Much to the delight of Apple product loyalists, Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding opened the second iSpot Service Center in Qatar at the popular Villaggio Mall. The Apple Authorized Service Provider opened its doors to the public on Friday, 19th February, 2021.
Strategically located right opposite Carrefour hypermarket, the new iSpot Service Center offers Mac’s signature service and warranty repairs on all product categories by a trained team of Apple-certified technicians, as well as the entire suite of Apple products.
With a welcoming environment, friendly staff and comfortable waiting area for customers, the iSpot Service Center provides services such as full health checkup for all Apple products, iPhone battery replacement, iPhone display replacement, AirPods sound quality test, MacBook repairs, iMac repairs, software update, reformatting and installing a new system.
To celebrate the launch of the new store, iSpot has announced a full week of free complete health checkup for all Apple products, starting from Friday, 26th February, 2021 until Thursday, 4th March, 2021.
Speaking about the opening, General Manager of Prime Distribution and Trading Company – a subsidiary of ABA Holding – Mr. Mohammad Imran said: “We are excited to open our new Service Center and serve the people of Qatar better. At iSpot, all the repairs are done 100% as per Apple standards and we aim for 100% customer satisfaction. Our all technicians are Apple-certified and look forward to serving all Apple product users.”
iSpot store timings:
9am till 10pm – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
9am to 11pm – Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, it was for the first time in many years that Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding was unable to organize an Olympic Day gathering. However, this did not dampen the spirits of the organizers as they planned an interesting twist and arranged for a virtual ABA Olympic Day 2021.
To keep the tradition of sports and fitness alive, the team set up exclusive live online fitness sessions in co-operation with the best instructors in town. Zoom meeting invites were sent out to all ABA staff members along with details about the sessions.
The morning of February 9, 2021 began with a lively Zumba session with Rachel Mitri who is a licensed Zumba instructor and has been teaching Zumba at Sheraton Doha since 2013. This was followed by a more rigorous HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) session with Victoria Sipco. A former international level athlete, Victoria made sure that the participants shed some serious sweat. The last and very relaxing session was Yoga with Carla El Ladki. A professional instructor, Carla combined Yoga with dance which made it an inspirational but fun session.
Defeating all odds, ABA Olympic Day 2021 turned out to be a fit and fun experience. ABA staff from different divisions joined in along with their kids and family, making the virtual gathering a perfect celebration for the occasion.
Speaking about the virtual event, the head of the ABA Olympic Day committee Mr. Mohammad Imran said: “ABA Olympic Day is part of our company identity and we did not want the COVID-19 pandemic to destroy that spirit. The virtual gathering and fitness session were the best way to continue the tradition of sports and fitness that ABA so strongly advocates. ABA staff members also welcomed the idea and we were happy to see the number of participants and their enthusiasm. I hope the pandemic ends soon and we can all gather physically to enjoy a bigger and better 2022 Olympic Day”
Expanding the presence of Samsung Electronics outlets in Qatar, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Dohatna Innovative Distribution has launched the fifth Samsung outlet in Doha. Inaugurated on January 21, 2021, the kiosk is located near gate 6 of the popular Landmark Mall and is strategically placed near Carrefour hypermarket.
The new outlet has the full brand line-up of Samsung mobile phones, tablets and accessories and is sure to become a favorite among Samsung loyalists. On the occasion of the launch, the new Samsung Electronics outlet will be offering some exclusive promotions on Samsung mobile, tablets and accessories from January 21 to 31, 2021.
Present at the opening were Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Group Chief Financial Officer Mr. Iftekhar Ahmad, General Manager of Dohatna Innovative Distribution Mr. Mohammed Imran, Division Manager – Samsung Products Mr. Deepak Jayaram and Finance Manager – Dohatna Innovative Distribution Mr. Azhar Baksh.
Speaking about the new venture, Mr. Imran said: “Dohatna Innovative Distribution has been for long the official partner of Samsung Electronics in Qatar and the latest outlet marks a new milestone in escalating our collaboration in Qatar. Samsung offers some of the best digital solutions in the market and we are glad that we play the medium to reach that to the people of Qatar. The launch of this new outlet reinforces that mission and I am sure it will be a welcome addition to the Samsung outlet chain in the country.”
Commemorating the greatness of the nation, Galeries Lafayette Doha celebrated Qatar National Day (QND) from December 1 to 18, 2020. The Department Store was all dressed up in the Qatari colors, emanating the pride that the day entails.
The highlight of the celebrations were the store windows designed exclusively in collaboration with Qatari artist Aisha Al-Thani. A lover of traditional Arabic calligraphy, Aisha loves presenting culture through her designs. Her exclusive calligraphy for Galeries Lafayette Doha, in striking gold and maroon, depicted the QND slogans through the years.
The calligraphy art merged all the words into one larger artwork representing the artist’s vision of the unity of people in Qatar. Through her creativity, Aisha told a wonderful story of the founding fathers and how their everlasting principles and values still resonate to this day.
Speaking about the exhibit, Aisha said: “This art of mine represents my love for my country, Qatar. It’s about family, home and solidarity. I think Galeries Lafayette Doha has done a beautiful job in portraying the emotions this day involves. From the choice of colors, which are culturally relevant, to the idea of the QND slogans timeline – were all very well thought through. It was the perfect theme to depictmy art.
“It is very gratifying to know that I have done it to celebrate my country. Also, it is interesting and fun seeing my ‘classical’ form of calligraphy merged as an art form with fashion.”
The theme of the celebrations was also reflected in exclusive dishes created for the occasion at the restaurants and cafes in Galeries Lafayette Doha. Limited-edition desserts and a savory item was carefully designed and include traditional ingredients from Qatar and the region.
This fusion of the right, delectable ingredients was reflective of the vibrant Qatari culture. Each dish was a gastronomical delight and equally satisfying for the eye and soul.
As part of the celebrations, on December 16, Galeries Lafayette Doha hosted the exclusive launch of a new fragrance from the brand of Qatari influencer Abdulla Al-Abdulla. The fragrance was created especially for Qatar National Day and added to the spirit of the occasion.
Kevin Gerard Pender, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha, said: “We have always taken pride in the Qatari heritage and Qatar National Day is one of the most celebrated occasions in our store. Our celebrations reflect our pride in our identity and embody the nation’s values. Our store, windows and special items at our F&B outlets have all been planned and designed to celebrate this great nation. The collaboration with Aisha Al-Thani and Abdulla Al-Abdulla not only reinforce Galeries Lafayette’s commitment to support and highlight local talents but also creates a unique experience – which is intrinsically Qatari – for our clients.”
Ali Bin Ali Holding in Qatar has become an Authorized Training Employer (ATE) for international Chartered Accountancy body ICAEW (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales).
The partnership, which supports the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV 2030), will help Ali Bin Ali Holding, a leading and privately owned FMCG distributor and premier luxury goods retailer, attract and retain talented individuals by offering ICAEW’s prestigious ACA qualification.
By giving its employees access to internationally recognized qualifications and training, Ali Bin Ali Holding further reinforces its commitment to the professional development of its people.
Mr. Iftekhar Ahmad, Group Chief Financial Officer of Ali Bin Ali Holding, said: “ICAEW is a world leader in finance and professional development. This partnership aligns with Ali Bin Ali Holding’s unwavering commitment to the long-term development and strategic growth of not just our holding company, but of our partners too.
“While our operations are currently regional, our standards remain international. We believe that the value of our products and services to customers depends entirely on our ability to unlock the full potential of our staff. Becoming an ICAEW Authorized Training Employer will help us create a high-performing and innovative organizational culture that can create unique value to our customers, employees and the wider community.”
Completing the ACA qualification enables professionals to use the title ‘ICAEW Chartered Accountant’. Valued by businesses worldwide, more than 5,000 employers are currently training ACA students. The qualification provides students with the combination of finance knowledge, accountancy skills and real-world business experience they need to succeed.
Omar Mahmood, ICAEW Qatar Representative and KPMG Partner and Head of Financial Services, said: “We are proud to welcome Ali Bin Ali Holding to the growing number of employers globally authorized to train ACA students. Throughout the world, our training partners benefit from being able to attract the best talent and develop the next generation of business leaders.
“Our partnership with Ali Bin Ali Holding underscores its commitment to remain at the forefront of the evolving luxury retail industry. And together, we will continue to support the professional development of Chartered Accountants worldwide.”
The knowledge and skills provided by the ACA qualification means that ICAEW Chartered Accountants are highly sought-after professionals. The qualification is held by board members in 78 of the FTSE 100 companies.
Ending the pandemic-hit year on a positive note, Ali Bin Ali Beverages won the prestigious PepsiCo Award. The award recognized employees and bottling partners for living their professional lives by PepsiCo values. The team leadership, management and frontliners were also recognized for their dedication and performance under Covid-19 duress.
In November 2020, at a special dinner gathering held at ABA Hospitality’s Em Sherif Restaurant, PepsiCo’s Senior Leadership awarded ABA Beverages team for their tremendous efforts since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nothing was more fitting than to recognize the total engagement of ABA Beverages employees and supervisors who were locked in at the Street 2 Plant in the Industrial Area, and had the responsibility to run the two filling lines without being able to return to their homes and families for 10 long weeks.
Ahmad Suleiman, a recently hired young production supervisor, exhibited maturity and composure, making the right decisions on many critical occasions. Julito Calimpong De Asis and Thavaseelan Thangarajah both exhibited admirable motivation, focus and calm. Eracleo Malco Hinola’s wife gave birth to their son while ‘Leo’ was locked up at the plant and doing his duty.
A team of 50 people found themselves unable to leave the site, working diligently to ensure a continuous supply of beverages. As a result, at no point during the Covid-19 crisis did the consumers in Qatar find themselves unable to get their favorite beverages in their regular shopping place.
Even the installation and commissioning of a newly acquired, state-of-the-art filling line was halted by the lockdown. Initially, Madhu Sethumadhavan and his team worked remotely to guide the technicians on site, then eventually joined them to complete the installation and start production of Aquafina water without the planned help of the equipment supplier.
President & General Manager of PepsiCo Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, Mr. Aamer Sheikh, said: “The ABA Beverages team’s clear focus to get things done has had a large part to play in our joint success at being able to steady the supply chain, stay the course on make, sell & deliver, and reinforce our commitment to our consumers by providing their favorite beverage at a place of their choice.
“While dealing with various operating restrictions, the team acted with integrity, kept employees and consumers safe, and made donations that have made a positive impact where it was needed. We are pleased to recognize the truly heroic efforts of the ABA Beverages team during these exceptional times. While we may not be fully out of the challenges yet, there is no better time than while it is still fresh in our minds to say a simple thank you to the ‘PepsiCo Heroes’.”
The Division also used the occasion to internally recognize and celebrate the dedication and commitment of many more heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic. Sabine Winner Neuhaus, Abdel Hamid Chariout, Ahmed Salmaan, Tarek Hassan Elashry, Hesham Mahmoud Reda, Jerry Moan Koshy, Anan Mahdi Masoud, Antesh Bakshi, Nabil Hassan Ekky, Ihab Moustafa Amin, Dileep Sadasivan Pillai and through them all their teams were awarded for their good work.
After taking on the challenges related to the blockade, the implementation of the excise tax on carbonated beverages and the Covid-19 pandemic, the ABA Beverages leadership and employees are ready for more. Hopefully, these challenges will be positive ones such as the 2022 World Cup as well as the line extensions planned for the next three years.
Well done Team ABA Beverages, you made the whole Group proud!
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, GroupGeneral 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.”
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.”
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.
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.”