Apple’s first Dubai store is a desert oasis of tech


Apple's 50,000-square-foot retail space will be the first in U.A.E.
Photo: Gulf Business

In advance of the opening of Apple’s massive 50,000-square-foot retail space at the Mall of the Emirates this Thursday, Gulf Business has gotten a sneak preview of the company’s debut United Arab Emirates store — showing a leafy open-plan oasis carrying the new Jony Ive-designed Apple Store interior.

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A glimpse at the leafy interior of the new Apple Store.
A glimpse at the leafy interior of the new Apple Store.
Photo: Gulf Business

According to the publication, the store will feature 150 products, including the new iPhone 6s and Apple Watch.

Apple was recently given permission to open the store after it was granted the necessary permit to retain 100 percent control of the retail venue, despite being a U.S. company. Normally any business operating in the United Arab Emirates must be majority owned by Emiratis.

Apple first opened its Online Store U.A.E. in 2011. Last year, Tim Cook visited the country, where he was spotted meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum to scout possible locations for brick-and-mortar Apple Stores. A second Apple Store is due to follow in Abu Dhabi, at the newly opened Yas Mall.

Source: Gulf Business