Aljomaih’s new showroom debuts

Updated 03 January 2013

Aljomaih’s new showroom debuts

Aljomaih Automotive Company (AAC), described as the largest GM dealer in the Middle East and one of the largest in the world, made another giant stride on Dec. 26 with the AAC executives at the opening of the second Aljomaih-SSS Facility for GM Core Brands and the AAC’s fourth showroom at Kilo 3 Makkah Road in Jeddah.
Ibrahim Aljomaih, chairman of AAC who led in the unveiling ceremony, said the new Al Jomaih facility at Kilo 3 would employ more than 100 workers, each of whom is skilled in his own area of specialization, and under the supervision of GM experts, to ensure the highest quality of services.
“One of the key drivers for Aljomaih to take the leading position in the premium segment is excellence in customer services. With our expanding service capacity and capability, we can serve our customers even better and more efficiently. We are relentlessly working to provide our customers the best services for their highest satisfaction, not only in terms of products, but also in terms of services. This new showroom/facility is set to provide to our customers the first-class services — both sales and after-sales,” Ibrahim said.
The two storied, 10,000 square meter showroom, with its strategic location, is sure to attract affluent and aspirational visitors seeking one of the world's most sought-after cars, immersing themselves in the comfort of these models and enjoying the Aljomaih service experience.
The architecture of the new Aljomaih showroom is a perfect harmony between form and functions, as its design reflects performance, as well as well-allocated space to ensure the most efficient working flow and the best customer comfort.
Moreover, the new showroom features a state-of-the-art facility and equipment to provide a full-range customer services that include sales, spare parts, and after-sales sections (SSS). It is open 17 hours daily to cater to the needs of customers.
The new state-of-the-art luxurious facility also provides a cozy reception area for customers to loosen up while their concerns are being attended to by Aljomaih staff.
Aljomaih has strategically increased its reach to 100 showrooms and facilities Kingdomwide.
Ibrahim also expressed gratitude to the persons, who, in their own special way, demonstrated their dedication and rendered their professional thoughts in making this showroom a reality, notably to the GM team in the region led by John Stadwick, director of General Motors Middle East operations; Adib Taki Eddine, sales business manager KSA; and Markus Leithe.
Ibrahim conveyed words of thanks to Waleed Aljomaih, COO of AAC; and Rudy Girgis, operations director of AAC.

Sophia Al-Maria wins inaugural Dunya Contemporary Art Prize

Updated 26 April 2018

Sophia Al-Maria wins inaugural Dunya Contemporary Art Prize

  • The Dunya prize is presented to a mid-career artist from the Middle East or its diaspora
  • Al-Maria was selected as the recipient of the prize by “an international jury of experts in the field of contemporary Middle Eastern art”

DUBAI: Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) launched its biennial Dunya Contemporary Art Prize last Monday. The first winner is Qatari-American artist, writer and filmmaker Sophia Al-Maria.

The Dunya prize is presented to a mid-career artist from the Middle East or its diaspora. Its goal, according to a press release, is “to foster contemporary artists from the Middle East whose work is rigorous, challenging and unconventional.”

Al-Maria certainly fits that description. The artist coined the term “Gulf Futurism” to describe her take on the social shifts that have taken place due to dramatic economic growth in the GCC.

Al-Maria told the Chicago Tribune she was “gobsmacked” by the award (and the $100,000 she receives as its winner, along with an exhibition at the MCA and a catalog) and said it could enable her to complete projects that had faltered in the past due to a lack of funding. She also suggested that her focus may now shift from the Gulf to “some of the questions about America that I’ve been thinking about,” as she feels she is “no longer concerned” with Gulf Futurism as a concept.

“My whole life in a way is a project of, I guess, moving away from designated cultural identities and moving it onto some other plane where one can attempt to not be, perhaps, a Middle Eastern artist or an American artist or a Qatari artist and just be someone who is working,” she told the newspaper.

Al-Maria was selected as the recipient of the prize by “an international jury of experts in the field of contemporary Middle Eastern art,” the MCA said. The jury was led by Omar Kholeif, MCA Manilow senior curator and director of global initiatives.

“Al-Maria’s practice illustrates the diversity of ways that artists are working in the twenty-first century,” the jury wrote in a statement. “Her critical insights into contemporary culture, examining histories of science fiction, feminism, and the global socio-political condition, feel more urgent now than ever.”