Stay cool on your trip to Makkah by visiting some of the city’s most sensational shopping malls – or venture outside to explore the buzzing market streets. Impress your family and friends by taking them straight to the best shops!
Abraj Al Bait Mall: everything you need and more
The size of Abraj Al Bait Mall is jaw-dropping: 4,000 stores over five levels and parking space for 1,000 cars. Part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project, Makkah’s most famous commercial complex stands directly in front of King Abdulaziz Gate, steps from the Grand Mosque.
Women will love the local and international clothing brands and perfume stores, as well the collections of accessories and bags. Looking for a gift to take back home? There are plenty of gift shops selling just what you were looking for – even if you didn’t know what you were looking for.
There’s no chance of going hungry at Abraj Al Bait. The mall’s international food court on the 4th and 5th floors has restaurants and cafés with a capacity of over 5,500 people. You can tuck into anything from fast food to fine dining. For a coffee break, experience the refinement of the Makkah Raffles Café with its balcony overlooking the Grand Mosque.
Al Aziziyah, a shopping hotspot
The Aziziyah district, a 10-minute walk east of the Grand Mosque, is famous for its markets. Al Aziziyah Central Market is a popular place to shop after Hajj, packed with clothes, textiles, bags, shoes, cosmetics and household appliances. If you’re looking for gold and jewelry, this is a great place to come.
Right next to Al Aziziyah Central Market, Al Majaz Market has international brands and a wide range of textiles and jewelry shops. The kids will love the children’s play area on the ground floor.
These aren’t the only shopping centers in Al Aziziyah. Stroll a few minutes and you’ll see many other enticing malls, including Al Salam Shopping Center, the International Family Complex and Aryam International Mall – and more! Whatever you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it here.
Makkah Mall, great for kids
Walk southwards in the Aziziyah neighborhood and you’ll discover Makkah Mall on King Abdullah Road. This large shopping center features more than 140 brands and entertainment areas, including the Billy Beez amusement park for children and a branch of Hyper Panda supermarket. Take the family – they’ll love it!
You’ll find plenty of cafés and restaurants amongst the shops, as well as a food court with a wide range of international choices. It’s only a 15-minute walk from the Grand Mosque and has good parking facilities, so you’ll see many other visitors and pilgrims exploring the shops.
Stop at Al Hijaz Mall on the way to Jeddah
Located on the Makkah-Jeddah highway, Hijaz Mall is a great place to stop on your way into or out of the city. One of the oldest shopping centers in Makkah, it is known for its stores selling gold, textiles and clothing.
Al Hijaz Mall features a branch of the Jarir Bookstore and a special section for women’s evening dresses. Kids will love the entertainment area on the first floor.
Modern design at Al Diyafa Mall
One of the trendiest malls in Makkah, Al Diyafa (which means “hospitality”) is located on Al Hajoun Street in Al Zaher district. The striking modern building contains good facilities for women and families, including a children’s play area and several restaurants. You can find the most famous international fashion and cosmetics brands here.
If you’re seeking high-quality goods at low prices, come to Makkah’s oldest popular market, Al Otaybi Market. It’s about 3 km away from the Grand Mosque and bustles with 2,000 shops over several streets, selling everything from souvenirs to abayas and gold. Wear comfortable shoes (or buy some when you’re there). Men can also find high-quality clothes at good prices.
Al Otaybi Market is so popular that during Ramadan and Hajj season it can be extremely busy – so try to come earlier in the day and be prepared for a crowd!
For traditional gifts and souvenirs, you can also try Al Siteen Street Market at the western entrance to Makkah.
Need more shopping secrets?
For directions and shop opening times – especially during Ramadan and other festive periods – simply ask the concierge of your hotel.
Shop in style and comfort at Abraj Al Bait Mall
Makkah is a great place to buy gold and jewelry