Dubai: Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Saturday that the company will continue to grow its presence in the Middle East, opening more retail stores and also looking to help governments bring technology-based services into the modern age.

“The last time I was here there were no stores,” Cook told Gulf News in an exclusive interview. “We’ve got our first one here now, and we have one in Abu Dhabi as you know. We’ll have more over time.”

Cook, who made a surprise visit to Dubai’s Apple store following his first official visit to India, said revenue in the Middle East has grown substantially over the past eight years.

“In 2010, our revenue in the Middle East was $300-400 million; last year it was $3 billion (around Dh11 billion),” Cook said. “We scaled up and we grew nicely in the first half of this year versus the first half of last year in the Middle East. So we’re growing step by step.”

Cook also said Dubai’s initiatives to promote smart services were ahead of those offered by many other governments…see more

source: gulfnews