Posted on January 2, 2014


When you first take a glimpse into an ATTARAH you would easily mistaken it for a witchcraft shop. With products stacked floor to ceiling leaving little room to wander around you could only imagine what this place has in store. The questionable dried herbs, grounded powders and mixed oils could have you running for the door.  But trust me it is definitely worth the time and the browse. Spending almost an hour on my first visit; looking at all the products and asking questions I have to say this is definitely a must-see/do for any beauty addict.


Historically a place where people would go to find everything from beauty concoctions, perfumes and oils to health remedies the ATTARAH is a staple in Saudi Arabia’s history. Nowadays being replaced by mega-pharmacies they are few and far.  They can be mostly found in the older regions of the city (AL BALAD- JEDDAH/ BATHA- RIYADH) in souks.
I personally could have spent hours there reading all the products from around the world.  It is a treasure trove yet to be discovered. If you tend to favor natural products then this is definitely the place to go. To top it all off in true souk fashion everything is up for bargain.
Some things that I found at the ATTARAH included: finely ground henna, hair oils, kohl, muscle soothing oils and body oils.
Visiting an ATTARAH is a definite must-do while in Saudi. I highly recommend it!
ATTARAH (pronounced a-tar- a ) : A traditional general store for natural products (includes perfumes, oils, medicinal, herbs)
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Much Love,


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  • Mandy Indonesia January 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks, Buddy. I have also enjoyed your blog and will continue to check in to read your posts.

    • Gina January 17, 2014 at 5:17 am

      Thank you. So glad your enjoying it!
      Take Care

  • Gene May 20, 2016 at 12:08 am


    could you please tell me where to find the closest attarah to Al khobar. I am looking to purchase some indigo powder and some henna to use as hair dye. I’m an expat, so I really don’t know if I there are traditional names for indigo and henna I should use when I get there.
    Please help


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