Saudi Arabia swooning over Apple, first Apple Store in the country might open in 2019


According to Reuters, Apple might finally open up an Apple Store in Saudi Arabia in 2019 following a government agreement expected to be signed sometime in February 2018. Surprisingly, the initiative is on Saudi Arabia's part which has been making it next for impossible for tech companies and Apple in particular to do business locally for years due to multiple hurdles imposed by the conservative muslim kingdom, which also happens to be one of the richest countries in the world thanks to its vast oil reserves. 

However, it's in Saudi Arabia's interest to develop high-tech business locally due to the crumbling prices of crude oil. Also, the country's young leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, seems poised to encourage the development of technology business locally. Apart from Apple, Amazon is also reportedly being courted by Saudi Arabia. 

Aside from slowly but steadily cracking down the defenses of Saudi Arabia, Apple is also opening its first Apple Store in South Korea later this week, bringing the fierce rivalry to a new level in Samsung's home ground.

source: Reuters

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17 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So it's true, there's "crisis" in Middle East but people there are forbid to talk about it.

2. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Apple is GROWING and hustling fair and square and earning billions by their own! Google is selling user data, putting users in security/privacy vulnerabilities and getting rich by selling cheap, low quality bought up software. Truth hurts!

4. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

We've made Apple the way it is. We made the company brash and arrogant. And yet we're still somehow surprised when it does things that we feel are boneheaded or arrogant or stupid.

5. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Another thing to realize is that Apple is in a position where it can pull off moves that might sink another firm. Why? Because it's had years and years of people hailing everything the company did as amazing and wonderful and revolutionary. The stalwart fanboys were the first to get infected by the Apple fever, and have been chanting "Apple is good, Apple is great" for decades. They then passed the fever on to the tech media, which has made out Apple to be more a religion than a consumer electronics brand.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The infamous mirror selfie religion - gotta admit there's a lot of cute girls showing off their abs/apple lol. If I'm not mistaken Saudi Arabia is giving their women the opportunity to drive now...they need an apple store to drive to...we need more ab selfies.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Could you put your foot any deeper in your own ass?

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

What?! Don't you like it when these cute girls show off their abs for the world to see? Never know...there could be some real stunners hiding under those burka's.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4105; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Please do tell where the security vulnerabilities are that have actually affected anyone ever... Same as all the recent vulnerabilities in Apple products... They haven't affected anyone.

3. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

To Peacetoall: We all love Saudi Arabia.....

6. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Way too hot country to live in. By the way Saudia Arabia will end up like China. Apple not selling well.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Apple is the fifth largest OEM in China... though.

14. mootu

Posts: 1500; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"3. cnour (Posts: 2166; Member since: 11 Sep 2014) To Peacetoall: We all love Saudi Arabia....." So you love a country where women are regularly stoned to death? You love a country that has been implicated many times in 911 & other terrorist activities? You really are a f***ing idiot arn't you.

16. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You need to understand before you talk (if you can)..... I’m addressing my comment to Peacetoall who wrote one time: We all love Israel.... Israel is a terrorist country and don’t deserve any love.

11. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Prince Salman is the devil on Earth!

12. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Trump is the universe one!

13. Phantom1031

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

When did Muhammad Bin Salman become Prime Minister? I think phonearena writers don’t have any idea that Saudi Arabia is a kingdom, not a democracy? And as far as I know, he is Crown Prince and he holds the charge of defence and etc....

15. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So peace, women's rights and LGBT community fighter is supporting Saudi Arabia by opening an Apple store? Did you say greed above it all? Even those fine principles they "have"......

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