The Oman Observer reports that Nokiaâ€™s Lumia series with Arabic support would be rolling out to the small middle-eastern country in Q3 2012.
â€œThe Lumia series of smart phones built on the Microsoft Windows platform will hit the Omani market soonâ€, Dr Manmohan Singh Rehsi, Director, Computers, Office Automation and Telecommunication division of Mohsin Haider Darwish LLC told the Observer.
â€œLumia has already launched worldwide and is doing very well towards the target of one million smart phones. Its Middle East launch is bit delayed as we are waiting for its Arabic version to come out which is expected by third quarter. That will totally change the smart phone segment in the regionâ€.
It is widely expected to RTL support essential for the Arabic language will only come with Windows Phone 8, suggesting a time scale between July and September for the launch of devices running the OS.
Rehsi acknowledged that Nokia has been suffering from the lack of a high-end offering in the region, but hoped the introduction of the Lumia range would help the company bounce back.
â€œWe still have a huge loyal customer base in the region and Iâ€™m sure this loyalty will help the Lumia series which is cheapest in the marketâ€.
Read more at the Oman Observer here.