By Neil Halligan
UAE buyers could face hefty premiums to buy the Watch earlier than most
While the Apple Watch will probably not be officially available in the UAE until the end of July, the smartwatch will be available from online retailers on Saturday.
While the Watch won’t be available in stores until June, Apple will officially launch the new wearable device on Friday (April 24) through its online stores in US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan.
In the UAE, the expected official release date is the end of July, but it will be available through online stores like JadoPado.com and Alshop.com.
Omar Kassim, CEO of JadoPado.com, told Gulf News that stocks of the new product will be limited.
“We are expecting some stocks from our suppliers on Saturday but the big question is what type of watches,” he said.
In order to get the Watch, consumers will have to pay an extra premium. Starting at $349 (Dh1,282) for the Watch Sport 38mm model, and $399 for the 42mm model, the price rises up to $1,049, depending on band and model (there are three models with 38 variants).
Kassim said they had planned to sell the lower end Watch Sport for $500 in the UAE, but that could rise to $850, depending on the suppliers.
“But given how quickly the pre-orders were sold out and we are not hearing any price commitments from our supplier chains and that is worrying me. There is demand from the consumers so prices may start from $750 to $850,” he said.