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The Mall

When we moved to Riyadh in 1993 there was one mall. There might have been another mall but I never saw it. This mall was old and run down and had a few stores with big price tags. It was fine to go and walk around to get out of the heat! Having 9 kids means being practical and so the mall has never been my favorite place to take kids anyway.  But, in Saudi it is very hot all year and there isn’t much for foreigners to do. Saudi people go to the desert to camp, have picnics and visit relatives.

After a few years of living there things changed drastically. We lived on a compound and had access to a shopping bus which carted everyone around Riyadh. During this time period a couple of new malls were built. They were big and fantastic with food courts and shops from all over the world! After that things opened up and malls sprang up every where. Malls started having huge food courts, ice skating rinks, small amusement parks with roller coasters and many other rides. Another smaller mall had a little pool of water or “stream” running though with cafes lining it! Pretty soon hyper grocery stores started cropping up every where and they then had malls attached to them as well!  Basically malls on top of malls! Here are a few pictures of what malls look like in Saudi!

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Typical scene, men drinking tea outside the mall.

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  1. Enjoyed this. Well done.

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    August 25, 2015
  2. Have you seen the world’s largest mall in Dubai? There is downhill skying with real snow and penguins running around ! We have not been there, too much excess there for us! Smiles. . . .

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    August 25, 2015
  3. Were the items they were selling in the malls mostly foreign made?

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    August 25, 2015
    • they had shops from the United states and Europe, I never paid much attention and never bought anything, very expensive!

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      August 25, 2015
  4. Wow, seeing this luxury mall and then the men sitting outside having tea looks like such a contradiction to me.

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    August 25, 2015
  5. The malls are pretty spectacular but have to say I am shocked at the dresses, lots of skin do women wear revealing clothing in Saudi Arabia? The malls have it all, shopping, entertainment and food.

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    August 25, 2015
  6. Beautiful! And I love the last picture, too funny ☺

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    August 25, 2015
    • yes it is pretty typical to see guys sitting on the side of the road on a busy highway having a little picnic!

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      August 25, 2015
      • Do you miss it Lynn?

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        August 25, 2015
        • I miss many things since I had 5 kids there and lived there so long! Lots of memories! It was a forced move back just had to. So I do miss it sometimes

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          August 25, 2015
          • It is hard not to miss any place we call home. Thank you for sharing your stories with us. I haven’t traveled much and I appreciate your outlook. ☺ And the recipes of course. I will be trying out one tonight and will let you know how it goes ☺

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            August 25, 2015
          • Thanks, if you ever have a question please let me know! It is hard to explain some things without watching the process especially a different type of food

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            August 25, 2015
          • No, your pictures are great! I will.admit that I had a little bit of difficulty wrapping the samosas, but that stuffing was so good I didn’t mind ☺

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            August 25, 2015
          • My daughters do as well, it takes a little practice! We usually just hold tight and press them together so they stay wrapped! Glad you tried them

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            August 25, 2015
          • Me too! I have actually directed some of my family members to your site too, couldn’t resist sharing the goodness ☺

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            August 25, 2015
          • you are so sweet! Thanks!

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            August 25, 2015
          • Your welcome! You deserve it!

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            August 25, 2015
          • you are so sweet!

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            August 25, 2015
  7. Beautiful architecture….I love that your pictures show a progression in the time’s but not letting go of tradition. Very interesting.

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    August 25, 2015
  8. so crazy to see the contrast of the men sitting in the sand (I think) outside of what looks so much like malls we are used to in the U.S. Lynn – I am so enjoying this story of your life and your journey. I look forward to every chapter.

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    August 25, 2015
  9. Hey Lynz, keep writing my friend, excellent job! Cheryl

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    August 25, 2015
  10. Things were all change then…. in your photos where were the people??

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    August 25, 2015
    • ha ha well usually people come later at night we went in the morning. The schedule is that people go out to shop etc at night! maybe the heat!

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      August 25, 2015
  11. They definitely know how build a mall there!

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    August 25, 2015
  12. Thank you for sharing this, it is very interesting to see so big contrasts Lynz 😀

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    August 25, 2015
  13. Lovely photos, Lyn. The goods for sale in the malls look very expensive, as you said. They all look very ‘glitzy’ too. Just for interest, how would dresses like that go down with Saudi women? I mean, would their culture allow them to wear clothing like that, or are those fashions aimed at Europeans and other nationalities shopping there? The malls do look lovely and cool, crisp and clean – so I can see why you enjoyed visiting them.

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    August 25, 2015
  14. Beautiful dresses I expect the women wear them to female only parties do they?

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    August 25, 2015
  15. Wow! They are beautiful with amazing architecture. I have heard that even UAE is famous for big malls but never been there.

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    August 25, 2015
  16. Even in India there are big malls with international branded stores everywhere. But the architecture is amazing in UAE and Saudi.

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    August 25, 2015
  17. What a beautiful mall. Aside from the prices, just being able to walk around in a nice cool place would be such a relief from the heat. At first, I wondered the same thing as “apuginthekitchen”, but then remembered that women are free to dress up when around other women only. I’ve heard that that is one of their favorite times. A time to relax and just enjoy themselves.

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    August 25, 2015
  18. What a story and a study in contrasts.

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    August 25, 2015
  19. This reminds me so much of when I first lived in Dubai in 1984. We didn’t have any of those huge shiny shopping malls like they have now back then; we used to have to wait until we came back to the UK to buy clothes.

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    August 25, 2015
  20. Fascinating… Thanks for the peek! 🙂

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    August 25, 2015
  21. Thank you, those dresses look so amazing!

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    August 25, 2015
  22. Great pictures!

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    August 25, 2015
  23. Kentucky Angel #

    Those malls beat anything we have in my town. I think I live in a desert community now if that is what it looks like in Saudi. We do have the Ohio River as our norther border, but we also have the Village Idiots running the town. At one time we were called “The City Of Trees”, but present officials cut down the live trees, erecting concrete monstrosities in their place. Now we are the — town of concrete idiots?

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    August 25, 2015
  24. Amazing pictures….what a contrast, in the men in the sand…..something I would never think of doing, a tea picnic in the sand with my friends…..glad you had some place to escape to in the heat of the day…I bet the kids loved it….

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    August 25, 2015
  25. Another great post Lynz. I feel like a tourist and you’re my personal tour guide through the Middle East! Amazing insight into both your difficult austere life behind closed doors and the public opulence of the city.

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    August 25, 2015
  26. Very interesting.

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    August 26, 2015
  27. Wow! Amazing architecture!

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    August 26, 2015
  28. This got me: going to the desert to camp and have picnics. I’ve never been to the desert but if 90+ degree temps get me down I can’t begin to think about how the desert must feel. The thought of it makes me want to break out in hives.

    The architecture in the pictures you posted of the malls is stunning.

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    August 26, 2015
  29. It is so refreshing to see an inside view of your life in Saudia. Thanks for sharing your experiences and adventures with us Lynz 🙂

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    August 27, 2015
  30. Your blog is so interesting Lynz! I was accepted to work as a nurse in Qatar but there have been massive delays…3 more years until the hospital opens. The Middle East culture is certainly an interesting one. I look forward to trying your recipies. 🙂

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    August 28, 2015
  31. chevvy8 #

    hmmm! Impressive looking shops !

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    September 25, 2015

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