New ‘Udhailiyah mall a shopper’s delight
Flower City facility offers food outlets, fashion shops, and more.
The remote Aramco community of ‘Udhailiyah is celebrating the expansion of its shopping center.
The Hajar Mall was refurbished over three months to make it a hub for shopping, leisure, and socializing, according to Mohammed M. Al Khamsan, administrator for ’Udhailiyah’s Community Services.
“It’s a very good place for people to shop,” Al Khamsan said.
“The mall is designed to serve everyone living and working here, including residents in the GC 11+ community, GC 3-10 community residents, and everyone working in the nearby Core Area office buildings,” he said.
The renovation included relocating Housing offices, building seven new outlets, extending a seating area, creating a lounge area, enhancing the garden, and installing a fountain. The work was performed after office hours and on weekends.
New shops added to the mall include food outlets, fashion shops, and electronics and appliance units, as well as a pop-up shop.
The Flower City is the company’s most remote family community, with almost 2,000 residents living 160 km southwest of Dhahran. The closest city is al-Hasa, approximately 55 km away.
“If you want to go out for a coffee in al-Hasa and you think about the time it will take, you don’t go as it’s too far,” Al Khamsan said.
“Here everyone can enjoy a good coffee and relax.”
The mall has been refurbished almost a year after the opening of the new community center, House of Jasmine.
“I think the community looks good,” Al Khamsan added.