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.”

Italian brand Del Core makes exclusive debut at Galeries Lafayette Doha

Introducing yet another exclusive gem from the world of fashion, Galeries Lafayette Doha unveiled the newly established Italian fashion brand, Del Core, for the first time in the Middle East on November 17, 2021. The brand was showcased in Qatar at an exclusive dinner gathering in the presence of the founder and the brand’s creative director Daniel Del Core.

Del Core is a fashion house founded in Milan by Daniel Del Core. Counting on an international staff of talents and craftsmen, Del Core started operations in the spring of 2020 and debuted with the first collection at the beginning of 2021.

The designer, who has worked for prominent Italian fashion houses taking care of a special clientele of actresses, artists, and musicians, is a creator of multifaceted collections that include one-of-a-kind couture pieces – a selection of which has been showcased during the dinner. Only 33, Del Core is the herald of an imaginative, glamorously provocative vision that represents a new spark in the Italian fashion panorama.

The Del Core collection that was presented at the gathering in Galeries Lafayette Doha’s penthouse, La Suite, is a selection of haute creations from the brand’s debut and sophomore shows. It evoked a sense of classical beauty and a love for nature expressed through a surprising, ever-evolving fantasy of mutant glamour, painstakingly brought to life in the Milanese atelier of Del Core with exceptional manual skills.

The presentation was followed by a private dinner at La Suite’s Terrace where exclusive guests were treated to an equally elegant Italian dinner.

On November 18 and 19, VIP clientele enjoyed one-to-one appointments and private fittings with Daniel Del Core. The individual encounters unveiled the magic that happens when the creator and client meet. The sessions offered a golden opportunity to customize creations according to individual measurements and wishes.

Speaking about the brand’s debut at Galeries Lafayette Doha, Daniel Del Core said: “I am grateful to Galeries Lafayette for this opportunity, which allows me to show my couture creations in front of an exclusive audience. Working one-on-one with the clients is one of the guiding principles of the house I founded, and I am happy I was able to do it in Doha”

Speaking about the collaboration, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha Kevin Gerard Pender said: “We are excited to welcome a young, emerging brand to the Galeries Lafayette Doha family. The elegance and fluid aesthetic vision of the brand matches the creative freedom that Galeries Lafayette stands for.”

 

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.

Ali Bin Ali Medical signs strategic partnership with Elegancia Healthcare

Expanding its already impressive portfolio, Ali Bin Ali Medical signed a strategic partnership with Elegancia Healthcare, operator of The View Hospital, on November 1, 2021.

The signing ceremony was hosted in Lusail at the headquarters of Elegancia Healthcare. Under the agreement, Ali Bin Ali Medical will supply state-of-the-art radiology equipment to The View Hospital, Doha’s newest and most advanced healthcare facility.

Located in Doha’s prestigious Al Qutaifiya area, in the vicinity of Lusail, Katara and The Pearl-Qatar, The View Hospital is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2022. The commercial agreement is in line with Ali Bin Ali Medical’s commitment to support the government’s Qatar National Vision 2030 to promote high-quality, sustainable healthcare.

The partnership also once again proves Ali Bin Ali Medical to be a favored ‘partner of choice’ for all stakeholders in the healthcare industry in order to provide the best-in-class products, services and solutions and support in enhancing the healthcare sector in Qatar.

The agreement was signed by UCC, the main contractor of The View Hospital, represented by Mohamad Sabri, Group CEO of UCC Holding, and Ali Bin Ali Medical, represented by Monzer Abdel Samad, General Manager of Ali Bin Ali Medical, in the presence of Mr. Nabeel Ali Bin Ali, Vice-Chairman and EVP of Ali Bin Ali Holding, and Mr. Moutaz Al Khayyat, Chairman of both UCC Holding and Elegancia Group.

Also present at the event representing the Siemens team, who are partners with Ali Bin Ali Medical, was Yousef Saleh – Country Lead. The signing ceremony was also attended by Henrik Christiansen, Group CEO of Elegancia, and Bassam Sayad, Cluster CEO of Elegancia Healthcare.

Nabeel Ali Bin Ali, Vice-Chairman and Executive Vice President of Ali Bin Ali Holding, said: “Ali Bin Ali Medical is glad to welcome this new partnership. We are committed to providing state-of-the-art medical services and get the best technology for the people of Qatar. Our vision is aligned with Qatar National Vision 2030 and we aim to create a world-class healthcare system that is sustainable and accessible to the whole population.”

Ramez Al Khayyat, Vice-Chairman and Group CEO of Power International Holding, said: “The View Hospital will set new standards for quality and innovation in patient care. Working with Ali Bin Ali Medical, we will put cutting-edge technology at the heart of healthcare provision, helping improve patient outcomes and experience. The View will be nothing less than transformative for the healthcare sector in Qatar.”

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.”

Em Sherif wins Best Lebanese Restaurant at Fact Qatar Dining Awards 2021

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Em Sherif Restaurant Qatar triumphed at the prestigious FACT Dining Awards 2021 and received the award for Best Lebanese Restaurant in the country. A franchisee of Em Sherif Lebanon, Em Sherif Qatar has already established its popularity with its authentic oriental cuisine.

The awards ceremony took place on Monday, June 21 at Marsa Malaz Kempinski at The Pearl, Doha. Operations Manager Mr. Ali Mahfouz, Brand Manager Mr. Gilbert Beyrouty & Marketing Specialist Mr. Tanveer Yusuf were in attendance at the ceremony and proudly represented the Em Sherif team.

Being recognized at the FACT Qatar Dining Awards is indeed an accolade for Em Sherif to celebrate. Winners at the keenly contested awards are selected based on both public votes and critic opinions. Organizers of the event take into consideration the opinions and evaluations of a select panel of FACT award judges, reports from mystery shoppers, public votes, as well as analytics for each competing entity, in order to decide the winners in each category.

Commenting on the victory Mr. Ali Mahfouz said “This is indeed an award we are proud to receive. Being selected as the Best Lebanese Restaurant in Qatar is truly a compliment to Em Sherif. We are well aware that we were judged on three distinct criteria; Food, which covers Presentation, Menu Composition, Taste and Value for Money, followed by the class and quality of Service and finally the Ambience of the restaurant. Clearly, the award confirms that Em Sherif has excelled in all these areas. And we are thrilled by that.”

Speaking about Em Sherif Restaurant’s achievement, Group General Manager for ABA Hospitality Mr. Bassel Salim Ammar said:  “The management and staff of Em Sherif Restaurant would like to pay tribute to the many guests and friends who have shown such great support of our establishment through a very difficult period. We would also like to thank the team at FACT Qatar for giving us all something to smile about.”

These awards recognize the team-oriented nature of the hospitality business and we at Em Sherif Restaurant look forward to continuing to serve you in the future. Our unwavering focus at Em Sherif is to grow from strength to strength, elevating our brand and bringing continued success to ABA Holding.

Em Sherif Qatar restaurant has previously won the title of Best Lebanese Restaurant in Doha at Time Out Doha’s 2019 Restaurant Awards.

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!