Apple store at Dubai's Mall of the Emirates closes after Covid-19 cases detected

Phone maker confirms team members were affected

Customers stand in line to purchase the new Apple iPhone 8 at Dubai Mall Apple Store in Dubai, on September 23, 2017.
The new Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as well as the updated Apple Watch and Apple TV, went on sale today. / AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE

The Apple Store at Dubai's Mall of the Emirates was temporarily closed after an outbreak of Covid-19 among staff.

The company said it was shut as a precaution to prevent further risk of infection.

"We always put the health and well-being of our customers and teams above everything else," an Apple representative told The National.

“Our stores are only open when we’re confident we can serve customers in a safe and healthy environment.

"Out of an abundance of caution we're temporarily closing our Mall of the Emirates store after Covid-19 affected some team members," the representative said.

“We look forward to reopening the store soon.”

While there was no indication if the Apple store in Dubai Mall would also close over the weekend, its doors shut at 5pm on Thursday.

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The store had admitted shoppers by appointment only as a precaution against the virus, and after a surge in interest in the launch of the iPhone 12 and the AirPods Max headphones.