Madinah offers retail experiences stretching from old-world to modern-day – malls offering international brands are seen alongside atmospheric souqs.
Al Noor Mall, found in the city’s residential district, houses a blend of global stores, coffee shops, restaurants and family entertainment. Also try the Al Rashid Mega Mall, Madinah’s largest, which combines international brand stores with stunning and quirky interior design. One feature is a huge galleon afloat on an indoor artificial cove. A gangplank even allows mall visitors to board the vessel.
But for the authentic buzz of ancient Arab commerce, visit the Old Bazaar, where you can find everything you need for souvenir shopping. Perfumes, foodstuffs, jewellery, clothing and curios are all sold here, and the surrounding stone walls and arches add some Arabian ambiance.