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service

an economic activity which is performed to meet a personal or business demand. Some services are either specifically personal (for example hairdressing, dentistry), or business (for example factory maintenance, freight forwarding), but a large number are multifaceted, catering for both sectors, for example, household and industrial painting, telephone services.

The provision of most services (for example, window cleaning) involves a number of characteristics which set them apart from the provision of a GOOD (for example, a motorcar), in particular intangibility - the inability of a customer to see, touch, taste or smell the service, and inseparability - the fact that services are produced and consumed at the same time and thus cannot be stored. See also MARKETING MIX, GAP ANALYSIS. See PRODUCT, PERISHABILITY, VARIABILITY.

service

any intangible economic activity (hairdressing, catering, insurance, banking, etc.) that contributes directly (see FINAL PRODUCTS) or indirectly (see INTERMEDIATE PRODUCTS) to the satisfaction of human wants. Services are an important component of GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT.
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The third and final phase of the expansion of Officers City Service Station involves an adjunct facility providing an additional 6 new fuel-filling islands with 8 pumps.
Saeed Mubarak Al Rashdi, acting chief executive officer of ADNOC Distribution, said: "The expansion of the Officers City service station is part of ADNOC Distribution's drive to increase sales volume and improve performance, while ensuring the adoption of state-of-the-art technology throughout its service station network.
The Hafeet North and Hafeet South service stations also offer facilities such as fast food outlets, an ATM, and oil change centre.
The service stations are located opposite to each other on Khatam Al Shukla road in the Al Nabagh area near Al Ain Sportplex.
The Ras Al Khaimah Marine Service Station will serve fishermen, boat owners, and motorists.
Furthermore, the company has assigned Rabdan Service Station (162), located at Mushrif area as the smart Tag installation centre.
The professional auto technicians at Harharts Service Station are happy to join with www.
Handover of these service stations to the new owners was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.
ADNOC Distribution has also announced the reopening of the Zafaranah service station located in Abu Dhabi following the completion of maintenance and upgrading work.
David Black of Viewsbank said: "Motorway service stations defi-nitely provide an important service and millions of motorists use them but the research shows they are not winning many friends.
Emarat's role is to distribute the petroleum products to all the service stations and provide the essential operational services, until taking over of the Sharjah Terminal.
It is the second service station that Woqod inaugurates within a week, after opening the Pearl-Qatar service station on November 10.

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