Saudi Arabia is known for its sheikhdom, rich oil wells and the fact that it is the place where the Prophet Mohammed was born and rests. For this reason, it is also known for the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, the Ka’aba and Hajj. However, no one actually links it to a place where you can shop to your heart’s content. Shopping is usually associated with countries like the USA. Well for those who want to shop without flying all that way, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia offers you all the shopping you can do and more. Designer too off course. You do not need to go to Paris for Chanel or Germany for Hugo Boss items, or even New York. Just go to one of the renowned Shopping Mall Saudi Arabia and you will find all the brands that you want.
THE TOP SHOPPING MALL IN SAUDI ARABIA
Situated along Takhasussi Street, Panorama Mall is one of the most popular malls in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Shops, organised in clusters, are home to a number of luxury and high street brands. It also has an amusement park and a huge food court.
RED SEA MALL
The Red Sea Mall in the city of Jeddah is one of the best shopping mall in Saudi Arabia. With 18 entrances, it is easily accessible by anyone who wants to shop and dine in this 242,200sq. metre mall. It stretches over seven stories and houses the luxurious El Alaf Hotel. When it initially opened, the Red Sea Mall was home to the biggest water fountain as well as the largest glass covered area in Saudi Arabia.
Red Sea Mall has local and international brand shops. You get a variety of upper-end brands like Burberry and Givenchy, as well as middle range brands like Top Shop and Next. It also has a children entertainment area with something for all the kids, whatever their age group. It has a good variety of restaurants and coffee shops not to forget diners. Household names like McDonald's and Burger King also have outlets in the mall.
Every weekend there is always something special happening at this mall so it is an ideal place for a weekend family outing, where everyone is catered to under one roof.
TAHLIA SHOPPING CENTRE
Tahlia Shopping Centre in Jeddah is another name that should be on your list of shopping venues. Located on Tahlia Street, the shopping mall is the perfect place to shop for beauty products. The Body Shop, Sephora, Mac, Boots and other beauty shops stand almost shoulder to shoulder to cater to your beauty needs. Designer abaya shops, as well as jewellery shops, will give you something that you can buy. A full range of fast food restaurants will satisfy the hunger pangs of that tired and hungry shopper, giving a range of delicacies that will have him up and shopping again in no time.
AL RASHID MALL
This mall proudly boasts “The world in your hand, At Al-Rashid Mall your day should be memorable, enjoyable and totally stress-free” This mall has been designed in a combination of Arabic-Islamic design using the latest international technologies in constructing and design such that it reflects the architectural renaissance that has been witnessed by Saudi Arabia. The best from the best malls in the world has been put into this one.
Also known as the “Jewel of Khobar” it is an ideal place for those shoppers who want to shop at reasonable prices at all the popular brand shops that the mall houses.
MALL OF ARABIA
This article would be incomplete if I did not mention the Mall of Arabia, one of the largest malls in Jeddah. With an area of 261,000 square feet, it is located on the eastern side of Medina Road, south of Makkah Road, near King Aziz International Airport. There are lots of places to eat and entertainment for children of all ages. Though it does not house designer brands, it is still every shopper’s paradise.
The Kingdom Centre is a skyscraper situated in the city of Riyadh. It is the country’s third tallest skyscraper and the world’s third tallest building with a hole. Rising 300m above the city of Riyadh, its unique position makes it a must visit venue for all tourists to Saudi Arabia. It has a three level shopping centre in the east wing.
If not for shopping then you definitely need to see this architectural marvel that was the winner of the 2002 Emporis Skyscraper Award and selected as the best new skyscraper of the year for its design and functionality.