21 High st, in association with Samovar Carpets, hosts an exclusive Rug Show for designer Jan Kath

Offering its esteemed clients with an experience of a lifetime, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s 21 High st at Katara Cultural Village Doha is hosting an exclusive luxury Rug Show presented by Samovar Carpets. For the first time, globally renowned rug designer Jan Kath will present his work in Qatar from March 15 to 29, 2022.

The pop-up Rug Show titled, ‘The stars, the moon and the sun – Carpet couture of the present’, is a gallery of vibrant handmade works of art, made of the most exclusive highland wool and the finest Chinese silk.

The showroom was ceremoniously inaugurated on March 15 in the presence of Chairman & President of ABA Holding Mr. Adel Ali Bin Ali, honorable Charge’ d’Affaires of the Embassy of Nepal in Qatar, Mr. Lakshuman Khanal, other VIP guests and members of the local media.

The designer himself was present at the event and offered a warm welcome to the guests. He took the patrons on a journey into the Jan Kath universe, a journey into the world of luxury handmade carpets, where lush paradise gardens, dreamlike starry worlds and fascinating spheres of light can be experienced haptically.

At the Jan Kath Rug Show, he presents his latest abstracts of the collections Spectrum, Savonnerie Surprise, Spacecrafted and many more. The inspiration for the hand-knotted collections are the mystical Northern Lights, the intoxicating starry skies over the desert and magnificent ornaments as loved by the Sun King, Louis XIV.

Speaking about this exclusive venture at 21 High st, Jan Kath said: “This exclusive luxury Rug Show is very special to me as it for the first time I am presenting my vision and art to the people of Qatar, and what better place to do it than 21 High st, where retail meets culture. Each of my collections purposefully breaks with conventional styles and throws strict design rules overboard while combining classic elements from oriental carpets with contemporary, minimalist design.”

The German designer is considered as the vanguard of the modern carpet. With his interpretation, he has developed an unmistakable style-defining signature. His concepts have earned numerous accolades and have been shown in art and design museums, such as the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Art, the Art Museum Riga Bourse, the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich and also at the Beijing International Design Triennial.

Ali Bin Ali Medical enjoys a family day out

The Ali Bin Ali Medical team took time out of their busy schedules to enjoy a day of fun with their families. The event was organized on March 12, 2022, at Retaj Salwa Resort.

All ABA Medical staff members and their families attended the event, where a full range of fun activities were arranged for their entertainment. The organizers ensured that there were activities for all age groups and all guests enjoyed the day.

Fun and entertainment activities included game stations, trivia competition, talent shows, kids’ activities and karaoke. An exciting raffle draw added excitement to the already eventful day. ABA Medical also took this opportunity to recognize the contribution of its employees. Awards, certificates and trophies were handed out for long service and outstanding & excellent performances.

The elaborate lunch menu was a crowd-pleaser and everybody enjoyed it.

Speaking about the gathering, General Manager of ABA Medical Mr. Monzer Abdel Samad said: “It was a well-deserved break for the entire ABA Medical team. It was good to see everyone enjoying with their family and colleagues. This was also an ideal occasion to casually socialize with the team members away from the work pressure and deadlines. Overall, it was a different kind of a productive day.”

 

Ali Bin Ali Medical organizes its first business council meeting

With the vision to plan and strategize for 2022, Ali Bin Ali Medical organized its first-ever business council meeting on 24 February, 2022. The offsite extended business council full-day meeting, which took place at Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park, was held under the slogan ‘Going Further Together’.

The meeting was attended by the Ali Bin Ali Medical Management, Sales, HR, Finance, Supply Chain and Marketing teams. Each group presented its vision, strategies and tactics for 2022, with a go-to-market plan and events around the FIFA World Cup.

Key topics discussed and covered at the conference included change management, learning & behavior in humans, listening skills, developing a winning mindset, limiting beliefs, building trust, lateral thinking, business gap model, customer value segmentation and targeting, behavior styles, leadership skills etc.

The meeting also included a workshop and brainstorming sessions, where the participants were divided into teams with members from different departments, job levels, gender and age in order to strike a balance and promote diversity.

Every team submitted their presentation and plans for the business. An execution committee will be following up on the ideas and actions identified to ensure proper alignment and implementation of the ideas.

Speaking about the business council meeting, General Manager of ABA Medical Mr. Monzer Abdel Samad said: “It is the right time to move towards change and we need to explore ideas in order to diversify and grow. 2022 is a very important year for Qatar and we need to strategize wisely to be a part of the nation’s success story. ABA Medical’s first business council meeting is just a stepping stone towards that direction and I am happy about the level of engagement and participation we received.”

 

 

Galeries Lafayette Doha celebrates iconic Smiley’s 50th anniversary

Joining Galeries Lafayette stores the world over, Galeries Lafayette Doha is taking part in the international ‘Happy Birthday Smiley’ campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of iconic French brand Smiley. The celebrations, held with the tagline ‘Take the time to Smile’, started on February 21, 2022, and will continue until March 16.

Smiley was created in 1972 by French journalist Franklin Loufrani for a French newspaper to highlight good news stories. Five decades later, Smiley has become more than just an icon, a brand and a lifestyle: it is now a mindset and a philosophy, reminding people just how powerful a smile can be.

Fifty years after its début, Smiley is taking over Galeries Lafayette to celebrate its anniversary in a fabulous festive style. Smiley and Galeries Lafayette have joined hands to create some exciting in-store entertainment guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s faces.

Nicolas Loufrani, CEO of The Smiley Company, said: “After the past two difficult years, what better way to come out of this period than this campaign, which aims to reverse the global smile deficit, spread positivity and fill the world with smiles in 2022?”

Celebrating the 50th anniversary, the Galeries Lafayette Doha store, windows and interiors have been tastefully decorated with smiley elements. Playful installations, in collaboration with world-famous graffiti artist André Saraiva and inspired by the Smiley’s 50th anniversary logo have been set-up to mark the occasion.

The international iconic brands available at Galeries Lafayette Doha are offering their own distinctive take on the Smiley universe. These brands have designed unique versions of their flagship products that blend in the inimitable visual identity of the Smiley 50th anniversary logo.

The merchandise is delivered in limited edition Galeries Lafayette and Smiley co-branded tote bags. The collector products designed by Smiley’s brand partners are available exclusively at the “50 for 50” pop-up on the ground floor of the Galeries Lafayette Doha store.

Elevating the Smiley experience to the next level, Galeries Lafayette Doha, in association with Beauty Hive Salon, has set up an exclusive ‘smiley nail art station’. Located on the ground floor next to the smiley pop-up kiosk, it gives customers a chance to personalize their nails in any fun way they wish and celebrate the world of Smiley.

A special kids’ activity corner has been set up on the first floor in the kidswear section, inviting children to take a creative break by coloring and enjoying fun smiley activity sheets.

To mark the icon’s 50th anniversary, Galeries Lafayette Doha’s cafes and restaurants have created limited edition Smiley inspired takeaway packaging that capture the spirit of the happy world  of Smiley. Inspired by the colors of the Smiley campaign, customers can purchase Café Pouchkine’s yellow yuzu macaroons offered in a limited edition box and have their coffees to go in a fun coffee cup sleeve.

Excited about Smiley’s 50th anniversary, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha Mr. Kevin Gerard Pender said: “The collaboration of Smiley and Galeries Lafayette is most organic. Both are French iconic brands that have been loved and embraced by people around the world. Galeries Lafayette Doha is glad to be a part of this celebration and happy to offer a ‘time to Smile’ to our clients.”

Ali Bin Ali Luxury sponsors prestigious Katara International Arabian Horse Festival

For the second year, Ali Bin Ali Luxury joined hands with Katara as an official sponsor of the luxurious Katara International Arabian Horse Festival (KIAHF), held from February 2 to 12, 2022 at Katara Cultural Village, Doha. Supporting this year’s event as the Titanium Sponsor, ABA Luxury has signed up to sponsor the festival every year till 2024.

The festival captured the imagination of horse connoisseurs – owners, breeders and equestrianism lovers alike – with the participation of over 500 horses from 11 countries. The very best of Arabian horses not only in the Arab region but also in the world stood out in all their magnificence as 12 international judges voted to decide on the champions.

The 11-day festival was inaugurated by HE Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager, Katara, and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of KIAHF. The opening was marked by the presence of VIPs including Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Vice-Chairman & EVP Mr. Nabeel Ali Bin Ali, representatives of diplomatic missions to the country and other dignitaries.

Ali Bin Ali Luxury is organically linked to the Qatari culture and being a part of the KIAHF was an extension of that identity. ABA Luxury was featured in all branding for the event and even had a dedicated area to display luxury items, specifically products that featured horses in their design.

KIAHF 2022 had a total prize-money of QR 17,083,500 besides many in-kind prizes, including cars and luxury watches. The host nation, Qatar, dominated the grand finale of the prestigious Title Show Championships with 13 Qatar horses winning in the six championships, including the Gold, Silver and Bronze places in the Senior Stallions Championship and Senior Mares Championship.

 

Ali Bin Ali Beverages wins two prestigious awards

Ali Bin Ali Holding is delighted to announce that ABA Beverages, the exclusive bottler of PepsiCo in Qatar, has bagged two awards at the 2021 Regional Conference in Dubai. The first, recognizing the top performer in the Total Liquid Refreshment Beverages Growth for the year 2021 and the secondly for the largest most successful water innovation.

The award ceremony hosted by PepsiCo Middle East North Africa (MENA), gathered bottlers from all over the region as well as PepsiCo Regional Leadership and senior executives.  ABA Beverages was congratulated as the 2021 top performer in the below 60 million cases markets category for having achieved the highest share growth in total Liquid Refreshment Beverages. The market share is measured by   Canadean – an independent, global research agency who publishes monthly market survey reports.

The second award recognized the largest, most successful water innovation. ABA Beverages was again selected as a winner for the success of Aquafina in Qatar in 2021, once again confirming the company’s strategic commitment and investment capabilities.

Commenting on the awards, ABA Beverages General Manager, Mr. Marc Karam reiterated that he was delighted to receive the 2 accolades on behalf of the company. Mr. Karam said, “These awards reflect the strong commitment of Ali Bin Ali Holding who have invested ahead of the curve and continued to promote the growth of PepsiCo brands in Qatar. As an organization, ABA has stewarded Pepsi’s brands and range of products with utmost pride and continues to invest in growing the business against all sorts of challenges.”

ABA Beverages General Manager also went on to say “I commend the passion and the drive of ABA Beverages associates. This determined team managed to install and commission a full state of the art line during the pandemic and worked through the lockdown in 2020, gaining 32% Canadean share of market over the course of 18 months. That’s a huge achievement and we can  celebrate it”.

Congratulations to Team ABA Beverages!

 

ABA Watches & Jewelry Kuwait goes fully online with HSBC net

In an   achievement for the Group, Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Watches & Jewelry Kuwait has become the first entity in ABA Group to go fully online using all three main services offered under HSBC net

This is the first entity under the ABA Group to use the trade portal for making supplier payments using Clean Import Loans (CIL) under HSBC net. With this new addition, they will be using three services offered under HSBC net namely, for online salary transfers, regular supplier payments using priority payments and now for import loans using their trade portal.

With this, most of the manual transactions will now be digitized and approved online. Considering that this entity is operating outside of Qatar , migrating to a digitized environment will bring in many benefits such as reducing paper work   , substantially reducing  couriering charges for sending documents for approval and most importantly improving productivity of employees due to the  transaction approval cycle being shorter and streamlined .

Going forward, the ABA Holding Finance Department plans to replicate the HSBC net trade solution for ABA entities in Qatar.

The project was wholeheartedly supported by ABA Holding’s Vice-Chairman & EVP Mr. Nabeel Ali Bin Ali and the Group’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Iftekhar Ahmad. Instrumental in the whole process of moving to a completely digitized platform was Group Treasury Manager Fawaz Ismail & the treasury team, Head of Finance in Kuwait Suranga Perera & the Kuwait team, Group Audit Manager Kamal Uddin Gazi Jishan and the Internal Audit team, Group Accounting Manager Fathima Shiham, Financial Controller Mathew N. Thomas (Vinu) & the Accounting team.

Speaking about this commendable development, Mr. Iftekhar said: “Digitization is the future of all financial activities and we are glad that we are keeping up with the times. Definitely this will pave the way for the entire Group to adopt more digital solutions not just with HSBC but also with other banks that offer online banking facilities.”

 

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Administration Department Hosts Annual Team Get-Together

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Administration Department has built an ongoing tradition over the years to celebrate the year gone by at its annual Team Get-together. The 23rd of December 2021 marked the special day and the administration Team made it an event to remember. The team gathered together for a celebratory lunch, held at their office in Ali Bin Ali Tower.

The get together drew the entire Administration team including Mr. Moataz Ahmed Eid, General Manager Administration and HR, with the only absentees being the team members who were on leave. According to everyone present, the Department staff who were away on leave were roundly missed at the gathering.

The afternoon began with a warm welcome speech delivered by Mr. Moataz. The General Manager made it point to affirm and encourage the team as he placed on record his appreciation for the efforts of the full administration team. Special mention was made about the fact that Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Administration staff excelled at holding fort during tough times and have served the group efficiently during the pandemic.

Even with COVID-19 at its peak, the team continued to support the full spectrum of the Ali Bin Ali group and ensure business continuity. Mr. Moataz rounded off his address by wishing each and every staff member and their families an enjoyable and peaceful holiday season. He did not forget to add a word of encouragement, requesting the team and their families to stay safe. He ended his speech by wishing the Administration Team all the very best for the year 2022.

To add a layer of excitement to the event, organizers had planned several games and interactions, that were enjoyed by all. Team members also received certificates of appreciation and goodie bags. To add to the atmosphere of joy there was a raffle draw with surprise gifts for several lucky staff members. The sessions was concluded with a sumptuous lunch and promise of similar get-togethers in the future.

ABA Holding employees graduate from The Harvard Managementor Program 2020-2021

Ali Bin Ali Holding is proud to congratulate 44 ABA graduates, who successfully completed the Harvard ManageMentor program 2020-2021. As a premier capacity building and skills development course run by Harvard Business Publishing, under Harvard University, the program ranks as the world’s leading digital learning experience that leverages on-demand, world-class content to develop leaders at all levels.

ABA Holding is delighted that 44 of our professionals, drawn from different ABA business streams elevated themselves, their skills and knowledge and capitalized on the learning opportunity provided for them. ABA particularly recognizes the commitment and focus of these graduates who firmly stayed on course, despite the pandemic related challenges that 2021 brought. By graduating from a world-renown course, not only has the year ended well for them, but they have also enriched the company by growing and developing their skills and competencies, which will no doubt advance performances at all levels.

Warmly congratulating the group of graduates Group General Manager Human Resources Aldrine Fernandez said, “We celebrate the 2021 batch of Harvard ManageMentor graduates and we applaud their achievement. We were privileged to witness the level of commitment to their learning journey during a challenging year. Today, these graduates stand as a group who have successfully upscaled their skills, knowledge and capacities. That is something we can all be proud of. From HR perspective, ABA Holding always steps forward to equip and empower our people at the highest levels possible. It is heartening for us to see our employees embrace the opportunities they have been given and make maximum use of programs like Harvard ManageMentor”.

The Harvard ManageMentor Program is composed of 25 short online courses that are available to all learners to help develop the most in-demand skills for today’s global market.  Each course summarizes critical ideas and advice on essential management topics such as leading teams, project management, strategic thinking, and much more.  A series of café sessions were facilitated as a platform to interact and learn from one another – share best practices and work as a team to formulate best conclusions on case studies.  These sessions were primarily conducted by Eleni Ntoulaveri, Group Learning & Development Manager with a couple of sessions conducted by Aldrine Fernandez, Group General Manager Human Resources.

 

Ali Bin Ali & Partners’ Consumer Agencies 1 gather for year-end party

On December 11, 2021 Ali Bin Ali & Partners’ (ABAP) Consumer Agencies (CAG) 1 gathered for a year-end party at the Garden City compound, Doha. The year-end event has been the tradition not only in CAG1, but also for other line of businesses within ABAP.

One of the primary objectives of the gathering was to showcase how the business performed throughout the year and to recognize individual employee contribution, adding to business efficiencies in all the variables that led to overall success.

The event highlighted new strategies to combat the impending challenges in the market with various inputs from the team inspired by a well-known industrialist, Henry Ford – “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” This gave a clear visibility to the team in terms of what the Division’s priorities are and where they want to take it forward.

CAG1 is responsible for some of the leading global products distributed in Qatar, such as Kellogg’s, Pringles, Colgate-Palmolive, etc. Team CAG1 embraced the idea of teamwork and celebrated success to sustain employee engagement activities.

The evening became even more exciting with the announcement of employee performance recognitions. They were categorically split into different levels – Initiative, Consistent and Exceeding Expectations along with the rolling trophies which intend to pass every year to the new achievers.  A few raffle gifts were drawn that spiced up the program.

The night ended with a special word from the ABAP General Manager, Mr. Viji Kurien, followed by a sumptuous meal. Thanking every one present, Mr. Kurien said: “It is the joint effort of the entire CAG1 team that has made 2021 a successful year for the business. We should maintain this focus with consistent performance and move towards a brighter future.”