Shopping in Riyadh

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The Saudi Arabian capital is one of the best shopping destinations in the country and features an array of high-end brands in ritzy malls and lovely ethnic items in quaint street side traditional markets. The goods bought here are free from sales tax and, as a result, visitors can purchase some great luxury brands at rock bottom prices. Here is a comprehensive and helpful guide to shopping in Riyadh.

Saco Mall

The Saco Mall is a sprawling shopping mecca that is extremely popular with tourists for its home furnishing stores that sell a variety of home beautification accessories like lamp shades, chandeliers, candles, bed sheets, rugs, carpets, crockery, artifacts and a range of other house-hold items. The high-quality products are also very reasonably priced and tourists are known to take home bags and bags of items.

Al Faisalia

This is one of the most popular malls in the city center of Riyadh and houses a stunning assortment of top-notch international fashion labels. Visitors can pick up designer wear at Zara and Mango along with a host of other stores like Versace, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Harvey Nichols, Benetton, DKYN and Next. There is a nice in-house food court serving a blend of local and international cuisine.

Kingdom Tower

The buzzing Kingdom Tower is a haven for shopaholics and is crowded on almost all the days of the week by locals and tourists alike who come here to shop from stores like Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Zara and Louis Vuitton. The best part about shopping at this swanky destination is the all items in the mall are offered at 50 to 80 percent off the retail price.

Local Souks

Local souks or bazaars are a great place to stroll through on a quiet afternoon. The traditional markets are infused with color, energy and a vibrant appeal that depicts the exotic culture of the land and its everyday ethnic lifestyle. The Batha region has one of the best souks in the city, where visitors can bag super bargains on Persian rugs, local jewelry, bright fabrics and handbags. Be sure to haggle for the price and bargain with merchants to get the best deals.

Riyadh’s duty-free shopping makes it a paradise for shoppers and offers an array of high-end brands at deeply discounted prices.
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