Apple is reportedly set to open its first retail store in the Middle East in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. What’s more, the upcoming shop is also said to be the largest Apple retail store in the world.
According to EDGARDaily.com (via MacRumors), the Cupertino-based company is building the landmark store in what is currently the cinema complex of the pictured Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. “After regional media picked up on UAE-based job advertisements by the Californian company, we have insider knowledge that the Majid Al Futtaim owned mall will become home to Apple’s first flagship in the Middle East,” the site reports.
Late last week, Apple posted a number of job listings calling for potential members of its retail staff in the UAE.
The timing of the listings suggests that construction of the store is already underway and its opening is likely set to take place in the first quarter of 2015.
The location of the store was previously rumored to be at The Galleria at Sowwah Square, a high-end mall in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi.
In any case, now more than ever, the rumored store is believed to be one of the primary reasons behind Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to the UAE last February, during which he posed for photos at various Apple resellers and even met with UAE Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.