18 of the very best sales to try in Bahrain this month
Time Out Bahrain staff
What is it about this region and shopping? Living in Bahrain, you must have noticed the obsession a little bit – there are malls everywhere, with everything from high street brands to designer boutiques, all trying to tempt you inside. And the malls are like social hubs for the city. Whether it’s running into the A/C cool of their corridors in summer, or seeing what’s on offer in the food courts, shopping malls here are vast, with perfect entertainment on offer – how many other places can you think of where a mall has a waterpark built inside it?
We’re taking a closer look at malls and shopping in Bahrain this issue, as we noticed that the summer sales seem to have started a little early. There are discounts to be found everywhere, with savings as much as 70 per cent in some places. We won’t tell you how much money we spent for the purposes of research putting this feature together, but whether you want a nice dress, shirt, or even sportswear, chances are it’s somewhere in the kingdom with a few dinars knocked off it just waiting to be discovered.
Online shopping has become all the rage too, and while the shops and malls in Bahrain are numerous, occasionally we have difficulty finding that essential designer name, or perhaps that little jar of comfort food we are used to back home. Our favourite websites are listed on p12. Again, no figures will be discussed in terms of how much was spent on research. So sit back, see what’s on offer, then head out there and shop. You never know, we might just bump into you somewhere in the aisles.
Save at the shops
The malls are out in force – here’s a look at some of the discounts to be found around town Adams Kids – up to 50% off Adams is where adult trends get made in small sizes, with price tags to match. Suitable for children up to 10 years. Seef Mall
Claire’s – up to 50% off Squarely aimed at kids and teens, you’ll find everything from angel wings to hair bobbles, earrings to funky notepads here. It’s all pretty cheap and won’t last long, but it’s a lot of fun, so who’s complaining? Seef Mall
Evans – up to 50% off Evans is for the more voluptuous woman, specialising in fashion for those who are sizes 14-32. Seef Mall
H&M – up to 70% off With tendencies towards looking like a jumble sale, it’s worth raiding this store as it has some absolute bargains hidden in its rails, along with some unique shoes and accessories. Bahrain City Centre, Seef Mall
Hobbs – up to 25% off Hobbs is good for the older lady, one we imagine as living in the British countryside, rather than Bahrain, but, still, you will find many well-made classic pieces here. Seef Mall
Iceberg – up to 70% off There’s a classy selection for both men and women here, but check out the Ice Icerberg line for a more urban look. Think jeans with metal embellishments to funky embroidered dresses. Seef Mall
Jack & Jones – up to 50% off A huge collection of stylish men’s wear items, which include jeans, T-shirts, stylish jackets with a number of patterns and fabrics. It also has an exclusive collection of denim. Seef Mall
Mamas & Papas – part sale This upmarket store, hailing from the UK, stocks quality stylish products and accessories for babies, mums-to-be and young children. With much more than clothes, experts are on hand to advise on everything from car seats and pushchairs to nursery colour schemes. Seef Mall
Missis – up to 50% off Selling shoes, sandals and bags, this little-known brand has a unique style – so at least you won’t turn up at a party wearing the same shoes as somebody else. Seef MallNext – up to 25% off With a range of designers piecing together the famous brand that is Next, the style is always modern. Okay, so it’s not exactly the place you’d go to get catwalk ready, but it still is pretty trendy. Bahrain City Centre, Seef MallNike Woman – from 25%-50% off Lots of sportswear for today’s athletic lady, from running gear to tennis shoes to gym items. Whatever sport you prefer, you will find suitable clothing here. Bahrain City CentreOasis – save 50% This beauty is targeted at the fashion aware 18-30-year-old independent women. It has refined clothing and accessories, as well as footwear, jewellery, bags and belts. Bahrain City Centre, Seef MallOkaidi – up to 70% off Sweet French brand Okaidi sells fashionable togs for active kids up to 14 years. Obaibi, the range for babies from one month old, has babygrows, pinafores and dungarees. Bahrain City Centre, Seef MallOviesse Kids – up to 70% off If you’re looking for something trendy but still a portion of fast fashion, Oviesse does a good selection of shirts, skirts, pants, jackets and other basics. Seef MallPumpkin Patch – up to 50% off An adorable shop for munchkins of all shapes and sizes, from newborn to age 14. You’ll love the fresh and funky child-friendly gear on sale here. There’s also a vibrant range of accessories to choose from. Bahrain City Centre, Seef MallRiver Island – save 50% Although kitted out with all of the latest fashion, River Island always seems to have a side of it that is simply just a little bizarre; tops with lace and sequin in random places, odd-ball shirts. However, if you skip past that section, there’s still a good chance of you leaving the shop looking like a fashionista, and the men’s section is filled with cool tops and a nice range of jeans. Bahrain City CentreWallis – save 50% Wallis is aimed at those who like to bring fashion to the office with a variety of classy office/casual wear – good for thirtysomethings. Bahrain City Centre, Seef MallZaina – up to 60% off Zaina brings you the best in Middle Eastern and Asian jewellery, so we’re talking everything from pretty, subtle designs, to grand, large, Indian wedding style jewellery. Seef Mall