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 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.

 

Ali Bin Ali Luxury shines at 17th Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition

Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition (DJWE), the annual spectacle featuring local and global luxury brands, unveiled its 17th edition and, once again, Ali Bin Ali Luxury became a part of its success story.

The exclusive show, held from February 20 to 29 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, celebrated the spirit of luxury and the beauty of stunning craftsmanship. It brought together the country’s top luxury retailers and renowned global brands under one roof.

Ali Bin Ali Luxury has been a part of the prestigious event since its inception and has taken pride in displaying the most luxurious jewelry and timepieces in such a glamorous setup.

Like every year, Ali Bin Ali Luxury’s booth at DJWE was a major attraction for all lovers of jewelry and glamour. A special in-booth event was organized on the February 26 at Marco Valente’s booth where the designer and cutting-edge stylist presented the brand’s latest novelties.

This year, apart from the all-time favorites, Ali Bin Ali Luxury unveiled new brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Nous at the exhibition.

Brands that adorned ABA Luxury’s booth are: Arnold & Son, AS29, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Buccellati, Cartier, Damiani, David Morris, Dolce & Gabbana, Garrard, Gilan, Gorgoglione, Graff, Graham, Hulchi Belluni, HYT, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Kern, Lalaounis, Leo Pizzo, Lorraine, Marco Valente, Messika, Mikimoto, Nous, Panerai, Piaget, Pomellato, Prologue, Ralph Lauren, RCM, Repossi, RF Riviere, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Stenzhorn, Shamballa, Schreiner, Schwartz, Ulysse Nardin, Van Cleef & Arpels and Verdi.

Exhibition-goers from around Qatar as well as international visitors who visited ABA Luxury’s pavilion had the opportunity to enjoy fine timepieces, exquisite jewelry, classical writing instruments and sophisticated accessories.

Mr. Awn Zureikat, Chief Operating Officer – Ali Bin Ali Luxury, said: “Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition has made Qatar a prominent star on the global luxury map and we are proud to be a part of it. Considering the exhibition’s international appeal and the niche crowd that attends the show, it is the perfect platform to introduce timeless, exquisite masterpieces. Our collection has impressed visitors every year and with every new edition of DJWE, we have experienced a rising number of visitors to the Ali Bin Ali Luxury booth.”

DJWE has expanded over the years and the 17th edition witnessed the participation of more than 500 brands from over 10 countries. They displayed their finest work, special editions and unique pieces, alongside the most talented emerging local jewelry designers. The show was a grand success with jewelry lovers gathering to experience the special occasion and witness an outstanding array of high-end merchandise.

 

Galeries Lafayette Doha unveils ‘Mother Blossom’ campaign in association with international paper artist Zoe Bradley

Adding to the bloom to spring 2020, Galeries Lafayette Doha launched the unique ‘Mother Blossom’ campaign on February 22, 2020. The theme not only celebrates the advent of spring but also paved the way for the upcoming Mother’s Day celebrations in the Middle East on March 21. The stars of this campaign were the creative floral designs by world-famous British paper artist Zoe Bradley.

 

To support the campaign, Zoe was herself present at the launch event of the campaign where the local media and social media influencers got a rare chance to interact with her. The paper artist, whose work combines sculpture, fashion and theatre, conceptualized and created some exclusive pieces to adorn the Parisian Department Store for the ‘Mother Blossom’ campaign.

 

Speaking about her creations, Zoe said: “I work with paper just as a designer works with fabric, folding, curling, scoring and stitching the paper. My challenge is always to create something unexpected from its original 2D sheet form into a magical 3D sculpture. I am excited to present my contemporary paper art installation and it’s very rewarding to see my paper sculptures fit into different environments and cultures.”

 

Apart from the four floral headpieces featured in the store, it is the pastel pink paper floral dress that will leave everyone spellbound. This is the first time the dress has been displayed to the public and the discerning customers of Galleries Lafayette.

 

Symbolizing the awakening of a new season and in celebration of Mother’s Day, the dress featured prominently at the entrance to Galeries Lafayette Doha, offering an inspirational welcome on a monumental scale.

 

The dress took three weeks to make by highly skilled members of Zoe’s team. It’s adorned with over 1,500 hand-cut flowers, including a typically English variety of roses, cherry blossom, delphinium, daisies and butterflies. Each individual flower was applied by hand, creating the pattern and texture of the gown. The final creation was led by Zoe’s own instinctive eye – which makes every dress of hers truly unique.

 

Thanking Zoe for her support and contribution to the ‘Mother Blossom’ campaign, Creative & Store Design Director of Galeries Lafayette Doha Kevin Gerard Pender said: “It is an honor to have Zoe Bradley’s art displayed in our store. The way she conceptualized and created the unique works to art to merge with our campaign is truly awe inspiring. Zoe’s paper sculpture will create an unforgettable experience for our clients.”

 

Zoe draws upon her skills as a former fashion designer, working like a tailor while also applying her artistry using the paper form. Today, her clients include worldwide luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Tiffany & co., Graff, Christian Louboutin, Sotheby’s and Harrods.

Ali Bin Ali Holding celebrates Qatar National Sport Day 2020

Continuing the long-standing tradition, Ali Bin Ali Holding organized the 13th Ali Bin Ali Olympic Day on February 11, 2020. The annual event, held with the slogan ‘Together we work, together we play’, is a part of Qatar’s National Sports Day celebrations.

This year, the event was organized at the Sheraton Hotel Park, Doha, in a natural outdoor setting. Multiple games and activities were lined up for everyone to participate in.

ABA Holding employees from different levels and divisions of the Group attended the event, making it a perfect opportunity to mingle outside work and get to know each other personally.

In line with the motto of Qatar National Sport Day, the event highlighted the importance of staying healthy and engaging in physical activities through the year.

The day’s proceedings began with senior officials of the Group welcoming everyone and inaugurating the event. This was followed by various sporting activities and games for the employees. The eventful day ended with the distribution of prizes and a raffle draw.

Head of the ABA Olympic Day organizing committee, Mr. Mohammad Imran, said: “It is always a pleasure to organize the Olympic Day. Our Group has always believed in the importance of being healthy and encourages the staff to follow an active lifestyle. We are proud to be able to do our bit in supporting our nation’s endeavor in promoting sports and good health.”

 

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.

ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha, ABA Luxury fight it out at The Kick-Off Football League

On December 20, 2019 Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Fashion, Luxury and Galeries Lafayette organized an inter-division football match. The Kick-Off Football League witnessed stiff competition between ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha, and ABA Luxury.

At 7am, the team members and organizers gathered at Markhiya Stadium and were all set for an exciting game. There were a total of 70 participants and eight teams. Apart from the members of the divisions, who were there to cheer the teams, also present at the event to lend support was ABA Holding’s General Manager – Administration, Mr. Moataz Ahmed Eid.

After an exciting tournament, The Painters Team from Galeries Lafayette Doha led by Mathias Mamodbay emerged victorious and the Ultras/Mont Blanc Team were the runners-up. Mr. Moataz gave away the trophies and medals for the winners.

The Kick-Off Football League, a part of ABA HR’S employee engagement program, was a great opportunity for team-building and fun outside the work environment.