The bright and specious feel might have something to do with the natural sunlight bursting in through the ceiling from the shopping centre’s famous glass roof. To stop shoppers from having to squint at product screens the roof is lined with thatching, so you really feel the garden vibe.
Continuing the green theme, two wall areas are lined with plants, which we think makes for a great selfie opportunity.
Inside the Dubai and Abu Dhabi stores there are also women-only workshops in their private briefing room. The area will additionally be used for special guest visits, think app creators and perhaps even the odd movie star popping in.
Thursday October 29 will see the launch day at MOE and Yas Mall.
Dubai’s will open at 4 pm while the capital city will follow at 7pm. There is bound to be plenty of excitement if the launch of new Apple products at stores in other parts of the world are anything to go by.
Wendy Beckman, who heads up Apple retail in Europe and the Middle East, “We’ve been doing business in this region for over 30 years and the products are hugely popular. So we’re really excited to bring this experience the UAE. We’re really excited because it’s an extension into the community of the UAE. The UAE is incredible, creative, innovative and just thriving enterprises.
“Both of our stores will be offering our signature services we offer all over the world, some of those are set up, free workshops, services that our expert Genius team will provide support, repair, it’s really quite incredible and here we will be offering ladies only workshops. When our stores open on Thursday, they will open on the same day. The last time that happened, two store on the same day in one country, was actually stores one and two. So this is exciting for us. We will have 466 stores in 17 countries."
Speaking specifically about the Dubai store she spoke about exactly how much consideration they put into making it the best customer experience.
"The pivotal doors are 16 feet of glass, they're absolutely incredible as you walk in. This design and some of the components of this design are in partnership with Foster Partners. This actually the same firm that's designing our new Apple Campus in Cupertino, California. The trees behind me are pretty amazing, they provide such a soothing canopy we feel in the store and this is where our Geniuses will be working with customers," Beckman added.
"We've worked really hard to handpick our team. Between the two stores there's 150 people, they speak 40 different languages and represent 30 different languages. Some of them have been trained throughout Europe and some all the way in Cupertino. Many of them have worked for Apple for years. We have over 150 products for customers to play with. The iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus as well as the Apple Watch. You can pull iPhone cases off the wall and try it on your phone."