Ali Bin Ali Holding organizes blood donation drive for employees

Celebrating June 14, World Blood Donor Day and highlighting the importance of blood donation for the community, Ali Bin Ali Holding organized a blood donation campaign with the slogan ‘Be a hero. Be a blood donor’.

Organized in association with Hamad Medical Corporation, the camp was first stationed at the ABA Head Office on June 12 and 13, while the Group’s other offices at 21 High st, DLP, ABA Beverages and IA/PCP were covered in the following week, from June 19 to 22.

Proud to have added to its corporate social responsibility initiatives, ABA Holding showcased how each drop of blood can save a life and that each blood donor is a hero. The campaign was a great opportunity for all employees of the Group to participate in the donation drive and give the gift of life to someone.

Ali Bin Ali Holding staff have always come forward for all social causes and it was with the same generosity that they participated in the blood donation drive. The whole-hearted engagement of staff members of all grades and nationalities symbolized their support for this noble cause.

The camps at all the locations witnessed the participation of not only the respective divisions, but employees from other divisions also visited to make their contribution.

Speaking about the initiative, ABA Group Corporate Communications Manager Mr. Imad Hashim said: “Ali Bin Ali Holding’s employees have always come forward and supported the Group CSR campaigns and I am once again very happy with the response the blood donation camp has evoked.”

Research has shown that every 2 seconds someone is in need of blood. Statistics have also proven that donors can save 3 lives by just donating 1 pint of blood, which amounts to 450 ml. Thus, donors are always in constant demand in Qatar and all around the world. Ali Bin Ali Holding is proud to have done its humble bit to help those in need of blood.

 

Dohatna inaugurates Qatar’s largest Samsung outlet at Place Vendome Mall

Expanding the presence of Samsung Electronics outlets in Qatar, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Dohatna Innovative Distribution has launched the sixth Dohatna Samsung outlet in Doha. The new store at the luxurious Place Vendome Mall was ceremoniously inaugurated on June 22, 2022, by the Chairman & President of Ali Bin Ali Holding, Mr. Adel Ali Bin Ali.

Also present at the event were Managing Director of Samsung – Qatar Branch – Mr. Yong Jae Lee, General Manager of Dohatna Innovative Distribution Mr. Mohammad Imran and Division Manager of Dohatna Retail Consumer Electronics Mr. Ganesh Mithra Parthajee, VIP guests, members of the local media.

Located on the first floor of the latest luxury destination of Qatar, the new Dohatna Samsung showroom is centrally placed. The 205sqm showroom is the biggest Samsung showroom in Qatar with the largest display area among all Samsung stores in the country. It offers the best customer experience, complemented by well-informed and friendly staff.

The new Samsung store was opened to the public with a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony following which the guests got a chance to experience the store and the Samsung products offered there. Refreshments and canapes were passed around to add to the celebration.

The new outlet has the full brand line-up of Samsung mobile phones, tablets and accessories and is sure to become a favorite among Samsung loyalists. On the occasion of the launch, the new Dohatna Samsung Electronics outlet will be giving out freebies and offering some exclusive promotions on selected items.

Speaking at the launch event, Mr. Adel Ali Bin Ali said: “Ali Bin Ali Holding is proud of its long-standing association with Samsung Gulf Electronics. Samsung offers some of the best digital solutions in the market and we are glad that we collaborate with them to bring that to the people of Qatar. This is the sixth Dohatna Samsung outlet in Qatar and we look forward to strengthening our ties and expanding the brand’s presence together.”

ABA Finance Department celebrates Group CFO Internal Control Excellence Award

Celebrating the hard work and dedication of the teams, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Finance Department organized the Group CFO Internal Control Excellence Award quarter one on June 21, 2022 at The Concorde Hotel. Participating in the competition were the entities under General Manager – Finance, Mr. Adnan Suleiman.

Galeries Lafayette, ABA Fashion, DID, PDTC, ABATS, ABA Contracting, Golden Lands and Albina Snacks were the companies in the running for the big recognition. An ‘Internal Control Checklist’ was established for the purpose of evaluation to determine the winning team. The teams were reviewed and awarded points against each criterion.

Present at the award ceremony was Group CFO Mr. Iftekhar Ahmad, GM-Finance Mr. Adnan Suleiman, Group General Manager – Finance Mr. Ganesh P.K., General Manager – FSS Mr. Shakil Maruf, Financial Controllers Mr. Mathew N. Thomas and John Cyriac, Group Treasury Manager Mr. M.F. Ismail, Audit Manager Mr. Kamal Uddin Gazi Jishan, General Manager of ABATS Mr. Rami Majed Ammari, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette & ABA Fashion Mr. Kevin Gerard Pender, Acting General Manager of ABA Contracting Mrs. Riham Monawar and General Manager of DID & PDTC Mr. Mohammad Imran and their respective Finance Teams.

Mr. Adnan welcomed everyone and gave a short introduction about the Group CFO Internal Control Excellence Award. He cited “Internal Control is a process geared to achieve business objectives such as financial, operational, compliance objectives and these are effected by people at all levels – C Suite, Senior Management, Management, Finance, Operations, Supply Chain, and more”.

The award ceremony was preceded by a presentation by Mr. Kamal explaining the procedure of evaluation using efficiency index and selecting the winner of the award. Finally, the leaderboard was announced. ABATS, DID, and ABA Contracting were the top three Finalists, and the grand winner of the Group CFO Internal Control Excellence Award 2022 Quarter One was ABATS.

The champions trophy was received by the General Manger of ABATS Mr. Rami and the team members of ABATS and Finance Shared Services– Mohamed Elshehawi, Shaleh Md. Mridha, Dian Marhali, Samuel Brian Mwangi Wanjiru, Mahamed Wari, Muhammad Tahir, Kazi Hasnat and Mamoud Fawzi Al Habet – were awarded with certificates and a token of appreciation.

Congratulating the ABATS team, Mr. Iftekhar said: “We are glad to have re-started the Finance recognition programs after we had to pause due to the Blockade and COVID-19 pandemic. We plan to expand this for the entire Group soon. I want to thank Adnan for the initiative and thanks to all for their dedication towards their work and towards ABA Holding.”

Ali Bin Ali Luxury supports Dreama with Ramadan special donation

In line with the Group’s corporate social responsibility, Ali Bin Ali Luxury once again came forward to support Dreama by arranging a Ramadan special donation for the Orphans Care Center. This is for the 9th year in a row that ABA Luxury donated 5% of its turnover during The Holy Month of Ramadan to Dreama. The collected amount for this year was handed over to Dreama on June 20, 2022.

ABA Luxury has always considered its role to support the community to be very important and stressed on corporate cooperation to achieve the goals and mission and give back to the society. The donation for Dreama will help facilitate necessary care for the targeted categories in Qatar, and achieve their stability in alternative foster families to integrate them into society.

Mrs. Al-Anoud Hassan Darwish, Acting Executive Director of Dreama – Orphan Care Center thanked and appreciated Ali Bin Ali Luxury for their support to Dreama, and stressed the importance of the company’s continuous efforts to sponsor community and development initiatives, and added that this initiative reflects their commitment to supporting orphans Over the past years and their continued support for this year.

Speaking about the donation drive, COO of ABA Luxury Mr. Awn Zureikat said: “We are pleased to be a long term partner of Dreama in their noble cause. ABA Luxury is always keen to support endeavors that benefit the society. The efforts of Dreama – Orphan Care Center to improve the lives of orphans in Qatar deserve our support.”

The Orphan Care Center (Dreama) was established under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser. The Center was inaugurated on 10th of June 2002 and started its services effectively after Her Highness’s inauguration of the Dreama Complex on May 2, 2007. The Center is operating under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Social Work since 2013.

Ali Bin Ali Holding organizes Cyber Security Awareness Session

Continuing its long-standing efforts to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and in view of the increasing threat of cyber-attacks on individuals as well corporations, ABA Holding decided to organize intensive Cybersecurity Awareness Sessions.

The ‘Don’t get hooked!’ workshop focused on educating senior management and division nominated Information Security (IS) Champions about the increasing cybersecurity concerns. From the title to the branding elements used in the event, everything revolved around the theme of threats in the cyber world.  The session was part of a larger campaign that started way back in 2018 with the plan to extend the knowledge to the entire Group.

Cybersecurity globally is not seen any more as the sole responsibility of the IT Department, it is a corporate responsibility. Treating it as a Group initiative, ABA IT, ABA HR, ABA Internal Audit and Finance Departments joined hands to organize the awareness event. Subject Matter Experts (SME) from Barikat, a partner of Ali Bin Ali Technology Solutions (ABATS), was invited to deliver the specially curated sessions and explain the potential cyber threats and the ways to combat them.

The two-day event, which was divided into 3 sessions, was held on June 14 and 15, 2022, at the La Cigale Hotel. While the first session on Day 1 was attended by General Managers and members of the ABA Operating Board, the second session on the same day was for the Finance Managers from different ABA divisions. The solo session on Day 2 was held for IS Champions selected from different ABA divisions.

The event was launched by the Chief Operating Officer of ICT Mr. Mohamad A. Ebrik and Group General Manager Human Resources Mr. Aldrine Austine Fernandez.

Mr. Ebrik’s Opening statements highlighted the need to identify and always be aware of the sensitivity of business information. “It is the time for cultural change. ABA divisions shall look at cybersecurity as a business risk. In the light of FIFA-2022, it is time for us to be more cautious, more precise in identifying our needs toward the business operations.” he said.

Mr. Aldrine continued to highlight the seriousness of the matter and said: “Cybersecurity is of primary importance for business houses and individuals alike. We can’t even imagine how susceptible we all are to phishing emails and hacking tricks. We constantly need to keep ourselves updated about the latest hacking trends and the ways to avoid falling prey to them.”

After a short introduction, Mr. Emre Camalan (SME) from the Barikat Turkey team began his educative and informative presentation that covered all aspects of cyber threats, awareness and security. Constant interaction with the attendees made the session engaging.

The presentation was perfectly complemented by a simulation by members of the HR, IT and Internal Audit teams, exposing how hackers can easily blend with our system and extract our very personal details, using the same to hack our personal and company accounts. It was a perfect and fun way to pass on the critical massage about cyber safety.

The intensive presentation was concluded with a question and answer session and the participation and active interaction of the audience reflected the success of the event.

Ali Bin Ali Luxury dazzles at the 18th edition of Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition 2022

Once again, Ali Bin Ali Luxury dazzled at the 2022 Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition (DJWE). The precious journey to the heart of glamor unfolded at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center from the 9th till the 14th May 2022. The show was a grand success with jewelry lovers gathering to experience the special occasion and witness an outstanding array of high-end merchandise.

The exhibition has had great importance and a special meaning for Ali Bin Ali Luxury ever since it opened its doors 18 years ago. Ali Bin Ali Luxury pavilion proudly housed niche jewellery brands from around the globe displaying their finest creations.

Exhibition-goers from around Qatar as well as international visitors who visited ABA Luxury’s pavilion had the opportunity to enjoy fine timepieces, exquisite jewelry, classical writing instruments and sophisticated accessories.

Speaking about Ali Bin Ali Luxury’s participation in the region’s biggest watches and jewelry exhibition, Chief Operating Officer of Ali Bin Ali Luxury Mr. Awn Zureikat said: “Ali Bin Ali Luxury is proud of its association with DJWE where exclusivity, art and unique craftsmanship come together to tell an unforgettable experience. Over the years, DJWE has solidified its position as one of the most important events in the region and we are proud to be a part of this success story from its inception.”

Ali Bin Ali Luxury continued to build on the success of the previous years to unveil an exquisite range of new and unique designs at this year’s fair. Apart from the old favorites, new brands like Robert Procop jewelry from USA and Purnell watches from Switzerland were featured at this year’s exhibition.

Other brands that Ali Bin Ali Luxury exhibited at this year’s event were: Arnold & Son, AS29, Audemars Piguet, Baume et Mercier, Buccellati, Cartier, Damiani, David Morris, Garrard, Gilan, Gorgoglione, Graff, Graham,  Hulchi Belluni, HYT, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lalaounis, Leo Pizzo, Marco Valente, Messika, Mikimoto, Montblanc, Panerai, Piaget, Pomellato, Prologue, Ralph Lauren, RCM, Repossi, RF Jewelry, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Schreiner, Shamballa, Stenzhorn, Ulysse Nardin, Van Cleef & Arpels and Verdi.

Ali Bin Ali Technology Solutions and Balador sign strategic partnership

Ali Bin Ali Technology Solutions (ABATS) and Balador have signed a strategic partnership aimed at activating the Balador electronic platform for all public and private sector organizations in Qatar.

Balador’s agreement with ABATS will elevate the customer flow experience to new heights, making the customer journey completely digital through this exclusive representation in Qatar by Ali Bin Ali Technology Solutions.

Balador is an intelligent cloud-based customer flow management tool that takes queuing from physical to virtual. It simply revolutionizes the way businesses provide their services and how they manage their customers’ journey by making queues a thing of the past.

This multi-tenant platform lists service providers, from both the public and private sectors, along with the branch names, services provided, locations, working hours and estimated waiting times based on proximity and availability. This allows the end user to book a ticket for the needed service or appointment without having to call, wait or queue for it; as well as rate their experience through star ratings and or text/voice messages.

All this translates into better time management for the public, avoiding crowding at business locations, and reducing pressure on customer-facing employees, thus increasing efficiency, productivity and customer satisfaction.

The signing of the agreement marked a commitment, from both parties, to cooperate in the field of information technology and digital transformation through the introduction of the Balador platform in Qatar.

The memorandum of understanding was signed on the sidelines of Smart City Expo Doha 2022, which was held on March 29 and 30, by the General Manager of ABATS, Mr. Rami Ammari, and the CEO of Balador, Mr. Mohamed Atout, in the presence of Mr. Mohamed Al Ebrik, the COO of Ali Bin Ali Holding’s ICT Division.

This agreement came in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 for economic transformation and the creation of a sustainable knowledge-based economy. It is also supporting the strategic national objectives of delivering integrated IT services and solutions for smart cities consistent with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar.

Balador is a leader in digital technology solutions, applications and customer services, with extensive experience in the Middle East gained over more than 15 years in the field of digital transformation. This unique experience helped it conceive the idea of the electronic platform, Balador, to change the way the service is organized and delivered while managing the customer experience through abolishing the queue completely and making it a thing of the past.

Ali Bin Ali Medical achieves new heights, receives Mecomed TPI Certificate

Taking its business credibility to new heights, Ali Bin Ali Medical passed the Mecomed assessment on March 23, 2022. With this, ABA Medical became the first medical company in Qatar to receive the Mecomed TPI (Third – party intermediaries) Certificate, which is valid for two years.

Established in 2009, Mecomed is the medical devices, imaging and diagnostics trade association, serving as the voice of international medical technology manufacturers and their partners across the Middle East & Africa.

Mecomed spearheads initiatives to work closely with healthcare officials in MEA countries and coordinates efforts, helping set credible healthcare standards for the region. In addition to this, Mecomed uses the core competencies of its constituent members to formulate, evolve and sustain ethical business practices.

The medical industry is gradually heading towards a stricter healthcare compliance. All big and multinational suppliers are now looking for compliant partners and setting some standards, rules and regulations to regulate the relationship and activities with customers, government officials and HCPs (healthcare professionals). Mecomed is the body that manages and oversees the compliance process.

Application to the Mecomed Certification processes is a tool to allow stakeholders voluntarily to demonstrate their commitment to the ethical standards included in the Mecomed Code of Ethical Business Practice to the industry partners.

Having this certificate (same as the ISO) adds value to ABA Medical’s already impressive portfolio. It shows ABA Medical as a compliant company, which is the primary criterion suppliers are looking for when assigning new distributors. Being a certified member also adds value with new and current principles and customers as well.

Speaking about the latest recognition, General Manager of Ali Bin Ali Medical Mr. Monzer Abdel Samad said: “ABA Medical has always maintained high standards in all aspects of the business and it is always great to be recognized and officially certified by a credible authority.

This certificate will elevate our position and image in the market and help in building long-term partnerships with both customers and suppliers, old and new.”

ABATS and ABA IT Department enjoy an exciting football match night

Taking a break from their busy schedules, Ali Bin Ali Technology Solutions (ABATS) and Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Information Technology Department enjoyed a friendly football match night on March 24, 2022.

The event took place at Muaither Sports Club in the presence of excited members from both the divisions. Also present at the event were General Manager of ABATS Mr. Rami Majed Ammari and Chief Operating Officer – ICT Mr. Mohamad A. Ebrik. While Mr. Ebrik was the referee for the game, Mr. Rami joined in to play a couple of matches.

The games started off at 6pm with a total of 50 participating players. Four teams were created, and each team played two rounds – elimination and finals. After an exciting series of games, the Blue Team emerged the final winners. The fun evening concluded with a cozy dinner.

This football event was a part of ABA Holding’s endeavor to promote employee engagement and encourage healthy lifestyles to guarantee wellbeing of the employees.

Speaking about the evening, Mr Ebrik said: “It was a fun and exciting evening and all of us enjoyed a lot. Employee wellbeing is one of our top priorities. Such activities not only support good health but also help in building teamwork skills.”

Reiterating similar thoughts, Mr. Rami said: “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships! It is this teamwork that we want to encourage and support our staff with. This was a great opportunity for team-building and fun outside the work environment.”

 

Dohatna Signs Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Anker Innovations

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Dohatna Innovative Distribution, one of the region’s largest distributors, On March 16, 2022 announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Anker Innovations, a global leader in charging technology and consumer technology products. This Partnership expands Ali Bin Ali’s existing extensive portfolio and increases Anker’s existing footprint in the Region.

This collaboration was announced during a two-day-long event that took place in Doha on March 15 and 16, March 2022. The event was attended by 300 delegates from the organized and independent retailers, as well as the local and regional media outlets representatives in Qatar.

Additionally, a delegation from Ali Bin Ali’s Dohatna and Anker Innovations were present at the event including Mohammad Imran, General Manager of Dohatna, Deepak Jayaram, Sales Manager of Dohatna and Faraz Mehdi, General Manager – Sales at Anker Innovations MEA. Guests attending both events received an introduction about the brand, the new products and got a chance to experience the Anker Exhibit Corner, where selected Anker Innovations products from the brands Anker Charging, eufy Appliances & Security, Soundcore and Nebula were on display, allowing attendees to get first-hand experience of the products.

“We have always tried to get the best and latest technology for the people in Qatar and I am sure that Anker Innovations products will be a valuable addition to that. With Anker’s innovative smart devices for entertainment, travel and smart homes combined with Dohatna’s market knowledge and reach, we look forward to a successful and long-term collaboration,” said Mohammad Imran, General Manager of Dohatna Innovative Distribution.

“We are very excited to expand our presence in the Middle East Region, to enable more people to experience Anker Innovations products. We are confident that Dohatna’s strong regional presence and distribution expertise will contribute immense value to our business and growth ambitions for 2022 and beyond,” said Faraz Mehdi, General Manager – Sales at Anker Innovations MEA

Anker and Dohatna’s offering in the Qatar market includes four brands:

  • Anker Charging: Anker’s core focus is to develop products that leverage new technologies such as GaN and its own PowerIQ smart chips to bring efficient and safe charging solutions. This includes wireless chargers, portable chargers, car chargers and wall chargers, as well as cables and hubs.
  • eufy Appliances & Security: eufy is a smart home brand by Anker Innovations. eufy was founded in 2016 with the objective of bringing the latest smart home technology and home security devices to households across the country at attainable prices.
  • Soundcore: Soundcore is part of the Anker Innovations family of consumer brands providing premium audio solutions (true wireless headphones, speakers and more). These include true wireless ear buds endorsed by Grammy-winning audio engineers and musicians, as well as over-ear headphones and indoor and outdoor Bluetooth speakers designed to amplify the party.
  • Nebula Projectors: Nebula is a smart and portable home projector brand. Nebula represents a new and exciting class of smart, portable entertainment devices, combining smart capability with immersive audio and visuals.