Carapelli Computers exits local channel
One of Dubai’s Khalid Bin Al Walid Street longest serving reseller shuts down allegedly owing Dubai Computer Group members AED4m ($1.1m)
Carapelli Computers, one of Dubai's longest serving high street IT resellers that operated out of Bur Dubai has exited the local channel after allegedly failing to meet its debt obligations, which are estimated to be around AED22m ($5.9m) Channel Middle East has been informed.
A visit by the Channel Middle East team to Carapelli Computers' showroom on Khalid Bin Al Walid Street opposite the Royal Ascot Hotel, found the shop closed.
Efforts to contact the owner of Carapelli Computers were unsuccessful as telephone calls to the store were not answered.
A salesperson who works in an IT store next to the Carapelli Computers showroom who spoke to the magazine on condition of anonymity confirmed that the outlet has been closed for business for over three weeks, but declined to give any further details.
Carapelli's demise after more than 20 years of reselling top tier one IT brands comes at a time when most high street resellers have been struggling with continued declines in PC sales and other IT hardware. Resellers are not the only ones who have found business to be challenging as technology service providers are also experiencing hard times in the region as IT spending in general has been reduced.
In the GCC market, the decline in PC sales has been compounded by the drop in oil prices, IT projects being shelved and civil wars in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya, which has dented the regional IT trade and dampened business confidence.