For the shopaholic visiting Saudi Arabia, the newly opened Makkah Mall located on the West Coast would prove to be a godsend. Found on Al King Abullah Ibn Abdul Aziz Street, this department store houses a multitude of stores selling a variety of items ranging from clothing, accessories, sports gear, electronics and luggage to even furniture.
For the lover of fashionable clothing, the Makkah Mall houses international stores such as Gap which sells American style items of clothing and Zara, an international brand famed for its high style and classic designs. For stores selling accessories a number of local brands as well as foreign brands are on sale. For children’s clothing, Red Tag, Gymboree and Australia’s famous Pumpkin Patch all have outlets at the Mall. Internationally renowned brands such as The Body Shop, Yves Rocher and Body & Soul all sell beauty and cosmetic items as well as shampoos, lotions and a variety of high end body products and fragrances as well.
For those who adore fashion items in the form of watches and jewellery, make your way to Swarovsky for crystal cut jewellery and Swatch and Swiss Corner for luxury watches of high quality. Furthermore, the Mall is also home to outlets selling a myriad of electronic items such as Nokia. For a comprehensive shopping experience at the Makkah Mall, one would definitely require more than a mere day, for the shops are varied and the opportunities to purchase high quality goods are endless.
After a fun day of shopping, make your way to one of the many coffee shops or restaurants located within the mall for a snack or meal to complete your day. Have a quick snack at Costa coffee or opt for dinner at The Pizza Company or Tony Roma’s and wrap up your meal with a delicious ice cream treat from Baskin Robbins or Minibons or Caramel Pecabon rolls from Cinnabon.
After an exhilarating day of shopping and snacking, you would surely wish to return to a luxurious Makkah hotel capable of allowing you to relax and rejuvenate yourself before you explore the city the next day. Whether you are travelling to Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage or pleasure, opting to stay at Raflles Makkah Palace would make you privy to the view of one of the most revered sights in Islam, a privilege only a few hotels in Mecca can bestow on a traveller.