Syria – a state in the Middle East
Shops are open from Saturday to Thursday from 9:30 to 14:00 and from 16:30 to 21:00. Many private shops operate on their own schedule. Many purchases are well done in the markets, the best of which are in Damascus and Aleppo. In this case, of course, it is recommended to bargain.
In Syria, many valuable items are sold by local artisans from mother of pearl, wood, fabric, leather and silver. Local souvenirs: spices, silver and gold jewelry, wood products, silk scarves, national costumes, olive oil, sheep skins and sweets.
Unlike other countries, “duty free” stores in Syria are located everywhere, and not just at the airport. Any goods purchased in “duty free” must be removed from the country and used only outside of it. The goods in the store are usually packed, marked with the name of the buyer and delivered to the airport for departure of the flight, where they are handed over to the buyer. Continue reading
Saudi Arabia – the largest state in the Arabian Peninsula.
Shops often do not have a well-defined work schedule, but usually work from Saturday to Thursday from 09.00 to 13.00 and from 16.30 to 20.00 (in the period of Ramadan – from 20.00 to 01.00). Weekend in all institutions – Friday, when residents of the country attend the traditional sermon and prayer in mosques.
Prices are almost everywhere, except for large supermarkets, contractual, you can bargain almost everywhere. In the markets in this way you can bring down the price by 30-50%.
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Portugal – the most western state in continental Europe
Shops are open on weekdays from 9.00 to 19.00, a break – from 13.00 to 15.00. On Saturdays, the shops close at 13.00 (in December – at 19.00). Some shopping centers in resort areas are open from 10.00 to 24.00.
In Portugal, you can buy high-quality and fashionable shoes and clothes, gold products, ceramics, original white or red port (from 3-6 USD for a bottle of regular port to 10-30 USD for a bottle of port wine of ten to twenty years, then the price increases depending from excerpt), the world famous Portuguese wine madeira (prices range from 16 EUR for a ten-year Madera, to 500 EUR for a two-hundred year old). Continue reading