Further cementing its longstanding friendship with the Italian Embassy in Qatar, Ali Bin Ali Group stepped forward as one of the main sponsors of the 2017 Italian National Day celebrations in the country.
Hosted by the Ambassador of Italy to Qatar, H.E. Pasquale Salzano, the event was held on May 22 at the Italian-inspired Al Hazm luxury galleria in the heart of Doha. A ceremonial cake was cut to mark the occasion, with Ambassador Salzano highlighting Qatar-Italy bilateral relations.
H.E. Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications; Ibrahim Fakhroo, Protocol Department director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and H.E. Ali Ibrahim Ahmed, Ambassador of Eritrea to Qatar and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, were among the dignitaries present at the event.
Ali Bin Ali Group has always supported and worked in co-operation with the international community in Qatar and was glad and honoured to be a part of the gathering for the official celebration of Italian National Day.
In another major accomplishment for Ali Bin Ali Group, iSpot – the Apple Premium Reseller (APR) – had the soft opening of its third store in Qatar at Doha Festival City (DFC) on Thursday, May 25.
iSpot is the country’s leading Apple Premium Reseller and earned its popular status by delivering on the promise of the Apple brand.
The iSpot store at DFC is the region’s first-ever APR concept store with a VIP and service area, a separate area where customers can have their products set up, and a unique lighting concept. The store also offers product and service tutorials.
The new store also marks the ninth anniversary of iSpot since it was launched by ABA Group in 2008. Apart from DFC, iSpot APR is currently located at City Center Doha and Ezdan Mall.
Mohamad A. Ebrik, Chief Operating Officer – ABA ICT, who was present at the opening of the new store, said: “iSpot is an optimum place to experience the latest Apple products. Technology, coupled with our customer-centric service, has positioned us at the top. With this new store, we aim to reach out to more people and make the best technology more accessible to the people of Qatar.”
In addition to being housed in some of the country’s best locations to test-drive any Apple product, iSpot delivers support services, installation advice and also offer training and specialist software expertise to give customers confidence in their purchases.
Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Group has once again introduced an international brand to Qatar, this time bringing popular British chocolatier brand Artisan du Chocolat to the country.
The brand celebrated its opening on May 21, 2017 at Mall of Qatar. The outlet is the second of its kind in the Middle East, with the brand already having a popular presence in the Saudi Arabian market.
Present at the opening were Ms. Anne Weyns, co-owner of Artisan du Chocolat; Mr. Philippe Tardieu, General Manager of ABA Group’s Hospitality Division, Ms. Suha G. Shatila, General Manager of ABA Group Marketing; and other ABA and ADC staff members. The Artisan du Chocolat outlet is strategically located near the main gate of Mall of Qatar, giving visitors easy access to its delightful collections.
Speaking at the opening, Mr. Philippe Tardieu said: “We are delighted that we have brought an international favorite like Artisan du Chocolat into the local market and given it a home in Doha. Qatar’s chocolate lovers will really be inspired by the selections at Artisan du Chocolat. We positioned our outlet at The Mall of Qatar because we wanted a perfect location to launch our entry into the market”.
Mr. Tardieu went on to say that he is confident that the Ali Bin Ali Group’s partnership with Artisan du Chocolate will only strengthen and grow in the future.
Artisan du Chocolat follows a time-honoured tradition of processing chocolate from ground beans, before conching and refining them to form the base of their mouth-watering selections. Among the favorites being served at the newly opened outlet are the pearl range and the signature product being Liquid salted caramels. Celebrated chef Gordon Ramsay had once described Artisan du Chocolat as the ‘Bentley of chocolates’, highlighting its exquisite quality.
Fulfilling its promise to introduce state-of-the-art services from international medical brands to the Qatari market, Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Group’s QCare Medical announced the signing of an exclusive agreement with Endocare Inc. USA for the distribution of its Endocare™ Cryoablation technology in Qatar.
A prime vision of ABA Group has been to create a comprehensive, world-class healthcare system in Qatar, whose services are accessible to the whole population.
Keeping this vision in mind and with the aim of complying with the Qatar National Health Strategy (NHS) 2017-2022, QCare in May 2017 proudly installed the first Endocare™ cryoablation machine – Cryocare Cs – in the Middle East at Hamad General Hospital.
Well known Urologist Dr. Franco Lugnani flew in to Doha to conduct a demonstration and training for the medical teams of Dr. Ahmed Omar, Head of Radiology department & Dr. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Head of Urology department at Hamad General Hospital. On May 25, the team performed 3 successful surgeries with the Cryocare Cs .
Speaking about this strategic agreement, Mr. Zuhdi Z Al-Jaouni, General Manager of Qcare Medical & ABA Medical, said: “This exclusive agreement is a particularly important one as a growing amount of evidence supports the use of cryotherapy for patients with localized prostate cancer following radiation therapy.”
Endocare Inc. is a medical device company focused on the development of minimally invasive technologies for tissue and tumor ablation.
Endocare™ cryoablation therapy focuses on the development of a specialized type of cryotherapy for the minimally invasive treatment of cancer with a faster and easier-to-operate cryoablation system for freezing cancerous tumors and tissue.
Endocare remains the market leader in this category, as this new system uses nitrogen as the freezing and tumor-destroying element. The nitrogen, called “critical nitrogen” because it works in a unique form at the critical point where gas nearly becomes liquid, is also more powerful and readily available in surgical suites than argon, the freezing element in Endocare’s current market-leading cryoablation systems.
Launching yet another luxury boutique in Qatar, Ali Bin Ali Luxury – along with renowned London jeweller David Morris – has opened the first David Morris standalone boutique in the country. Located at 6, La Croisette, Porto Arabia – The Pearl-Qatar, the store is sure to become a hotspot for all fashion and luxury lovers in Qatar.
The store was officially opened to the public on May 9 as Mr. Adel Ali Bin Ali, Chairman & President of ABA Group, Mr. Awn Zureikat, Chief Operating Officer – ABA Luxury along with Mr. Jeremy Morris, MD of David Morris, ceremoniously cut the ribbon in front of VIP guests and media. The latest novelties of David Morris, which were brought to Qatar specifically for the event, were revealed on the occasion of the boutique’s opening.
Nestled in the heart of Porto Arabia, home to The Pearl-Qatar’s main marina, the intimate yet luxurious boutique exudes sophistication with a contemporary design beautifully styled in a colour palette of cool silvers and greys juxtaposed with warming hues of gold and bronze. With bespoke furnishings of dark wood and metal accents, the setting perfectly reflects the glamour of the fine jewellery.
Speaking to the media, Mr. Adel Ali Bin Ali said: “We want to get the best from around the world to Qatar. By partnering with David Morris and opening a standalone boutique, we are inching closer to our vision. The people of Qatar appreciate fashion and luxury and I am sure they are going to love the David Morris collection.”
Mr. Jeremy Morris said, “We are proud to continue the growth of our brand in such a key region with partners Ali Bin Ali. We hope that clients will embrace our new store and delight in having the London jeweller at their doorstep.”
Adding another feather to its cap, Ali Bin Ali & Partners has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Baladna, the largest sheep and goat dairy producer in the Middle East, to expand the retail presence of Baladna dairy products in Qatar.
The distribution agreement and the exclusive partnership commenced ceremoniously on May 3 at Baladna Farm in Al Khor, Doha. The event was attended by the local media, top officials of Ali Bin Ali Group and Baladna.
A tour of the Baladna farm and a video enabled the guests to witness the freshness of the product and where it is produced. After a speech by Mr. Nabil Mourad, Chief Operating Officer, FMCG – ABA Group and Mr. John Dore, Chief Executive Officer of Baladna Company, the house was open for a question & answer session for the attending media. The eventful day came to an end with a sumptuous lunch for all the guests.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Nabil Mourad said: “It is our pleasure to support the local industries in every way we can. Keeping Qatar National Vision 2030 in mind, we seek to work with Qatari producers, encourage them and make their presence prominent in the local market.”
“Baladna is a farm that places key emphasis on quality and we are confident that through our understanding of the Qatari market and commitment to develop best-in-class technologies, we will exceed customers’ expectations and maximise the reach of the products,” he added.
Mr. Wadih Antoine Kazan, General Manager – Ali Bin Ali & Partners said, “We are happy as well as proud to add Baladna to our product portfolio. Thanks to the deal with ABA & Partners, Baladna products will be available in about 50 outlets now and cover up to 100 stores in the country soon.”
Mr. John Dore added: “Through this agreement, we hope to deliver high-quality products to the market that can compete with imported products. Our partnership with Ali Bin Ali & Partners will allow us to provide our customers with the convenience of finding premium Baladna dairy products in their local grocery.”
The Baladna farm, built over 700,00sqm, includes 40,000 heads of Awassi sheep that are characterized by their ability to adapt and withstand high temperatures and produce a high milk yield. The farm is also a popular family destination in Qatar.
Strengthening Ali Bin Ali Group’s long-standing partnership with the Swiss Embassy in Qatar, ABA Watches & Jewelry sponsored the National Day celebrations of the Swiss Confederation in Doha.
Hosted by the Ambassador of Switzerland, His Excellency Mr. Etienne Thévoz, and his wife, Mrs. Ambar Thévoz, the event was held at Grand Hyatt Doha on May 2. The celebrations were attended by distinguished guests, including Qatari officials, ambassadors of different countries, representatives of Swiss companies and the media.
The guests enjoyed the range of items from Swiss luxury brands Baume et Mercier, Carandache and Reuge, displayed by ABA Watches & Jewelry, and appreciated the same. It was one of the major attractions of the evening.
The gala evening was concluded with a dinner where the guests enjoyed a traditional Swiss buffet while listening to some authentic Swiss live band music.
The National Day of the Swiss Confederation celebrates the historic alliance concluded in 1291 by the three Alpine cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden. This alliance was to become the focal point around which the Switzerland of today was built.