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.

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’s iSpot opens new Apple Authorized Service Center in Villaggio Mall

Much to the delight of Apple product loyalists, Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding opened the second iSpot Service Center in Qatar at the popular Villaggio Mall. The Apple Authorized Service Provider opened its doors to the public on Friday, 19th February, 2021.

Strategically located right opposite Carrefour hypermarket, the new iSpot Service Center offers Mac’s signature service and warranty repairs on all product categories by a trained team of Apple-certified technicians, as well as the entire suite of Apple products.

With a welcoming environment, friendly staff and comfortable waiting area for customers, the iSpot Service Center provides services such as full health checkup for all Apple products, iPhone battery replacement, iPhone display replacement, AirPods sound quality test, MacBook repairs, iMac repairs, software update, reformatting and installing a new system.

To celebrate the launch of the new store, iSpot has announced a full week of free complete health checkup for all Apple products, starting from Friday, 26th February, 2021 until Thursday, 4th March, 2021.

Speaking about the opening, General Manager of Prime Distribution and Trading Company – a subsidiary of ABA Holding – Mr. Mohammad Imran said: “We are excited to open our new Service Center and serve the people of Qatar better. At iSpot, all the repairs are done 100% as per Apple standards and we aim for 100% customer satisfaction. Our all technicians are Apple-certified and look forward to serving all Apple product users.”

iSpot store timings:

9am till 10pm – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
9am to 11pm – Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

 

Dohatna Innovative Distribution inaugurates Qatar’s 5th Samsung outlet at Landmark Mall

 

Expanding the presence of Samsung Electronics outlets in Qatar, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Dohatna Innovative Distribution has launched the fifth Samsung outlet in Doha. Inaugurated on January 21, 2021, the kiosk is located near gate 6 of the popular Landmark Mall and is strategically placed near Carrefour hypermarket.

The new outlet has the full brand line-up of Samsung mobile phones, tablets and accessories and is sure to become a favorite among Samsung loyalists. On the occasion of the launch, the new Samsung Electronics outlet will be offering some exclusive promotions on Samsung mobile, tablets and accessories from January 21 to 31, 2021.

Present at the opening were Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Group Chief Financial Officer Mr. Iftekhar Ahmad, General Manager of Dohatna Innovative Distribution Mr. Mohammed Imran, Division Manager – Samsung Products Mr. Deepak Jayaram and Finance Manager – Dohatna Innovative Distribution Mr. Azhar Baksh.

Speaking about the new venture, Mr. Imran said: “Dohatna Innovative Distribution has been for long the official partner of Samsung Electronics in Qatar and the latest outlet marks a new milestone in escalating our collaboration in Qatar. Samsung offers some of the best digital solutions in the market and we are glad that we play the medium to reach that to the people of Qatar. The launch of this new outlet reinforces that mission and I am sure it will be a welcome addition to the Samsung outlet chain in the country.”

 

 

Dohatna Innovative Distribution announces launch of ‘Samsung Travel Companion’ Program in Qatar

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Dohatna Innovative Distribution, the official partner of Samsung Electronics, On December 10, 2019 announced the launch of ‘Samsung Travel Companion’ program. Exclusive for travelers with Galaxy smartphones, the program will be live at the Qatar Duty Free Samsung Brand Shop located at the departure terminal within Hamad International Airport from December 12, 2019 to February 12, 2020.

Travelers with Samsung Galaxy smartphones will benefit from various services offered as part of the program at the Samsung Brand Shop – including support with software update, data transfer and general consultation about their device. While program is live, customers and program participants will be offered a travel pouch as a gift.

Commenting on the Program, General Manager of Dohatna Innovative Distribution Mr. Mohammad Imran said: “With the holiday season coming up, it is a very strategic decision to launch the Samsung Travel Companion program. This is a new level of reaching out to the customers and catering to their needs. Dohatna Innovative Distribution is glad to partner with Samsung in launching this program.”

Mr. Kiran Kumar Tewari, Head of Customer Service Group at Samsung Gulf Electronics, said: “We believe that customers’ satisfaction plays a vital role, not just in retaining our loyal customers but also in attracting new ones through positive feedback and strong customer service portfolios. We are constantly finding ways to enhance our services by understanding our customers’ needs and wants. As the leader in the technology industry, we strive to offer excellence in customer service.”

For more details of this program please contact Samsung on 800-2255 

Dohatna Innovative Distribution launches the new Galaxy A80 in Qatar

Continuing with its mission to bring the latest technology to Qatar, Dohatna Innovative Distribution, in association with Samsung Gulf Electronics, has announced the launch of the new Galaxy A80 in Qatar.

Built for the ‘Era of Live’, the Galaxy A80 offers meaningful innovations on a safe and secure platform: Samsung’s first rotating triple camera and the immersive New Infinity Display.

The new model was inaugurated at an event on July 11, 2019, in the presence of Mr. Mohammad Imran, General Manager of Dohatna Innovative Distribution and the Samsung team.

Excited about the new model, General Manager of Dohatna Innovative Distribution Mr. Mohammad Imran said: “Dohatna Innovative Distribution is way ahead and committed to bringing the latest technology and solutions for our clients. We always look forward to launching a new Samsung mobile phone model in Qatar. Every new phone the brand launches is always full of innovation and potential, and it is our pleasure to be associated with it. I am happy to launch, in association with Samsung, the Galaxy A80 in Qatar.”

In a first for Galaxy devices, Galaxy A80 is equipped with Samsung’s revolutionary rotating triple camera which provides the same high-quality lens, front and rear. The rotating triple camera also lets you record footages continuously. The new model also features Samsung’s first New Infinity Display, an expansive, edge-to-edge, 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen.

With Galaxy A80’s Intelligent Performance Enhancer, you can expect your Galaxy A80 to work harder, faster and longer whenever you need it. Its AI-powered performance optimization software maximizes the device’s CPU, RAM and battery capacity, tailoring your Galaxy A80’s efficiency to your everyday needs.

Galaxy A80 comes in three colors: Angel Gold, Ghost White and Phantom Black. The Angel Gold and Ghost White options come with hints of pink and blue respectively, letting you express your personal style.

Ali Bin Ali Information Technology Department honors its high achievers

 

On June 19, 2019, the Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Information Technology Department held its annual awards event to recognize and celebrate the hard work and achievements of ABA ITD staff during 2018. 

 

The gathering was held at the ABA Head Office IT Department and attended by Ali Bin Ali Holding officials, including Mr. Mohamad Ebrik, Chief Operating Officer – ICT, and Mr. Youssef Moussa, General Manager – ABA ITD, who were delighted to show their utmost appreciation for the ITD staff.

 

This annual event of the ABA IT Department aims to embolden its team and recognizes achievers under three distinct categories, giving them a chance to receive the Spirit of IT award, the IT Innovator award and the Customer Service award. This year, the IT management also added 13 Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of the IT staff’s outstanding dedication and lasting contribution to Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Forward ERP Project.

 

The Spirit of IT award was won by Mr. Varghese Thomas – Enterprise Application Manager, recognizing his positive attitude, teamwork, effective contribution to IT goals and consistency in achieving high-quality results. 

 

The IT Innovator award was bestowed on Mrs. Navami Sivaprasad – Programmer, for making a technological impact across single or multiple units and applying innovations to existing or emerging technologies.

 

The Customer Service award was bagged by Mr. Krishna Giri – Systems Engineer, who proved himself as a team member who works effectively and efficiently to understand customer needs.

 

Certificates of Appreciation were handed over to the team involved in the Oracle ERP Project ‘Technical Track’ for providing support and assistance to the FORWARD Project team. 

The winners are Mrs. Anupama Bhagyanath, Mr. Assad Hussein, Mr. Ismail Puthan Peedikayil, Mr. Jithin Jacob Joseph, Mr. Khader Abulail, Mr. Koteswara Rao Atla, Mr. Moaiyad Alhakawati, Mrs. Navami Sivaprasad, Mr. Osama Hamad, Mr. Rohith Reddy, Mr. Sajjad Osman, Mr. Udayakumar Prabhakar and Mr. Varghese Thomas.

 

Congratulating the winners, Mr. Ebrik said: “Our industry is continuously evolving and we are facing a lot of challenges. But, through everyone’s effort to be steadfast in providing quality IT services and solutions to the Group, we can be victorious and achieve the IT goals. These awards will inspire others to go the extra mile and aim to achieve professional growth.”

 

Mr. Moussa added, “Today, we are gathered to recognize the excellent work and exceptional performance of our colleagues. It is also meant to uplift everyone’s morale to continue their dedication and hard work. We have set different criteria for each award and these employees have met high standards to deserve the award. These employees have strong work ethics and have been dependable and reliable, constantly showing a positive attitude to create a good environment.”

FORWARD‘s iExpense module automates expense claim process for ABA staff

Further automating Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding’s operations, FORWARD is rolling out the iExpense module for different divisions of the company. This module is transforming the reimbursement procedure and can process up to 31 types of expense claims, including those related to office supplies, travel, entertainment etc.

All ABA employees who have access to self-service will be eventually submitting their expense claim forms through this module. For others, they will have their division or HR representatives to apply for them. A part of the ABA self-service and ERP system, iExpense can be accessed remotely.

Ali Bin Ali Technology Solutions (ABATS) was the first division to Go Live with this module in November 2018. After a short stabilizing period, on February 21, 2019 the module went live at ABA Printing Press, ABA Travel, ABA Cargo and ABA Int. for Travel and Tourism. 

After the successful implementation of the module in the mentioned divisions, the set-up has already been completed for eight more divisions and training is underway to Go Live soon.

The iExpense module introduces a major positive change as it makes the entire reimbursement process digitized and automated. Unlike the old system where forms were filled up, followed by a manual approval process, iExpense completes the process online. While the process essentially remains the same, it is more controlled now and saves time. However, the system accepts reimbursement claims for up to a certain amount. Any amount higher than that will go through additional steps and approvals.

Another part of the iExpense module is the IOU or ‘I owe you’. It is a custom complimentary module enforcing the policies of ABA Holding for handling petty cash. Making the process streamlined, ABA employees will be using this module for requesting advance payment from the company for any of the 31 types of expenses. 

The process of implementing the iExpense module was not free of challenges. Initially, the systems were prepared for 17 types of expenses. However, with changes in ABA policies, it had to be customized to handle 31 types. The team also faced some problems with the information required for the set-up sheet and had to find ways to gather complete information. 

The stability period after the iExpense module went live at ABATS allowed the team to find solutions for the challenges that the application faced. The system is now working well in all divisions that have gone live with it, adding much value to the work process.

Speaking about the new module Finance Manager of ABATS Mr. Mohammed Shafquat Zubair said: “Our division has been using the iExpense module for couple of months now and the IOU module has also just been implemented. We are glad that we were the pioneers for this module which is not only saving time but also allowing us to have more control on the entire reimbursement process. In spite of the initial challenges, the team in cooperation with the FORWARD PMO managed to put all information together to get the solution working and delivering as expected”.

Prime Distribution Trading Company signs partnership with I-Life Digital Technology

Introducing yet another innovative tech brand in the Qatar market, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Prime Distribution and Trading Company ceremoniously announced its partnership with I-Life Digital Technology on August 14, 2018. 

 

In an event held at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, US based I-Life Digital Technology signed up Prime Distribution Trading Company as their distributor partner for Qatar.

I-Life also used the occasion to introduce two flagship models – the ultra-slim notebook, ZED AIR 3 and the portable all-in-one PC, ZED PC.

 

Present at the event were Mr. Deepak Bhatia, I-Life’s Global Director for Sales and Marketing, and Mr. Mohammad Imran, Prime Distribution Trading Company’s General Manager. The function was also attended by members of the local media, social media influencers and Prime Distribution and Trading Company’s retail customers.

 

Speaking about the new brand, Mr. Imran said, “We are excited to partner with I-Life for its range of budget smart devices exclusively for the Qatar market. We are confident that I-Life’s product proposition, coupled with Prime Distribution’s unique capabilities to provide the widest range of products seamlessly across the market, will go a long way. 

“I-Life, with its range of affordable products, will cater to the demands of the the consumer and thereby, grow the market.”

 

I-Life is one of the fastest-growing PC companies in the region with a presence across 45 countries in the Middle East, Turkey, Africa, CIS, India, Bangladesh and Nepal. The brand addresses first-time buyers, students and price-conscious consumers across the region with its range of tablet PC, ultra-slim notebook, all-in-one PCs, smartphones and smart watches. The introduction of I-Life into the Qatar market by Prime Distribution and Trading Company has opened a new segment of affordable devices in the country.