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Shopping in Eilat

As a free trade zone, Eilat has long been a key shopping destination for Israelis and international shoppers. With no VAT on anything sold, it means that shopping in Eilat is 17% cheaper than anywhere else in Israel. It’s the perfect place to pick up souvenirs that range from Dead Sea products to local produce.

Key areas

King Solomon's Promenade is the go-to area.

Markets

The North Promenade has a small marketplace with stalls selling an eclectic mix of items from beachwear to trinkets. Every Friday, farmers from the desert also sell local produce at Hatmarim Boulevard.

Shopping centres

Mall Hayam (Ha-Palmakh 1), Big Eilat (Ha-Satat 20) and ICE Mall (Kampen St 8) are popular choices.

Opening hours

Most shops open Sunday to Thursday 0900-1900. Shops tend to close at around 1300 from Friday afternoon and reopen on Sunday morning due to Sabbath.

Souvenirs

Dead Sea products – various salt scrubs and mud packs – are popular purchases. Other options include food stuff such as dates and cheeses, as well as Judaica – traditional Jewish ceremonial art. Israeli wine also makes a great gift.

Tax information

Eilat is a free trade zone, meaning you don't pay Value Added Tax (VAT) at a current rate of 17%.

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