This mall has 6 major department stores and over 600 shops. It also has amusement arcades and restaurants. It is a very nice mall that has 3 stories of shops, beautiful decor and fountains. All kinds of shopping for your pleasure.
If you love to shop,,I mean really shop,,Saudi Arabia is the place!
In Jeddah city there alone are over 90 shopping malls yes 9+0 ,and the numer is rising,there`s a great boom in shaopping malls here,you will be amazed!
No sales tax what so ever!!!
you can find all the famous brands of everything....
What to buy: Gold jewllery is your number one choice,
Saudi Gold is 22 karat and there are even some items which are 24k
you will have your eyes pop of place and if you`re a woman,you will drool,trust me!!
Check this link
What to pay: The sky is the limit!!could be from 2 riyals(less than one$).......to a........what`s the largest digit??
A nice western style respite from the normal haggle fest you run into in a regular store here. It is a full mall and has an awesome food court and a giant grocery stor but alas most of the shops are high end boutique types that have nothing you really want to but.
What to buy: Groceries and a Hardee's artery buster burger. You can buy expensive jewelry and dresses that no woman will wear in public in Saudi Arabia. You can have a cinnamon roll, some cuban cigars, a Debenham's suit fitting and buy a car. Leave room for Ice Skating though!
What to pay: About the same as in the USA. The Riyal is fixed to the US Dollar so it does not rise and fall invalue to Americans.
What to buy:
I bought this mug here in Saudi,but I can't seem to remember where exactly but now as i try to squeez my brains for you,i'm guessing it's from a local supermarket in Jiddah.
it pictures snoopy with his friends,with a quote saying:
Happiness is being one of the gang in Saudi Arabia !
notice couple of the gang are wearing the saudi traditional wear for men.
What to pay: it costed me about 10-15 riyals
Probably the largest selection of English books. Also a great place to get your computer and IT gear. They do toys too. So something for all the family.
What to buy: The Riyadh Today and Jeddah Today guides are similar to Yellow Pages. They list a number of companies and service providers. The most valuable part of the guide is the section on Compounds. The book also has sections on places to see and visit, overview of the city, overview of some of the red tap (Iqama processing, Driving licence processing etc).
What to pay: Fixed price of 20 SAR I believe. I can't remember now! But well worth every halalah you spent.
Eastern Carpet House has beautiful hand made carpets! They are very well made and excellent quality. You will love the different designs. It is fun to look at them from different directions, as the carpet looks different in color, and you see the pattern differently.
What to buy: Carpets of course!
Dhahran now has a new mall! It is really nice and there is new shops opening all the time. It has over 1,000,000 sq. feet of retail space! Women's clothing, men's clothing, children's clothing, shoes for everyone. They have Abayah shops as well as accessory stores. Jewelry stores, cosmetics and perfumes. Several restaurants, Starbucks, a couple of ice cream shops, and area for children to play. They even have an ice skating rink!
Stores such as Zara, Massimo Dutti, Marks & Spencer, Adams, Monsoon, Nine West, Promod, and La Senza t
There is a grocery store there as well. Definately a place to check out!
Saudi Arabia exports petrol but imports everything. It has got the biggest brands ever ranging from clothes, cars to antiques and machines.
Riyadh and Jeddah are well-known for their big malls.
What to buy: - Clothes: GAP, Zara, Benetton, Guess, French Connection...etc
- Cars: Toyota, Lexus, BMW, Mazda, Nissan, Merecedes, Ford...etc.
- Restaurants: McDonalds, KFC, Chillis, Fridays, Apple Bees, and variety of Chinese and Indian food...etc.
- Jewellery: Gucci, La Zordi...etc
What to pay: from SR1-SR1000,000
Saudi cities have some of the most luxurious shopping malls in the world. No expense has been spared in making these air-conditioned, shopping dreamworlds. There are fountains, marble walls etc. Car parking is always free too. The one shown in the picture is Galleria in Al Khobar.
Arab sweets are actually small pastries, usually soaked in sweet syrup. They are VERY sweet and stcky. Saudi ladies seem to like them a lot.
One of the most popular sweets is Baklava, which consists of crushed nuts, in fyllo pastry, soaked in syrup. Another favourite is Kunafa, which is made from pastry and whipped cream or cream cheese, also soaked in syrup.
They are on sale in specialist sweet shops, such as Tripoli Sweets, as well as in most supermarkets.
Whatever town you're in, visit the local souk and soak up the local scenery.
What to buy: Smell the shwarma and gawa (arabic coffee) and hear people haggling over their prospective purchases.
What to pay: Start bargaining at half the offered price.
a big mall with many luxury shops such as Fifth Sax Avenue, Ralph Lauren, JA..and many others, also the only Planet Holywood restaurant in Saudi Arabia and Depenhames the uk based department store
What to buy: clothes, perfumes, shoes, watches, jewlery, food
What to pay: bring your credit cardS with you
azzal means carpet...yet..you will rarley find carpet in this souq, instead it is full of old antiques goods, and i wonder how do they sell some of them, like old coins.
in this souq you will also find lot of shops that sell Arabian Perfumes or Ood, other shops sell Bashet, that coverall jacket men wear here.
What to buy: antiques, arabian perfumes, traditional men clothes
What to pay: depends, but usually it is not that expensive
OK this is not really a tip as such but it is an interesting point that I noticed here when I first came to Saudia especially as a woman... there are no Sales ladies in the Retail shops! In fact at first it was a bit strange being served by a man especially when it concerned 'feminine things' such as clothes, lingerie, makeup, etc... but I soon got used to it. These guys are trained well and after awhile I did start to get used to it as some of them became friends of mine after being in the Kingdom awhile. Many of these people are expats too and come from many different countries such as Egypt, Syria, India, Lebanon, Yemen, etc... etc... I guess when I eventually do settle back into my home country (New Zealand) again it will feel strange being served by a female and a male together again.
What to buy: There are all sorts of little knick knacks that you can purchase here, I myself have taken a shine to the coffee and enjoy drinking the Arabic coffee which is flavoured with Cardamon, it is usually served in tiny little cups with no handles and is green. Sometimes it can be very bitter and not nice, usually depending on how it is made it is quite refreshing. I also enjoy sweetened Turkish coffee which looks like mud and is drunk without milk again this can be nice with a hint of cardamon.
A smoking pipe otherwise known as a "Sheesha" or "Hubbly Bubbly" makes a nice gift for someone back home. It is a tall contraption which water is usually placed at the bottom and hot coals at the top. These things can be found throughout the Middle East and usually have flavours from fruit peelings such as apples or grapes.
The Carpets here are something else, like Gold you really need to know what to look for in a carpet and if you are a little unsure like me it is best to take someone with you who knows a bit about them. The prices can range from 1000 riyals (about $250 U.S dollars) upwards.
What to pay: Remember everything here can be bargained for except for food and drink!
Ramadan Sales are the best!!
Remember how I told you all about the various different shops that are here in Saudi Arabia? Well many of them are from different countries such as the UK, America, some stock items from India and many other countries.
Here is a wee International Guide that you can use when you go out Shopping for Clothes. It saves you the worry about thinking Will this fit me?
A word to the wise, there are very little if not any Changing rooms in some of the Clothes shops here in Al Khobar. But if you ask nicely the shop keeper may allow you to try the items on in one of the nearby toliets to make sure it does fit. Some may also allow you to take it home (but you must buy it first) and then take it back if it does not fit.
What to buy: Women's Clothing
Japanese 9 11 13 15 17 19 21
American 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
British 32 34 36 38 40 42 44
Continental 38 40 42 44 46 48 50
Suits, Overcoats & Sweaters
Japanese S M L LL
American 34 36 38 40 42 44 46
British 34 36 38 40 42 44 46
Continental 44 46 48 50 52 54 56
Japanese 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
American 14 14.5 15 15.5 16 16.5 17
British 14 14.5 15 15.5 16 16.6 17
Continental 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
Japanese 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26
American 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9
British 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5
Continental 36 37 38 38 38 39 40
Japanese 24.5 26 27.5 28 29
American 5.5 6.5 7.5 8.5 9.5 10.5 11.5
British 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Continental 39 40 41 42 43 44
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