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Apple Dubai Mall. Apple

Going to an Apple Store is a pretty cookie-cutter experience.

Step into one of the sleek shops and you’ll find white walls, gadgets displayed on long wood tables, and the Apple logo lit up overhead.

The tech giant has broken away from the mold with its newest store, a glittering brick-and-mortar shop in Dubai that changes shape and temperature based on the city’s volatile weather.

The Apple Dubai Mall location features an automated, motorized system of windows that help keep the store cool while cutting air conditioning costs. Eighteen 37-foot-high panels fan open and close over the course of a day, cooling the store when the sun is hottest and allowing shoppers to walk on to a public terrace in the evening.


The so-called “Solar Wings” are made from 340 carbon fiber-reinforced polymer rods….