Galeries Lafayette celebrates children’s imagination at the Silly Monsters Mascot Event

Galeries Lafayette Doha, a renowned retail destination, hosted a delightful children’s fair at 21 High St. in Katara village, Doha from December 28 to 30, 2023. The event, centered around the Silly Monsters mascots, aimed to celebrate creativity, fun, and inspired arts and crafts activities.

The Silly Monsters campaign which began in October 2023, entailed imaginative drawing submissions from children of Galeries Lafayette Doha employees, which were transformed into lovable mascots. The December event showcased the nine captivating mascots: Giggles, Chomper, Howler, Friendly the Fluffy Monster, The Playful Clumsy Yaya, Micaiah the Minion, Silly Saturn, Galerina, and Peekaboo.

To engage with the public, a vibrant parade was organized through the enchanting alley of 21 High st., where each child proudly marched alongside their mascot, captivating the crowds. At the end of the parade, a colossal photo booth, adorned with the Silly Monsters theme, allowed the public to capture memorable moments with the mascots and their creators.

Guests were also treated to one-on-one sessions with the talented mascot developers, who shared the stories behind their inventive creations and the inspiration that fueled their imaginative process.

The uniquely designed mascots, crafted by children and brought to life by Galeries Lafayette Doha, stole the spotlight with their playful characteristics and impressive dance moves, captivating the audience’s hearts.

In addition to the event’s festivities, guests had the opportunity to explore the diverse range of shops and boutiques within 21 High St., offering the finest selection of products in this outdoor shopping hub.

Galeries Lafayette Doha remains committed to fostering creativity and providing memorable experiences for children and families. The Silly Monsters mascot event exemplifies the boutique’s dedication to celebrating imagination and inspiring young minds.

Dohatna Innovative Distribution partners with Samsung to showcase an immersive space at 21 High st, Katara Cultural Village

Further strengthening their long-standing partnership, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Dohatna Innovative Distribution and Samsung Gulf Electronics joined hands to inaugurate an immersive experiential store in Doha’s Katara Cultural Village. Dohatna is the official partner of Samsung Mobile in Qatar.

Located in 21 High st – the ultimate outdoor shopping destination in Qatar, the new store is strategically positioned right opposite the main entrance of Galeries Lafayette Doha. It offers an exclusive space for visitors who wish to see all that is new and innovative in Mobiles, TVs, Home Appliances and Monitors.

The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Adel Ali Bin Ali, Chairman & President of Ali Bin Ali Holding, HE Lee Joon-Ho The ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Qatar, Mr. Doohee Lee, President of Samsung Gulf Electronics, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Business Head for Consumer Electronics Retail and Distribution Mr. Ganesh Mithra Parthajee and other top officials from Ali Bin Ali Holding and Samsung Qatar team.

The showroom brings a unique design element to tell Samsung’s product story across a highly immersive customer journey, which intuitively, brings visitors closer to the product depending on individual taste and preferences. The approach was one of seamlessness so that visitors may be guided by their personal needs and even explore opportunities of personalization, from the design to the very software display.

Across the store, customers get to see the latest innovations of Samsung Galaxy Mobiles & Wearables portfolio. Its highly ambitious products offering will exhibit the latest Galaxy S Series, including the Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23, marking a new era of Samsung Galaxy’s ultimate premium phone.

Softened by wooden slats, greenery and elegant accessories, The Frame and The Serif, both part of Samsung’s Lifestyle TV line-up, are showcased on a separate wall to help customers re-imagine their living rooms.

A must-see for visitors is the dedicated SmartThings space, featuring multiple day-to-day scenarios of connected device experiences, such as Gaming and Work from Home.  In addition, customers can see up-close and personal Samsung’s latest home appliances, including The Air Dresser, Bespoke Jet, and Bespoke Refrigerators.

 

ABA Medical signs an exclusive distributor agreement with Zimmer Biomet

On February 05, 2023 Ali Bin Ali Medical signed an exclusive agreement with Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZBH), one of the three largest orthopedic device companies in the world, as its new distributor in the State of Qatar.

The signing ceremony took place during Arab Health in Dubai, in the presence of various officials from Zimmer Biomet including: Mr. Wilfred Van Zuilen, the President of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Mr. Erik Antos, the Vice President of EMEA Emerging Markets; Ms. Farah Hamdan, the General Manager of Middle East, North Africa and Turkey; and Mr. Ayman Harb, the Sales Associate Director of EMEA. Other executives from Ali Bin Ali Medical who graced the event were: Mr. Monzer Abdel Samad, the General Manager; Ms. Rawia Amineddine, the Operations Manager; and Mr. Majid Haddadi, the Business Unit Manager. This agreement is set to transform patient experience in Qatar through access to Zimmer Biomet’s innovative cutting-edge solutions, products, digital and robotic technologies.

During the announcement of the new agreement, Ms. Hamdan was thrilled on the constant progress Zimmer Biomet has made. “It’s a transformative period in healthcare and the continued growth of Zimmer Biomet’s presence in the Middle East means we can help alleviate pain and improve the quality of life for even more people – and that is our ultimate mission,” said Ms. Hamdan.

Mr. Abdel Samad expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership between the two companies and how it will elevate access to quality healthcare and products for the people of Qatar and the Middle East. “We are proud to reinforce our acumen in the Qatar market. This new partnership will strengthen our presence even further,” noted Abdel Samad.

The new agreement is part of ABA Medical’s holistic vision and milestone of growing its product portfolio, and being the lead and premier importer and distributor of world-class medical equipment. The Middle East and Africa region continues to be an important platform for both companies, in the field of healthcare.

ABA Beverages becomes the exclusive soft drink & water partner for Lusail Winter Wonderland

Ali Bin Ali Beverages, the sole manufacturer of Pepsi products in Qatar, has signed an agreement with Estithmar Holding to become the exclusive soft drink and water partner of Lusail Winter Wonderland. The newly realized partnership between the two entities will bridge the gap between supplier and buyer by providing direct access to Pepsi’s quality products, assuring reliability of supplied products, and ensuring a continuous supply of products.

Speaking during the signage, Mr. Marc Karam, the General Manager of Ali Bin Ali Beverages, shared ABA Beverages’ enthusiasm for the new arrangement between the two companies. “We are delighted to partner with Estithmar Holding for Lusail Winter Wonderland, the world-class creator of moments together and memories forever, who are bringing unique magical family experiences to Qatar. There is no better match for us than Lusail Winter Wonderland. We will, together, further contribute to the billion smiles a day PepsiCo puts on the faces of consumers worldwide with our wide range of snacks and beverages, as well as the amazing rides and activities found on Al Maha Island,” Mr. Karam stated.

Mr. Karam pointed that the new development was important in realizing Qatar’s Vision 2030 of promoting sustainability through environmentally responsible choices such as using recycled PET Aquafina water bottles, which ABA Beverages produces.

At the formalization of the contract, Mr. Henrik Christiansen, the Chief Executive Officer of Estithmar Holding, explained that the addition of Pepsi as one of the theme park sponsors further enhances the visitor experience in ensuring that a range of Pepsi products are available across the park for visitors to enjoy during their visit. “We are pleased to welcome Pepsi as our exclusive soft drink partner of Lusail Winter Wonderland. The unique attraction has become a must-visit spot and the place to be for families and communities in Qatar. Ultimately, our aim is to contribute to a lasting legacy in support of the national strategy for tourism in Qatar.”

Lusail Winter Wonderland is the latest entertainment hotspot located on Al Maha Island. The exceptional theme park by Estithmar Ventures, a subsidiary of Estithmar Holding, collaborates with international brands to bring unique experience to Qatar. The 100,000-square-metre state-of-the-art theme park features exciting branded amusement rides such as Ooredoo 5G Rollercoaster, a giant 53-meter Ferris Wheel named Ain QNB, the first outdoor Ice Rink in the region – Tazaloj Al Rayan, the Doha Bank View, the Qatar Airways Festive Forest in addition to the Snow Slope, Arctic Splash, Snow Rockets, Octo-Jet and more. Lusail Winter Wonderland offers an array of entertainment concepts and fun-filled activities that are age appropriate for various groups – children, teenagers, adults and families.

ABA Contracting’s design innovation transforms hospital into a healing abode

Successfully delivering another esteemed project, Ali Bin Ali Contracting completed designing PHIMedcare, which aims to develop the medical industry in the country by providing optimal solutions for business development and by offering medical assistance to healthcare facilities.

The scope of this project for ABA Contracting encompassed both full design and fit-out execution, featuring modern design elements and the latest technologies to enhance patient care and experience. This was all strategically worked on from March to October 2022 and efficiently delivered on time.

This achievement marks a significant milestone in the company’s growth with external clients. It also highlights the efforts made by the project team to work closely with hospital staff to tailor the fit-out works to meet the specific needs and requirements of the hospital.

As experienced construction experts, ABA Contracting understands the unique needs of the healthcare industry and strives to work flexibly and efficiently to create modern and functional health environments. Contributing to such a high-profile project has opened a new opportunity for Ali Bin Ali Contracting in the medical field in the local market.

Speaking about successfully completing the project, General Manager of ABA Contracting Ms. Riham Monawar said: “At Ali Bin Ali Contracting, we pride ourselves on our ability to establish strong relationships with our clients and on our ability to create such spaces. We are proud of the successful completion of PHIMedcare, which is a testament to our commitment to delivering high-quality projects and 5-star customer service. We have a team of professionals that have the experience, knowledge and skills to deliver outstanding projects. As a reputable contracting company, we are always looking for new opportunities to apply our expertise and deliver top-quality projects.”

As an expert contractor, Ali Bin Ali Contracting has a distinct identity that sets it apart from the rest. Specializing in design, construction and fit-out services, ABA Contracting provides clients with a full range of solutions covering every phase of the project, ensuring that the final outcome exceeds our clients’ expectations.

Ali Bin Ali Fashion opens ELIE SAAB boutique in 21 High st, Katara Cultural Village

The ELIE SAAB universe continues its expansion with a new boutique opening in Qatar in collaboration with Ali Bin Ali Fashion. The store is located in Doha’s Katara Cultural Village at 21 High st – Qatar’s fashion hub –– facing the main entrance of Galeries Lafayette Doha. This strategic move comes at a time when the region, and Qatar in particular, is becoming a major travel destination.

Elie Saab Jr, CEO of ELIE SAAB Group says: “Opening a Doha boutique cements our regional influence and our mission to personally cater to our diverse clientele. Qatar has quickly become a global terminus and an imperative fashion location, which is why we have strategically partnered with the country’s leading luxury fashion reference, Ali Bin Ali Fashion, with whom we have a very long-standing relationship, in order to optimize our reach as we continue to expand the ELIE SAAB universe.”

The sophisticated boutique is ready to welcome visitors and fashion aficionados to immerse in its modern and elegant atmosphere. Exquisitely designed, the store showcases the ELIE SAAB Maison line while also highlighting the brand’s signature aesthetic with soft femininity and enduring allure. Visitors are welcomed through proud Roman columns into an expansive 340sqm-interior elevated with warm wood and lavish marble. The new showroom features Ready-to-Wear collections, a dedicated kids’ area, a private bridal salon and VIP wing to cater to our varied clientele.

Regarding the new collaboration, Mr. Kevin Gerard Pender, General Manager of Ali Bin Ali Fashion, said: “We are proud that ELIE SAAB is now a part of Ali Bin Ali Fashion. This collaboration yet again allows us to support our vision of bringing the best of international fashion to Qatar. I am sure that together, ELIE SAAB and Ali Bin Ali Fashion will offer enticing designs to satisfy the refined taste of our clients.” 

 ELIE SAAB Boutique in Doha is designed to expand the brand’s presence in the region and provide a more personalized shopping experience that meets the needs of loyal clientele. With flagship stores in Paris, Beirut, New York, London and the UAE, ELIE SAAB continues to expand a vision for more meaningful connections by launching additional global boutiques in the near future.

Galeries Lafayette Doha inaugurates first-ever Ritz Paris boutique

In yet another milestone for the brand, Galeries Lafayette Doha inaugurated the first-ever Ritz Paris international boutique on October 9, 2022. It was an ideal occasion to reveal iconic objects and star products from the legendary Place Vendôme hotel, such as collectible porcelain tableware designed for the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant, emblematic tulip lamps and celebrated peach-hued peignoirs.

The official inauguration was followed by a VIP event on October 18 to celebrate the launch of the boutique. The exclusive reception was hosted at the Galeries Lafayette La Suite Penthouse where the décor was enhanced with merchandise and decorative elements from Ritz Paris. Live jazz music and Ritz Paris’ signature mocktail drinks set the perfect tone for the occasion.

Present at the event were Ambassador of France to Qatar H E Jean-Baptiste Faivre, Board Member of Ritz Paris Ms. Natalie Bader, who spearheaded this project, and Head of Strategy & Operations of Galeries Lafayette Doha Ms. Al Ghalia Ali Bin Ali.

Located on the ground floor of the French Department Store, the Ritz corner shop offers a complete universe of different categories of products, expressing the style of the Ritz, its magnificence, its soul, and the symbol of the French art of living.

Complementing the boutique, a pop-up corner right at the main entrance of Galeries Lafayette Doha has also been set up to mark the launch. Enchanting and playful, the entrance with hot air balloon baskets symbolizes the joy of travel. The pop-up will be stationed at Galeries Lafayette till October 31.

The boutique expresses all the spirit of the Ritz Paris through its architecture, colors and ambiance. It reprises the essence of the hotel’s illuminations, arcades, moldings, play of mirrors and incomparable 18th-century style with a fresh energy.

Customers are greeted in a retail environment conceived like a dining room and a dressing area, comprising six dedicated spaces: the art of entertaining, home and bath linens, fragrances, gifts and decorative objects, games and accessories, and the brand-new Frame x Ritz Paris fashion capsule collection. The boutique also offers several custom services, such as personalized embroidery — an excellent opportunity to treat others, or oneself, to a little magic of the Ritz Paris.

“More than a hotel, the Ritz Paris today is an iconic, brilliant, vibrant lifestyle that intends to shine all around the world through its products and services. This Doha boutique was designed for all those who love the Ritz Paris, but also and above all for those who dream of discovering it and sharing in a little piece of the legend and French art de vivre,” said Ms. Natalie Bader.

Speaking about the latest partnership, Ms. AlGhalia Nabeel Ali Bin Ali said, “At Galeries Lafayette Doha, we always look to collaborate with iconic and international brands to bring an exclusive experience for the people in Qatar. With the new Ritz Paris Boutique, our clients can enjoy the brand’s exclusive range of products which truly captures the essence of French ‘Art de vivre’, allowing them to experience the refinement of one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.”

Café Pouchkine hosts Breast Cancer awareness workshop

On the occasion of the breast cancer awareness month on October 2022, Café Pouchkine at Galeries Lafayette, Doha, in partnership with the Qatar Cancer Society, hosted a 2-hour breast cancer awareness workshop on October 16, 2022. The invite-only workshop, attended by forty women from different sectors, educated participants about the disease, how best to tackle it and how to support cancer victims.

The all-pink event was graced by two breast cancer survivors, who gracefully shared their journey towards recovery. In the discussions, it was mentioned that everyone in the society has a role in fighting cancer. The survivors pointed that due to their relapse and experience, they have taken an active role in educating humanity on breast cancer.

In her presentation, the speaker of the event, Ms. Heba Nassar, emphasized the need to be proactive in order to detect the disease early and effectively treat it. “Information and early detection saves lives,” Ms. Nassar added. She continued that breast cancer, just like and cancer and disease should not be outlawed, instead the community should look for a way to curb the spread of the disease. She informed participants that currently there are support groups across the world that counsel the infected.

During the event, participants enjoyed pink afternoon tea prepared by Café Pouchkine. Similarly, giveaways of macaron boxes, coupled with pink beauty products from Galeries Lafayette, and complimentary breast cancer screening vouchers were handed out to all the participants.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer type, accounting for 1 in 8 cancer diagnoses worldwide. Thus, October is the month designated for Breast Cancer Awareness globally. Café Pouchkine takes this opportunity as a social responsibility to educate its audience and customers on the importance of health mindfulness. In this era, technology and advancement in medicine has enabled humanity to address cancer. As with all cancers, the chances of successful treatment are vastly improved the earlier it is caught. We must play our role in accessing information, tools such as screening services and medication that can help us live a better and dignified life.

Popular global brand Wagamama opens third restaurant in Doha

In a memorable opening on October 16, 2022 at Doha’s Place Vendôme, Ali Bin Ali Hospitality opened its third outlet for Wagamama restaurant, one of the global brands it stewards in Qatar.

In his statement during the launch, Ali Bin Ali Hospitality Group General Manager, Mr. Bassel Salim Ammar, noted that he was thrilled about the opening of the new eatery. “Vendôme is one of Qatar’s best-known and luxurious shopping centers, and therefore a perfect choice for opening the new outlet,” he said. He added that the ambiance of the new location only adds to the allure of the restaurant and it is expected for more customers to visit.

The story of Wagamama began in early 1992 with the opening of the very first restaurant in London’s Bloomsbury, which was inspired by traditional Japanese noodle bars and Asian inspired flavors. In Qatar, the brand has captured the attention of its guests with its exciting and inclusive casual dining experience with a stylish and contemporary setting.

The new Wagamama restaurant promises unique experiences for diners as it offers exclusive menus, set-up, and ambiance, among other exquisite features that resonate with the Place Vendôme. The Place Vendôme is one of Qatar’s lavish malls that exudes grandeur and style.

The new branch reaffirms the restaurant’s continued dominance and popularity among food enthusiasts, who seek memorable experience with their most desired cuisines. The new joint will continue to reinforce Wagamama’s philosophy of a “positive eating and positing living” for all.

Ali Bin Ali Holding launches ‘SNAN’ Food Hall at 21 High st – Katara

Once again offering a unique experience for the people of Qatar, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Market Hall division has launched ‘SNAN’ Food Hall at 21 High st in Katara Cultural Village.

‘SNAN’ Food Hall was inaugurated on August 1, 2022 by General Manager of Katara Cultural Village, His Excellency Professor Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti and General Manager of Market Hall Mr. Sebastian Farhat. Also present were senior staff of Ali Bin Ali Holding and Katara Cultural Village in addition to members of local media, bloggers and social media influencers.

Built around the globally renowned Food Hall approach, ‘SNAN’ means ‘the tip of the spear’ in Arabic; therefore, ‘SNAN’ Food Hall’s goal is to be at the forefront of any high-end retail food shop in Qatar.

Located right on the main street of 21 High st, along the same line as Galeries Lafayette Doha’s main entrance, ‘SNAN’ is a high-end multi-functional Food Hall with a  truly eclectic European-styled look which blends perfectly well with the classy grandeur of 21 High st.

The building that houses ‘SNAN’ Food Hall is made of wrought iron and glass with a stunning interior. At the very center of the hall is a beautiful grand staircase with wrought iron railings that lead to a separate area upstairs. The colorful mosaic-tiled ceiling exudes luxury and elegance, and gives you a feeling of being in Victorian Europe.

Complemented by exclusive customer service, ‘SNAN’ offers an extensive, high-quality product range sourced from across the world. The retail gourmet section at ‘SNAN’ Food Hall is located on the ground floor with a wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetable. The hall also houses the best premium Colombian coffee house – Juan Valdez, the original Belgium chocolate boutique – Neuhaus and a flower shop.

Offering some delightful gastronomical treats, the elaborate dining space is located on the first floor of the building and consists of a pizzeria and as well as a grill/roastery.

Additionally, ‘SNAN’ Food Hall offers a full bakery and pastry section with the most delicious baguettes, croissants, bread, cakes and more. A dedicated gourmet cheese section that will tempt the taste buds of every cheese lover, and a full Deli with salads, olives, cold cuts, add to ‘SNAN’s’ appeal, making it a must-visit location for Qatar’s cosmopolitan shoppers.

Speaking about the new addition to the Cultural Village, General Manager of Katara Cultural Village , His Excellency Professor Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti said: “Katara Cultural Village is all about showcasing diverse cultures and we are happy to welcome a European styled ‘food hall’ in our premises. ‘SNAN’, with all its grandeur, merges originally with the landscape of Katara – most multidimensional cultural project of Qatar.”

Commenting on the launch, the General Manager of Market Hall Mr. Sebastian Farhat said, “We are proud to launch ‘SNAN’ Food Hall and introduce it as a place that is bursting with flavors from around the world. ‘SNAN’ Food Hall is tipped to be a showcase of all things seasonal and delicious with quality brands and products curated to satisfy the discerning tastes of shoppers. We have ensured that ‘SNAN’ is surrounded by the stunning architecture of 21 High st and nestled within the confines of Katara Cultural Village. That is why we can promise that ‘SNAN’ will deliver far more than a typical shopping experience.”