On October 19, 2023 Ali Bin Ali Cargo held a seminar for its leading cargo agents at the Hyatt Regency in Doha. The workshop aimed at enhancing awareness of airline cargo operations and its significance to the Qatari top cargo agents and couriers companies, use the airline special offers, and handling benefits and services across the world.
Presentations were undertaken by each of the dedicated staff handling the operations on American Airlines (making daily flights to John F. Kennedy); SriLankan Airlines (making daily flights to Colombo); Saudia Cargo (making 6 daily flights to Jeddah/Riyadh); Air Arabia (making 4 daily flights to Sharjah); and Gulf Air (making 3 daily flights to Bahrain), connecting more than 450 destinations all across the world.
Present in the event was the General Manager of Ali Bin Ali Travel Bureau & Cargo, Mr. Saeed Al Hajri, together with GSA Manager, Mr. Chandana De Silva, and other Country Managers. In his welcome remarks, Mr. Al Hijri emphasized that ABA Cargo was commitment to expanding business operations while prioritizing the security, special handling, import and exports.
The seminar also explored potential collaboration opportunities between airlines’ products, destination and unique selling points that each airline has in expanding the Ali Bin Ali brand with the GSAs.
Ali Bin Ali Holding, in collaboration with Qatar Cancer Society, launched a significant initiative in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month of October 2023, ABA Holding offered vouchers for free medical screening exclusively for its employees, providing an opportunity for early detection and proactive management of breast health.
The “Beat Cancer: Own Your Health” campaign aimed to encourage ABA Holding employees to prioritize their well-being by taking advantage of the valuable opportunity. By offering free breast check-ups, ABA Holding and Qatar Cancer Society aimed to promote early detection, which is crucial for effective treatment and improved outcomes.
Breast cancer remains a prevalent concern worldwide, and October serves as a dedicated time to raise awareness and promote early detection. ABA Holding recognizes the importance of empowering individuals to take control of their health and is committed to providing accessible screening services to its employees.
The initiative reflects ABA Holding’s commitment to the well-being of its employees and the broader community. By partnering with Qatar Cancer Society, ABA Holding demonstrates its dedication to raising awareness, promoting early detection, and supporting individuals in their journey towards better health.
Appointments for the free check-up were available throughout the month of October and November 2023, ensuring ample opportunity for employees to participate.
To support the Qatar Cancer Plan 2023-2026, which aims to ensure that everyone in Qatar has access to accurate information and the highest quality cancer care, 21 High St, the ultimate outdoor shopping destination in Katara, launched a 360-degree photo booth. Visitors took fun and creative pictures and videos to show their support for breast cancer awareness.
The booth was prominently located in 21 High St. and was open from 5pm to 10pm on weekdays and 5pm to 12pm on weekends, starting on Thursday, October 5th and running for two weeks.
Decorated with white flowers and pink ribbon which are universally recognized symbols of breast cancer awareness, the 360-degree photobooth was both eye-catching and meaningful.
“We are proud to partner with Qatar Cancer Society to support their important work,” said Evelyn De Croutte, General Manager, 21 High Street. “Women often have to juggle many different roles, from running the household to working full-time jobs. Therefore, we need to look at our well-being from a 360-degree angle taking into consideration our physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.”
Shoppers had a lot of fun at the 360-degree photo booth and captured some amazing memories with their friends and family! They were also able to receive their photos and videos via AirDrop or email, and were encouraged to post them on social media using the hashtag #SmileForBreastCancerAwareness to support the fight against breast cancer.
Throughout the month of October, the Qatar Cancer Society is partnering with various organizations across the country to raise awareness.
On October 22, 2023 Ali Bin Ali’s Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) division, organized a strategy workshop at the prestigious Dusit Doha Hotel. The workshop, under the banner, “Lead – Building Accelerated Business Skills,” aimed to align the division and its members with the company’s “Strategy Big Bets” and foster a cohesive approach towards achieving organizational goals.
The workshop commenced with a group activity focused on conducting a SWOT analysis of the company’s vision, the “Partner of Choice.” Participants actively shared insights, identified gaps, and explored opportunities across various aspects of the division, including people, technology, innovation, work processes, and systems.
During the workshop, the Chief Operating Officer of FMCG, Mr. Wadih Antoine Kazan, emphasized the importance of innovation and highlighted the potential for business growth. He commended the team’s efforts in maintaining high performance standards and shared the success story of the FMCG division over the years. Furthermore, Mr. Kazan discussed the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for sustaining and developing the business model of the division.
During the workshop, the General Managers of the FMCG division, Mr. Asad Saleem, Mr. Ghassan Aibef, and Mr. Vincent Emmanuel, provided detailed insights into the “Big Bets” of the business strategy. They discussed the impact of efficient financial management, customer and commercial excellence, revenue growth management, technology leverage in the supply chain, and the importance of high-performance teams in achieving success. Mr. Ghassan specifically focused on “How to Lead in the VUCA World,” highlighting the need to build capacities to navigate uncertainty and challenging times.
In addition to strategy discussions, the workshop also featured leadership talks aimed at enhancing participants’ skill development. The General Manager of International Agencies and Prime Consumer Products (IA-PCP), Mr. George El Hajj, delivered a talk on “Growth Mindset,” emphasizing the significance of training our minds in a progressive manner.
The workshop concluded on a positive note, emphasizing the importance of teamwork and the collective effort required to achieve success. The teams brainstormed and presented their strategies for each “Big Bet,” outlining focus areas, action plans, and key objectives to the management.
Ali Bin Ali FMCG remains committed to fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and continuous improvement. The strategy workshop served as a platform for aligning teams, sharing insights, and setting a clear direction for the company’s future growth.
With a strong focus on innovation, customer satisfaction, and operational excellence, ABA FMCG strives to deliver high-quality products and services to its customers. The company’s commitment to growth and success is reflected in its strategic initiatives and collaborative approach towards achieving its goals.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and during this time of the year the world turns pink to raise awareness and care for those affected by the disease.
To support the fight against breast cancer, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Galeries Lafayette teamed up with Qatar Cancer Society to host a knowledge session at Café Pouchkine on October 4 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Over 40 women, including members of Qatar Cancer Society, local press, and social media influencers, gathered to learn more about the disease and the importance of creating a caring community for those affected by the disease.
On the occasion, Café Pouchkine was filled with shades of pink, a celebration of womanhood and positive vibes. Guests were treated to a visually stunning and delectable display of a pink macaron tower and a meticulously crafted cake.
The event was chaired by Mrs. Mona Ashkanani, General Manager, Qatar Cancer Society. Nour Makkia, a health educator at Qatar Cancer Society facilitated the session with an introductory talk. She covered a wide range of important topics related to breast cancer such as risk factors, signs and symptoms, different treatment options and their side effects, managing psychological challenges and the latest research.
“Early detection is key to fighting this disease and this workshop was a great opportunity to educate our invitees and to show our support for Qatar Cancer Society.”, said Mr. Kevin Gerard Pender, General Manager, Galeries Lafayette. Mrs. Alma who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, also addressed the audience, talking about importance of regular screenings.
A pink-themed afternoon tea was then served, with delicate finger sandwiches and miniature pastries in shades of blush and rose, beckoning with their sweet and savory aromas. Participants were also given special gift vouchers from Beauty Hive.
Throughout the month of October, Galeries Lafayette will be facilitating donations to Qatar Cancer Society. Co-branded artworks with Qatar Cancer Society have been placed throughout the store and an email has been sent to the entire Galeries Lafayette database with barcodes so that customers can scan and donate directly. Also on offer is a curated collection of beauty and fashion products to support the cause.
A More Simple, Efficient & Centralized Hiring and Onboarding Process
BEFORE October 15th is not the same as AFTEROctober 15th, proudly proclaims Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Human Resources Department.
Leading the charge towards automation, ABA Holding’s HR Department effectively launched Path to Success and Succeed with Us, an innovative and user-friendly digital Applicant Tracking System (ATS) and Talent Onboarding Solution.
To further reflect Ali Bin Ali’s commitment to digitization, the success systems were launched to core ABA leadership on October 15th at 3:00 pm via an online Teams session led by Mr. Aldrine Fernandez, General Manager, Human Resources and Administration. Adding an element of mystery surrounding the success systems, a teaser campaign was rolled out, generating a lot of excitement and speculation among Ali Bin Ali’s employees.
“With the FORWARD initiative, we were among the first departments to go live with the entire ERP system, including HCM and Oracle Financials. Since then, our focus has been on optimizing the HCM system and improving our internal processes. We have also evaluated how we can not only utilize the core services of the system, but also leverage it to add value to the organization and our employees.”, said, Mr. Aldrine.
Introduced with a vision to build on the Holding’s existing digital capabilities, the new success systems streamline the journey from hiring to onboarding by automating manual processes, optimizing current processes, providing real-time insights into the hiring cycle, and enhancing collaboration and productivity. The Success Systems are a product of Bayt and are specifically designed to address the complexities of visa management in the Middle East and Qatar.
Starting now, all job seekers will use Path to Success (ATS) to apply to ABA Holding. The system tracks applicants as they move through the hiring stages, generating approval requests to managers with a few clicks, ensuring a stellar experience for new hires.
Once an applicant is hired, their basic information and documentation will automatically be transferred to the Succeed with Us onboarding platform. Succeed with Us is a central source for all onboarding tasks, documents, data and approval communications. It guarantees that sensitive employee data can be accessed only authorized personnel.
In phase 2 of the success systems implementation, Succeed with Us will be integrated with Ali Bin Ali’s other HCM software, resulting in the digitization of 5000 employee records.
“Hiring and Onboarding is now a system driven process and not person dependent. Prior to the launch of the success portals, the entire workflow was time-consuming and fragmented. There was also lack of transparency into the status of applications and onboarding tasks. We also identified a significant amount of duplication and redundancy in the entire process”, added Mr. Ajay Daniel John, Senior HR Manager, People Operations.
Ali Bin Ali Holding’s HR department is proud to be at the forefront of embracing technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
True to its spirit of being a creative and innovative luxury department store, Galeries Lafayette – Doha organized an interactive and fun ‘Silly Monsters’ launch event for its customers and general public on October 16, 2023 at 21 High St. The event, which took place in the late afternoon, sought to celebrate children’s imagination and ingenuity to art by enabling them to participate in ‘Silly Monsters’ inspired arts and crafts activities.
The event began with a reveal session that showcased 6 Silly Monster drawings, made by the children of Galeries Lafayette – Doha team members. These 6 masterpieces will continue to be displayed in the interiors of the GL store throughout the duration of the Silly Monsters campaign.
As the drawings were unveiled, Mr. Kevin Gerard Pender, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette – Doha, said, “The use of “silly monsters” as the central theme is both playful and thought-provoking. It is a bold and unconventional concept true to the creative artistic DNA of Galeries Lafayette. Showcasing such works of art is also a vital step in recognizing and celebrating children’s efforts, which in turn boosts their self-esteem and builds their skills.”
The event was a lovely combination of nostalgia and engagement, as adults relived their childhood memories and actively participated alongside their children.
Paint The Town, a popular provider of guided art events in Doha, provided the necessary art supplies and gave participants the opportunity to unleash their creativity by crafting their own Silly Monsters using paper plates and coloring materials.
Guests also savored mouthwatering cupcakes designed with the Silly Monsters theme, prepared by 974 Delights, a renowned French Chocolatier and Patisserie. Silly Monster special edition cupcakes, cookies, lollipop cakes and large cakes will also be available for purchase at 974 Delights throughout the duration of the campaign.
As the event drew to a close, participants took pictures to remember the fun day. For their special artistic contributions, the six children of GL employees were presented with commemorative gifts featuring their very own Silly Monsters.
The Silly Monsters installation will be on display for three months, from October 18 to December 2023, at 21 High St. in Katara. Visit Galeries Lafayette Doha today to immerse yourself in the captivating world of Silly Monsters and follow the handle @galerieslafayettedoha to stay abreast of all the latest developments.
The Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) team is proud to announce the revamped Ali Bin Ali Code of Conduct Policy, which is currently accessible via the Intranet/Internet and the GRC Mandatory training Modules.
Inspired by the vision, mission, and values of ABA Holding, the Code of Conduct is proof of our commitment to ethical behavior and business integrity; and must be utilized by every employee to make informed decisions.
The Code of Conduct document has evolved over time and the current version is the culmination of efforts from a number of back office and business functions including: Legal, Human Resources, Audit and Corporate Communications. It is a group-wide policy document and should act as an important guide for all employees.
All employees are expected to comply with the Code of Conduct and speak up if they witness or suspect behavior that is incompatible with ABA standards.
For further information about the policy or report any misconduct, contact the GRC team through:
Sports Gate W.L.L., Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Sports & Lifestyle Company, is proud to announce that it has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for the period June 2023 – June 2024 after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work®.
The Great Place to Work® Certification is an accreditation that recognizes employers who create an outstanding employee experience. It is based on direct and anonymous employee feedback from the Great Place to Work Trust Index™ Survey, which measures five dimensions of a high-trust culture: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.
“We are honored to be certified as a Great Place to Work®,” said Christophe Altabas, General Manager at Sports Gate. “This certification is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team members, who create an inclusive and supportive work environment where everyone can thrive.”
Sports Gate is committed to creating a great place to work for several reasons. Companies with high-trust cultures are better places to work. Employees at these companies are more likely to be happy and creative. Also, in positive work environments employees are more likely to demonstrate improved performance and success.
Another reason for Sports Gate’s commitment to a great workplace is the company’s core belief of having a healthy work-life balance for an employee’s overall well-being. The company understands the importance of personal fulfillment, employee benefits, and wellness programs. By prioritizing the happiness and wellness of team members, the company promotes a positive and supportive atmosphere where everyone can thrive.
“We are honored to be a Great Place to Work®,” said Alaa Jaballi. “This certification is a validation of being part of a community of people who care about each other and who are all working together to achieve something great.”