If there’s one thing you should not miss, it would be shopping in Al Khobar. Not too many know that the city has plenty of good shopping centers and retail stores. Everything you need, from clothes, to shoes, to unique items, is all here. The even dirt cheap price of almost every item even makes shopping around the city more enjoyable.
One of the best spots for shopping in Al Khobar is the Al Rashid Mall. You can find it at the west of the city center, north of the King Abdullah Road. This is the place to go if you need to buy clothes and shoes, accessories, and cosmetics. If you get hungry, no need to leave the place as it has a number of food establishments such as the Gulf royal Chinese Restaurant and Fuddruchers.
The Al Khobar Plaza is another good place for shopping. This is located at the center of the city downtown with a total of 144 stores divided in 3 floors. They have local as well as international brands to provide shoppers with a wide range of options. Cafeterias and restaurants are available at the Plaza’s food court. Aside from shopping, you can also visit the place on days when grand events and contests are being held.
Al Khobar’s weekend falls on Thursday and Friday. This should not stop you from shopping around the city as banks are open in the morning, while ATMs are available 24/7. Most shops and businesses in the city are open from 9:00 to 1 or 2pm, and then will reopen at 4:00 or 5:00 pm.
There are just some reminders when shopping in Al khobar. All businesses and companies in the city close five times each day for the prayer. And since the prayer times are not the same everyday, you have to get a copy of the local newspaper where schedules are posted. During Ramadan, all businesses are closed except for grocery stores, which are only open in the morning.
The shops in the city offer various American and European foods, as well as household items. However, you should know that these goods are more expensive than in the US. For this, you may want to consider buying food products that are from the local economy. They don’t only cost affordable, but taste good too.
In the market or Souq is where you will find products that are native to the region such as gold and handicrafts. These items are very affordable and can even be bought at cheaper prices if you ask for discounts. Be advised that fixed prices are only for shops like grocery stores, but in retail shops, you can always ask for discounts.
Most stores in Al Khobar don’t allow returns or exchanges. Therefore, make sure to double check what you are buying, and if you are not sure with how a product works, ask for assistance.
Getting around and shopping in Al Khobar is fun especially that you can get what you want at a very reasonable price. Imagine how much money you can save if you are even good at bargaining. So, get out of your seat and make the most of the shopping experience.