Buy your iPad mini in the UAE today.
The iPad mini went on sale worldwide yesterday and even though none of the GCC or Middle East countries were part of the original launch, unofficially imports have started landing on the usual channels in the region. If you are in the UAE, you can can pick the iPad mini from the following places and get them delivered right away. While pricing of initial samples is always expected to be high, it is surprisingly affordable with margins that are somewhat acceptable for first week.
JadoPado – Stating at AED 1,849.
At the moment, JadoPado has black color and Wi-Fi only versions with 16GB for AED 1846, 32GB for AED 2,219 and 64GB for 2,599. the 16GB and 32GB version have 10 units in stock of each while the 64GB has 4 units left at the time of writing this.
Gadget Rain – Starting at AED 1,830
Gadget Rain has both black and white version available in Wi-Fi configuration with 16GB for AED 1,830, 32GB for AED 2,199 and 64GB for AED 2,579. All products are “in stock.”
ALshop.com – Starting at AED 1,999
ALshop.com has the Wi-Fi models available at 16BG for AED 1,999, 32GB for AED 2,489 and 64GB for AED 2,849. They don’t mention the stock or color on their website separately.
MYGSM.ME – Starting at AED 1,790
Wrapping it up, MYGSM is selling the iPad Mini for the lowest with the white Wi-Fi version for AED 1,790 and the black one for AED 1,830. They also have the 32GB Black in stock for 2,299.
I expect prices to fall for the iPad mini in a week or two when stocks are more easily available although don’t expect a huge price drop. I would think that you would be able to save around 200-300 Dirhams if you chose to wait. Hopefully we will also have some indication from Apple on the official version which will probably lack FaceTime but will be priced competitively and come with an official warranty.