Saudi Arabia, in the Middle East, is a shoppers’ paradise and if you are in Saudi Arabia, shopping is a great way to spend your time, because there are no nightclubs, bars, cinemas or the atres for your entertainment.
However Saudi shopping delights are many for you to choose from. You can go and visit the more traditional souks or the large modern malls with all kinds of facilities, all throughout the day. These malls often stay open as late as 11 pm or even midnight.
The souks are the place to do traditional Saudi shopping. You will find the most colourful collection of items, like jewellery, incense, bronze, brassware, and much more. Go to the souks if you want a taste of the Arabian flavour. It will seem as if a chapter of the Arabian Nights has come to life.
A popular buy for people visiting souks are the highly ornamented daggers and swords. You will need to bargain, if you want a good deal, even for things like electrical goods – and you will get a lot of value for money.
The Red Sea Mall
This is one of the best shopping malls in Suadi and s a MUST visit if you are a shopaholic. It accommodates a 5-star hotel within the mall, thus tagging itself as a luxury stop for all those who tourists who are looking forward to a grand stay.
This mall has 18 entrances and a well-developed parking space. The mall is located very near to the King Abdulaziz International Airport, making it a more convenient option to shop. The food court is amazing too as it has multiple cuisines in it.
The capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh is a heaven on earth for shoppers. It has plenty of large department stores and shopping centers and you have some options to choose from. With more than 190 shops and showrooms selling global brands, the Kingdom Center in Al-Olayastreet is one of the malls that is a must to visit.
Another shoppers’ hotspot is the Al-Faisaliyah Center on King Fahad road. The mall itself has 117 stores, along with a children’s corner in the food court and an amusement park on the ground floor of the mall.
Jeddah is home to both shopping malls and souks – Saudi Arabia’s largest souk, Souk al-Alwai that runs off Al-Dahab Street is here. Do not miss it if you want to experience the local atmosphere, especially during the Haj season.
The Mall of Arabia – which can be called one of the best shopping mall in Saudi Arabia, after the Red Sea Mall, is located near the airport, east of Madinah road. It has no less than 300 stores, a skating rink, and a hypermarket.
Taif is not as big as Jeddah or Riyadh and shopping options may be a little less. The Taif International Mall on Khalid bin Al-Waleed Street is a popular shopping destination as the whole family has something to do and there are many events that are hosted there.
The Abha Mall and the Aseer Mall are good places to shop in the area of Abha. Aseer Mall has 167 stores, 20 restaurants, and an amusement park, all inside one shopping mall. For antiques and souvenirs, visit the city’s Tuesday market.
All the major cities of Saudi Arabia have large Saudi Shopping malls that proudly exhibit the latest fashion brands from all over the world, gift items, local souvenirs, jewellery, perfume, and much more at competitive prices and free of tax.