A big portion of any country can be analyzed by its public spaces. These areas, not only form most of the country’s variety of demographics of the country, but they also possess anthropological aspects. With Saudi, malls are the ultimate public, well.. semi-public, place you will find. It has people coming from all around just because there are not much other hang-outs, which is not necessarily boring. Maybe Saudi Arabia is not an adventure destination or a party place, but those people know how to shop!
From plush shopping malls to quaint souks, Riyadh is a shopper’s paradise with a number of options to suit all types of tastes and budgets. In addition to malls, you can also find traditional handicrafts in some areas. Souk al-Thumairi in Riyadh’s old quarter is a must-visit and you can shop for all kinds of traditional goods like carpets, coffee pots, daggers, jewelry, and more.
Faisaliah Mall – This is probably the most recognizable building in the whole of Saudi Arabia. It is located at the entrance of the Faisaliah Skyscraper, which is the highest in Ryadh. It has the best restaurant area in the city as well. In addition to an entertainment area for kids. The shopping there is such an amazing experience, combining high0end designers with affordable clothing lines. If you have a limited time in the country, whether you’re looking for shopping or just want to have some fun, this is the place to be.
Al Mamlaka – This is another great spot for shopping in the capital. Maybe not as big as the Faisaliah, but it is sure as fancy. The mall is located on Olaya Road, and it is one of the biggest in the city. Wait for it, it has one whole floor dedicated only for women, tadaaa. With a variety of brands just like Faisaliah, you will sure find something that would suit your wardrobe.
Mall of Arabia – Yes, like the one in October city, only bigger and fancier (because why not). Mall of Arabia is found on the the Medina Road. It is very near to the King Abdulaziz International Airport, so you don’t have to waste a lot of time after you land. It has one of the biggest malls in the city. The Mall has a variety of restaurants along with a huge food court and an entertainment area for kids. It’s also a very friendly mall, in terms of layout and shops. It’s very easy to walk around, not a lot of mazes that makes you go in circles. You will also find all the mainstream traditional brands, like Zara, M&S, and others. Nothing too intimidating.
Red Sea Mall – This is another shopping gem. It is also one of the biggest in Jeddah. However, this time you have to be loaded. From Burberry to Givenchy, the mall offers high-end exquisite brand shops. So be ready to spare some cash. If you don’t have the money though, it’s no problem. The is located in a a five star hotel that is a delight to hangout. It also has a kids area and a bunch of restaurants so don’t worry, you will have fun in all cases.
Stars Avenue – If you had been to Dubai before, you will find that this mall bears great similarity with the Dubai Mall of UAE. It is located on King Abdul Aziz Road, and it is every shopaholic’s dream come true. It has all luxury brands, high-street brands and lots of local brands. Jimmy Choo, Lush, you name it, you will find it there. The mall also has some really great restaurants to eat in. We do recommend this one.