Ali Bin Ali Group joins Day of German Unity celebrations

The Ali Bin Ali Group was invited to be a part of celebrations marking the Day of German Unity, held at The St Regis Hotel in Doha on Tuesday, December 6. Germany is commemorating 26 years of reunification this year.

Apart from the ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, the event was attended by officials from the German Embassy, government representatives and VIP guests.

The ceremonious reception dinner was a gala affair and complemented with entertainment, get-togethers and activities.

The Ali Bin Ali Group, who has always supported and worked in cooperation with the international community in Qatar, was glad and honoured to be a part of the gathering for the official celebration of German National Day.

FMCG Academy holds English Language programme’s Graduation Day 2016

The Ali Bin Ali Groups’s FMCG Academy held its last English Language Unit graduation for this year, covering Intermediate level batch 2 and 3 of 2016, on December 14.  

The event took place in the Training Room of Prime Consumer Products & International Agencies offices in Bin Omran, Doha.

It was attended by 14 participants from Intermediate batch 2 and 3 and members of the Ali Bin Ali FMCG management, including Nabil Mourad, Mohammed Imran, Sampath Balaji, Rajeev E.T., Arun Nadarajah, Holly Robertson, Abey Samuel and Abdulla Ashik, as well as the FMCG Academy team, Rifki ZamZam, and FMCG’s very own teacher, Dr Souhir Benseghir.

The English Language programme is part of the Continued Professional Development initiative of the FMCG Academy, and its sole purpose is to facilitate opportunities for FMCG employees. Enhancements through programmes such as this help equip the staff to take on the challenges of the future, giving Ali Bin Ali a competitive advantage.

This is the third graduation event conducted by the FMCG Academy’s English unit. As of now, there have been six batches in Basic and three at the Intermediate level, totaling 52 participants, of whom 90% have passed.

The programme has been designed, developed and delivered in-house by Dr Benseghir under the leadership of ZamZam.

Ali Bin Ali & Partners wins Distributor of the Year Award

Ali Bin Ali & Partners bagged the Distributor of the Year Award 2016 for GCC from Clorox USA at an event held on December 5, 2016. With this recognition, the persistence of the Clorox team at Ali Bin Ali & Partners in being the best has finally paid off. Essam Ezzat, the market manager and his team earned the accolade while competing against other distributors in the GCC region.

The ceremony was held in the Ali Bin Ali & Partners conference room. On behalf of Clorox VP Heath Rigsby, who was not present on the occasion, the award was presented by Michael Abu Rjeily – sales & export manager of Clorox GCC, to Ezzat, Mohammed Menshawy, Sachin Mathew Jacob, and the entire sales team, appreciating their hard work and dedication in making Clorox a brand to be reckoned with.

The Clorox sales team has placed Ali Bin Ali & Partners among the top-ranked entities, a formidable player, challenging bigger markets such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Oman and earning this recognition from the Principal.

The sales team’s tireless efforts throughout 2016 in executing sales and implementation across all channels is quite an achievement under the prevailing economic conditions. We wish the Clorox sales team of ABA & P best of luck and continued success for many years to come.

P.P. Viswanathan awarded the PepsiCo Chairman’s Circle of Champions Award for the year 2016

 

In a very proud moment for the Ali Bin Ali Group, P.P. Viswanathan, Quality Control manager at the ABA Beverages Division, has been honoured with the prestigious PepsiCo Chairman’s Circle of Champions Award for 2016.

The awards ceremony was held at the Westchester Marriott, New York, on September 29. It was arranged by the PepsiCo headquarters and Viswanathan along with his guest was present at the event.

The PepsiCo Chairman’s Circle of Champions Award selects 200 employees globally, out of 180,000-plus employees, based on consistent performance criteria for the past several years.

The recognition for ABA Beverages Division’s Viswanathan is a clear step from PepsiCo to motivate employees to come up to the global standards of performance.

Earlier, informing Viswanathan about the honour, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra K Nooyi had said in a letter that the award is their way of recognising the performance he delivers each and every day. “You embody the kinds of qualities – excellence, determination and perseverance – that have made, and will always make, our company so successful,” she wrote.

Ali Bin Ali Group proudly sponsors Qatar Classic Squash Championship 2016

Ali Bin Ali Group was the official sponsor of the 15th Qatar Classic Squash Championship 2016, which was organized by Qatar Squash Federation in Doha recently.

The high-profile event brought together top male squash players from around the globe to compete for the big title. Upholding its reputation as an unwavering supporter of the game of squash, Ali Bin Ali Group once again deeply associated itself with this sporting event.

Ali Bin Ali Group enjoys a strong partnership with Qatar Squash Federation, and this aligns with the company’s commitment to develop Qatar as a top sporting destination both regionally and globally in line with the 2030 National Vision.

Qatar Squash Federation president and Ali Bin Ali Group Vice-Chairman Mr Nabeel Ali bin Ali was the chief guest at the awarding ceremony and presented the trophies to the finalists. Speaking at the ceremony, he said: “Qatar is a sport-loving nation and squash is a popular game here. Ali Bin Ali Group is proud and delighted to associate itself with the game and we will continue to support and promote it.”

The Qatar Classic, which kicked off on November 13, was attended by squash fans from all over Qatar and the ambience at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex was electrifying.

The all-Egyptian final on November 18, between 25-year-olds Karim Abdel Gawad and Mohamed ElShorbagy, got off to an exciting start – as anticipated – and the two players were involved in thrilling rallies and intelligent shot-making to regale the capacity Friday crowd. Reigning world squash champion Karim Abdel Gawad beat two-time defending champion and world number one Mohamed ElShorbagy in a nail-biting match.

“Being the world champion and Qatar champion sounds really good. I’m living a dream now,” said the delighted Gawad.

Ali Bin Ali Group supports Al Zubarah conservation project

On Sunday, 6 November 2016, more than 50 young volunteers from Qatar and around the world have begun a 20-day project to conserve the historic Al Zubarah heritage site. Ali Bin Ali Group, along with Seashore Group and Ooredoo, is a proud sponsor of the project, which forms part of Unesco’s World Heritage Volunteers’ ‘Together for Heritage’ campaign.

The initiative, which comes within the framework of the Unesco World Heritage Education Programme, aims at increasing awareness and reinforcing the importance of conserving and protecting world heritage. Al Zubarah,  Qatar’s largest heritage site, has been named a Unesco World Heritage Site and is one of the best-preserved examples of an 18th century merchant town in the Gulf region.

To celebrate the commencement of the project in Qatar, volunteers from all over the world attended a welcome reception at Al Zubarah on Sunday.

Speaking at the event, Mr Adel Ali Bin Ali, Chairman of Ali Bin Ali Group, said: “Ali Bin Ali Group is unwaveringly committed to the elevation of Qatar’s national heritage. Qatar’s Al Zubarah site offers an outstanding testimony to our thriving urban trading and pearl-diving traditions from centuries ago. With Unesco rightly recognising the importance of this historical site, Al Zubarah deserves the highest commitment from us all to protect, preserve and showcase this national treasure. As a private sector organisation that is deeply proud of the historical roots of our nation, we consider it a privilege and an honour to step forward as a sponsor of this initiative in order to preserve its significance for future generations.”

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the ‘Together for Heritage campaign’ seeks to mobilise and involve young people aged 18-30 years and youth organisations in World Heritage preservation and promotion.

 

Super user’s orientation workshop for the ‘Forward’ project

Taking a step ‘forward’ towards the success of the ongoing ERP project, the ABA Group on Sunday (November 13) organized an orientation program for the HRMS super users. After more than a year of hard work, the dream ERP project is on the verge of becoming a reality. One of the biggest internal project of the Ali Bin Ali Group (ABA), the ‘Forward’ ERP project is going to elevate the company to new heights.

The orientation marked the beginning of a training period for the ‘Super Users’ keeping in mind the big ‘Go live’ event that took place in early February, 2017. It also intended to praise their commitment to HRMS implementation so far.

Mr. Albert Bamboukian, the Project Director, kicked off the event with an encouraging speech. He appreciated the efforts of the team and said, “The dedication and commitment of this team during the training and user acceptance testing will define the success of this project”. He also assured his continuous support and said, “I will be always available for any help”.

The super users who are being trained to lead the change include, Ajay Daniel John, Ganesh Gopal, Pinto Idicula, Farouk Mahmoud, Mihira Binduhewa, Iman Javed, Muhammed Rayees, Elmer Castillo, Emad Hanna, Ivee Teresa Teodoro, Denver Ferdinand, Liza Guzma, Mehdi Bekri, Rachna Mathew and Nikolay Stoichkov.

The ERP project team of ABA along with Intrasoft began the workshop by giving an overview of the project so far. Apart from discussing the different HCM modules, the team discussed about the challenges ahead and the roles and responsibilities of the key users in addressing them.

The event which took place at the Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, aimed at explaining how the core team with the help of Intrasoft will really decide the success of the project and will take ABA to new heights. Ice breaker events and team activities were organized to highlight the importance of team work and positive outlook.

The event was concluded in a very positive note with a cake cutting ceremony and a promise to spearhead the big change within the ABA Group that will benefit each and every employee.

PepsiCo recognises ABA Beverages Division’s product excellence with prestigious awards

Adding another feather to the Ali Bin Ali Group’s cap, the ABA Beverages division has been awarded the prestigious Caleb Bradham Quality Excellence Award & Food Safety Award for the year 2015.

By earning these two distinguished honours, ABA Beverages is able to continue with its award-winning legacy.

The award ceremony, which took place at the PepsiCo International office in Dubai, the UAE, was attended by the senior ABA Pepsi team and was a gala affair.

The ABA Beverages Division earned the accolades based on the results of the AIBI UK Food Safety and PepsiCo International Unannounced Quality Audits.

ABA Beverages bagged the PepsiCo Caleb Bradham Quality Award on meeting the criteria set for the Silver Quality Award for 3D quality systems for the year 2015. It also scored 900/1,000 points in the Food Safety Audit, the highest score in the Gulf, and was honoured with the Silver Award for 2015.

The company was presented with the above awards based on the continuous monitoring of the quality of ABA Beverages products in the market for the entire year.

The legacy of Ali Bin Ali Beverages dates back to 1961 as a producer and distributor of beverages. Ensuring highest quality production, ABA Beverages owns and operates state-of-the-art factories that have been designed according to international specifications, uphold the highest industry standards and are fully equipped to produce carbonated soft drinks.

Ali Bin Ali Group Employees Participate in a Generous Blood Drive

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Ali Bin Ali Group, one of the leading conglomerates in Qatar and the region, was proud to have added to their corporate social responsibility initiatives by giving the opportunity for all employees of the Group to participate in a specially organized Blood Donation Day. The drive was held at the ABA head office on 30 March, 2016, from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m.

“We are very happy with the turn out at the event, as we had more donors registered than we expected. If I were to rate this event on a scale of 1 to 5, I would give it a 4.5,” said Mohammed Reza, Staff Nurse at the Blood Donors Center.

The Ali Bin Ali Group was very satisfied with employee participation. The participation was not only from staff of all grades at the head office, but it also drew donors from other ABA divisions. Their whole-hearted engagement symbolized their support for this noble cause.

For some employees, it was their 16th time to donate blood, while for others it was a first. The first timers took the call to contribute to the Group’s corporate social responsibility efforts seriously and to heart. Evidently, employees were ready to register for blood donation before the event even started. As one of the employees offered their thoughts saying, “Donating blood is a humanitarian act and should definitely be encouraged. We should support others in the community.”

Among the donors was Jills Daniel, Senior Division Manager of Health Care Solutions, Ali Bin Ali Medical. He was not only passionate to advocate for blood donation, but he is also an organ donor. He emphasized that donating blood is the least someone can do. “If my family were in need of blood tomorrow, I would thank those who have donated blood today. You never know, your loved ones can be the ones who will need donations.”

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 Group was pleased to have contributed to the critical care of the recipients of the blood donations, such as the patients with cancer, victims of accidents, and patients undergoing surgery in all local hospitals in Qatar.

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Ali Bin Ali’s Finance Community Get Together

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The Ali Bin Ali Finance department community dedicated a full day out of their busy and stressful calendar to get together with their families and colleagues to celebrate their companionship on 11 march, at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Qatar from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m.

More than 500 guests including employees and their families attended the event where a full range of fun activities were organized. The organizers in the finance department had done an excellent job to ensure that all participants were superbly entertained by providing activities for all ages at each corner. Fun and entertainment ranged from dance related contests to an array of sports including volleyball, kabaddi, as well as larger participatory games like Tug-Of-war drew in players of all ages. Special activities for the ladies had also been organized, including games of cricket and treasure hunts. In addition, an illusionist used his masterful skills to keep the children and all adults entertained. Thrilling raffle draws added to the excitement of the day. It was surely a memorable day for the community!

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