Galeries Lafayette Doha receives recognition award from Qatar Museums

Under the patronage of H.E. Sheikha Al-Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani, Galeries Lafayette Doha made history by being honored with a prestigious recognition award from Qatar Museums on February 29, 2024 at Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha, Qatar. The award, under the ceremony dubbed, “Occasion of Celebrating Cultural Excellence and Our Partnership,” was presented to Galeries Lafayette Doha in appreciation of its distinction and strong partnership with Qatar Museums that has flourished for over 5 years.

Receiving the award, the General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha, Mr. Kevin Gerard Pender, expressed his gratitude stating that, “We are delighted and extremely proud to accept this award as a recognition of Galeries Lafayette’s continuous contribution to the arts and creative partnerships in association with Qatar Museums. Being at the forefront of Qatar’s vibrant creative and cultural landscape is a key part of Galeries Lafayette’s DNA.”

Galeries Lafayette Doha’s commitment to nurturing art and creative development plays a crucial role in shaping the cultural landscape of the Qatar community and driving the fashion industry forward. By integrating art and creativity into its offerings, the sought after boutique not only showcases unique and innovative designs but also provides a platform for local artists and designers to showcase their talent. Additionally, by partnering with key players like Qatar Museums and nurturing artistic development, Galeries Lafayette Doha contributes to the overall cultural enrichment of the community, creating a vibrant and dynamic environment that celebrates art, diversity and individual expression.

Galeries Lafayette Doha thanks Qatar Museums for the opportunity and looks ahead to an even stronger partnership.


ABA Finance hosts a thrilling get together

Once again, ABA Finance Department outdid itself by hosting another exhilarating event. On February 23, 2024, the Finance Department hosted a “Get Together” event at Sealine Resort, bringing together over five hundred participants, including employees and their families. The one-day event was a celebration of unity and friendship among employees from all finance departments across the 18 business streams of ABA Holding. It was also a moment for the department to unwind and reflect on its performance and achievement.

From the onset, the venue set the mood for what was to be a fun-filled day. The therapeutic venue overlooking the sea coupled with background acoustics and great service from the hotel, created the best mode for entertaining attendees.

To kick-off the event, the Group Chief Financial Officer of the Holding, Mr. Iftekhar Ahmad, emphasized the importance of the get together. He stated, “The Finance Get Together is a tradition that brings us closer as a team and strengthens our bond across departments. It is a testament to the unity and dedication of our finance professionals in contributing to the success of Ali Bin Ali Holding.”

The event featured activities such as Finance Got Talent, where employees showcased their talents in various forms such as poetry, music, and dancing. An obstacle race tested the contenders’ skills, while a captivating kids’ play area kept the children entertained with bouncy castles, face painting, and kids’ challenges. Other engaging activities included: puzzle challenge, castle building, grass surfing and tug of war. Special recognition also went to the best performing and long serving employees within the department.

Throughout the day, participants enjoyed raffle draws that tested their luck and prospects of winning variety of exciting prizes. Members were also treated to an enchanted performance by a master illusionist who showcased his stage magic and close-up tricks that were seemingly impossible.

From invitation to the actual event, the get together had promised an unforgettable experience and it delivered just that. The event concluded with a delicious and sumptuous meal with varieties for all attendees, who also received hampers courtesy of the ABA Finance Department.

The Finance Get Together not only provided a platform for employees to showcase their talents and bond with colleagues but also highlighted the value of unity and teamwork within the Holding. It served as a reminder of the collective efforts that drive the success of Ali Bin Ali Holding.

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ABA Travel and Cargo hosts Sports Day 2024

On February 13, 2024 ABA Travel and Cargo organized a thrilling sports day event for its employees at the picturesque Sealine Beach Resort in Qatar. The event saw an impressive turnout of nearly 70 enthusiastic participants who engaged in various games and challenges, fostering team spirit and comradeship. The General Manager of ABA Finance Department, Mr. Ganesh P.K., and the Sales Manager of ABA Travel & Cargo, Mr. Chandana Wijekoon, graced the event.

The sports day featured a range of exciting activities, including a competitive football match, exhilarating race, engaging ‘Picking the Straw’ game, a tensed walking challenge, and an intense basketball match. Participants showcased their skills and sportsmanship throughout the event, creating a vibrant and energetic atmosphere.

At the event, Mr. Ganesh expressed his delight at the success of the Sports Day, stating, “It is truly inspiring to see our team come together in the spirit of friendly competition and collaboration. Events like this not only promote physical well-being but also strengthen bonds within the company.”

Mr. Chandana Wijekoon commended ABA Travel and Cargo for organizing such a dynamic and engaging Sports Day. He remarked, “Participating in today’s activities has been a fantastic experience. It is heartening to witness the dedication and enthusiasm of all the participants, and I applaud the company for fostering a culture of teamwork and healthy competition.”

ABA Travel and Cargo’s Sports Day 2024 was a resounding success, bringing together employees, partners, and stakeholders for a day of fun, fitness, and friendly competition. The event not only highlighted the importance of physical activity and sportsmanship but also underscored the company’s commitment to promoting a positive and inclusive work environment.

Dohatna Logistics Park celebrates Qatar Sports Day with triumph and teamwork

In an enthusiastic celebration of National Sports Day 2024, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Real Estate Division hosted a vibrant sports day for Dohatna Logistics Park (DLP) residents on February 13, 2024.

Over 250 participants, alongside 200 cheering supporters, engaged in a spirited competition featuring cricket, basketball, volleyball, tug-of-war, and arm wrestling. The event fostered a sense of community and camaraderie.

The day witnessed several nail-biting matches, showcasing exceptional talent and a healthy dose of rivalry between divisions, companies, and nationalities. “Monoprix O-Five Team B” emerged victorious in basketball, while “Logistics Team B” reigned supreme in volleyball. “Logistics Distribution Team” clinched the cricket championship, and the “Logistics Team” dominated the tug-of-war challenge. Amos Mabiria Nyambati emerged as the arm-wrestling champion, adding another layer of excitement to the day.

The event was perfectly coordinated by Henry George, DLP Accommodation Manager, with invaluable support from the Real Estate team who donned the hats of umpires, referees, and coordinators. Security and housekeeping teams also played a pivotal role in ensuring a smooth and successful event.

Following a morning filled with energetic competition, a grand ceremony was held in the main hall. Mrs. Evelyne de Croutte, General Manager, Ali Bin Ali Holding Real Estate, presented trophies and gifts to the winners, acknowledging the contributions of sponsors ABA Beverages and FMCG.

“Qatar National Sports Day embodies the importance of physical well-being and teamwork, values we embrace wholeheartedly at ABA Real Estate. We were delighted to see our team members participate with such enthusiasm, supporting each other and demonstrating the power of collaboration. Sports are a fantastic way to build a strong, dynamic company culture.”, said Mrs. Evelyne de Croutte, General Manager, Ali Bin Ali Holding Real Estate.

The overwhelming success of the event has set the stage for even bigger plans in 2025. Inspired by the high level of resident interest, organizers are planning a lead-up to the next National Sports Day, culminating in thrilling semi-final and final matches on the main event day. This enhanced format promises to provide even more residents with the opportunity to participate, solidifying the event as a cornerstone of the DLP calendar.

ABAP gets active: celebrating teamwork and well-being on Qatar’s National Sports Day

Inspired by the spirit of Qatar National Sports Day, Ali Bin Ali and Partners (ABAP) hosted a Sports Day event at Hamilton International School, bringing together 185 employees for a day of fun, fitness, and team building.

The event, held under the leadership of General Manager Ghassan Aibef was a huge success. Featuring various activities designed to encourage participation the event left participants exhilarated and connected. The energy was contagious.

“I am thrilled with the turnout and enthusiasm displayed by our team at the Sports Day. Exercise and sports not only change your body, but also your mind, attitude, and mood. This aligns perfectly with Qatar’s National Sports Day celebrations, which highlight the vital role sports play in shaping individuals and societies.” said Mr. Aibef.

People had a lot of fun playing different sports at the event. Football matches saw teams strategize and execute plays, showcasing their agility and coordination. On the basketball court, players dribbled, passed, and shot with impressive skill. Meanwhile, the tug-of-war displayed raw strength and teamwork as individuals worked together to pull the rope the furthest.

Everyone cheered and laughed as they enjoyed the friendly competition. The event concluded with attendees enjoying a delicious lunch of pre-packaged set boxes, followed by the awarding of the sports winners.

Beyond the scoreboards and cheers, the ABAP Sports Day served as a strong reminder of the importance of a healthy and engaged workforce. It was a day where colleagues pushed each other to their limits and celebrated each other’s victories.

In the spirit of true sportsmanship, ABAP conducted this event to encourage sports as an active lifestyle amongst our employees which actually fosters better teamwork and employee engagement which proved that success is sweeter when shared.

ABA Holding Head Office hosts successful Sports Day 2024

On February 13, 2024, Ali Bin Ali Holding (Head Office Support Function) organized a thrilling sports day event at Al Dana Garden, Sharq Village and Spa in Doha, Qatar to promote sports and wellness. The event, under the theme, “Celebrate Sports, Celebrate Life,” saw a total of 350 attendees, including employees and their family members, come together for a day filled with sports and fun activities.

Welcoming attendees to the event, the Group Chief Finance Officer, Mr. Iftekhar Ahmad, stated that the ABA Sports Day was an essential annual event that not only fostered team spirit and camaraderie within the company, but also promotes a healthy lifestyle and work-life balance for the employees.

The sports event featured a variety of games and obstacles designed to cater to guests of all ages and genders. For the adults, games such as the obstacle race, triathlon, and beach volleyball were arranged to challenge them. Each department of the ABA head office was required to submit at least one team for each game, consisting of four members. These games tested participants’ endurance and teamwork skills, providing an exciting and competitive atmosphere. One of the captivating moments of the event was a session of boot camp exercises that explored members’ cardio strength and resilience.

Teenagers enjoyed games like gladiator jostling, zorb ball competitions, relays, and grass surfing, among others. While the little children were entertained with bouncy castles, face painting, and mini-interactive games. In every activity, contestants had the opportunity to win a range of prizes from duty-free vouchers, home appliances, beauty products, to shopping vouchers. All in all, the event was filled with positive energy and provided a great opportunity for a day full of jubilation.

At the conclusion of the sports day event, the long-awaited raffle draw took place, exciting participants as they eagerly awaited the results. The draw was split into two segments: the initial draw which had a variety of awards and the grand raffle that featured a coveted duty-free voucher worth QAR. 3,000.

Sports Day encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and participate in various sports and recreational activities, emphasizing the importance of physical fitness and well-being. Additionally, Sports Day in Qatar showcases the country’s commitment to sports and wellness, highlighting its dedication to promoting a culture of health and fitness. By celebrating Sports Day, Qatar reinforces the values of teamwork, perseverance, and sportsmanship, while also reinforcing its position as a global hub for sports and recreation.

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Timeless Elegance arrives: Roger Dubuis Boutique opens at Villaggio Mall, courtesy of ABA Luxury

Ali Bin Ali Luxury and Roger Dubuis, united by a long-standing legacy, proudly present the first Roger Dubuis Boutique in Qatar. Located in Villaggio Mall, conveniently near Gate 7, this art gallery-inspired space invites customers to experience Swiss craftsmanship like never before.

Roger Dubuis is the inventor of Hyper Horology™. Dedicated to their quest for uniqueness, Roger Dubuis Watches are known to surpass the norm. With highly admired complications and innovative mechanisms, the brand is very much coveted.

To mark the opening, a special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, attracting local dignitaries, media, and social media influencers in the presence of senior members from Ali Bin Ali Luxury and Roger Dubuis.

To celebrate Roger Dubuis’ game-changing spirit, two different spaces have been created in the boutique, providing the ultimate experience for clients to discover the Maison and its timepieces.

The main area stuns with sleek shapes and sharp lines, punctuated by Roger Dubuis’ signature elements. The iconic astral star, Mr. Dubuis’ personal favorite, shines from the central wall, echoing its presence in the Excalibur collection. A high counter crafted from concrete and gleaming chrome stands proud in the center, encircled by inviting high chairs.

Clients at the new boutique can explore the four distinct collections that define the Maison: the iconic Excalibur, a testament to exceptional mechanics and aesthetics; the Excalibur Spider, for those who crave the thrill of life’s fast lane; the hyper-exclusive Knights of the Round Table Métiers d’Art pieces, where watchmaking meets artistic mastery; and the Hyper-Watches, which are daring expressions of high complications and bold design.

Roger Dubuis at Villagio Mall is open from 9 am to 11 pm, Saturday to Thursday, and from 9 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 11 pm on Fridays.

International Agencies – Consumer Agencies earns recognition for top sales performance in lower Gulf region

International Agencies – Consumer Agencies (IA-CA), a subsidiary of Ali Bin Ali Holding’s FMCG division, and a leading distributor in the Gulf Region, has been recognized by Heinz for its outstanding achievements in 2023.

The company secured the highest recorded sales in its partnership history with Heinz, solidifying its position as a key player in the regional market.

The ceremony was held at Ali Bin Ali Tower on February 06, 2024, and included key figures like Mr. Wadih Kazan, ABA FMCG Chief Operating Officer, the newly appointed Mr. Deborshi Sarkar, Sales Director Heinz for Gulf and Exports, Mr. Mustafa Sarikaya, Commercial Director, Mr. Rashad Sultan, Business Development Manager, Mr. Selim El Hachem, Senior Division Manager, and Mr. Nassif Kanazeh.

“This remarkable accomplishment signifies the strong collaborative spirit and unwavering commitment between both teams. We are excited to build upon this success and continue delivering exceptional value to our partners and customers.” said Mr. Wadih Kazan, Chief Operating Officer, ABA FMCG.

This achievement comes after FIFA World Cup 2022, further emphasizing the resilience and adaptability of the IA-CA team. They successfully navigated a unique market environment while fostering a strong partnership with Heinz.

Looking ahead, IA-CA remains committed to exceeding expectations and delivering exceptional value to its partners and customers across the Gulf Region.

ABA Fashion and MACH & MACH host successful events in Doha with founders Nina and Gvantsa

Renowned brand MACH & MACH, in collaboration with Ali Bin Ali Fashion, organized an exclusive meet and greet event with the founders of MACH & MACH, Nina and Gvantsa Macharashvili. The event took place on February 1, 2024, at the prestigious Place Vendome Mall in Doha, marking the launch of the MACH & MACH pop-up store.

Fashion enthusiasts, brand supporters, members of the press, and the general public were in attendance, creating an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation. The event provided a unique opportunity for attendees to interact with the founders and gain insights into the brand’s vision and creative process.

Prior to the meet and greet event, on January 31, 2024, Nina and Gvantsa Macharashvili hosted a VIP dinner at Galeries Lafayette Doha’s La Suite Penthouse. This exclusive gathering brought together premium clients and representatives of Ali Bin Ali Holding. Influencers such as Rita Dahdah Fawaz, Sanaz, Noora Binta, Kaoutar Jay, Nadi Babiyak, and Seereenk were also invited to the dinner. The evening was dedicated to discussing the dynamic and ever-changing fashion market in Qatar and the Middle East, as well as exploring the numerous opportunities it presents.

The meet and greet event and VIP dinner showcased the commitment of MACH & MACH and Ali Bin Ali Fashion to fostering meaningful connections within the fashion industry, and presenting exquisite Italian craftsmanship that embodies elegance and sophistication to the Qatar market. By bringing together key stakeholders, the events facilitated engaging conversations and highlighted the brand’s dedication to innovation and excellence.

MACH & MACH’s pop-up store at Place Vendome Mall will serve as a hub for fashion enthusiasts and customers to explore the brand’s latest collections of luxury footwear and accessories, and experience their unique aesthetic firsthand.

For more information about MACH & MACH and their products, visit the pop-up store at Place Vendome which is open on Sunday to Wednesday from 10AM-11PM, and Thursday to Saturday from 10AM-12AM. You can also visit the website: