Tim Cook visits United Arab Emirates

“Apple CEO Tim Cook is apparently in the United Arab Emirates and was caught on camera at the Virgin Megastore in Abu Dhabi. Virgin Megastore is an official reseller of Apple products in the UAE so he could have just been making a round to see the visibility of Apple products in the region,” Abbas Jaffar Ali reports for tbreak. He then visited the tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall where he scouted some additional electronics stores such as Jacky’s Electronics and Jumbo.”

“But the bigger question is why was Tim Cook in the UAE? Is Apple planning to open their stores in the country – possibly at Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world? Or will FaceTime be getting unblocked?” Ali reports. “There is also a possibility that he is here to talk to the Ministry of Education to get iPads into schools and Universities.”

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[Attribution: MacRumors. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. Um, couldn’t he be arrested and executed just for being openly gay in that country? As a gay man, I wouldn’t go anywhere near any Islamic country ever.

    1. Just to clarify, you don’t get arrested in the UAE just for being gay, you get arrested for engaging in same-sex action.

      Personally I wouldn’t go there either, not just for their abhorrent laws against LGBT people but for their repugnant treatment of women as second-class citizens. They could have all the money in the world and they’d still be backwards in my view.

  2. They have all male tent parties in the desert. Unfortunately and disgustingly so they abuse little boys. You would never believe what goes on there. No they won’t execute you and Tim Cook is too old for their tastes. I have a male friend who is an Italian architect (straight) and he was so repulsed he pulled out of all pending design.

    1. Not stupid at all for calling a backward country an region what it is – backward, repressive, Neanderthal, corrupt, sexist, homophobic, racist, religiously intolerant, ignorant, violent, a place where if a woman is sexually assaulted she is the primary criminal. These places exist in the dark ages and we should at every opportunity point this out as loudly and frequently as we can.

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