm-11pm
    Tel. No. +966 1 462-6000, Fax No.+966 1 465-6363

    Al Ahsa Showroom: Al Ahsa Street, Riyadh
    Showroom Timings: Sat-Thu 9am-2pm, 4pm-11pm; Fri 4pm-11pm
    Tel. No. +966 1 477-3140, Fax No.+966 1 478-0880

    Al Hamra Showroom: Oqbah Bin Nafa Road, Exit 10, Riyadh
    Showroom Timings: Sat-Thu 9am-12pm, 4pm-11pm; Fri 4pm-11pm
    Tel. No. +966 1 278-8411, Fax No.+966 1 278-8422

    North Ring Road Showroom: Exit 5, North Ring Road, Riyadh
    Showroom Timings: Sat-Thu 9am-12pm, 4pm-11pm; Fri 4pm-11pm
    Tel. No. +966 1 275-4710, Fax No.+966 1 275-4720

    Al Hayat Showroom: Hayat Mall, King Abdul Aziz Road, Riyadh
    Showroom Timings: Sat-Thu 9am-12pm, 4pm-11pm; Fri 4pm-11pm
    Tel. No. +966 1 205-7010, Fax No.+966 1 205-7020

    What to buy: Books, DVD, PCs and Laptops, Newspapers and Magazines, Greeting Cards, Mobile phones.

    What to pay: Average prices

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    Mosque Prayer Times: Shopping In Riyadh

    by Dthey Written Feb 4, 2008

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    When shopping, you must consider prayer times, aka Sallah, for the reason that when the muezzin's call to prayer from the loudspeakers of every mosque, all business stops.

    If you are shopping and happen to be in a boutique, you will be asked to leave the shop and come back after prayer time. If you are in a restaurant you may continue enjoying your meal although restaurant doors will be locked, lights turned dim and blinds or windows closed.

    It is advisable to ask everything you need before all working personnel’s go out for prayer time. Also, if you are in a hurry and would not want to wait 30-45 minutes inside locked premises you must go out beforehand.

    What to buy: It is best to shop after the last prayer, after you had your nice dinner, when you would not get any interruption.

    Consider Prayer Times

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    IKEA: Shop for Furniture In IKEA

    by anees Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If in you are arriving to Riyadh to stay for some two to three years, and you are not staying in a full furnitured flat, I would suggest IKEA for you for its nice looking, lower than average prices, and fine quality for less than 5 years uses.
    The Swedish famous furniture brand operates a giant store in eatern side of Riyadh where shopping is real pleasure.
    As its around the world, IKEA offer - a wide range of well designed, functional home furnishing products at low prices.
    The smart about it is shopping culture and the wide range of solutions and suggestions and creative idea to furniture you home or even small flat.
    The two stories huge building covers thousands of square metres, and it seprated to sections, for kitchens, bed rooms, living rooms, kids rooms, while it has place for self service where you can collect all items you want.
    The other nice thing about IKEA is how it give you the opportunity to experience to assemble your item.

    Riyadh Showroom includes several Restaurants offering Swedish, and Middle Eastern food. Actualy one of the Shawrma restaurant sell each by SAR 1, the cheapest in town.

    From the New on IKEA Saudi Arabia

    2 September 2004 — Three men were killed and 16 injured in a stampede when thousands of people rushed to claim cash vouchers at the opening of an IKEA furniture showroom at its new location near the intersection of Tahlia and Sitteen streets here (Jeddah).

    Many men, women and children fainted and some of them were trampled upon as the crowd of shoppers swelled just before the opening. The Red Crescent rushed some of the victims to the nearby King Fahd Hospital.

    The hospital received 19 stampede victims, of whom three died.

    What to buy: Furniture Items, kitchen stuff.

    What to pay: Average prices, normal qualitfy

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    EXTRA: Buy Electornics Where so Many Choices

    by anees Written Jul 16, 2007

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    Extra has two branches in Riyadh, one by Salah Al Deen St. and other by East Ring Road. Here you can find all sort of electonics, TV, DVD players, PC, Laptops, phone, fax machines, and all Home appliances, and more.
    The prices can be higher than average in some stuff, but the place worth a visit to see and compare the prices from other shops.
    The other electronics shop in Riyadh is Electro by King Abdullah Road, and they also have wide range of choices.

    What to buy: TV, DVD players, PC, Laptops, phone, fax machines, and all Home appliances, and more.

    What to pay: Prices are higher in some stuff like Laptops

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    Jarir Bookstore: Jarir Bookstore

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Feb 21, 2007

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    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.

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    Shoala Mall: Shoppers paradise

    by neilward Written Dec 29, 2003

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    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 !!!

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  • Shopping Malls in Riyadh

    by asimk Written Aug 10, 2003

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    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.

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