Abyat launches DIY academy for home owners
Kuwait – Abyat, one of the largest showrooms for building and finishing materials in the Middle East, launched today the ‘Abyat Academy’, an in-store do-it-yourself (DIY) academy for customers looking to learn more about ways to best build or refurbish their homes while managing costs, contractors, and suppliers.
The Academy was launched in collaboration with the Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE) and features instructors who are both KSE members and full-time engineers; all experts in their respective fields. The establishment of the in-store DIY academy follows increasing customer demand for DIY know-how and the success of over 80 in-store workshops held in 2009 in collaboration with KSE.
Launched in March 2008, Abyat is Kuwait’s largest home improvement retail store catering to private homeowners, renovators, professional home builders, and contractors with over 15,000 products under one roof.
The monthly workshops are centered on seven key themes and they are: house building stages, negotiating with contractors on the agreement’s terms, common mistakes in building, air conditioning installation and maintenance, electrical extensions, lighting, power saving, and plumbing.
Abyat Operations and CRM Director, Mr. Abdullah Hussein Ghadanfar, said:
“Customer education is one of our core values at Abyat. We would like to thank the engineers that continue to lecture at our sessions in helping raise awareness on building techniques and service home owners on the long run.”
‘Abyat Academy’ sessions are presented by Hussein Mirza, an engineer at the Kuwait Municipality and a member of the Arbitration Chamber at Regional Center of the Federation of Engineering Institution of Islamic Countries, Khaled Al Kanderi, an engineer at the Kuwait Customs and manager of the Kuwait Customs B.O.T based revenues project, Younes Rajab, president of the Civil Engineers Society at the Kuwait Society of Engineers, and Rashed Al Anzi, deputy president at the Public Authority for Housing Welfare, general secretary of the Kuwait Society of Engineers and president of the Civil Service Council president.
Hussein Mirza said, “These workshops are a great educational platform for home owners and home builders. We extend to customers the information they need at the time they need it, and all at no cost.”
Khaled Al Kanderi added, “Throughout my career I’ve seen first time home owners make the same mistake over and over again. Abyat’s workshop gives me the opportunity to help first time home builders by alerting them on these issues and presenting them with the solutions that have worked in the past.”
Younes Rajab commented, “These sessions are equally valuable for us engineers and for home owners. As engineers, we have an opportunity to practice what we know and learn more about what home owners are looking for, while home owners leave better informed with a clearer picture of how they will execute their projects.”
Rashed Al Anzi concluded, “This initiative shows Abyat’s commitment to its social responsibility and gave us an opportunity to play our part in serving families in Kuwait. Thanks to Abyat, home owners in Kuwait can learn more about building their perfect home.”
Following a recent Abyat DIY workshop, homeowner Mr. Abdul Hamid Ghloum said, “Abyat’s weekly sessions helped me learn more on building techniques and helped reduce additional costs generated from my lack of knowledge on what materials to choose such as the high quality competitive products available at Abyat’s showrooms as well as what technical terms I can negotiate with contractors. Today, I can lead my projects with better confidence and understanding of the processes.”
Established in 2006, Abyat is the largest building and finishing materials 20,000 square meters retail showroom in the Middle East, entirely conceptualized and developed in Kuwait. Abyat offers a wide range of quality and competitive building materials and provides installation, decoration and advisory services to its customers ranging from home owners, contractors, or companies in categories comprising tiles, lighting, wallpaper, kitchens, bathrooms, doors and windows, electrical and high quality plumbing systems, special materials, building products and items.
By Siba Sami Ammari – AMEinfo ©