This Day in History (2005): Gift outlet opens at Exhibit
The store allows individuals for the first time to buy Aramco branded items individually and not in bulk.
From the April 20, 2005, edition of The Arabian Sun
If you want to cash in on the cache of the Saudi Aramco brand, there is now a shop where you can do just that, with the launch of a gift outlet at the Saudi Aramco Exhibit.
We now have a more convenient way for our employees and their families to purchase quality items that bear the company's signature at value prices.
—Mustafa A. Jalali, vice president of Saudi Aramco Affairs
How many times have you wished you could get your hands on a Saudi Aramco coffee mug, T-shirt, or cap? Until now, you had to buy in bulk or be an authorized buyer for your organization. And a website has made that easy.
But based on the success of the website and continuous requests for a gift shop from which dependents and friends can buy souvenirs, management decided to extend the availability of those products to everyone through a one-stop, walk-up outlet for shoppers.
"Ninety percent of the feedback that we received from our corporate gifts website mentioned the need for employees and their dependents to be able to purchase log souvenirs on a cash basis and not in bulk," said Mae S. Mozaini, head of the Corporate Identify and Design Unit. "As a result of that, the shop was opened. We plan to continue opening other shops around the Kingdom."
Caption from top: Mustafa A. Jalali, vice president of Saudi Aramco Affairs, left, examines some of the merchandise available at the new gift outlet of the Saudi Aramco Exhibit with vendor representative Ammar Kanoo as Luai I. Subaiey looks on.
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