Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook appears set to go around the world in 80 days. Because following a recent trip to Ireland before the weekend, a new report explains that Cook's next destination was the United Arab Emirates (UAE). There, he called in on a number of resellers and posed for photographs with store owners, though the reason for his visit doesn't appear to have been confirmed.
Cook first called in on a Virgin Megastore operating in the UAE, according to an article from tbreakmedia. He posed for photographs at both the Al Wahdi Mall in Abu Dhabi and the larger Dubai Mall in Dubai, and Cook was the subject of a couple of Twitter messages which indicated that his visit wasn't exactly anticipated.
Following on from this, however, we heard that Cook's visit extended beyond Apple resellers and saw the chief executive officer sit down with UAE Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (pictured above). The news reached us in an article from the Khaleej Times, which explained:
Shaikh Mohammed and Cook discussed an array of issues regarding future of the IT sector in the backdrop of international transformations and the sector’s role in developing and advancing education.
Though the reason behind Cook's visit isn't known, a number of reports have hinted that Apple could be planning an official Apple Retail Store for the United Arab Emirates. MacRumors got a reliable tip off that one such outlet would appear from Apple at The Galleria in Sowwah Square, in Abu Dhabi.
On the other hand, Cook's trip to the United Arab Emirates could rather be centered around checking on resellers, and maintaining good relationships with officials.
We'll let you know if further information concerning this surfaces online.
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