Apple has posted a number of job listings for a future retail store in the United Arab Emirates. These listings are a strong, positive indicator that Apple might be making a move towards opening an official store in the UAE, which would make it the tech giant’s first official move into the Middle Eastern region.
The job listings include all the usual Apple Store positions, including Business Specialist, Service Specialist, Business Manager, Store Leader Program, Experts, Genius and more. The entire details can be checked below.
It appears that the company might be aiming to open its Apple Store in the UAE some time in February next year, if speculations are to be drawn from the job listings. The store might already be under construction, if February is the target date, since Apple Stores have their own specific layout that they tend to follow. Hence, if you live in the UAE, notice any new buildings with a lot of glass and signature staircases.
Interestingly, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook visited the UAE earlier this year, and even met with the Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, alongside visiting a number of official Apple resellers in the UAE. It might be possible that Cook, during his visit, scouted for and finalized the location for the new Apple Store, which can be in Abu Dhabi’s The Galleria, based on an anonymous tip that MacRumors received last year. According to the tip, this store in the UAE might be the largest Apple Store ever, but it was never confirmed through any reliable sources.
It’s interesting that Apple would venture into the UAE market, since the move makes a lot of business sense. UAE, in itself, is almost a giant shopping mall that people live in, and one of the most famous travel destinations in the world. Generally, the crowd that this region attracts has shopping as one of its biggest priorities, and can also shed out big bucks when needed. Having Apple’s official presence there would make sense, and that’s probably what those folks in Cupertino have in mind.
We’re certain that there would be more developments regarding this news in the days to come, therefore stay tuned to our coverage for more!