P.P. Viswanathan awarded the PepsiCo Chairman’s Circle of Champions Award for the year 2016

 

In a very proud moment for the Ali Bin Ali Group, P.P. Viswanathan, Quality Control manager at the ABA Beverages Division, has been honoured with the prestigious PepsiCo Chairman’s Circle of Champions Award for 2016.

The awards ceremony was held at the Westchester Marriott, New York, on September 29. It was arranged by the PepsiCo headquarters and Viswanathan along with his guest was present at the event.

The PepsiCo Chairman’s Circle of Champions Award selects 200 employees globally, out of 180,000-plus employees, based on consistent performance criteria for the past several years.

The recognition for ABA Beverages Division’s Viswanathan is a clear step from PepsiCo to motivate employees to come up to the global standards of performance.

Earlier, informing Viswanathan about the honour, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra K Nooyi had said in a letter that the award is their way of recognising the performance he delivers each and every day. “You embody the kinds of qualities – excellence, determination and perseverance – that have made, and will always make, our company so successful,” she wrote.

Ali Bin Ali Group proudly sponsors Qatar Classic Squash Championship 2016

Ali Bin Ali Group was the official sponsor of the 15th Qatar Classic Squash Championship 2016, which was organized by Qatar Squash Federation in Doha recently.

The high-profile event brought together top male squash players from around the globe to compete for the big title. Upholding its reputation as an unwavering supporter of the game of squash, Ali Bin Ali Group once again deeply associated itself with this sporting event.

Ali Bin Ali Group enjoys a strong partnership with Qatar Squash Federation, and this aligns with the company’s commitment to develop Qatar as a top sporting destination both regionally and globally in line with the 2030 National Vision.

Qatar Squash Federation president and Ali Bin Ali Group Vice-Chairman Mr Nabeel Ali bin Ali was the chief guest at the awarding ceremony and presented the trophies to the finalists. Speaking at the ceremony, he said: “Qatar is a sport-loving nation and squash is a popular game here. Ali Bin Ali Group is proud and delighted to associate itself with the game and we will continue to support and promote it.”

The Qatar Classic, which kicked off on November 13, was attended by squash fans from all over Qatar and the ambience at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex was electrifying.

The all-Egyptian final on November 18, between 25-year-olds Karim Abdel Gawad and Mohamed ElShorbagy, got off to an exciting start – as anticipated – and the two players were involved in thrilling rallies and intelligent shot-making to regale the capacity Friday crowd. Reigning world squash champion Karim Abdel Gawad beat two-time defending champion and world number one Mohamed ElShorbagy in a nail-biting match.

“Being the world champion and Qatar champion sounds really good. I’m living a dream now,” said the delighted Gawad.

Ali Bin Ali Group supports Al Zubarah conservation project

On Sunday, 6 November 2016, more than 50 young volunteers from Qatar and around the world have begun a 20-day project to conserve the historic Al Zubarah heritage site. Ali Bin Ali Group, along with Seashore Group and Ooredoo, is a proud sponsor of the project, which forms part of Unesco’s World Heritage Volunteers’ ‘Together for Heritage’ campaign.

The initiative, which comes within the framework of the Unesco World Heritage Education Programme, aims at increasing awareness and reinforcing the importance of conserving and protecting world heritage. Al Zubarah,  Qatar’s largest heritage site, has been named a Unesco World Heritage Site and is one of the best-preserved examples of an 18th century merchant town in the Gulf region.

To celebrate the commencement of the project in Qatar, volunteers from all over the world attended a welcome reception at Al Zubarah on Sunday.

Speaking at the event, Mr Adel Ali Bin Ali, Chairman of Ali Bin Ali Group, said: “Ali Bin Ali Group is unwaveringly committed to the elevation of Qatar’s national heritage. Qatar’s Al Zubarah site offers an outstanding testimony to our thriving urban trading and pearl-diving traditions from centuries ago. With Unesco rightly recognising the importance of this historical site, Al Zubarah deserves the highest commitment from us all to protect, preserve and showcase this national treasure. As a private sector organisation that is deeply proud of the historical roots of our nation, we consider it a privilege and an honour to step forward as a sponsor of this initiative in order to preserve its significance for future generations.”

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the ‘Together for Heritage campaign’ seeks to mobilise and involve young people aged 18-30 years and youth organisations in World Heritage preservation and promotion.

 

Super user’s orientation workshop for the ‘Forward’ project

Taking a step ‘forward’ towards the success of the ongoing ERP project, the ABA Group on Sunday (November 13) organized an orientation program for the HRMS super users. After more than a year of hard work, the dream ERP project is on the verge of becoming a reality. One of the biggest internal project of the Ali Bin Ali Group (ABA), the ‘Forward’ ERP project is going to elevate the company to new heights.

The orientation marked the beginning of a training period for the ‘Super Users’ keeping in mind the big ‘Go live’ event that took place in early February, 2017. It also intended to praise their commitment to HRMS implementation so far.

Mr. Albert Bamboukian, the Project Director, kicked off the event with an encouraging speech. He appreciated the efforts of the team and said, “The dedication and commitment of this team during the training and user acceptance testing will define the success of this project”. He also assured his continuous support and said, “I will be always available for any help”.

The super users who are being trained to lead the change include, Ajay Daniel John, Ganesh Gopal, Pinto Idicula, Farouk Mahmoud, Mihira Binduhewa, Iman Javed, Muhammed Rayees, Elmer Castillo, Emad Hanna, Ivee Teresa Teodoro, Denver Ferdinand, Liza Guzma, Mehdi Bekri, Rachna Mathew and Nikolay Stoichkov.

The ERP project team of ABA along with Intrasoft began the workshop by giving an overview of the project so far. Apart from discussing the different HCM modules, the team discussed about the challenges ahead and the roles and responsibilities of the key users in addressing them.

The event which took place at the Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, aimed at explaining how the core team with the help of Intrasoft will really decide the success of the project and will take ABA to new heights. Ice breaker events and team activities were organized to highlight the importance of team work and positive outlook.

The event was concluded in a very positive note with a cake cutting ceremony and a promise to spearhead the big change within the ABA Group that will benefit each and every employee.

PepsiCo recognises ABA Beverages Division’s product excellence with prestigious awards

Adding another feather to the Ali Bin Ali Group’s cap, the ABA Beverages division has been awarded the prestigious Caleb Bradham Quality Excellence Award & Food Safety Award for the year 2015.

By earning these two distinguished honours, ABA Beverages is able to continue with its award-winning legacy.

The award ceremony, which took place at the PepsiCo International office in Dubai, the UAE, was attended by the senior ABA Pepsi team and was a gala affair.

The ABA Beverages Division earned the accolades based on the results of the AIBI UK Food Safety and PepsiCo International Unannounced Quality Audits.

ABA Beverages bagged the PepsiCo Caleb Bradham Quality Award on meeting the criteria set for the Silver Quality Award for 3D quality systems for the year 2015. It also scored 900/1,000 points in the Food Safety Audit, the highest score in the Gulf, and was honoured with the Silver Award for 2015.

The company was presented with the above awards based on the continuous monitoring of the quality of ABA Beverages products in the market for the entire year.

The legacy of Ali Bin Ali Beverages dates back to 1961 as a producer and distributor of beverages. Ensuring highest quality production, ABA Beverages owns and operates state-of-the-art factories that have been designed according to international specifications, uphold the highest industry standards and are fully equipped to produce carbonated soft drinks.

Ali Bin Ali Group’s Medical wins SIEMENS Awards for outstanding performance in services business in the Middle East

The Ali Bin Ali Group’s Medical division scored a major regional achievement recently and bagged a top award from medical solutions giant Siemens.

Siemens Healthineers upheld Ali Bin Ali Medical as an exemplary performer and awarded them a deserved win as the Middle East region’s most outstanding performer in the Services Business sector. The award saw ABA Medical beat other regional healthcare solutions and service providers due to a focused market strategy followed by its team.

The awards ceremony was part of the Middle East Partner event that was hosted by Siemens and took place in the UAE, at the Westin hotel in Dubai. The outstanding performer award was handed over by Siemens Healthineers Managing Director Mr. Kay Zwingenberger who commended the winners on their exceptional achievement and the robust growth shown year after year.

Ali Bin Ali Medical’s General Manager Mr. Zuhdi Al Jaouni accepted the award and had this to say; “We are delighted with this recognition. Siemens Healthineers is a global medical technology giant and we have thrown the full weight of our company to position, promote and represent them in Qatar, at a level that upholds the brand’s international stature. We are very pleased that our efforts and our performance in the market has secured this win”.

Mr. Zuhdi Al Jaouni went on to say that Ali Bin Ali Medical is proud to receive the award particularly because the award offers proof of the company’s mission being achieved. Ali Bin Ali Medical aspires to build mutually beneficial long-term partnerships with global principals and turning in this type of result confirms that his team is meeting their overarching goal.

In attendance at the event were, Mr. Kay Zwingenberger –SIEMENS Healthineers Managing Director, Mr. Ashraf Obeid – Country Manager, Mr. Zuhdi Al Jaouni – General Manager ABA Medical, Mr. Peter Mcelwaine – Advisor to the Board of Partners – ABA Group, Mr. Osama Al-Fares, Sr. Division Manager, Imaging Solutions, Mr. Ayman El Hussein – Regional Business Manager and 150 other participants that represented a variety of Siemens Middle East Business Partners.

The Ali Bin Ali Group Participates in the U.S. National Day

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As one of the leading conglomerates in the country, the Group has established a strong bilateral trade with American businesses. Ali Bin Ali was one of the main sponsors of the U.S. National Day at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Conventional Hotel on 21st March 2016.

American ambassador residing in Qatar, Dana Shell Smith welcomed guests of honour from different ministries, organizations, and companies. Ali Bin Ali Group members were amongst the distinguished guests, along with diplomats, businessmen, cultural & educational leaders who have strong U.S.-Qatar relationship. Also, the Minister of Municipality & Environment, Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, and Minister of Public Health, Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari were present.

The reception was the final event of the week-long celebrations of the “Discover America Week.” Smith officially recognized and shared her appreciation of all the milestones that were achieved over the years through bilateral relationship. The Group was proud to have contributed in strengthening the bilateral relationship over the years.

Ali Bin Ali’s Finance Community Get Together

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The Ali Bin Ali Finance department community dedicated a full day out of their busy and stressful calendar to get together with their families and colleagues to celebrate their companionship on 11 march, at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Qatar from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m.

More than 500 guests including employees and their families attended the event where a full range of fun activities were organized. The organizers in the finance department had done an excellent job to ensure that all participants were superbly entertained by providing activities for all ages at each corner. Fun and entertainment ranged from dance related contests to an array of sports including volleyball, kabaddi, as well as larger participatory games like Tug-Of-war drew in players of all ages. Special activities for the ladies had also been organized, including games of cricket and treasure hunts. In addition, an illusionist used his masterful skills to keep the children and all adults entertained. Thrilling raffle draws added to the excitement of the day. It was surely a memorable day for the community!

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Ali Bin Ali Group sponsored the 79th International Sports Press Association Congress in Qatar

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The International Sports Press Association (AIPS) held its annual Congress at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Qatar between February 7 and 11, 2016. Ali Bin Ali Group was one of the main sponsors of the AIPS Congress and proud to have supported Qatar’s ongoing development in the sports sector.

The Congress aptly coincided with Qatar’s National Sports Day, enabling the international delegates to participate in the sports day activities. After successfully hosting the AIPS Congress back in 2006, Qatar, the fast-rising sports capital, was once again chosen to host this internationally-acclaimed Sports Congress. The Congress was the perfect platform for Qatar to showcase its upcoming infrastructure projects and highlight the progress of the National Vision 2030.

Deloitte conducts IFRS training for senior ABA Finance staff

On Thursday, 12th March 2015 a special training was held for Senior Finance staff of the Ali Bin Ali Group.  The training focused on International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) .

The training is part of the year long finance academy and provided an excellent opportunity to the senior finance people to upgrade their knowledge base in line with developments happening in IFRS.

A total of 14 participants attended the event comprising of mostly Finance Managers and Chief Accountants. The training took place at the HR Training Room on the 9th Floor of ABA Towers.

Mr. Iftekhar Ahmad Group CFO of ABA Group thanked Mohammad Ghaddar and Rami Qudah from Deloitte for providing the training program.

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