Best things to buy in Saudi Arabia

While looking for what things to buy in Saudi Arabia, one is always recommended to opt for traditional items. Here is a list of things to purchase as souvenirs from Saudi Arabia. There are many famous things you can buy from Saudi Arabia while shopping in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, or Riyadh to present as cool gifts to your loved ones.

  • Dates
  • Zamzam water
  • Oud perfume
  • Saudi rugs
  • Dallah
  • Scarves/Abaya


Dates are the most popular and special souvenirs which you can buy for your loved ones as a gift. Saudi Arabia has delicious and premium quality dates. It can easily be found in local markets, shopping malls, and complexes. You can choose from Ajwa, Medjool, and more varieties of dates in the kingdom. Saudi dates are very nutritious with a high concentration of antioxidants and fibers. You can get different varieties of dates based on sweetness, texture, and color.

Zamzam water

Zamzam water is the holiest water in Islam. Zamzam is said to cure illness. The water has its origin in Makkah at the Zamzam well. Scholars suggest that drinking Zamzam water grants all the wants and wishes. It also increases the energy levels in human cells. The water also promotes healthy bones and enhances the overall bone density in a human. You can purchase Zamzam water from any souvenir shop in the holy city of Makkah. It is a common souvenir and is readily available throughout Saudi Arabia.

Oud Perfume

Oud perfume is best for gifting to others. Oud is derived from the heartwood of the Aquilaria tree, whose resin may be distilled into oil, blended into perfume, or simply burned as incense. Oud products are a symbol of Saudi hospitality.

Saudi Rugs

Saudi rugs have a special place in the world of home furnishings. The carpets have traditional Saudi designs with patterns of deserts and camels to adorn the beautiful subtle colors of the carpets. Authentic Saudi carpets are made from wood from the local artisans, houses, or handlooms.


Dallah are the Arabian coffee pot, these traditional coffee pots are made to serve authentic Saudi coffee, Qahwa. These pots come in different sizes with different variations in the basic designs. To keep the coffee or inside ingredients warm, the pot has a metal covering. You can find dallahs in any crockery shop or in the malls. However, the best place to buy dallahs is the old souks in the city of Makkah, Madinah, and Riyadh.

Scarves/ Abayas

Saudi Arabia has the biggest market for Abayas and scarves. Abaya is a traditional black cloak but over time abaya is also designed in a stylish way. There are many designers who design abaya gorgeously for women who like to wear this. Abaya and hijabs are very famous in the Arab culture. In Saudi arabia you get abayas in different colors and in different designs at very affordable prices. There is a very famous market of abayas in Riyadh Dirah Abaya Market, here you can get beautiful abayas at very affordable prices.