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.

Monoprix Qatar Announces A New Partnership with Qatar Airways Privilege Club

Members can enjoy collecting and spending Avios in 10 Monoprix outlets across Qatar that will form part of the Privilege Club Card-linked Offers platform

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways Privilege Club enhances its members’ daily experience by partnering with renowned hypermarket brand, Monoprix Qatar. Through the loyalty programme’s Card-liked Offers platform, members can now collect and spend their Avios on their purchases when shopping at any of the 7 Monoprix and 3 Monop stores in Qatar using the debit or credit card they have linked to their membership account.

Through Card Linked Offers, Privilege Club members can choose to spend their Avios on a wide variety of benefits which include award flights and upgrades, hotel stays, car rentals, or while shopping and dining at over 600 locations participating in the Card Linked Offers platform and at Qatar Duty Free.

“Monoprix Qatar is excited to be the only hypermarket partner of the Qatar Airways Privilege Club. This new partnership between our two companies will benefit Privilege Club members by offering them more ways to earn and redeem rewards, more personalized experiences, and a wider range of products and services.”, added Sébastien Farhat, Chief Operating Officer, Ali Bin Ali Consumer & Hi-Tech Retail.

Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Thierry Antinori, said: “As Qatar Airways’ frequent flyer programme continues to evolve, we strive to find partners that align with Privilege Club’s commitment to providing members with lifestyle-enhancing experiences. Joining forces with a renowned brand such as Monoprix will bring valuable benefits to our members as they will now have more collecting and spending opportunities in their everyday shopping at one of the best hypermarkets in the country.”

Monoprix Qatar and Sheraton Grand Doha Partner to Hosts a Breast Cancer Awareness Session

Doha, Qatar – 23 October 2023 – Monoprix Qatar, a member of Ali Bin Ali Holding in association with Sheraton Grand Doha and West Bay Medicare successfully hosted an inspiring Breast Cancer Awareness event at the elegant Atrium Lounge in Sheraton. The event, which took place on Monday, October 23rd, brought together passionate advocates and supporters of the cause, reinforcing the importance of early detection and supporting the fight against breast cancer.

Dr. Dina from West Bay Medicare, a distinguished gynecologist with 12 years of expertise in the field, took the stage to enlighten the attendees about the critical role of early detection in the battle against breast cancer. Her compelling insights provided invaluable information to all present, emphasizing the significance of regular screenings and self-examinations in saving lives.

At the event, Monoprix, a dedicated supporter of the breast cancer cause, showcased its exclusive campaign to support the Qatar Cancer Society. As part of this initiative, Monoprix sells special pink bags with QAR20 donated for each bag to the Qatar Cancer Society to support their vital work in the fight against breast cancer.

To make the event even more memorable, Sheraton Grand Doha treated the participants to a delightful afternoon tea at the Atrium. Guests enjoyed a selection of delectable treats and refreshing beverages while engaging in meaningful conversations and sharing their experiences.

The event was a resounding success, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Monoprix, Sheraton Grand Doha, and West Bay Medicare. Together, they raised awareness about breast cancer and encouraged attendees to take proactive steps toward early detection, support patients, and contribute to the ongoing research. The breast cancer awareness event at Atrium is a testament to the power of unity and the impact a community can have when it comes together for a vital cause.

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.

Pinktober Was All Smiles for Breast Cancer Awareness at 21 High Street

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.

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.

A Pinktober Pairing to Educate and Inspire

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.

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s HR Takes Giant Leap Forward with Launch of Path to Success and Succeed with Us

A More Simple, Efficient & Centralized Hiring and Onboarding Process

 BEFORE October 15th is not the same as AFTER October 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.