DUBAI // Hundreds of UAE residents queued in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for the iPhone 7 on Saturday, with some lining up as early as Friday night to be among the first to get the new smartphone.
It was the first year that fans of the iPhone could buy the latest models at official Apple stores, which opened in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in October last year. Telecoms companies Etisalat and du were also offering the phones to customers who had ordered them online.
A customer service representative at the Apple store at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall said that the first batch of phones in the UAE had been sold out and the devices had only been given to those had ordered them online in advance.
Ahmed Al Hajri, from Saudi Arabia, waited in front of the Apple store at Mall of the Emirates starting at 10pm on Friday to be the first in line for the iPhone 7. He had ordered the phone online and spoken with store employees the day before to confirm the time of the opening.
“I worked hard to be the first and get the phone as well. I am so glad that I was the first and got it,” the 22-year-old said. “I love the iPhone because it always has updates, has many applications and high security, and its accessories are available everywhere. And the thing that attracted me to the iPhone 7 is its camera.” More info