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Amman, Jordan - 31 July 2012 - AIG has announced the selection of Ahmed Zalatimo and Partners Company (Zalatimo Brothers for Sweets) as the preferred bidder to provide Arabic sweets at the new terminal
The comprehensive process to select a partner began in April of this year, and was open to submissions from both local and international providers.
The process of selecting the most suitable finalists was the result of thorough, objective analysis designed to ensure the highest degree of fairness and transparency. Strict technical and financial requirements were examined in the evaluation process, which included the involvement of the Project Management Unit from the Ministry of Transport. The overall objective of the bidding and evaluation process is two-fold; bringing high quality services to travelers at the new terminal, while simultaneously providing the highest financial returns for the QAIA and the Kingdom's national treasury.
"The Ahmed Zalatimo and Partners Company ( Zalatimo Brothers for Sweets ) brand has built a reputation for itself as a leading provider of high quality Arabic sweets, making it a solid addition to our array of retail shops available at QAIA's new terminal," commented Kjeld Binger, CEO of AIG. "In addition to providing weary travelers with a much-needed energy boost, Arabic sweets are a key element in the cultural heritage of Jordan and the region, which will add to the uniquely thematic experience we endeavor to provide within the new terminal."
AIG's investment of US $750 million to build the state-of-the-art terminal - in addition to US $100 million spent on rehabilitating the terminals currently in use - is intended to develop Jordan's primary gateway, the QAIA, as a regional niche hub. The terminal is in the advanced stages of construction with 85% completed to date.
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