Executive Director of Product Marketing in UAE’s Etisalat, Omar al-Muzaki, told daily newspaper Al Emarat Al Youm that “Etisalat is preparing to released the iPhone 3GS in the UAE market before the end of this month”.
The article called the iPhone company “elppA” and the Blackberry company “Black Berry”, not RIM. The article also mentions that there are 30,000 iphone users in UAE.
Additionally Mr. Omar also said that Etisalat is working with a fourth cellphone maker (after Apple, RIM and HTC) to provide a new unique smartphone in the Emirates. My guess is the Palm Pre.
Mobily will most likely release the iPhone 3GS at the same time as Etisalat. In any case this is a huge delay from the original announced date by Apple, August 2009.