Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reportedly planning to expand its retail empire to the Middle East with its largest store ever.
Following Apple job postings for retail positions in the United Arab Emirates, EdgarDaily reported on Tuesday that the Cupertino, California, tech titan plans to build its largest store of all in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, home to over 700 stores, not to mention an indoor ski slope. The store would be Apple’s first flagship store in the Middle East.
Job listings posted August 15 hinted at the possibility of a store opening in the UAE. But at the time, there was no indication of which city, according to Ifo Apple Store. Currently, 13 positions are listed for Apple retail operations in the UAE, according to its careers website.
Should the Dubai Apple store become the largest Apple Store, it would unseat the current holder of the title, Apple’s 23,000-sq.-ft. Grand Central Station retail location in New York.
An Apple retail store opening in the Middle East would also benefit the company as it looks to expand its customer base globally. While it hasn’t had a physical presence in the UAE, Apple’s online store there has been open since 2011.
Apple CEO Tim Cook visited Dubai in February to meet with UAE Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, reportedly discussing education and business initiatives in the country.