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If you prefer the hustle of the market and a spot of haggling, then head on down to the Bathaa neighbourhood where there are a plethora of souks. You can pick up some great deals on jewelry in the Gold souk if your bargaining skills are up to scratch. In almost all the souks you will find quality handcrafted goods, particularly antiques, pottery and linen. Souk Azal is the place to go for beautiful hand-woven carpets.
Shopping is the number one pastime in Riyadh. Be it brand names or handmade, markets or malls, whatever you’re looking for the traders of Riyadh will satisfy your desires. So if you’re after the latest in tax-free designer lingerie or if your tastes are more inclined towards the traditional abaya, then grab your wallet, put on a pair of comfortable shoes and hit the streets of Riyadh. With over 60 shopping malls you could quite easily spend your entire holiday drifting from one mall to the next and still not negotiate them all.