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Consumers in Saudi Arabia will soon have a more direct link to Apple, as the iPhone maker has agreed to a deal with major book and electronics retailer Jarir Bookstore that will see the chain carry Apple's full product lineup and service customers.

A Jarir Bookstore outlet in Khobar, Saudi Arabia
A Jarir Bookstore outlet in Khobar, Saudi Arabia


Apple is not believed to have engaged directly with Middle Eastern retailers in the past, making the new agreement somewhat groundbreaking for the company. Jarir Bookstore chairman Mohammad al-Aqeel revealed the tie-up in an interview with Al Arabiya News.

Aqeel said that a deal with Apple will allow the chain to lower its prices on Apple products somewhat, as they will no longer be forced to pay a third-party distributor for access. The retailer currently sells a 32-gigabte iPod Touch for 1,249 Saudi Riyals -- around $333 -- for instance, nearly $100 more than the device's cost in the U.S.

Likewise, product availability should be improved with the new direct relationship. Distributors previously took as long as six months to bring new products into the country, Aqeel added.

It is unclear whether Jarir Bookstore will simply carry Apple products on its shelves or if the company will adopt Apple's preferred store-within-a-store concept. A similarly-groundbreaking deal with Czech retailer Alza, announced last month, brought the store-within-a-store setup to Prague.
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Hmmmm, now you can pick-up an iPhone and "How to successfully execute your Caliphate in 10 Steps or Less" all in one trip. Nice!
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I wonder if negotiations were spearheaded by Angela Ahrendts.

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Hmmmm, now you can pick-up an iPhone and "How to successfully execute your Caliphate in 10 Steps or Less" all in one trip. Nice!

What? I doubt you would find that title in Saudi Arabia. More likely "How to Discreetly Finance a Holy War "  or  "The Dangers of Women Behind the Wheel" or "The Myth of MERS and Camels"

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I wonder if negotiations were spearheaded by Angela Ahrendts.

Doubt it.  Western women are not very welcome in Saudi Arabia.

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Once again, we get a string of embarrassing xenophobic comments and jokes. It would be really great if you guys approached these kinds of stories as something to welcome, sort of the way Apple approaches things.

A Saudi friend of ours just got his degree in international relations at a local Lutheran university, under a full scholarship from the Saudi government, and he's on his way back for a job with said government. At the age of 22, his knowledge of the cultural cross-currents between East and West has been a pleasure to witness. Not to mention his knowledge of horses and falconry. And no, he's not from the "royal" family. You can learn something valuable from anybody.
Edited by Flaneur - 7/4/14 at 12:28pm
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A real bookstore? Looks like Apple is backing the establishment against Amazon. :D 

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A real bookstore? Looks like Apple is backing the establishment against Amazon. 1biggrin.gif  

It's a bookstore but it's also a electronic retailer. The deal it seems is for them to sell Apple products gotten directly from Apple.  
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I wonder if negotiations were spearheaded by Angela Ahrendts.
She could have been key in it happening - Burberry had a presence in Saudia Arabia
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Jarir Bookstore is the best place in Saudi Arabia to buy a device (computer, printer, phone, etc) and it is also the best place to buy a book. Apple does not make any random moves.

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She could have been key in it happening - Burberry had a presence in Saudia Arabia

 

That's what I was thinking.

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All joking apart , and I hate politics on AI, the Saudi leadership are not a group I am happy is Apple involved with. Hell, they single handedly financed ISIS. Ironically that seems to coming back to bite them.
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All joking apart , and I hate politics on AI, the Saudi leadership are not a group I am happy is Apple involved with. Hell, they single handedly financed ISIS. Ironically that seems to coming back to bite them.

I'm sure the Saudi leadership aren't thrilled with doing business with the U.S. companies from the worldwide leaders in drone strikes and collateral damage either. Politics have no place here.
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I'm sure the Saudi leadership aren't thrilled with doing business with the U.S. companies from the worldwide leaders in drone strikes and collateral damage either. Politics have no place here.

I don't see the equivalence there. Apple, creator of amazing product available to the world. Saudi royal family, financiers of terrorist. Can you explain what Apple has to do with drones?
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I'm sure the Saudi leadership aren't thrilled with doing business with the U.S. companies from the worldwide leaders in drone strikes and collateral damage either. Politics have no place here.

The Saudis don't want to do business with US companies?? When are you planning to come back to planet Earth?
Do you have any idea how many billions or trillions of dollars of trade the two countries do each year and how the Saudi leadership has been in bed with the US gov't for years?
Do the US military bases in Saudi Arabia indicate anything to you??
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I don't see the equivalence there. Apple, creator of amazing product available to the world. Saudi royal family, financiers of terrorist. Can you explain what Apple has to do with drones?

Sorry, but what does the Saudi Royal family have to do with a deal between Apple and a bookstore chain?
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Hmmmm, now you can pick-up an iPhone and "How to successfully execute your Caliphate in 10 Steps or Less" all in one trip. Nice!

 

How cute. 

 

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Doubt it.  Western women are not very welcome in Saudi Arabia.

 

Complete Bullshit. There was a ton of European/Western women last time I was in Saudi. As long as they follow some basic dress code etiquette, in accordance to the society they're in (ie, throw a loose shawl over their head and dont show a ton of skin) then there's nothing wrong. Not welcome by whom? The Saudi people? The Saudi gvt? What a clueless comment based on ignorant and xenophobia. 

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All joking apart , and I hate politics on AI, the Saudi leadership are not a group I am happy is Apple involved with. Hell, they single handedly financed ISIS. Ironically that seems to coming back to bite them.

 

So Apple shouldn't sell its products to anyone living in Saudi Arabia because they don't like the Saudi leaderhip? Do you think Apple agrees with all the policies of all the governments of the countries it sells its products in? How is that relevant, at all? Trust me, I'm not a fan of the Saudi gvt- not in the least. But I don't see this deal as the equivalent of Apple being in bed with the Saudi gvt. 

 

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I don't see the equivalence there. Apple, creator of amazing product available to the world. Saudi royal family, financiers of terrorist. Can you explain what Apple has to do with drones?

 

What an utterly stupid comment. Do you know how many billions/trillions of trade the US does with Saudi, including joint military exercises and having US bases in the country? So if the US in bed with "financiers of terrorists", why the hell can't Apple sell its products in the country?

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Sorry, but what does the Saudi Royal family have to do with a deal between Apple and a bookstore chain?

 

Absolutely nothing. But like so many other innocuous relations, things like this enrage is xenophobes, islamophobes, bigots, and racists. Facts don't matter much. Its sad that many people who love Apple products can't also learn a thing or two from the company's values. 


Edited by Slurpy - 7/5/14 at 12:38am
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Apple could not care less who they deal with as long as their profits go higher and higher.

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Doubt it.  Western women are not very welcome in Saudi Arabia.

 

Complete Bullshit. There was a ton of European/Western women last time I was in Saudi. As long as they follow some basic dress code etiquette, in accordance to the society they're in (ie, throw a loose shawl over their head and dont show a ton of skin) then there's nothing wrong. Not welcome by whom? The Saudi people? The Saudi gvt? What a clueless comment based on ignorant and xenophobia. 

My mistake. I should have written "Businesswomen", which is what I meant, not simply women. It is quite well documented that culturally, business negotiations in Saudi Arabia virtually exclude women, although there are many Saudi businesses owned by women.


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My mistake. I should have written "Businesswomen", which is what I meant, not simply women. It is quite well documented that culturally, business negotiations in Saudi Arabia virtually exclude women, although there are many Saudi businesses owned by women.

 

In that case, I would agree with you. Specificity helps.

 

I definitely disagree with the guidelines set on women in Saudi, as well as the restrictions. It is a unique code that is found nowhere else in any other predominantly Muslim country, and has nothing to do with Islam. I won't defend it. However, the country IS making slow progress in this regard and I expect things to improve further. My issue with most of the posts in this thread is that Apple's decision to sell its products officially in the country has nothing to do with these policies, nor should it.   

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Once again, we get a string of embarrassing xenophobic comments and jokes. It would be really great if you guys approached these kinds of stories as something to welcome, sort of the way Apple approaches things.

A Saudi friend of ours just got his degree in international relations at a local Lutheran university, under a full scholarship from the Saudi government, and he's on his way back for a job with said government. At the age of 22, his knowledge of the cultural cross-currents between East and West has been a pleasure to witness. Not to mention his knowledge of horses and falconry. And no, he's not from the "royal" family. You can learn something valuable from anybody.

And pixies funded the founding of ISIS.
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I guess they have a
And pixies funded the founding of ISIS.

 

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I don‘t know who spearheaded negotiations, but Apple‘s Arabian Knights are riding on.
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