Galeries Lafayette Doha wins at the prestigious Qatar Tourism Awards

On November 9, 2023 Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha joined other distinguished individuals and businesses at the 2023 Qatar Tourism Awards, in being awarded for its outstanding contribution to Qatar, specifically in the retail industry.

The tourism awards, which was held at Raffles Doha, was launched by Qatar Tourism, in partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The event celebrated the exceptional accomplishments of various organizations and individuals in elevating the excellence and distinctiveness of the Qatar visitor experience. The occasion was graced by H.E. Saad Bin Ali Al Kharji, Chairman of Qatar Tourism, and Basmah Al-Mayman, Regional Director for the Middle East at UNTWO.

The inaugural Qatar Tourism Awards focused on three principal categories: Outstanding Service Excellence, Cultural Experiences and Smart Solutions. Out of the 15 slots in the Outstanding Service Excellence category, which examined contenders’ commitment to delivering quality service to visitors, Galeries Lafayette Doha won the Retail and Local Shops category.

Receiving the award on behalf of Galeries Lafayette Doha, the General Manager of Galeries Lafayette and Ali Bin Ali Fashion, Mr. Kevin Gerard Pender, explained that the tremendous achievement was a success for the Galeries Lafayette family and Ali Bin Ali Holding at large. “This recognition is a testament to Galeries Lafayette Doha’s hard work, dedication, and passion to fashion and style as the sought after shopping destination in Qatar. Our retail store is truly honored to be acknowledged among such talented competitors. This award serves as a motivation for us to continue striving for excellence and pushing the boundaries of our potential. As Galeries Lafayette Doha, we are grateful for the opportunities that have led us to this achievement and we look forward to further growth and success in the future,” stated Mr. Pender.

The Qatar Tourism Awards was truly a reflection of the broad and diverse nature of Qatar tourism sector, including culture, destinations, experiences, and hospitality. It was also a moment for the country to pay homage to the milestones it has achieved thus far. The event similarly recognized those leading the way in building a more innovative and sustainable tourism industry that is in line with Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030 of strengthen tourism, and the UNWTO’s key priorities in the sector.

Ali Bin Ali Fashion announces the opening of MACH & MACH pop-up at Place Vendôme Mall

Ali Bin Ali Fashion has announced the inauguration of the new MACH & MACH pop-up store at Place Vendôme Mall in Doha, Qatar on November 1, 2023. Although MACH & MACH was previously available at Ali Bin Ali’s Galeries Lafayette – Doha, this new standalone store marks the brand’s first independent boutique in Qatar. This significant achievement was made possible through an exclusive partnership between ABA Fashion and MACH & MACH, strengthening the brand’s presence in the region. With this new venture, ABA Fashion aims to infuse a sense of sophistication and glamour into Doha’s fashion landscape.

The brand was established in 2012 by sisters Nina and Gvantsa Macharashvili, and since then, they have consistently released seasonal collections. MACH & MACH’s global recognition has soared, captivating renowned celebrities across the world. With a contemporary and confident presence in the realm of fashion, MACH & MACH collections are known for their bold, edgy, and fresh designs, coupled with a playful spirit. The brand masterfully brings forth Georgian creativity and inspiration while manufacturing all its products in Italy. Each piece, often featuring signature shiny crystal details, is meticulously crafted to create a captivating appearance. One of their signature designs includes a high-heeled pump embellished with a cascading crystal bow, embodying the brand’s enchanting fairytale-inspired aesthetic.

The MACH & MACH pop-up store at Place Vendôme Mall offers an immersive shopping experience, showcasing the brand’s exquisite collection and granting fashion enthusiasts an opportunity to explore and indulge in their distinctive designs.

For further information on MACH & MACH and their latest collections, please visit the new MACH & MACH pop-up store located in the luxury section, ground floor at Place Vendôme Mall.

ABA General Sales Agency Cargo product seminar and roadshow

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.

ABA Holding and Qatar Cancer Society Join Forces for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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.

ABA FMCG conducts a strategy workshop for its employees

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.

Latest ‘Silly Monsters’ campaign takes over Galeries Lafayette – Doha

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 ABA Ali Code of Conduct

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:

Click on the link:

Kind regards,

Benjamin Anafi,
Senior Governance Officer-Head of GRC.

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Sports Gate Division Earns Coveted Great Place to Work® Certification

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.”

ABA Beverages Supports Doha International Basketball Championships

On September 25 – 30, 2023, ABA Beverages was privileged to be part of the sponsors for the Doha International Basketball Championships held at Al Gharafa Arena, Doha. The event, which was organized by Doha Active Sports, attracted 8 teams from across 7 countries: Al Zamalek from Egypt; Sagesse Sports Club Beirut from Lebanon; Meralco Bolts from Philippines; Fath Union Sports from Morocco; Diljah University Sports Club from Iraq; Beirut Club from Lebanon; Al Arabi SC from Kuwait; and Al Ahly from Libya.

As expected, the week-long league delivered moments of full excitement and entertainment to the 25,000 enthusiasts who attended various games and the thousands of fans from the competing countries, streaming the matches online or on TV.

The championships consisted of 19 games including elimination playoffs culminating to the finals which was played on October 1, 2023 between Beirut Club and Sagesse Sports Club Beirut both from Lebanon. In the captivating tussle, Beirut Club scored 90 points against its competitor and was crowned the 2023 Doha International Basketball Champion.

Expressing his gratitude, the General Manager of ABA Beverages, Mr. Marc Karam, expressed the company’s commitment to promoting sports initiatives and grow talent across all ages and gender. “We are delighted to be part of the team supporting the basketball championships and to be part of the community in Qatar that promotes the efforts of International Basketball Federation. Across the years, ABA Beverages has been supporting different sports initiatives within Qatar to increase our prominence and involvement in the games. By investing in sports, I believe our vibrant company promotes the quality of sports produced in the country and creates a positive image among fans, attendees, customers and the media,” said Mr. Karam.

The Doha International Basketball Championships is part of the holistic efforts of Qatar in promoting sports and culture in the country. It is also a build-up to the 2027 FIBA Basketball World Cup to be held in Qatar. This will be the 20th tournament of the FIBA Basketball World Cup for men’s national basketball teams.

ABA Beverages takes keen interest in giving back to the community by taking an active and positive social role in the activities around the people.

ABA Beverages recognized for its outstanding quality and food safety achievement

ABA Beverages, the leading player in the bottling industry in the State of Qatar, announced on August 29, 2023 that it had been honored with the prestigious Gold – Quality Excellence Award from PepsiCo International for the 2022 Annual Quality Excellence Awards. The award was in recognition of ABA Beverages’ achievement in scoring at the highest levels on the international Quality and Food Safety scale.

Receiving the Gold – Quality Excellence Award, the General Manager of ABA Beverages, Mr. Marc Karam, together with other members of the management team, explained that this achievement was the result of a sustained and passionate commitment to ambitious quality and food safety targets the team set themselves over the last few years.

“ABA Beverages has recently been achieving Silver Rating Award, almost every year. This is a significant achievement for a 43-year-old plant. We earned the Gold Standard Award after 18 years waiting, since ABA Beverages won it last. I have no doubt that this winning team is able to sustain the Blue Rating in Quality and Food Safety in the coming year as well, and by doing so, earning the Gold Standard Award again,” noted Mr. Karam.

Every year, PepsiCo International gives special recognition to bottling companies worldwide that have impeccable ratings on Quality and Food Safety Standards. In this process, Pepsi picks up market samples, every month, through a third party certified operator. These samples are tested at Pepsi labs in Ireland and China. Based on the test results versus standard requirements, Pepsi then categorizes the results with color codes; the highest being Blue, followed by Green, Orange and Red. Blue has the highest rating parameter of 100%, which ABA Beverages attained in 2022.

Apart from this, the bottling companies undergo impromptu Quality and Food Safety Audit, conducted by AIB International, a third party Audit Company appointed by PepsiCo International. Out of a maximum score of 1,000 points, ABA Beverages scored 925 points in the same year to win the Gold – Quality Excellence Award.

The Gold – Quality Excellence Award is only awarded to companies that have excelled in both the AIB Audit and achieved the BLUE code in the monthly sampling. Other ratings include the Silver and Bronze awards. For perspective, out of a total of more than 260 bottling sites in Africa, Middle East and Asia, only 20 were awarded the Gold distinction for year 2022.

ABA Beverages will continue to strive for excellence and ensure the highest quality production in its state-of-the-art factory whilst sparing no effort to achieve the environmental sustainability goals and contributing to the circular economy in Qatar.