By Staff writer
Mall of the Emirates store set to be biggest Apple outlet in the world; reportedly poised for summer opening
Apple's largest retail store - its first in the Middle East - is reportedly on track to open in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates in August.
According to Khaleej Times, which cited unnamed sources, the retail space is expected to be about 50,000 square feet in total, with a main entrance on the second level of the mall's new Fashion District.
The new store in the Mall of Emirates is expected to be its biggest outlet in the world, bigger than its current flagship outlet - more than double the 23,000 square feet Grand Central Store in New York.
Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the UAE last year, meeting with Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as well as a number of Apple resellers.
An Abu Dhabi store is expected to open next year as well.
In March, it was reported that Apple could open three stores in the UAE before the end of the year.
A report by tech website AbsoluteGeeks.com claimed sources have revealed the company is targeting multiple stores in the UAE.
News has already been leaked of the company’s plans to open a store in the Mall of Emirates. And based on previous advertisements on the Apple website for jobs in Abu Dhabi, the company also has plans to open an outlet in the capital – likely to be Yas Mall.
The third store, according to AbsoluteGeeks, will be opened in Downtown Dubai.
Before they bring Apple, Mall of the Emirates must ensure they have sufficient car parking. What's the point of attracting top brands when people cant visit them?