Friday, June 17, 2011

Jeddah Shopping Centres: My Favourites

Shopping is one of our major activities in Saudi Arabia. Below, you would find a description of my favourite shopping centres in Jeddah.


Aziz Mall


It is one of the biggest malls in the region. Any fashion lover would certainly love its huge collection of clothing and accessories. The mall has over 170 shops including Starbucks, Geant supermarket and Aldo etc


Location: Prince Majed Street, Al Faysaleeyah


Opening hours
Saturday to Tuesday: 9:00am - 1:00am
Wednesday and Thursday: 9:00am - 2:00am
Friday: 12:30pm - 1:00am 


Corniche Commercial Centre


This is a place that I love, especially when I have tight budget to manage. You can get the best deals here; abaya, shoes, jewellery, bags, clothing, gold, watches and electronics. It is even reported to have the best gold shops in Jeddah. 
There is so much activity around this area that sometimes it makes me forget that I am in Saudi Arabia. I especially love to see the crowd, people eating in the open air and those going about their businesses. The only downside is traffic congestion especially in the evenings.


Red Sea Mall Jeddah 


This is another big mall that I love. It has a big water fountain reputed to be the “biggest indoor water fountain” in Saudi Arabia. I remember not being able to take my eyes off it the first time I saw it. This mall is said to have 18 entrances and 4,000 parking spaces. 


Location: On the western side of King Abdul Aziz Road, between the King Abdulaziz International Airport and the Red Sea coast.  


Mall of Arabia Jeddah 


Another giant. The shops have an amazing collection of clothing and accessories. If you are a fashion lover, it would be very hard to resist the temptation of emptying your wallet in its shops. This mall has 16 entrances and 3,000 parking spaces.  It has a  Hyperper Panda Supermarket and a snow rink. It has many stores such as Accesorize, Adidas, Burger King, Kudu, McDonald's, Marks & Spencer, Nike, Nine West, Mothercare, Timberland, Krispy Kreme, Lacoste, MAC Cosmetics, Puma, Samuel & Kevin, Starbucks, Swatch etc.


Location: On the eastern side of Medina Road and south of Makkah Road, near the King Abdulaziz International Airport. 
  
AlTahlia Shopping center


The first time that I visited this shopping centre, I was actually going to buy some books with a Saudi friend and her kids. I discovered that their stores had a luxurious collection of watches, bags and shoes. If you love designer products, then this place is just good for you.
Some shops that you would find are Swarovski, Laura Ashley, Tiffany and Co., Paris Gallery and much more.


Andalus Mall


This is one of the first malls that I visited on my arrival here. There wasn't a month that went by without me visiting this mall. Some of its main facilities are Hyper Panda Supermarket, Centrepoint and Movie Town. Its restaurant is usually crowded on weekends, making it extremely difficult to get a seat. Its entertainment area for kids is really amazing. It has a wide variety of games for kids of all ages. My son never seems to get tired whenever we go there.
You would find stores such as: Accessori, Nine West, Mango, Redtag, Citimax and more.


Location: King Abdul Aziz Square, Al Fayhaa, near King Abdul Aziz University. It is well known to most taxidrivers. All you need to say is "Al Andalus gareeb Al jama'aH," if you do not speak Arabic fluently.


Carrefour


I love to go this mall when I need a quiet place to spend with my family. It is usually not crowded, even on weekends, so there is no seat hunting in the cafes and restaurant. What really attracts me here is Dominos Pizza. They make the tastiest pizzas that I have ever had in my entire existence. Ok, Pizza Hut's are fabulous too. 
This mall has many interesting shops that sell kids' clothing. The entertainment area also has a wide variety of games which your kids would certainly love.


Location: Sulaimania Plaza


IKEA


Whenever I mention IKEA, one of the first things that most people say is "expensive." A connoiseur would say that the prices of their products are worth it. You would get long-lasting furniture of superior quality here. You can save a lot of money if you shop when they offer discounts. I discovered their restaurant only a few months ago. It is self-service and you would be amazed that you pay little for a good meal. You can save a lot here if you are eating out with a group of friends.


Location: Al Tahleyah street


Store opening hours
Saturday to Thursday: 10:00 - 24:00
Friday:17:00 - 24:00
Special opening hours in Ramadan and EID.


Farm Superstores


I love to visit this store especially when they have special offers. You would save a lot on groceries and some household items.


Location: Al Safa Area, Prince Muheb Street. It is adjacent to the famous Abdul Latif Jameel Hosptial. Most drivers would not miss it if you mention this hospital.

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