Designer names, international brands, local flavour - whatever your preferred form of retail therapy, Bahrain’s got it all. From exclusive boutiques, to modern malls, to bargain hunting at the souk, there’s something for every occasion and every wallet.
For modern-style shopping, there are state of the art malls. Of the biggest malls, Al A’ali Shopping Complex and Seef Mall are located in the Seef area, and Bahrain Mall and Dana Mall are located in the adjacent Sanabis area. The newly-opened Sitra Mall is a little further off Sitra bridge.
The Bahrain City Centre mall,opend in 2008,is a fully-equipped leisure complex with a shopping mall, kids’ play area, cinemas, two hotels and a water park,Other smaller, centrally located malls offer a wide variety of goods. The malls include the Yateem Centre (located in the Manama suq), Marina Mall, Lulu Mall (well known for fabrics), GOSI Centre (specializing in telecommunications products and accessories) and Bahrain Commercial Complex, (better known as the Sheraton Complex due to its proximity to the hotel), which is rapidly expanding.
For a complete shopping in Bahrain visiting the traditional suqs is a must. The biggest and most popular is the Manama Suq. Others well worth a visit are the Muharraq Suq, the Iranian Suq in Isa Town (second hand goods, low cost household items and a bird market), Suq Waqif in Hamad Town (fresh fruit and vegetables), and of course Manama Central Market and the Fish Market, provide a fascinating insight into local trading and produce.
The suburbs are well served by Riffa Mall, Al Alawi complex in Nwaidrat and Isa Town Mall – each serving their local community with a cross section of goods. Other malls, with a food retailer as the anchor store, include Jawad Dome in Barbar, the Najibi Centre at Saar, and Al Jazira Centre in Mahooz.
You can’t miss Ramez, a huge multi-purpose store; it is the right place for bargain hunters and families alike, selling a mixture of household. It’s the perfect place to stock up in bulk for parties or other celebrations, or simply for those with big families.
It’s true to say that Bahrain boasts a multitude of other unique, individual retail outlets, too numerous to mention, scattered around the suburbs of Manama and beyond. There are hand-made chocolates to sample, designer boutiques, local art galleries, antique stores and artIfact sellers galore.
Seef Mall The first mall of its size in Bahrain, Seef mall is host to a large variety of international retails brands, tens of places to eat, and a 16-screen cinema.
Bahrain Mall Located in the heart of Bahrain’s retail district with over 120 international brands, Bahrain’s only hypermarket, and exciting events all year round, The Bahrain Mall is the shopping hub for families and visitors from all over the world. It covers an area of 750,000 square feet with ample parking facilities for up to 1,600 cars
Dana Mall The mall caters for all its clientele needs offering a variety of exclusive retail shopping outlets with a relaxing umbrella of coffee shops all around. An entertainment theme park grants full amusement to all family members topped with most exclusive cinema complex in the region, offering 12 screens of the highest international calibre and most distinguished in the latest fashion and design.
Yateem Centre Comprising more than 10,000 square meters of built-up accommodation, Yateem Centre comprises over five levels; it is the first shopping mall in Bahrain.
Al A’ali Shopping Complex A shopping mall with traditional Bahraini motifs and elements, it hosts Bahrain elite shopping brands.
Bahrain City Center The largest mall in Bahrain, features an indoor and outdoor water park, 330 retail outlets and 2- screen movie theater.
Moda Mall with a focus on only the most exclusive of brands and boutiques, Moda Mall is the destination for premium designer products.