SEEK OUT ONE-OF-A KIND SOUVENIRS
• Explore the higher-end shops of the Abraj al-Bait complex, right near the Conrad
• Find stylish contemporary takes on traditional items
The Great Mosque is surrounded by shopping malls featuring familiar brands and chains, but you didn’t come all this way to stock up on Sephora products, did you? Instead, do a targeted loop through the shopping centers in the Abraj al-Bait mall complex—home to the famous Makkah Royal Clock Tower skyscraper, and just steps from the Conrad—to seek out the highest-grade religious-themed souvenirs. Reem sells tasbih—prayer beads—from its plush showroom; My Fair Lady has quality abayas and scarves at reasonable prices; Lomar is where dapper Saudi men buy tailored thawbs; the Bin Dawood grocery store carries a wide range of dates; and Abdul Samad al-Qurashi stocks high-end scents in agarwood and amber (just be prepared for the price: some offerings cost upwards of $2,000 USD an ounce). If you’re looking for something more artistic and cutting-edge, Makkah-based design outfit Dhuraibah sells contemporary takes on traditional items: think minimalist prayer rugs, colorful Pop Art–inspired illustrations of the Kaaba, and Korans sheathed in jackets adorned with modern calligraphy.
All of these shops are located in the Makkah Royal Clock Tower complex, along the perimeter of the Great Mosque, about a five-minute walk from the Conrad Makkah.
MY FAIR LADY: Abraj al-Bait, 2nd floor
LOMAR: Abraj al-Bait, 11th floor; facebook.com/lomarthobe
REEM: Abraj al-Bait, 11th floor
ABDUL SAMAD AL-QURASHI: Abraj al-Bait, ground floor; store.asqgrp.com