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“A labyrinth of Western materialism” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mall Of Dhahran

Mall Of Dhahran
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Dhahran
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Dallas, TX
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32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A labyrinth of Western materialism”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

If you like shopping malls, you will probably like this one. I don't, and I didn't, but it's a matter of taste.

The primary aspect of interest to me, as a newly-arrived US expat, was in seeing the bizarre contrast between the Western fashions on display in the store windows--mostly oriented toward women--and the parade of abaya-clad shoppers. (There seems to be some fundamental dissonance in Saudi culture that will need to be worked out over time--a simultaneous fascination with and rejection of Western styles and values.) But after the novelty of that has worn off, it's just another shopping mall. The curved hallways split and converge, and seemingly go on forever.

After shopping at SACO World (which was a disappointment), I set out for HyperPanda supermarket, without knowing exactly where it was. I felt sure I could find it just by walking, but after maybe 45 minutes, never passing the same store twice, I finally had to ask... (It's near Gate #3). The fact that a store the size of HyperPanda could remain hidden amidst the maze of stores says it all..

The food court is impressive... with many American fast food chains represented, as well as others that offer good food.

Visited February 2013
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UK
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162 reviews
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“Expansive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

One of the newer malls and ever-expanding. Huge variety of international as well as regional shops. Large, improved food-court as well as selection of restaurants. Excessively spread out and if you park at the wrong door you'll have miles to walk.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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173 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Great for power walking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

The mall is typical mall found in Saudi with all the European and American high street brands. The food court is a typical fast food court, but there are lots of individual cafes and restaurants that are spread around the mall some even have out door seating.
The mall is one story but huge, its a great place to get some exercise.
Visiting the mall around 5-6pm you will see men and women in trainers power walking, as the land scape of mall is great for a power walk.

Visited September 2012
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Glendale, Arizona
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152 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“Typical Mall but Food court is nice for quick meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

American food presence-Burger King, KFC, Burger King as well as ethnic places. Clothing stores, perfume. Within walking distance from Sheraton hotel.

Visited December 2012
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