Apple will open its first Middle Eastern retail stores in Abu Dhabi and Dubai on October 29, the Cupertino company has confirmed. Both stores will feature a Genius Bar, Events, Workshops, and Personal Setup services.
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, while Dubai is the most populous city, known for its incredible buildings and luxury shopping centers. Recent rumors have claimed that the Dubai Apple Store, which will be located in the Mall of the Emirates, will be the world’s largest so far.
The Dubai store will open its doors for the first time at 4 p.m. local time on October 29, while the Abu Dhabi store, which will be located in the Yas Mall, will open at 7 p.m. local time. Normal opening hours for both stores will be 10 a.m. to between 10 p.m. and midnight, MacRumors reports.
When these stores open, Apple Watch will be available to purchase following its debut in the UAE and Saudi Arabia on October 22. Prices start at 1,399 dirhams for the Apple Watch Sport, Apple says, which roughly converts to $380 in U.S. dollars.
Apple began constructing and hiring personnel for these stores way back in August 2014, six months after CEO Tim Cook visited the UAE to discuss the future of IT with Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and other UAE officials.