Galeries Lafayette Doha celebrates French National Day in presence of French Ambassador

Celebrating its French heritage, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha commemorated the French National Day in the presence of the Ambassador of France to Qatar, Mr. Franck Gellet.

On July 14, the iconic French Department Store welcomed the Ambassador to celebrate the occasion. Considering the current pandemic situation, Galeries Lafayette Doha kept the event simple this year.

The Ambassador was received by Mr. Kevin Pender, Acting General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha, and joined by Mr. Awn Zureikat, COO of ABA Luxury, Mr. Bassel Ammar, General Manager of ABA Hospitality, Ms. Suha Shatila, Group General Manager – Marketing, along with other members of Galeries Lafayette Doha and the Ali Bin Ali Holding team.

Galeries Lafayette Doha is a reflection of France in Qatar and, to enjoy its essence, Mr. Gellet was given a tour of the exquisitely designed retail space to check out the premium French brands in store. It was the ideal setup to relish the spirit of Galeries Lafayette – the ‘French Art of Living’.

Mr. Gellet enjoyed the experience and said, “I am glad to be celebrating French National Day at Galeries Lafayette Doha. The iconic Department Store is an embodiment of France and with all its diversity and splendor, it perfectly reflects the image of France here in Qatar. What strikes me most about Galeries Lafayette Doha is its commitment to deliver the latest and sharpest creations. Every time I visit, I find something new here. It is doing a great job at showcasing the creative geniuses of our times, both global and local.”

Speaking about the success of French brands in Qatar under Ali Bin Ali Holding’s management, the Ambassador said: “The success is directly related to the trust of the very enterprising Ali Bin Ali family. Prestigious French brands are constantly innovating and people in Qatar are very attentive to what’s new. Ali Bin Ali Holding has very intelligently brought these together, catering to the remarkable taste of the locals.”

Thanking the Ambassador for his presence and support, Mr. Pender said: “Galeries Lafayette Doha is proud to represent Paris in Qatar and we make sure to reflect our heritage in everything we do. The French National Day is an important event in French history and we are glad we could celebrate it with Ambassador Mr. Franck Gellet.”

The event was a culmination of a week-long campaign Galeries Lafayette Doha had organized to celebrate French National Day 2020. The Bleu-Blanc-Rouge campaign from July 7 to 14 saw the store highlight the colors of the French flag, creating the perfect ambiance for the occasion.

Thanking Galeries Lafayette Doha for organizing such a muted and elegant Bleu-Blanc-Rouge campaign during a pandemic, Mr. Gellet said: “It is a symbolic end to the confinement and gradual resumption of activities. It is a message of hope that we are moving towards more favorable times.”

Monoprix West Bay awarded for ‘Best Hygiene Practices for April 2019’

Adding yet another feather to its cap, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Monoprix outlet at the Twin Tower in West Bay was recognized for ‘Best Hygiene Practices for April 2019’.

The certificate was awarded by Boecker®, the largest public health company in the Middle East.

In a letter dated May 15, the public health company wrote: “Monoprix West Bay achieved the highest score of 92.31% among all Boecker® Q-Platinum clients in Qatar for the Month of April 2019.”

This recognition by Boecker® confirms Monoprix Qatar’s constant endeavors to implement proper food safety practices on its premises, from receipt of raw materials to serving of the end products. The certificate also re-affirms that all food handlers are following the food safety guidelines as per the food safety training conducted by Boecker®.

The iconic French supermarket was introduced in Qatar in 2013 and since then has served quality products to people in the country.

Speaking about this latest addition to their portfolio, Regional General Manager of Monoprix Mr. Sébastien Farhat said: “Food safety is a culture and it should be always adopted to deliver the best to customers. We at Monoprix Qatar have always lived by this value and are elated to be recognized for that effort.”

Boecker® provides a holistic range of products, including Food Safety and Biosecurity across Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. All Boecker® services are ISO9001:2008-certified. The Boecker® signature Q Platinum Award™ certification has been tailored to meet the needs of small to medium food establishments, a certification assured by the CIEH-UK.

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Monoprix awarded at Doha Festival City Retailer Excellence Awards 2018

Adding yet another award to the Ali Bin Ali (ABA) portfolio, Monoprix won the coveted Retailer of the Year Award at the Doha Festival City (DFC) Retailer Excellence Awards 2018. The supermarket was also bestowed with the Best Consumer Service Initiative Award. Doha Festival City is home to the largest Monoprix in the world. 

 

On November 8, 2018 Doha Festival City celebrated its grand opening with a VIP Gala Dinner at Mondrian Doha for the region’s first Retailer Excellence Awards. The awards were designed to recognize the Mall’s valued partners, retailers, shoppers and visitors for their continuous loyalty and commitment.

 

The awards night was made even more special with a one-of-a-kind appearance by global superstar Jennifer Lopez.

 

Present at the event were Regional General Manager for Monoprix Mr. Sébastien Farhat, Commercial Manager for Monoprix Qatar Mr. Zardine Benzaid, Monoprix DFC Store Manager Mr. Bruno Pedretti and Ali Bin Ali Group General Manager – Marketing Ms. Suha Shatila. The event was also attended by VIP guests and members of the local and international media. 

 

It was indeed a moment of pride for the entire Ali Bin Ali family when Mr. Farhat received the awards on behalf of the Monoprix DFC team. 

 

Speaking about the accolades, Mr. Farhat said: “We at Monoprix believe in excellence. From getting the best products from around the world to Qatar to the services we offer for our clients, we want to ace it all. Our determination is backed by complete support from the Ali Bin Ali management and complemented by our passionate staff. I want to thank DFC for recognizing our efforts and also our customers who make us what we are.” 

 

ABA Group opens world’s largest Monoprix store in Doha

Taking the concept of hypermarkets in Doha to a new level, Ali Bin Ali Group has opened the world’s largest Monoprix outlet at Doha Festival City.

The renowned French retail chain’s store, which boasts of more than 35,000 high-quality goods spread across its 7,000 sqm location, opened its doors to the public on Friday, April 14. 

Revolutionizing the way people shop, Monoprix – ABA’s Supermarket Division – has introduced a concept that creates a variety of dedicated in-store experiences for its clientele. From restaurants, candy stores and clothes to exclusive electronics, kitchen gadgets and organic food items, Monoprix is here to modify your retail experience. 

The new Monoprix outlet, the chain’s second in Qatar, is unique in more ways than one. It has an extensive range of locally known brands, including the widest variety of fresh items from local farmers.

Bringing its own French heritage to Qatar, the store also features an authentic French bakery, MCrust, and the impressive ‘La Cave à Fromage’, which is stocked with a wide selection of the finest international cheeses. 

The huge crowd that gathered to celebrate the opening was pleasantly surprised by the wide range of dining options offered by the store. Apart from the already- popular Monoprix Fish M Fish, SaladM and MCrust, the new store also has MGrill, MPizzeria and Crepe M Waffles. Prepared with fresh ingredients and cooked right in front of the guests, these restaurants have undoubtedly struck the right chord.

Speaking at the soft opening of the French hypermarket at Doha Festival City, Mr. Sebastien Farhat, Monoprix’s Regional General Manager, said: “We are delighted to announce that our newest and largest outlet is now open. We want the people of Qatar to experience the extraordinary world of Monoprix and enjoy every bit of it. This is not just a supermarket, it is a world of its own where you can shop, eat and relax.”