Galeries Lafayette Doha proudly celebrates Qatar National Day 2020

Commemorating the greatness of the nation, Galeries Lafayette Doha celebrated Qatar National Day (QND) from December 1 to 18, 2020.  The Department Store was all dressed up in the Qatari colors, emanating the pride that the day entails.

The highlight of the celebrations were the store windows designed exclusively in collaboration with Qatari artist Aisha Al-Thani. A lover of traditional Arabic calligraphy, Aisha loves presenting culture through her designs. Her exclusive calligraphy for Galeries Lafayette Doha, in striking gold and maroon, depicted the QND slogans through the years.

The calligraphy art merged all the words into one larger artwork representing the artist’s vision of the unity of people in Qatar. Through her creativity, Aisha told a wonderful story of the founding fathers and how their everlasting principles and values still resonate to this day.

Speaking about the exhibit, Aisha said: “This art of mine represents my love for my country, Qatar. It’s about family, home and solidarity. I think Galeries Lafayette Doha has done a beautiful job in portraying the emotions this day involves. From the choice of colors, which are culturally relevant, to the idea of the QND slogans timeline – were all very well thought through. It was the perfect theme to depict my art.

“It is very gratifying to know that I have done it to celebrate my country. Also, it is interesting and fun seeing my ‘classical’ form of calligraphy merged as an art form with fashion.”

The theme of the celebrations was also reflected in exclusive dishes created for the occasion at the restaurants and cafes in Galeries Lafayette Doha. Limited-edition desserts and a savory item was carefully designed and include traditional ingredients from Qatar and the region.

This fusion of the right, delectable ingredients was reflective of the vibrant Qatari culture. Each dish was a gastronomical delight and equally satisfying for the eye and soul.

As part of the celebrations, on December 16, Galeries Lafayette Doha hosted the exclusive launch of a new fragrance from the brand of Qatari influencer Abdulla Al-Abdulla. The fragrance was created especially for Qatar National Day and added to the spirit of the occasion.

Kevin Gerard Pender, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha, said: “We have always taken pride in the Qatari heritage and Qatar National Day is one of the most celebrated occasions in our store. Our celebrations reflect our pride in our identity and embody the nation’s values. Our store, windows and special items at our F&B outlets have all been planned and designed to celebrate this great nation. The collaboration with Aisha Al-Thani and Abdulla Al-Abdulla not only reinforce Galeries Lafayette’s commitment to support and highlight local talents but also creates a unique experience – which is intrinsically Qatari – for our clients.”

Ali Bin Ali Holding named ICAEW Authorised Training Employer

Ali Bin Ali Holding in Qatar has become an Authorized Training Employer (ATE) for international Chartered Accountancy body ICAEW (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales).

The partnership, which supports the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV 2030), will help Ali Bin Ali Holding, a leading and privately owned FMCG distributor and premier luxury goods retailer, attract and retain talented individuals by offering ICAEW’s prestigious ACA qualification.

By giving its employees access to internationally recognized qualifications and training, Ali Bin Ali Holding further reinforces its commitment to the professional development of its people.

Mr. Iftekhar Ahmad, Group Chief Financial Officer of Ali Bin Ali Holding, said: “ICAEW is a world leader in finance and professional development. This partnership aligns with Ali Bin Ali Holding’s unwavering commitment to the long-term development and strategic growth of not just our holding company, but of our partners too.

“While our operations are currently regional, our standards remain international. We believe that the value of our products and services to customers depends entirely on our ability to unlock the full potential of our staff.  Becoming an ICAEW Authorized Training Employer will help us create a high-performing and innovative organizational culture that can create unique value to our customers, employees and the wider community.”

Completing the ACA qualification enables professionals to use the title ‘ICAEW Chartered Accountant’. Valued by businesses worldwide, more than 5,000 employers are currently training ACA students. The qualification provides students with the combination of finance knowledge, accountancy skills and real-world business experience they need to succeed.

Omar Mahmood, ICAEW Qatar Representative and KPMG Partner and Head of Financial Services, said: “We are proud to welcome Ali Bin Ali Holding to the growing number of employers globally authorized to train ACA students. Throughout the world, our training partners benefit from being able to attract the best talent and develop the next generation of business leaders.

“Our partnership with Ali Bin Ali Holding underscores its commitment to remain at the forefront of the evolving luxury retail industry. And together, we will continue to support the professional development of Chartered Accountants worldwide.”

The knowledge and skills provided by the ACA qualification means that ICAEW Chartered Accountants are highly sought-after professionals. The qualification is held by board members in 78 of the FTSE 100 companies.

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.”

 

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.

 

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 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.”

 

Dohatna Innovative Distribution organizes annual meet

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Dohatna Innovative Distribution organized an annual meet event at Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel on January 29, 2020.

The first edition of the meet was meant to recognize and appreciate the best- performing partners in different categories for Dohatna’s Samsung business division.

The evening was also used as a platform to launch some new innovative Samsung devices – the Galaxy Note10 Lite, S10 Lite and A71.

Apart from the General Manager of Dohatna Innovative Distribution, Mr. Mohammad Imran, and his staff, also present at the event were representatives from LuLu Hypermarket, Carrefour Qatar, Qatar Duty Free and other major electronics retailers in the country.

Opening the event, Mr. Imran said: “It is a pleasure to welcome all our partners here today and I take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support. This is our humble effort to appreciate and recognize your contribution. We take pride in being associated with all of you and hope our relationship gets stronger in the days to come.”

Although the meet was to appreciate all partners of Dohatna Innovative Distribution, some partners deserved special recognition and were awarded.

The Outstanding Best Performing Partners for 2019 awarded in different segments are: Samsung Display Solution – Retro Technical Services; Samsung Monitors – Plus One Solution; Entry Level Category – Ansar Gallery; Mid-Range Category – Safari Mobile; Accessories & Wearable – Qatar Duty Free; Flagship Samsung Devices – Techno Blue; Market share Improvement Category – Carrefour Qatar; and Overall Category – LuLu Qatar.

The evening concluded with a raffle draw and a delectable dinner.