Dohatna Innovative Distribution to reward premium Samsung phone users with My Book Qatar offers

Dohatna Innovative Distribution, a subsidiary of the Ali Bin Ali Holding, which is the official distributor of Samsung in Qatar, has launched one of the most exciting rewards programmes for its customers. Dohatna just released details of the campaign that awards new purchasers of premium Samsung phone models in the country with hundreds of free offers through its new partnership with My Book; the most popular deals App in Qatar.

Built on the popular Buy 1 Get 1 Free mechanism, complete with a large range of free offers of merchandise, Dohatna Innovative Distribution’s rewards initiative is attracting the attention of customers in Qatar.

Commenting on the latest initiative, Mr. Mohammad Imran General Manager of Dohatna Innovative Distribution said “Dohatna Innovative Distribution renown for the highest standard of quality products with competitive pricing. This is a reputation we maintain with great pride. By rolling out the Dohatna My Book App we have elevated our portfolio of exceptional customer benefits and we look forward to having our customers enjoy reward upon reward by cashing in on the free offers. Our collaboration with Qatar’s own, award winning rewards app, My Book Qatar will ensure the highest degree of satisfaction for premium Samsung customers.”

Mr. Deepak Jayaram, Brand Manager at Dohatna had this to say, “This is just one of our continuous efforts to offer best-in-class benefits for premium customers of Samsung. Because we wanted to give our customers something to not just celebrate but also benefit from, we have made sure that the Dohatna My Book App is available as a complimentary download to all customers who purchase premium Samsung phone models in Qatar.”

My Book is hugely popular among consumers, and has a network of hundreds of outlets across all categories of merchants, hotels, theme parks & entertainment venues. My Book provides one of the best digital solutions for app users to discover and save on all the experiences that Qatar has to offer. “As part of Dohatna My Book App, Samsung users will have access to more than 2,000 buy one get one free vouchers at more than 1,000 of the most popular outlets in Qatar” said  Abdulla Soomro, CEO of My Book Qatar. “The App provides offers across fine dining, fast food, hotels, buffets, theme parks, travel, cafes, salons, spas, gyms, shopping & more.”

Dohatna My Book Qatar 2021 App is available on both Android and iOS, and Dohatna customers buying premium Samsung phone models can enjoy it at more than 1,000 of the leading outlets in Qatar.

 

Galeries Lafayette Doha launches new ‘Lines of Abstraction’ campaign

Reflecting the brand’s innovation and creativity, Galeries Lafayette Doha has launched the inspiring ‘Lines of Abstraction’ campaign. Introduced with the tagline, the ‘Line that connects us’, the campaign will continue until September 30, 2021.

The visual campaign is based on the idea of ‘Line art’ or Line drawing’ that consists of distinct straight or curved lines placed against a background to represent two-dimensional or three-dimensional objects.

As the tagline suggests, the campaign revolves around the use of single line drawings and the reflection of lines that connect us. The abstract lines in our subconscious mind interact with our surroundings and acquire a more definite form to take a more concrete shape. This in a way, it designs our lives and emotions. Different variations, colors, methods, with the artist’s own specific characteristicshelp create lines around our thoughts and eventually become a line that connects us all.

In true Galeries Lafayette style, the key message of the campaign reflects in every aspect of the Department Store, integrating shopping with the wider experience of the ‘Lines of Abstraction’ campaign. 3D faces structures interacting with the mannequins and original painting design on accessories windows are just some elements to look out for.

Rounding up the experience, Galeries Lafayette Doha’s food and beverage outlets are offering some special-edition ‘linear-inspired’ dishes. These exclusive desserts and savory dish are simply ‘Art on a plate’.

Speaking about the campaign, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha Mr. Kevin Gerard Pender said: “Fashion is not just what meets the eyes, and through the ‘Lines of Abstraction’ campaign, we have tried to highlight the non-obvious. The linear elements in a way simplify the complex world around us and give a new perspective to fashion. It is our way of creating a connection with our clients and staff through fashion, accessories and gastronomy.”

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.

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.”

 

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 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.

ABA’s Monoprix Qatar celebrates success of FORWARD in the division

After implementing the FORWARD application in February 2019 and using it since then, it was time for Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding’s Monoprix division to celebrate the successful implementation. On May 30, 2019, the Monoprix Qatar team and members from FORWARD PMO gathered to commemorate this achievement.

Apart from the team that worked on the FORWARD Project, Regional General Manager of Monoprix Qatar Mr. Sébastien Farhat, FORWARD Project Sponsor Mr. Mohamad Ebrik and ABA Holding PMO Manager Mr. Youssef Farajallah were all there to applaud the hard work the team had put in.

Opening the gathering, Mr. Sebastian said: “Whatever we achieved was because of teamwork. True to the values of Ali Bin Ali S.H.A.R.P, where people are very important, together we made this achievement possible in a short timeframe. It was with all your efforts, particularly the team that developed the requirements as per the needs of the different streams of business, we met our expectations.”

Applauding the efforts of the team, Mr. Ebrik said: “Monoprix is one of the new babies of Ali Bin Ali Holding and the expansion, growth and pace that we have been going through is really good. The ERP solution is now functioning in full swing in the division but it is important that the people behind the system makes it work to its full potential. It is up to you to benefit or not benefit from it. 

“In terms of knowledge and growth, using the best systems in the world is a big plus for you as it increases your value. Next, the FORWARD team will refocus with you on how to enhance what has been delivered.”

It was also the perfect opportunity to recognize the heroes in the division who went that extra mile to make the transition smooth. 

Shyam Thushara Peiris – Senior Accountant, Afroj Alam – Store Financial Controller, Rezaul Karim Bhuiyan – Store Financial Controller, Mohammed Mahiuddin – Store Financial Controller, and Mohammed Ehteshamuddin – Gold System Administrator, were awarded for their outstanding role in the project. 

Dianne Daraman – Accountant, Manohar Pratap – Accounts Assistant, Bimal Khadka – Accounts Assistant,  Bijay Chaulagain – Accounts Assistant, Sajan Shah – Accounts Assistant, Bharat Bhatta – Assistant Accountant, Diana Grace Dolor – Assistant Accountant, and Bipin Neupane – Invoice Control Clerk, were also recognized for their unrelenting support to the project.

ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha celebrate successful implementation of FORWARD

After the successful implementation and stabilization of the FORWARD application in the divisions, Ali Bin Ali Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha celebrated the efficient automation of the work process in their divisions on May 23, 2019.

 

The two divisions, which have the same management and a similar workflow, worked on the project together and also went live on the same day. For both the divisions, FORWARD automated the Finance modules and interfaced with the Oracle Retail application.

 

Mr. David Miller, General Manager for both ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha, was present on the occasion – heading a proud team that did an extraordinary job while implementing the application. The event was also attended by FORWARD project sponsor Mr. Mohamad Ebrik and members of the FORWARD PMO team.

 

“I thank the team for all the efforts you have put in. We were trying to integrate multiple operations during the transition process and the dedication everyone showed without any complaint was really commendable. You worked late on weeknights and also on the weekend to make this possible. Of course, we have some tiny issues and I know we will overcome those over time and reach the level we desire,” Mr. Miller said.

 

Mr. Ebrik explained, “We were very apprehensive when we started implementation of the FORWARD project at Galeries Lafayette Doha, ABA Fashion and 21 High st simultaneously. There was a lot happening at the same time. New businesses were opening, FORWARD was being applied, RetailTech – which is another first-time project for Galeries Lafayette and ABA Fashion, annual budget. But when we gave the go ahead, everybody was focused on making it happen. This is one of the key success areas as we did not drag the project and the objective was to complete it fast, even with so many other things happening in parallel. We received so much positivity from the division – it really helped us.”

 

The occasion was also the perfect stage to bring the FORWARD heroes in the divisions under the spotlight. While the entire team got together and made their contribution to this success, it was a couple of members who played a particularly pivotal role. Dilif Kumar Tripura – Management Accountant of Galeries Lafayette Doha, and Samuel Maina – Accounts Assistant at ABA Fashion, were honored with the FORWARD hero title from the divisions.

 

Depicting the glamorous business of both ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha, a huge banner replicating the Hollywood walk of fame was set up. All members from both the divisions who worked on the FORWARD project put their handprint on the stars and signed on it to mark their feat.

 

With the much-anticipated opening of Galleries Lafayette in Qatar and ABA Fashion introducing a couple of new stores, it was an intensive journey for the team to implement the FORWARD application. The shift to the new system marked a watershed in the way the divisions function, adding a lot of automation and producing error-free results.