Shopping in Jeddah is a serious sport. As there
aren't many entertainment options for women in Saudi Arabia,
shopping malls have turned into 'destination malls': enormous
structures with not only hundreds of shops, but full-scale
amusement parks, ice skating rinks, and dozens of restaurants. The
facilities are ultra-modern, and most importantly completely
air-conditioned, allowing both men and women in Jeddah to beat the
heat while they enjoy themselves.
The newest and largest mall in Jeddah is the Mall
of Arabia, which has more than 330 shops, and a Snow Village where
guests can cool off and enjoy themselves in the snow. The mall has
plenty of entertainment for children as well, including puppet
shows and children's theatre.
Other popular malls in Jeddah include the Red Sea
Mall, the Heraa International Mall, and Roshan Mall. The selection
of shops at the malls is huge, with many international brands that
visitors will recognise, including Diesel, Nike, Banana Republic,
and much more. Most shops in Jeddah are open from 9 or 10am to 1pm,
and then from 5pm to 10pm.
For a more authentic Middle Eastern shopping
experience, the old town centre of Jeddah is home to a number of
crowded souks (bazaars) where touts are waiting to haggle over
leather goods, gold jewellery, and textiles, as well as knock-off
designer goods. The most popular bazaar in Jeddah is the Souk Al
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