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CGC, SanDisk Partner

DOHA, Qatar -- Consolidated Gulf Company (CGC), the largest seller of mobile phones as well as the largest telecom and IT solution provider in Qatar, has joined hands with SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the USA based inventor and world’s largest supplier of flash storage cards, to offer SanDisk storage and flash memory products in the country. The distribution agreement to this effect was announced by Tareq Husseini, SanDisk’s Middle East and Africa Sales Director, M. P. Sharma, President, Techmart and Anil Mahajan, CGC’s Head of Business Development at a joint press conference in Sheraton Hotel, Doha, on Saturday. Under the agreement, CGC will work closely with SanDisk’s distributor in Dubai, Techmart, Nokia's original accessories and enhancements partner in the Middle East, to promote, support, market and distribute SanDisk products in Qatar through a wide range of retail outlets. SanDisk’s product portfolio includes flash memory cards for mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders; digital audio/video players; USB flash drives for consumers and the enterprise; embedded memory for mobile devices; and solid state drives for computers.

SanDisk’s storage and flash memory products are globally recognized and widely used in mobile phones, digital cameras, MP3 players and other mobile devices that use removable storage cards to store digital images, video, music files and data. SanDisk has recently launched its new 32-gigabyte Extreme III CompactFlash (CF) card, which combines world-class storage capacity with fast data transfer rates. The new memory card is designed to meet the demands of professional digital videographers and photographers.

Addressing media persons, Tareq Husseini said: “The two companies’ relationship is in line with SanDisk’s strategy to offer easy access to the best products in the market for small business users, creative professionals and consumers. The expansion of our Mobile Ultra line is the first of many steps we are taking to drive the transformation of the storage market. And we look forward to a long relationship with CGC that will provide compelling opportunities now and in the future as we continue to grow our product line to offer more unique, innovative and differentiated solutions to the market.”

SanDisk Corp.