Galeries Lafayette Doha proudly celebrates Qatar National Day 2021

Commemorating the greatness of the nation, Galeries Lafayette Doha is all set to celebrate Qatar National Day (QND) in its own unique style. On December 1, the Department Store inaugurated specially dressed windows that emanates the pride that Qatar National Day entails.

For this special occasion, Galeries Lafayette Doha once again collaborated with local Qatari artists Fahad Al Maadheed and Nasser Al Kubaisi to create some exclusive visuals to adorn the store. The artists created exclusive lines of artwork to offer a unique and captivating experience for visitors at Galeries Lafayette Doha, setting the right tone for the celebrations.

While artist Fahad Al Maadheed is already well-known for his art and also for his paintings on leather goods such as handbags, wallets and phone covers, Nasser Al Kubaisi is a new star on the horizon. An interior designer and a digital artist, Nasser has received a lot of attention and his works can be found in different public spaces and the National Museum Gift Shop.

Fahad’s art installations aim to strengthen the national identity by going back to the past. His work embodies those who built and defended the land since historical times. The window takes us back in time and the spirit of the past and present converges through art.

The main inspiration of Nasser’s art is, if Van Gogh was in Qatar, how he would admire the beauty of the Galleries Lafayette Doha building. The concept of his window revolves round an exclusive live artwork that you can experience as you watch it moving and becoming alive. It is an eclectic combination of art and technology that creates an illusion of movement and live painting.

Fahad, who has exhibited his art in Galeries Lafayette Doha before, said: “It is indeed a pleasure to be part of Galeries Lafayette Doha’s Qatar National Day celebrations. This is a perfect platform to display my special QND art that depicts the richness of Qatari heritage and my passion for it.”

Speaking about his presence at Galeries Lafayette Doha, Nasser said: “Just as Van Gogh himself said, ‘I dream my painting and I paint my dream’, my art is my dream. I am humbled by the opportunity to be able to present my art to the clientele of Galeries Lafayette Doha on the auspicious occasion of Qatar National Day. It is my tribute to my nation and its people.”

The theme of the celebrations is 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 have been carefully designed to celebrate the occasion. Each dish is a gastronomical delight and equally satisfying for the eye and soul.

The General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha, Kevin Gerard Pender said: “Celebrating Qatar National Day every year is a part of the Department Store’s tradition. It is also a perfect stage to highlight the unparalleled talent of the local artists and merge together patriotism and art with retail.”

Qatar Quality Products host a joyous celebration on “Bring your kids to work day”

Wednesday the 3rd of November 2021, was a very special day at Qatar Quality Products (QQP). The company was abuzz with activities, fun and laughter with a little bit of learning thrown in. The division organized an exciting and utterly enjoyable “Bring Your Kids to Work Day”, which was a resounding success.

Organized with multiple goals in mind the QQP event brought together colleagues and their families, building closer bonds  while also giving the next generation an opportunity to interact with each other.  Children of QQP’s team, who are most certainly on their way to being future professionals themselves, received a much-appreciated glimpse of their parent’s work place. They also took the time to enjoy and experience ‘a day in the life of their parents’ and received exposure to the experiences of a typical office environment .

Commenting on the event Mr. Nithin J. Bhatia, Senior Division Manager of QQP said, “ We are delighted to have held this amazing celebration and add some color and energy into the lives of our kids. During “Bring Your Kids to Work Day”, the parents enjoyed a role reversal, and played hosts to their young ones! The team at QQP planned a wide variety of activities to keep our young ones engaged and entertained. They also threw in loads of light-hearted interactions and games which increased a sense of happiness while also giving our kids countless opportunities to socialize with other children. Overall we are happy to report that our event was a massive success and we look forward to seeing other divisions of ABA Holding taking on similar ideas as well.”

As further confirmation to the joy spread by this occasion, QQP Team’s children are said to be looking forward to next year’s “Bring your kids to work” celebration.

Ali Bin Ali Medical launches a new initiative for Knowledge Sharing & Employee Competence

We are delighted to announce that ABA Medical has just concluded an extremely successful initiative undertaken and concluded under the continual development efforts of the company. The initiative was well supported by the Group’s HR department. The programme was aimed at developing the capacities and skills of our staff through a valuable exchange, in an informal setting and it is built around the concept of promoting knowledge sharing across divisions & elevating the competences of our people.

The HR team planned, prepared, arranged and perfectly executed this two day programme which upheld these stated goals. To accomplish this an Assessment Centre was set up with a range of activities including presentations, and case studies to enhance collaboration and communication and transfer success models among the different divisions, industries and sectors.

Commenting on the effort, General Manager of ABA Medical Mr. Monzer Abdel Samad said, “We are delighted that the Assessment Centre we pioneered was a resounding success. I was glad to see that the 2 day programme included several case studies, some of which were presented by each manager and others that were presented as a group workshop. The results of these presentations were highly motivational and inspired collaboration. The Centre also assessed participants based on a range of competencies including Planning, Communication, Innovation and Creativity, Problem Solving, Working with Others Managing Self, Leadership Skills, Learning, Behaviour Ethically, Decision Making, Charts the Future, Talent Manager, ABA culture and Value Ambassador, Drives for Results & Executes with Excellence. These competencies are extremely valuable to the ABA Group and we are glad that ABA Medical had led the way in this effort”.

The Assessment Centre had a jury panel which included Mr. Adnan Suleiman; General Manager – Finance, Nitin Bhatia; Senior Division Manager, QQP, Sabine Winner Neuhaus; HR Manager & Monzer Abdel Samad; General Manager, ABAM. Additionally, there were two observers from the HR Department – Eleni Ntoulaveri; Group Learning & Development Manager, Basem El Sid; Human Resources Business Partner. All the members received a trophy from Mr. Samad as an appreciation for devoting their time, efforts and input.

This ABA Medical initiative received excellent feedback from the participants who valued the experience and opportunity to be part of it, while also appreciating the chance given to them to foster a spirit of friendly competitiveness within the company. The conducting of this Assessment Center will continue at ABA Medical with different exercises and different nominees to ensure that the right person is in the right place within the company in order to facilitate shared success for the organization as well as the employee.

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.”

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.