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.”

Ali Bin Ali Holding Fashion and Galeries Lafayette holds general assembly for staff

With the aim of sharing the vision and strategy for the business in the coming months, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha organized a general assembly session for their staff.

The gathering was held on December 27, 2019 at Em Sheriff Restaurant in Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel. The assembly focused on sharing the global financial picture and challenges for the division.

Speaking about the event, Head of Retail – Galeries Lafayette Doha Ms. Hadami Magtouf said: “It is very important to make sure that all staff members are aligned with the vision of the business. Only then can we expect them to deliver their best.

“This assembly will not only update them about the future business strategy but also give an overview of the division’s goals.”

The assembly was a part of the employee engagement program of ABA Holding and the opportunity was also used to award the deserving employees of ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette.

Adding a fun element to the event, a musical performance was presented by Ahmed Amri, Ahmed Hadriche and Youssef Ghazaoui. The evening concluded with a scrumptious buffet at Em Sherif.

Galeries Lafayette Doha launches Qatari luxury Abaya brand Malachite

Celebrating the creations of yet another local talent, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha has launched luxury abaya brand Malachite by Qatari designer Amna Abdulwahab. Founded in 2017 in Doha, Malachite offers elegant handmade couture abaya using the finest silk, the best Swarovski crystals and the most exquisite pearls.

The boutique was ceremoniously launched on November 21, 2019 where the guests enjoyed the first look of Malachite’s Capsule Collection created exclusively for Galeries Lafayette Doha, while sipping on some Arabic coffee. The perfectly set Arabic ambiance reflected the brand’s philosophy that luxury is an experience.

Addressing her audience, Amna Abdulwahab said: “We are glad to be a part of Galeries Lafayette Doha, especially because we share the Parisian Department Store’s vision of bringing together art and culture. This collaboration will introduce a new chapter in the world of abaya fashion. Malachite is all about empowering women as we believe that with the right abaya, you can conquer the world.”

The name Malachite means a stone of balance, abundance, manifestation and intention. It represents personal growth and abundance of spirit. The signature green color of the brand symbolizes the rich and verdant hues of nature in full bloom.

The luxury brand’s vision and interest in details is portrayed in the fine selection of accessories and embellishments and delicate designs that manifest the luxurious experience of abaya couture. Their distinguished work ensures excellence and a touch of finesse and couture in the making of abayas.

ABA Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha opens first MZ Skin boutique in Qatar

As one of the latest addition to the Parisian Department store, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha launched the luxury skincare brand MZ Skin in October 2019.

Founded by Dr. Maryam Zamani, a highly respected Oculoplastic Surgeon & Facial Aesthetics doctor, MZ SKIN is an award-winning skincare brand that performs, with a focus on anti-ageing and skin health.

With her vast experience in surgery and skin rejuvenation, Dr. Zamani is an anti-ageing powerhouse; the launch of her brand three years ago has changed the perception of clinical skincare from purely functional to a sensory experience.

Treasured by A-list and Royal clientele including Elle Macpherson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Arizona Muse, Selma Blair and Princess Charlene of Monaco, MZ Skin is a perfect addition to the exclusive brand portfolio of Galeries Lafayette Doha.

First French Haute Parfumerie Henry Jacques opens boutique in Qatar at Galeries Lafayette Doha

French Haute Parfumier Henry Jacques in September 2019 officially opened the doors of its boutique in Galeries Lafayette Doha at 21 High st, Katara Cultural Village. Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha is already the home to some of the most luxurious brands from around the world and the Maison is delighted to bring to life its savoir-faire and make the Parisian landmark in Doha, its home.

 

The boutique houses the entire range of fragrances in a home-from-home setting where visitors will also be able to marvel the Masterpieces of the Maison.

 

The unique style of the new boutique embodies Henry Jacques’ attention to detail and its visionary spirit. Designed by Christophe Tollemer, esteemed architect and Henry Jacques’ Artistic Director, the space is inspired by an 18th century French castle, gracefully blending the illustriousness of the past with modern-day elegance and charm.

 

Hadami Magtouf, Head of Retail at Galeries Lafayette Doha, added, “We pride ourselves on bringing the world’s best to Qatar, and Henry Jacques is one of our most valued partners. The esteemed Maison will now have an exclusive boutique in Qatar’s very own Parisian Department Store, and certainly elevate the Galeries Lafayette “French Art of Living” experience for our customers.

The coolest summer in Qatar at 21 High st – Katara

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s 21 High st at Katara – the Cultural Village has added a new dimension to fun during the summer months in Qatar, making the ‘ultimate outdoor shopping destination’ the coolest place to spend your leisure time in, with family and friends.

And to experience this fascinating ambiance, an exclusive media gathering was organized on June 25, 2019. Members of the local media and bloggers were invited to relish the cool outdoors and enjoy a sit-down dinner at the popular Russian restaurant – Café Pouchkine Qatar.

The incredible outdoor cooling system at 21 High st, which is one of its kind in Qatar, offers visitors a comfortable and cool climate. The attractive architecture with wide open spaces and unique ancient European style, makes it an appealing, walkable destination for the whole family.

You can blissfully forget about the soaring temperature of 40°C or the humidity level and walk under the open blue sky at 25°C as you browse through the exclusive boutiques on the premises. Imagine not having to bother about the summer heat while you enjoy your favorite beverage at an outdoor café. 21 High st has made this a reality by making summer feel like spring.

Talking about this unique feature, General Manager of 21 High st Mr. Tolga Engin said: “21 High st is designed to be a multi-dimensional project – reiterating the commitment to Qatar’s tourism and commercial progress. We are proud to bring to you the first lifestyle destination in Qatar with an outdoor cooling technology. The outdoor cooling system at 21 High st triumphs over the soaring summer months in Doha and allows our visitors to enjoy the outdoors. You need to experience it to feel the difference.”

Built on approximately 40,000sqm, 21 High st is home to luxury, fashion, watches & jewelry brands from all around the world, including the iconic French department store, Galeries Lafayette. It also features some exclusive dining options and cafes, as well as gourmet retail outlets.