The Mall Culture of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has turned out into a business hub of Asia. With its ever expanding oil-exploration, it is latest “in-place” to be at jobwise. Many expats from different locations live there. But since it is a conservative country, there are lot of limitation of people. The country does not have any source of entertainment.

But the people, especially youth, yearn for some kind of entertainment. And that is where shopping malls comes in. These shopping mall house local as well as international brands and serve as a hang-out zone for the public. These are especially favored by the women who enjoy their spending their free time in these shopping malls of Saudi Arabia.

These malls not only hosts the shopping avenues, but they also showcase the foodcourts and fun parks inside them. The Best Shopping Malls in Saudi Arabia are known for their variety of experiences they offer. Some of the famous shopping malls are as listed below:

Al Faisaliyah:

Al Faisaliyah is located in the Al Faisaliyah complex which has its own hotel and apartments. Al Faisaliyah is a marketed as a secure shopping complex where the emphasis on the women shopping. It also boasts of a fun park in its basement and a food court.

Al Memlikah:

Like Al Faisaliyah, Al Memlikah is an upscale shopping center. The specialty of this mall is that its entire third floor is dedicated to women only, allowing women to remove their abaya while they shop.

Granada Mall:

Granada Mall is a smaller mall located off Exit 8. Along with women’s shops, the mall also houses an Obeikan bookstore and an outlet of the unique gift shop “Traditionals.”

Sahara Mall:

Sahara Mall, along with being the best shopping mall in Saudi Arabia, is also the largest there. It’s so huge that people can even take a walk there. It also hosts variety of women shops and along with them, there is a grocery store attached there.

Hayat Mall:

Located adjacent to Sa hara Mall, Hayat Mall has the widest variety of differing shops. Apart from many women’s shops, Hayat Mall attracts lot of customer for its huge variety of formal dresses. It also has a Jarir bookstore and a shop called “Extra” which sells electronics of all kinds in this mall.

Royal Mall:

Royal Mall specializes in formal dresses for women. It is also the only Shopping Mall in Saudi Arabia with an indoor ice-skating rink.

Al Owais (Kuwaiti Souk):

This is the bargain market of Saudi Arabia. With many small shops and narrow alleyways, everything is sold here from household goods, carpets, furniture to traditional and western dresses. Gold, spices and foodstuff is also sold here at negotiable price.


Deira, like the Kuwaiti souk, is another traditional style area with a multitude of shops. Deira is famous for its antique items sold here like watches, daggers, traditional clothes, hand carved furniture etc.


Euromarche was one of the first “western” style shopping centers and used to be very popular among westerners. It is not that famous but it still houses shops which sell clothing, groceries and many other household goods at huge discounts.

Apart from the above mentioned best shopping malls in Saudi Arabia, there are many other small malls which can offer interesting stuff.

Truly, shopping malls of Saudi Arabia are indeed shoppers’ paradise.