Em Sherif Restaurant Qatar wins 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

In another big achievement for the Group, Ali Bin Ali Hospitality’s Em Sherif Restaurant Qatar has been awarded the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Award by Tripadvisor. The recognition is based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the Covid- pandemic. The announcement was made in October 2020.

Tripadvisor, one of world’s largest travel platforms, is used by travelers across the globe who upload their reviews and feedback about their overall experience at a restaurant. Em Sherif Restaurant Qatar has consistently received great diner feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe.

Speaking about the recent accolade, Group General Manager – Ali Bin Ali Hospitality Bassel Salim Ammar said: “This is a proud moment for the entire ABA Hospitality division and I applaud the dedication of the Em Sherif Restaurant Qatar team. This recognition is extremely precious because it is totally based on the feedback of our esteemed customers. We are happy that our food, hospitality and overall Em Sherif experience has been appreciated and recognized.”

“Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners’ achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, but they are also a great source of inspiration for diners as the world begins to venture out again.”

 

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s iSpot achieves new feat, recognized as number 1 Apple Premium Reseller in the world

Adding a new feather in Ali Bin Ali Holding’s cap, the iSpot store at Doha Festival City has been recognized as the Number 1 Apple Premium Reseller in the world in Q3 2020.

iSpot is part the Group’s Consumer Electronics Division – Prime Distribution & Trading Company.

iSpot, an Apple Premium Reseller, achieved the best rating ever based on the latest Apple Audit Report and was ranked Number 1 out of 400+ resellers around the globe. The ranking is given to stores with 100% audit results, which account for a limited number of stores in the world.

Apple Inc. conducted an audit session by last Q2 and Q3 2020, wherein iSpot had the best rate ever by achieving 100% compliance with the Apple standard planogram and guidelines for an Apple Store. iSpot succeed in meeting Apple’s expectations in terms of store look, display, stock, staff training and performance, and best customer experience.

Speaking about the latest achievement, General Manager of Prime Distribution & Trading Company Mr. Mohammad Imran said: “We are extremely proud to ensure the best achievement ever for the Apple business and promise to continue providing the best service to our customers.

“The formula for iSpot’s success has been a strategy to move away from a typical retail sales focus to a more customer-centric approach. Our high levels of expertise are widely recognized by Apple Inc. and thus, we are the only company in Qatar holding the following accreditations: Apple Premium Reseller, Apple Solutions Expert for Education and Authorized Service Provider.”

Congratulations to iSpot & ABA Holding for the fabulous achievement!

Galeries Lafayette Doha launches pleasantly quirky ‘Art Of Fashion’ campaign

True to its unbeatable style and ‘fashion-meets-art’ image, Galeries Lafayette Doha has once again outdone itself with the recently launched ‘Art of Fashion’ campaign.

The campaign will be on from October 7 till the end of November 2020 at the Galeries Lafayette Department Store in 21 High st, Katara Cultural Village.

The ‘Art of Fashion’ campaign lets you step into a world inspired by the Memphis movement – an Italian design movement that began in 1981- known for its bold clashing colors, Art Decor geometric shapes and pop-art color-palette with a hint of 1950 kitsch aesthetic. Galeries Lafayette has very aesthetically added its own twist to the idea by introducing elements of humor and surprise, which can be found throughout our store.

The entire store manifests the pleasantly quirky elements of the campaign with irregular movements, which involve intriguing patterns. From the store windows to the masks the staff and mannequins are wearing, the space is a reflection of the creative movement.

In the true Galeries Lafayette style, the campaign allows guests to experience the theme in different forms. Interactive screens located on the second floor of the Department Store resonates the colorful campaign. Visitors can step into the life-size magazine cover box and experience the glamor of being in the spotlight.

The restaurants and cafes inside Galeries Lafayette Doha also reflect the ‘Art Of Fashion’ story in their own delectably creative way. Served on trays inspired by visuals of ‘Art of Fashion’ windows, the special edition dessert has the most exciting splash of colors inspired by the Memphis art style.

Speaking about the exciting, first-of-its-kind campaign, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha Kevin Gerard Pender said: “The ‘Art Of Fashion’ is a perfect campaign to match Galeries Lafayette’s vision of retailtainment – merging art with fashion. We have highlighted the features of the Memphis movement and intrigued our guests with the uniqueness of the art form. This experience has been woven together with our extensive A/W20 collections and exclusively created cuisines offered by our restaurants. It is a unique concept which our guests will surely enjoy.”

Prime Distribution Trading Company announces new strategic partnership with Midea Home Appliances

Furthering its dedication to be a top consumer appliances provider for the benefit of consumers in Qatar, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Prime Distribution Trading Company (PDTC) announced its new partnership with the world’s #1 major appliances producer, Midea Home Appliances, on September 15.

A market leader in Qatar, PDTC’s tie-up with Midea Home Appliances is a strategic one and will offer more options to the consumer in Qatar. Midea Home Appliances will now be available at all major retailers in the country.

Midea is one of the world’s largest home appliance brands, offering the most comprehensive selection of products to fully serve the needs of day-to-day living at home, at work or anywhere else.

The Midea brand promises to offer “surprisingly friendly solutions”. Combined with high manufacturing standards aimed at achieving excellence, the brand provides an attractive product portfolio to help you “make yourself at home”.

“Midea has over 30 production centres worldwide, is present across 200+ countries, and carries over 50 product design awards. Over the past few years, Midea’s growth in the Middle East region has doubled. The reason behind is that we, at Midea, are putting ourselves in consumers’ shoes, identifying what are the solutions that people are looking in home appliances in this region. Based on those observations, we can deliver up-to-date, durable and wallet-friendly appliances for every home. We are happy for our collaboration with Prime Distribution with Midea’s strategy to offer better services to local consumers in Qatar,” said Siddharth Saxena, Sales Director – MEA Region, Midea.

General Manager of Prime Distribution Trading Company Mr Mohammad Imran said: “We are always trying to get the best for the people of Qatar and the collaboration with Midea was also a product of that vision. With Midea’s product quality, wide product range combined with PDTC’s market knowledge and reach, we are sure to make a huge impact on consumers.”

Midea’s 2020 line-up covers a complete range of home appliances – from major domestic appliances to a competitive portfolio of small household appliances. These include an attractive 12-place setting Dishwasher with six washing programs, including Intensive, ECO and Rapid wash; Side-by-side Refrigerator with A+ Energy efficiency and 10 Years’ Warranty on Inverter Compressor; Full-Safety 5 Gas Burner Cooking Range with SABAF and closed grill option; and A++ Energy Efficiency Front Load Washing Machine with 15 minutes quick cycle wash. The line-up spreads to a range of Chest Freezers, Water Dispensers, Microwave Ovens, Kettles, Blenders, Juicers, Multi-Cookers, Meat grinders, Vacuum Cleaners and Fans.

ABA Holding sends essential aid to Lebanon in wake of Beirut explosions

As part of Qatar’s endeavor to support Lebanon and as an extension of the nation’s ‘Lebanon in Our Hearts’ campaign, Ali Bin Ali Holding launched a multi-level initiative to send necessary aid to help the Lebanese people recover from the tragedy.

The launch came after the deadly explosions that rocked the capital, Beirut, on August 4 that left some 180 people dead, thousands injured and some still missing, in addition to causing massive material damage.

In the wake of the catastrophe, ABA Holding and its employees came together to gather the maximum possible aid to help support the people in Beirut. The Group donated a total of QR225,000, part of which was in the form of an essential goods consignment of 17 tons sent directly to Beirut in partnership with Qatar Airways and part in cash donated to the Lebanese Red Cross, who are working on the ground.

Taking the initiative one step forward, ABA Holding’s Monoprix Qatar joined hands with Qatar Airways and Qatar Charity to create donation boxes for Lebanon from Monoprix. The charitable drive allowed Qatar residents to purchase items at subsidized rates from Monoprix Qatar’s store on Talabat under the section ‘Qatar Airways Box for Lebanon’.

Empathizing with the tragic situation, Vice-Chairman & EVP of ABA Holding Mr. Nabeel Ali Bin Ali said: “Lebanon is facing a humanitarian crisis and it is our duty to extend a helping hand to our brothers in Lebanon. We pray and hope the country is soon able to recover from this tragedy and bounce back on its feet. ABA Holding and its employees have always supported countries in their tough times and we are committed to our vision of service to mankind.

“I am proud of our staff who, like always, supported the Group’s efforts and came forward wholeheartedly and donated for the cause.”

ABA Holding achieves new high, recognized as an ACCA Approved Employer

Adding a new feather to the Group’s hat, Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding has been recognized as an ACCA Approved Employer.  Effective 20 July, 2020, the conglomerate is part of the ACCA Approved Employer Program that recognizes employers’ high standards of staff training and development.

Founded in 1904, ACCA – the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – has more than 227,000 fully qualified members and 544,000 future members worldwide.

ACCA awarded the recognition to ABA Holding in view of the continuing professional development opportunities provided to our staff in the Finance and Audit communities.

Through this award, ABA Holding has proved that we are committed to ensuring that our Finance professionals have the right skills, ethics and competencies to add value and drive the business forward.

Speaking about this latest achievement, ABA Group Chief Financial Officer Mr. Iftekhar Ahmad said: “Our people are our biggest asset and we prioritize their development. Ali Bin Ali Holding is continuously exploring options to keep our staff up-to-date with latest knowledge and developments that can assist their professional growth. I thank ACCA for recognizing our efforts.”

ACCA has a set of standards that needs to be met before they can recognize an organization as an Approved Employer.  This also reflects highest standards practiced at ABA Finance and Audit.

The recognition will be beneficial to ABA Holding at multiple levels with regard to recruitment (by gaining access to ACCA qualified professionals), retention of talents, research and industry insights, network, events and pricing reductions on a range of ACCA offerings and training solutions.

 

Galeries Lafayette Doha celebrates French National Day in presence of French Ambassador

Celebrating its French heritage, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha commemorated the French National Day in the presence of the Ambassador of France to Qatar, Mr. Franck Gellet.

On July 14, the iconic French Department Store welcomed the Ambassador to celebrate the occasion. Considering the current pandemic situation, Galeries Lafayette Doha kept the event simple this year.

The Ambassador was received by Mr. Kevin Pender, Acting General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha, and joined by Mr. Awn Zureikat, COO of ABA Luxury, Mr. Bassel Ammar, General Manager of ABA Hospitality, Ms. Suha Shatila, Group General Manager – Marketing, along with other members of Galeries Lafayette Doha and the Ali Bin Ali Holding team.

Galeries Lafayette Doha is a reflection of France in Qatar and, to enjoy its essence, Mr. Gellet was given a tour of the exquisitely designed retail space to check out the premium French brands in store. It was the ideal setup to relish the spirit of Galeries Lafayette – the ‘French Art of Living’.

Mr. Gellet enjoyed the experience and said, “I am glad to be celebrating French National Day at Galeries Lafayette Doha. The iconic Department Store is an embodiment of France and with all its diversity and splendor, it perfectly reflects the image of France here in Qatar. What strikes me most about Galeries Lafayette Doha is its commitment to deliver the latest and sharpest creations. Every time I visit, I find something new here. It is doing a great job at showcasing the creative geniuses of our times, both global and local.”

Speaking about the success of French brands in Qatar under Ali Bin Ali Holding’s management, the Ambassador said: “The success is directly related to the trust of the very enterprising Ali Bin Ali family. Prestigious French brands are constantly innovating and people in Qatar are very attentive to what’s new. Ali Bin Ali Holding has very intelligently brought these together, catering to the remarkable taste of the locals.”

Thanking the Ambassador for his presence and support, Mr. Pender said: “Galeries Lafayette Doha is proud to represent Paris in Qatar and we make sure to reflect our heritage in everything we do. The French National Day is an important event in French history and we are glad we could celebrate it with Ambassador Mr. Franck Gellet.”

The event was a culmination of a week-long campaign Galeries Lafayette Doha had organized to celebrate French National Day 2020. The Bleu-Blanc-Rouge campaign from July 7 to 14 saw the store highlight the colors of the French flag, creating the perfect ambiance for the occasion.

Thanking Galeries Lafayette Doha for organizing such a muted and elegant Bleu-Blanc-Rouge campaign during a pandemic, Mr. Gellet said: “It is a symbolic end to the confinement and gradual resumption of activities. It is a message of hope that we are moving towards more favorable times.”

Galeries Lafayette Doha showcases FTA winner Andrea Wazen

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Adding to its exclusive collection, Galeries Lafayette Doha in June 2020 showcased the creations of 2020 Fashion Trust Arabia (FTA) winner Andrea Wazen. The young Lebanese accessory designer’s class and style organically match the premier French Department Store’s brand.

The spotlight on brand Andrea Wazen was also a part of Galeries Lafayette’s vision to highlight local and regional talents and champion their creations. Working closely with factories and artisans in Lebanon, all Andrea Wazen shoes are handmade and designed in Beirut.

Kevin Pender, acting General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha, is excited about this exclusive collection and said: “As part of our continued commitment to introduce new exciting designers, we are proud to bring, to fashion lovers in Qatar, some of the exclusive creations by this talented designer. She is already a Hollywood favorite and her masterpieces are sure to take your breath away. If you love exquisite footwear, then Andrea Wazen’s creations are what you are looking for.”

Born in London and raised in Beirut, Wazen developed a great passion for sketching and designing at a young age. To fulfill her dreams of becoming a fashion designer, Wazen moved to Paris and specialized at the Istituto Marangoni Italian fashion school where she discovered and was appreciated for her skills in shoe designing.

In 2010, Wazen relocated to London where she was trained under the tutelage of Rupert Sanderson and Christian Louboutin while attending shoe design courses at the renowned Central Saint Martins School of Arts.

Since launching her brand in 2017, Andrea Wazen has quickly garnered a celebrity following and has been spotted on the likes of Kylie Jenner, Hailey Bieber, Ciara, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Ratajkowski and Sienna Miller, to name a few. Most recently, Wazen was honored with the prestigious Fashion Trust Arabia Award, naming her Accessories Designer of the Year.

“It is such an honor for me to have my collection displayed at Galeries Lafayette in Doha. The French department store has always been my go-to place while I was living in Paris, it makes me so happy to have such a beautiful and nicely curated department store in our region,” says Wazen.

“My SS20 collection is inspired by my lifestyle in Beirut during the summer. The colors are from a recollection of beautiful sunsets, the morning sun and the clear blue sea,” she adds. “Beirut is a very diverse city, not just in terms of people but always as a way of life; you have the amazing nights out, the long laid-back dinners, the family lunches in the mountains outside the city and the beach life at your doorstep.”

Henry Jacques launches new collection at Galeries Lafayette Doha

Henry Jacques is one of the niche brands at ABA Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha. In May 2020, the French Haute Parfumerie revived a sense of grandeur and historic rituals with its Royal Cabinet, a meticulously hand-crafted chest designed to house a personal assortment of perfumes.

 

Hand-crafted for one’s personal collection of essences, Royal Cabinet is the latest addition to the most-desired items list at Galeries Lafayette Doha.

 

An immaculate accessory for the collector of fine scents, the Royal Cabinet is a culmination of the Maison’s years of immense know-how – to fill within the cabinet is a real pleasure, allowing one to compose a perfume wardrobe that truly encapsulates ‘you’. 

 

In crafting the Royal Cabinet, several artforms intertwine with French expertise. The Perfumier and Malletier, or trunk-maker, work hand-in-hand to create the masterpiece. Materials are of the finest quality; the outer cabinet made from the finest lamb leather and the inside, filled with magnificent velvet.

 

The Royal Cabinet is a work of art that encapsulates Henry Jacques’s craftsmanship and commitment to excellence not only in the olfactory sense, but also the visual.

ABA Holding Finance Team enjoys a fun day out

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Finance Department took a much-deserved break as it organized a get-together for the community and their family members. On March 6, 2020, the team assembled at the Sealine beach resort for a day of informal fun and socialization.

Apart from members of the Finance Department across all divisions of Ali Bin Ali Holding, present at the get-together were Group Chief Financial Officer Mr. Iftekhar Ahmad, Group General Manager – Finance Mr. Ganesh P.K., Finance General Managers – Mr. Adnan Suleiman, Mr. Shakil Maruf, Mr. Asad Saleem and Group General Manager – HR Mr. Aldrine Austine Fernandez.

The get-together has been a longstanding tradition in the ABA finance community, and this year the organizing team made sure it was a memorable one. Some 400 people showed up for the day, making this the biggest ABA Finance event yet.

The day was packed with fun activities, team-building events, competitions and lots of presents. It was the perfect set-up and a great opportunity for the entire ABA Finance family to mingle outside the formal office setting.

The event enabled them to know each other better and build stronger working relationships, through creative and fun activities, such as a sand castle competition, Master Chef and Finance Got Talent, to name a few.

Thanking everyone for making the gathering a success, Mr. Iftekhar said: “We might meet each other every day at work but today we experienced the fun, unknown side of many of our colleagues.  It is very important that we give our brains some time to relax so that we can focus better at work. It was a great, fun day and I hope this has made our bonding stronger.”

The ABA Finance community is very diverse, creative and talented, and the get-together demonstrated this in the best way possible. Their caliber and expertise are strong contributors to the success story of Ali Bin Ali Holding.