Adding yet another accolade to its illustrious portfolio, Ali Bin Ali Hospitality’s Em Sherif restaurant has won the title of Best Lebanese Restaurant in Doha at Time Out Doha’s 2019 Restaurant Awards.
Doha’s best restaurants of 2019 were revealed in a dazzling ceremony on June 19 at Grand Hyatt Doha. Across 25 categories, restaurants throughout Qatar’s capital were nominated for their commitment to fantastic dining experiences.
Over the past 12 months, Time Out Doha’s team of reviewers have eaten their way all over the city, visiting restaurants anonymously to make the big decision.
Elated at receiving the honor, General Manager of ABA Hospitality Mr. Philippe Tardieu said: “Em Sherif is one of our new addition within the ABAH portfolio and we were always confident about its first-in-class positioning despite the large number of Lebanese eateries in Doha. We are very particular about the service and food quality offered at the restaurant and this has already brought several celebrities and VIPs to Em Sherif. It is indeed an honor to be recognized by the most prestigious regional award, ‘Time Out’, where the team finally harvested the fruits of their hard work and dedication.”
ABA Hospitality introduced the famous Lebanese dining address in Qatar in 2018. Located inside Sheraton Grand Doha, the restaurant is designed to represent an antique oriental mansion, lavish with luxury and Ms. Em Sherif’s own personal touch, as well as by its homely atmosphere where invitees are offered a world-class set menu.
Adding another achievement to the Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding portfolio, the Ali Bin Ali Hospitality division has been awarded the Food Safety Management System ISO 22000 certification. With this, Ali Bin Ali Hospitality became one among the top hospitality companies in Qatar to receive the recognition.
The certificate was ceremoniously handed over on August 1, 2018 by Bureau Veritas Certification Qatar at a private event held at ABA Hospitality’s fine-dining restaurant, Em Sherif Qatar.
The award was handed over by the Chief Executive Officer of Bureau Veritas Qatar, Mr. Selim Kseib, to General Manager of ABA Hospitality Mr. Philippe Tardieu.
Mr. Tardieu thanked his team for their efforts and said, “Ali Bin Ali Group is investing a lot in the hospitality industry. To support this growth, it was an essential part of our strategy to create a safe and quality foundation for our food business. We wanted to ensure our expansion with the best international practices. Food is pleasure for the senses but its quality is critical for our business reputation. ISO 22000 is the ultimate recognition of our standard. It not only validates and adds value to our efforts but also encourages us to seek excellence in our everyday operations.”
Mr. Kseib congratulated the Ali Bin Ali team and said; “It was a pleasure working with ABA Hospitality. I would like to compliment the team on achieving the ISO 22000 mark in less than six months. This is an achievement in itself. This coveted certification truly reflects the high level of commitment and leadership from Ali Bin Ali Hospitality to benchmark best international practices in Food Safety Management Systems. We take great pride in this association with ABA and truly see ABA as an esteemed strategic partner in promoting the culture of Excellence in the State of Qatar.”
ISO 22000 is a standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization dealing with food safety. This international standard specifies requirements for a food safety management system where an organization in the food chain needs to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe at the time of human consumption. The certificate integrates the principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system and this makes ISO 22000 the highest form of accreditation in the industry.