Em Sherif wins Best Lebanese Restaurant at Fact Qatar Dining Awards 2021

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Em Sherif Restaurant Qatar triumphed at the prestigious FACT Dining Awards 2021 and received the award for Best Lebanese Restaurant in the country. A franchisee of Em Sherif Lebanon, Em Sherif Qatar has already established its popularity with its authentic oriental cuisine.

The awards ceremony took place on Monday, June 21 at Marsa Malaz Kempinski at The Pearl, Doha. Operations Manager Mr. Ali Mahfouz, Brand Manager Mr. Gilbert Beyrouty & Marketing Specialist Mr. Tanveer Yusuf were in attendance at the ceremony and proudly represented the Em Sherif team.

Being recognized at the FACT Qatar Dining Awards is indeed an accolade for Em Sherif to celebrate. Winners at the keenly contested awards are selected based on both public votes and critic opinions. Organizers of the event take into consideration the opinions and evaluations of a select panel of FACT award judges, reports from mystery shoppers, public votes, as well as analytics for each competing entity, in order to decide the winners in each category.

Commenting on the victory Mr. Ali Mahfouz said “This is indeed an award we are proud to receive. Being selected as the Best Lebanese Restaurant in Qatar is truly a compliment to Em Sherif. We are well aware that we were judged on three distinct criteria; Food, which covers Presentation, Menu Composition, Taste and Value for Money, followed by the class and quality of Service and finally the Ambience of the restaurant. Clearly, the award confirms that Em Sherif has excelled in all these areas. And we are thrilled by that.”

Speaking about Em Sherif Restaurant’s achievement, Group General Manager for ABA Hospitality Mr. Bassel Salim Ammar said:  “The management and staff of Em Sherif Restaurant would like to pay tribute to the many guests and friends who have shown such great support of our establishment through a very difficult period. We would also like to thank the team at FACT Qatar for giving us all something to smile about.”

These awards recognize the team-oriented nature of the hospitality business and we at Em Sherif Restaurant look forward to continuing to serve you in the future. Our unwavering focus at Em Sherif is to grow from strength to strength, elevating our brand and bringing continued success to ABA Holding.

Em Sherif Qatar restaurant has previously won the title of Best Lebanese Restaurant in Doha at Time Out Doha’s 2019 Restaurant Awards.

SPORTS GATE gets the world’s best to Qatar, and adds two new brands to its portfolio

Expanding its already impressive portfolio, in May 2021 Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Sports & Lifestyle Company -SPORTS GATE- signed two exclusive contracts with the best brands in their categories.

While the deal with German brand CAYAGO AG marks the launch of a new Marine and Water Sports division under SPORTS GATE, the partnership with PAVIGYM is sure to revolutionize gym flooring solutions in Qatar.

Partnering with German brand CAYAGO AG, Sports Gate has brought to Qatar the fastest water sled in the world: the SEABOB. The SEABOB, a luxury water toy, is a perfect addition to the water sports scene in Qatar. The completely emission-free watercraft is used for driving on or under the water. Its eco-friendly electric drive with the worldwide patented E-Jet Power System makes the SEABOB a unique and highly innovative watercraft of the future.

CAYAGO AG is the technology specialist for the development and manufacturing of exclusive water sports vehicles. With great expertise and passion, CAYAGO AG creates a masterpiece of engineering for the highest demands in technology and design. This is “High-Performance Technology” made in Germany.

After bringing Wellness in Qatar with TECHNOGYM, SPORTS GATE’s partnership with PAVIGYM is here to offer innovative gym flooring and interactive solutions for the fitness industry.

Known for revolutionary gym flooring solutions and the ground-breaking PRAMA system, PAVIGYM prides itself on engineering the best workout experiences for all audiences.

With its headquarters in Alicante, Spain, 6 running satellite offices across the globe and 66 distributors, including SPORTS GATE, PAVIGYM is a favorite in 94 countries.

Welcoming the two new brands, Christophe Altabas – General Manager Sports Gate- said: “In line with the Company’s vision to bring and create exceptional value for all our stakeholders in Qatar, we are delighted to be able to present the latest and best from the world of water sports and gym flooring. Both CAYAGO AG with SEABOB and PAVIGYM are market leaders and SPORTS GATE is honored to be associated with them.”

Congratulations to team Sports Gate, we wish you the very best!

Ali Bin Ali Holding marks Earth Hour with a pledge to protect environment

Joining millions of people and companies around the globe, Ali Bin Ali Holding observed Earth Hour 2021 on March 27 between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. All non-essential lights at Ali Bin Ali Tower were switched off to mark the Group’s endorsement of one of the world’s largest public events for the environment.

Most lights of the ABA Head Office, including the ground floor external lights, façade lights, main lobby/corridor area lights, office area lights (except at CCTV camera locations), parking area lights and external signage lights were switched off for an hour.

By taking part in this global lights-out event, ABA Holding reiterates its commitment to taking measures to protect the environment and benefit the planet in the future.

Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now held every year on the last Saturday of March. It is a global initiative to spread awareness about environment protection and climate change.

Various public and private entities in Qatar, including government offices, private institutions and companies, including ministries, malls, hotels, offices as well as individuals, observed the event by switching off the lights of buildings and houses.

iLife Digital, in partnership with Ali Bin Ali Holding, to open first laptop manufacturing facility In Qatar

iLife Digital, A developer for innovative technologies today announced that it has partnered with Qatar’s Prime Technologies to set up a 3000 Sq. meter production facility at Qatar Free Zone – Umm Al Houl; to meet a growing demand for its next-gen stylish and affordable products. Prime Technologies is a subsidiary of Ali Bin Ali Holding, one of the largest conglomerates in Qatar.

The new facility located in Doha, Qatar will feature a state-of-the-art production and R&D facility along with a logistics and customer solutions centre. Production will begin from August 2021; initially manufacturing its award-winning flagship products of Laptops, Desktops and Tablet PCs – with an expected output of approximately 350,000 units annually.

Anshuman Rath, Senior Vice President iLife said, “The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which caused large portion of the end users to work and study from home, continue to drive demand for personal computing devices across the region. Due to the ongoing shortage in supply of PC components a large portion of notebook demand remains unfulfilled till date. Consequently the inventory levels in channel remains low across many parts of the region. With the addition of the new manufacturing plant our output would increase by 30~35%.

This new factory demonstrates that we are at the leading edge of innovation. Demand for our products have grown year on year. We will continue to invest and develop quality products, which are both trendy and affordable. We are glad to be associated with Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Prime Technologies – this strategic partnership will help us deliver our commitment to our customers and increase our presence in the region

Speaking about the partnership Mohammad Imran, General Manager of Prime Technologies said, “We are happy to partner with iLife – it reiterates our commitment towards our customers in offering exceptional products and services. Our association with iLife dates back to 2018 and since then the brand has seen a record growth in the Qatar market. iLife’s innovative and award-winning products, that is designed for budget-smart consumers, coupled with our market network has helped pave the way for the brand’s popularity in the region . The introduction of the manufacturing facility opens a new chapter in our already solid relationship.”

iLife aims to ship its products to the entire Middle East and Africa from the new facility by end of 2021

ABA Holding organizes live webinar for employees to raise awareness about COVID-19

In an effort to increase awareness about the current COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination process, Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding organized a special live webinar on the topic for all its staff. The virtual event was held on March 10, 2021, from 4pm to 5pm. It was arranged in collaboration with Bangladesh Forum Qatar and doctors from Hamad Medical Corporation.

The session was headed by Dr. Akhnuwkh Jones, Sr. Consultant, Hamad General Hospital; and Dr. Mashuk Uddin, Sr. Consultant Physician and Associate Professor, Hamad Medical Corporation.

It was a valuable opportunity for the ABA staff members to get information and answers from the experts. Employees from different divisions of the conglomerate took a break from their busy work schedule to participate in this very important webinar session, which not only helped them gather information about the coronavirus but also allowed them to clear misunderstandings and misbeliefs about the same.

The agenda for the webinar was divided into three parts. The first part included an explanation about what exactly is COVID-19, how it spreads, what are the preventive measures and information about the variants of the virus.

The second part mainly dealt with insights about the vaccines for COVID-19. Apart from sharing information on how the vaccines were created, the science behind the vaccines and why they work, the doctors also clarified misconceptions around the vaccines.

The third and final part aimed at raising awareness about the spread of COVID-19 through next degrees (second- and third-degree contact) and community living. The webinar was wrapped up with a question-and-answer session.

Thanking the doctors and all attendees for the event, ABA Group General Manager – Human Resources Mr. Aldrine Fernandez said: “ABA Holding has been taking every possible step to raise awareness and protect our staff from the pandemic. However, we realized that apart from raising awareness, it is important to address the concerns and questions of our staff about the virus. The webinar has not only added to our knowledge about COVID-19 but also provided an insight about the current situation, future expectations and scope of the vaccines.”

 

Dohatna Innovative Distribution inaugurates Qatar’s 5th Samsung outlet at Landmark Mall

 

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.”

 

 

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.”

 

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.

 

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.

Ali Bin Ali Information Technology Department honors its high achievers

 

On June 19, 2019, the Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Information Technology Department held its annual awards event to recognize and celebrate the hard work and achievements of ABA ITD staff during 2018. 

 

The gathering was held at the ABA Head Office IT Department and attended by Ali Bin Ali Holding officials, including Mr. Mohamad Ebrik, Chief Operating Officer – ICT, and Mr. Youssef Moussa, General Manager – ABA ITD, who were delighted to show their utmost appreciation for the ITD staff.

 

This annual event of the ABA IT Department aims to embolden its team and recognizes achievers under three distinct categories, giving them a chance to receive the Spirit of IT award, the IT Innovator award and the Customer Service award. This year, the IT management also added 13 Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of the IT staff’s outstanding dedication and lasting contribution to Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Forward ERP Project.

 

The Spirit of IT award was won by Mr. Varghese Thomas – Enterprise Application Manager, recognizing his positive attitude, teamwork, effective contribution to IT goals and consistency in achieving high-quality results. 

 

The IT Innovator award was bestowed on Mrs. Navami Sivaprasad – Programmer, for making a technological impact across single or multiple units and applying innovations to existing or emerging technologies.

 

The Customer Service award was bagged by Mr. Krishna Giri – Systems Engineer, who proved himself as a team member who works effectively and efficiently to understand customer needs.

 

Certificates of Appreciation were handed over to the team involved in the Oracle ERP Project ‘Technical Track’ for providing support and assistance to the FORWARD Project team. 

The winners are Mrs. Anupama Bhagyanath, Mr. Assad Hussein, Mr. Ismail Puthan Peedikayil, Mr. Jithin Jacob Joseph, Mr. Khader Abulail, Mr. Koteswara Rao Atla, Mr. Moaiyad Alhakawati, Mrs. Navami Sivaprasad, Mr. Osama Hamad, Mr. Rohith Reddy, Mr. Sajjad Osman, Mr. Udayakumar Prabhakar and Mr. Varghese Thomas.

 

Congratulating the winners, Mr. Ebrik said: “Our industry is continuously evolving and we are facing a lot of challenges. But, through everyone’s effort to be steadfast in providing quality IT services and solutions to the Group, we can be victorious and achieve the IT goals. These awards will inspire others to go the extra mile and aim to achieve professional growth.”

 

Mr. Moussa added, “Today, we are gathered to recognize the excellent work and exceptional performance of our colleagues. It is also meant to uplift everyone’s morale to continue their dedication and hard work. We have set different criteria for each award and these employees have met high standards to deserve the award. These employees have strong work ethics and have been dependable and reliable, constantly showing a positive attitude to create a good environment.”