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.

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.”

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’s Dohatna Innovative Distribution holds training workshop for Qatar Samsung dealers

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Dohatna Innovative Distribution, the official partner of Samsung Electronics, on February 23, 2020 organized a special training workshop on the features and benefits of the newly-launched Galaxy S20 series & Z Flip for the Samsung dealers in Qatar.

 

The product training, held at W Doha Hotel & Residence in West Bay, was designed to enable the salespersons develop a deeper understanding of the S20 series & Z Flip offerings so that they can help customers make the right choice.

 

The exhaustive workshop covered everything from the hardware, the technical know-how to equip the salespersons to address any queries potential customers may have market.

 

General Manager of Dohatna Innovative Distribution Mr. Mohammad Imran said: “Galaxy S20 is Samsung’s first full 5G flagship lineup built for the future of communications and we are proud to be their partner in launching the latest technology in Qatar. There are multiple exciting new features to explore on this phone. This workshop aimed at empowering salespersons with product knowledge, so they can help customers exploit all benefits of this next-generation device.”

 

The Galaxy S20 series — including the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra – preorder phase is ongoing until March 5, 2020. Customers can visit to Dohatna Innovative Distribution retails outlets and experience the latest device & pre-order.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 introduces a brand-new camera architecture that combines AI with Samsung’s largest image sensor yet for stunning image quality. Along with the camera, the Galaxy S20 makes the experience of everything we love to do with our phones, easier and better—enjoy personalized music for every moment of the day, watch videos the way they are meant to be seen and play console-style games on the go.

Ali Bin Ali Holding free health check-up camp receives overwhelming response

In yet another effort to boost employee engagement, Ali Bin Ali Holding organized a free health check-up camp across the Group’s different divisions located all over Qatar. This campaign to promote good health among the employees was also a part of the Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

The camp, organized in association with Naseem Al Rabeeh Medical Centre, was held for three weeks and stationed in different divisions of the Group. The health check-up campaign began on November 10 at the Ali Bin Ali Holding Head Office and travelled to different offices of the Group – 21 High st, Galeries Lafayette, ABA Hospitality, IA & PCP, Pepsi, Printing Press, ABA Luxury, ABATS and ABA Travels office, until November 27.

At each of the locations, the Naseem Al Rabeeh team set up their camp and checked the staff’s blood pressure, sugar, BMI and cholesterol levels.  A detailed report was given to each participant after the check-up along with advice in good health. The Ali Bin Ali staff members attending the health check-up camp also received vouchers for one free consultation and regular discounts at Naseem Al Rabeeh.

Speaking about the idea behind the health camp, Group Corporate Communications Manager Mr. Imad Hashim said: “Ali Bin Ali Holding tries its best to promote good health for its staff. In a healthy body prevails a healthy mind and good health is a key factor for increased productivity of your employees. The camp was formulated to encourage awareness about the employee’s own health and thereby keeping the employee healthy, engaged and productive.”

The success of the camp was evident from the response it received from the company’s staff. Almost 1500 people were checked during the campaign and everyone was glad to get such an opportunity at their place of work.

 

Dohatna Innovative Distribution hosts exclusive Galaxy Fold event in Qatar

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Dohatna Innovative Distribution, the official partner of Samsung Electronics, organized a special event in Doha on November 27 to offer high-profile guests a first-hand experience of the Galaxy Fold and a chance to discover Samsung’s largest-ever mobile display as well as multiple functionalities.

The exclusive event highlighted how the Galaxy Fold brings together the best of the smartphone and tablet experiences, folding them into one device.

 

Present at the exclusive event, held at Galeries Lafayette Doha’s Wahaj restaurant in 21 High st –Katara, were the Chairman & President of Ali Bin Ali Holding, Mr. Adel Ali Bin Ali; Vice-Chairman & EVP of Ali Bin Ali Holding, Mr. Nabeel Ali Bin Ali; General Manager of Dohatna Innovative Distribution, Mr. Mohammad Imran; Managing Director of Samsung Electronics Qatar & Kuwait, Mr. JungHeum Shin; and other officials from Dohatna’s Samsung Qatar team.

 

Welcoming everyone, Mr. Adel Ali Bin Ali said: “We are glad to be a part of this new chapter of mobile device history in Qatar. Our relationship with Samsung Electronics is not new and we hope to join hands with them in launching many more innovative products in Qatar.”

 

The Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch cover display and, when unfolded, the device reveals the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, offering endless multitasking possibilities. The Galaxy Fold is also equipped with six versatile cameras from cover to cover, allowing you to snap a photo whenever and wherever while offering you flexibility in function as well as form. With a next-generation AP chipset and 12GB of RAM, the Galaxy Fold can achieve powerful performance.

 

Mr. JungHeum Shin said: “Samsung and Dohatna Innovative Distribution share a long-standing partnership and are continually looking for new ways to deliver the best possible mobile experiences to customers in Qatar. The category-defining Galaxy Fold is designed to inspire and unlock new mobile experiences, as evident in today’s event.”

 

The Galaxy Fold comes with 12GB of RAM and 512GB internal storage in Space Silver and Cosmos Black colors.

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.