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MacBook Air launches in the Middle East

World's thinnest notebook launched in ten countries across the Middle East

Apple's MacBook Air, the world's thinnest notebook, measuring just 4mm at its thinnest point, is now available in the Middle East.

Arab Business Machines, Apple's independent marketing company for the Middle East is selling the notebook through its network of Apple Authorized Retailers and Resellers in Lebanon, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Local Apple Authorized Service Providers will be providing regional service and support.

The entry-level version of the MacBook Air is available in the UAE with an RRP of AED 8199, ranging to AED 13699 with all the optional upgrades.

The keyboard will be available in Arabic, though the OS will not.

The MacBook Air, first revealed at MacWorld in January, features a 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, an 80GB hard disk and a built-in camera. Customers also have the option of upgrading to a 1.8GHz processor, DVD rewriter, or 64GB solid state hard drive which, while smaller, is faster and uses less power.

Using the unit's built in wifi, users can expect a battery life of around 5 hours.

Apple's claim to the world's thinnest notebook is disputed by Lenovo, which launched its own ultra-thin notebook last month. While Lenovo's Thinkpad X300 is a whopping 14mm thicker at its thinnest point, the ThinkPad packs an internal DVD drive, missing from the MacBook Air.

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