Apple plans retail stores in United Arab Emirates after being granted exemption

“Apple Inc. has been granted an exemption from foreign ownership laws in the United Arab Emirates that will allow it 100 percent control of operations in the country, according to two people with knowledge of the matter,” Matthew Martin reports for Bloomberg.

“The dispensation was a condition for the world’s largest listed company to set up in the U.A.E., the people said, asking not to be identified as the plans are private,” Martin reports. “Apple will open its first Middle East store in Dubai this year and then Abu Dhabi after securing the privileges, according to the people.”

“The U.A.E. is an attractive market for Apple,” Martin reports. “There are about 17 million active mobile subscriptions in the U.A.E. and 61 percent of them are smartphones, according to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. The iPhone 5s was the most popular handset in the country in the fourth quarter of 2014, the latest figures from the regulator show.”

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    1. Why is that? Didn’t we help those scared people during the Gulf War indirectly while mainly protecting the oil fields for our own benefit.

      All joking aside, I’m glad to hear Apple had enough clout to gain full control. That entire UAE market should be great for Apple. They could definitely sell a few high-end AppleWatch Editions over there as some wealthy prince gifts all his friends and family on a whim.

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