By Neil Halligan
New store at Mall of Emirates set to eclipse Apple’s Grand Central Store in New York
The new Apple store planned for Dubai is expected to open in February next year, according to reports.
Earlier this year, Apple confirmed plans to open a store in the region, which was underlined by a series of job listings for stores in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
7Days newspaper reports that a source close to Apple’s operations in the UAE has said Apple’s new store will open in February next year in the Mall of Emirates, which is currently undergoing a $272 million expansion.
UAE-based Khansaheb Civil Engineering confirmed last month that work on the first phase of the expansion project will be completed in January/February next year.
The new store in the Mall of Emirates is expected to be its biggest outlet in the world, bigger than its current flagship outlet - the 23,000 square feet Grand Central Store in New York.
Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the UAE in February this year, meeting with Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as well as a number of Apple resellers.
The Abu Dhabi store is expected to open next year as well.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
don't expect to get FaceTime on any Apple products sold in the UAE.
We are now in march, and it still not opened!!!