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Following his trip to Ireland last week, Tim Cook was spotted at several electronics outlets in the United Arab Emirates this weekend. The CEO posed for pictures while visiting malls in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The reason for his visit is unknown, but a UAE-based newspaper is reporting that Cook also met with UAE Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and other officials while in the region…

MacRumors believes the Cook’s visit could be related to plans for an Apple Store opening in Abu Dhabi:

“The reason for Cook’s visit is unknown, but Apple users in the region are unsurprisingly speculating that he may be meeting with relevant parties about the possibility of an Apple retail store. MacRumors received an unconfirmed tip last year claiming that Apple was making plans to open a major store at The Galleria in Sowwah Square in Abu Dhabi, a luxury mall that opened late last year, but no additional reports of such a project have yet surfaced. 

And here’s the report from UAE newspaper Khaleej Times on Cook’s visit with government officials:

“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.”

It’s not hard to speculate on what Cook was doing in the UAE. While Apple has many resellers in the area, it lacks an official retail presence. And many think that a flagship Apple Store would do well in the region.

His motivation could also be a potential education deal, similar to the one Apple is said to be working on with Turkey, involving a large number of iPads. That deal, for example, is said to be worth some $4 billion.

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  • Hasan

    That’s will be nice .

  • Zawwu Zy

    Yay.

  • disqus_yaDnMRg472

    Please also bring to Doha

    • abdullah575

      to saudi arabia also!

  • My UAE <3

  • 2013iphonehelper .

    i wish apple will do an Apple store in Jerusalem or Tel aviv..

    • You mean, Palestine!

      • Tom

        No, he meant Israel. There is no such place Palestine.
        So shut up.

      • al7oot

        You SHUT UP…

      • Tom

        If you didn’t know it, I suggest you to learn some geography.

      • I feel sorry for you, to make such lies and believe them too. No, I will tell ya, something! I suggest you to learn some history, I suggest you need to watch some videos of violating human rights of the Palestinian people.

        I don’t even get it, How dare someone call a thief as an owner. It’s the land of Palestine, and It will be Palestine for ever.

        Do whatever you want, God will forgive but never forget.

      • Jonathan

        If I may add on, God will forgive and forget. Sins are cast into the sea of forgetfulness.

      • 2013iphonehelper .

        ANTISEMITES IS THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD!
        tell me…you want peace?! how?? like this? i dont think so..

      • Tom

        And I suggest you to live in the present. Now tell me, is there a country called Palestine? No. It’s Israel now. 🙂

      • 2013iphonehelper .

        NO! i mean Israel..history dont lie,we was here before you!
        STOP LYING TO THE WHOLE WORLD!

  • Come to my country pal

  • Hussain Alsanona

    Wow I’m very excited about that

  • Amir Hossein

    tim , come to iran 🙂

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