Monoprix Qatar expands presence, opens two new trendy stores

Expanding its already impressive presence in Qatar, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Monoprix recently opened two new stores in the city. Both the new Monoprix stores mark a vibrant presence in two of the most epochal landmarks in the country. While one is located in the heart of the Doha at Msheireb Downtown, the second one is in the iCONIC 2022 building at Aspire Zone.

Located inside the Galleria mall near its back entrance, Monoprix Msheireb is a shopper’s delight. The 4,300-sqm store is a one-stop-shop for total grocery needs with all fresh food categories, including butchery, delicatessen, cheese counter, bakery and fishery. Like all other Monoprix stores, Monoprix Msheireb also upholds the ‘good food’ concept with an elaborate and well-stocked organic, gluten-free, diet food and protein sections.

Continuing to support local initiatives, the store has a wide range of Qatar-made products across all categories, including food and beverages. Apart from the popular restaurants Mgrill, Mfish, Mpizza and Msushi, the store also houses a Salad Bar, a Mediterranean Counter with fresh salads, and a section for fresh Qatari food.

Located in the iCONIC 2022 building, which is already an indelible part of this nation’s sporting legacy, iCONIC Monoprix is a landmark on its own. The 6,500-sqm store not only features well-stocked isles, but also has ample parking spaces in order to offer maximum convenience to customers.

The trendy concept store also includes the full range of high-quality products Monoprix is known for, along with a dedicated organic food section. Serviced fully by a team of professional, well-trained staff, the outlet also includes the Monoprix concept restaurants that serve an exciting array of special Monoprix dishes made from exclusive recipes.

Both stores have well-planned COVID-safe protocols in place, upholding the highest government-stipulated health and safety standards. The latest Monoprix stores are ready to welcome shoppers and offer them an inimitable shopping experience with a decidedly French touch.

Speaking about the expansion, Regional General Manager of Monoprix Mr. Sébastien Farhat said: “The love and encouragement of our customers has encouraged us to spread our network. The two latest additions to the Monoprix store family hold special significance because of their strategic locations, making them a part of the country’s future. Monoprix Qatar is always looking to diversify our presence and be easily accessible for all people in Qatar.”

Monoprix Qatar is one of the most popular supermarket chains in Qatar. The retail chain currently has five stores in Qatar – West Bay, Doha Festival City, Medina Centrale at The Pearl-Qatar and the new Monoprix stores at Msheireb Downtown Doha and iCONIC 2022 building in Aspire Zone. Monoprix Qatar is continuously working on widening its network and will soon launch new stores in different parts of the country.

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

OPPO, in association with Prime Distribution Trading Company, launches its latest Reno5 Series of all-5G smartphones in Qatar

Global technology brand, OPPO, launched the all-new Reno5 Series in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) on Tuesday 16 March 2021. The company’s first ‘all-5G’ launch includes three variants – Reno5 Pro 5G, Reno5 5G and Reno5 Z 5G – that both boast the ultra-fast speed and power of 5G. Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Prime Distribution Trading Company (PDTC) is the official distributor of OPPO smartphones and accessories in Qatar.

True to its 2021 theme ‘Technology for mankind, kindness for the world’, OPPO believes that 5G will empower humanity to live fully connected lives and reap the full benefits of a technology-powered world. The grand launch of the Reno5 series in MEA, themed ‘Featuring You,’ was hosted virtually on the brand’s official social media platforms – Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Following a successful global launch, the Reno5 series is set to take the Qatar market by storm with industry-leading Qualcomm 5G chipsets, best-in-class AI-powered all-scene photography, never-seen-before portrait photography and videography, and 65W SuperVOOC2.0 Flash Charge – the safest and one of the fastest charging technologies commercially available in the world, delivering a full charge of Reno5 battery in 35 minutes.

Ethan Xue, President of OPPO MEA said, “The Reno5 Series is our first ever ‘all-5G’ launch and we are very excited to bring you the latest and best in ultra-fast, ultra-powerful connectivity. Understanding customer needs is a top priority for us at OPPO, hence while designing the Reno5 series, we made sure to pack it with not just powerful hardware and ground-breaking imaging technology, but also the latest in connectivity. Launching a 5G-only series was inspired by our theme for this year, ‘Technology for Mankind, Kindness for the World’, which pushes us to do everything with heart and soul, for the benefit of people. We’re also excited to have our brand ambassador, Mohamed Salah, on board as he sets an example when it comes to achieving goals and dreams, which are also part of our brand’s many values.”

Speaking about the launch, Mohammad Imran – General Manager of PDTC said, “We are proud to be associated one of world’s leading smart device manufacturers and our association goes back a long time. OPPO’s innovation in combination with PDTC’s impressive market network in Qatar will surely give the latest Reno5 Series the perfect launch the all-5G smartphones deserve.”

The technology innovations in OPPO Reno5 series will appeal to creative minds and enable them to fully express themselves. OPPO partnered with Sony to jointly developed an IMX766 sensor for the Reno5 Pro 5G, which brings more possibilities for portrait and night video shooting, backlighting and sports. The Reno5 Pro 5G also comes with professional gaming-grade hardware and other gaming features for a cool gaming experience. The Reno5 5G variant is the ‘AI Portrait Expert’ that combines OPPO’s Ultra Night Video Algorithms and Live HDR Algorithm to deliver unprecedented quality in portrait photography and portrait videography that empowers users to create and capture life’s best moments.

Keeping with OPPO Reno Series’ focus on design, both phones are smooth, light and slim and come in attractive colours and finishes. The Reno5 series debuts an industry-first silver colour, in addition to the ever-popular black. OPPO’s Reno Glow 2.0 diamond cutting technique adds a glittery visual effect of millions of shimmering diamonds embedded into the back cover while at the same time providing a matte finish that is fingerprint resistant. AMOLED screens and 90hHz refresh rate make for easy and comfortable viewing.

The all-5G Reno5 Series launch will reiterate the OPPO’s commitment to commercialization of 5G in the Qatar. Adding three new 5G phones to its existing portfolio of 5G smartphones launched in 2020, OPPO will address the Qatar consumer demand for ultra-fast speed and real-time connectivity.

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.”

 

iSpot inaugurates Apple Authorised store at new location in City Center Mall, Doha

The popular Apple Authorised Reseller iSpot’s store in City Center Doha has relocated from the third floor to the first floor of the mall, next to the Home Centre store. The new revamped store of iSpot opened its doors to the public on March 2, 2021. iSpot is part of Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Prime Distribution Trading Services division.

The store was inaugurated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Group Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Iftekhar Ahmad.

Also present at the launch were General Manager of Prime Distribution Trading Services Mr. Mohammad Imran and other senior officials of Ali Bin Ali Holding. The event was also attended by Apple Qatar Distributor- Redington Qatar’s Country Sales Head Mr. Rajesh Aiyar and Sales Manager Mr. Bassam Halabi.

With a simple design and easily navigable layout, the new store is planned for efficiency and customer convenience. The bright lighting and open display of Apple products create an inviting ambience, making it an attractive zone for all Apple product lovers.

Most importantly, the new iSpot store is optimized to provide the cleanest and safest shopping environment possible, as the health and safety of customers and employees is the company’s top priority.

Speaking about the relocation, Mr. Imran said: “The new location will allow iSpot to serve the community better with more space for customers’ favorite products. Our store in City Center has always been popular among Apple users. I am sure that the relocation of the store to the first floor, near the main entrance, will make it more convenient for our customers.

“With this opening we are pleased to inform that we would be soon launching many value added services such as extended financing, extended warranty, personal set-up, gift vouchers and many more will follow. We are also keen to roll out our trade-in program shortly.”

 

ABA Holding celebrates Olympic Day with a difference

 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, it was for the first time in many years that Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding was unable to organize an Olympic Day gathering. However, this did not dampen the spirits of the organizers as they planned an interesting twist and arranged for a virtual ABA Olympic Day 2021.

To keep the tradition of sports and fitness alive, the team set up exclusive live online fitness sessions in co-operation with the best instructors in town. Zoom meeting invites were sent out to all ABA staff members along with details about the sessions.

The morning of February 9, 2021 began with a lively Zumba session with Rachel Mitri who is a licensed Zumba instructor and has been teaching Zumba at Sheraton Doha since 2013. This was followed by a more rigorous HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) session with Victoria Sipco. A former international level athlete, Victoria made sure that the participants shed some serious sweat. The last and very relaxing session was Yoga with Carla El Ladki. A professional instructor, Carla combined Yoga with dance which made it an inspirational but fun session.

Defeating all odds, ABA Olympic Day 2021 turned out to be a fit and fun experience. ABA staff from different divisions joined in along with their kids and family, making the virtual gathering a perfect celebration for the occasion.

Speaking about the virtual event, the head of the ABA Olympic Day committee Mr. Mohammad Imran said: “ABA Olympic Day is part of our company identity and we did not want the COVID-19 pandemic to destroy that spirit. The virtual gathering and fitness session were the best way to continue the tradition of sports and fitness that ABA so strongly advocates. ABA staff members also welcomed the idea and we were happy to see the number of participants and their enthusiasm. I hope the pandemic ends soon and we can all gather physically to enjoy a bigger and better 2022 Olympic Day”

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.

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.”