TRADITIONAL SHOPPING TOUR IN THE HISTORICAL PART OF RIYADH
If you ever visit Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, try to find time to visit Al Thumairi Souq. Here, you will find traditional Arabic clothes, hand-crafted fine carpets and, of course, Arabic gold jewellery. This authentic and old souq is located in the historical part of city, by Masmak Fort in the Al Diraiyah area.
These little cosy streets are dramatic when the sun goes down and a slight desert dust is in the air. Small shops welcome you to discover 100% pure pashmina colourful scarves – a reminder that the desert winter is slowly coming around in the Arabian region.
Exploring the souq can often bring a big discovery. For example, in the heart of Saudi Arabia in the local market, salesmen are speaking the Russian language! Carpet shop number 13 has a wide selection of antique carpets, kilims, silk carpets, Afghan carpets, Persian, Caucasian and Turkoman carpets. You can spend time choosing your favourite carpets with an enjoyable negotiation for the best choice and best price. Definitely, you will return there again and again. There are small and beautifully decorated carpets which are an excellent choice for a unique gift from the Middle East.
Women’s fashion is all around and you can find bright Jalabiyas. A great choice is Jalabiya Shop number 10/14. The next shop sells Moroccan motifs and the next sells decorations, while the smell of Arabian perfume is everywhere in the dusty air.
These days in Riyadh the abaya fashion line has become so colourful! A pure Arabian abaya is a great memory from your travels in Saudi Arabia, a souvenir from the heart of the desert – and it is no longer only in black!
Small souq streets will host you with the lovely taste of hot Arabic coffee and sweet sticky dates. While drinking coffee, you can discover another part of the souq – the Gold Market with bracelets, necklaces and rings with bright shades of 24 carat gold. It’s impossible to only choose one item! Six bracelets look dramatic on the wrist and show you enjoyed the real Arabic style of shopping!
A recommendation for the nearest hotel stay is Four Points by Sheraton in the Imam Faisal Turki area. On the way to the hotel you can discover the district of fabrics. Many shops have a vibrant selection of pure silk or organza and many other beautiful fabrics. Stop by Alkatri of Fabrics Shop and you can create your own collection for the next fashionable season.
Travel in style and always discover new places to explore, such a Thumairi Souq in Riyadh.