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.

Ali Bin Ali Holding expands base, opens office in India

Widening the Group’s operation base and making it more dynamic, Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding opened its first Offshore Support Functions office in India. ABA Holding’s FMCG stream opened the state-of the-art office in Bengaluru through a service provider, Gazelle Information Technologies Ltd.  The office, which is administratively managed by Gazelle at its Bengaluru branch, is exclusive for Ali Bin Ali Holding’s back office operations.

The grand opening ceremony was held on 15th March, 2022, in the presence of the senior management of ABA Holding and Gazelle Information Technologies Ltd. The event was attended by Mr. Wadih Kazan, COO, ABA FMCG; Mr. Vincent Emmanuel, Head of Supply Chain & Logistics, ABA FMCG; and Mr. Utpal Das & Mr. Kirit Goyal, Managing Directors of Gazelle Information Technologies Ltd.

The new ABA Holding office in Bengaluru has been fully operational since January 2022 with world-class offices and IT infrastructure supported by the ABA IT Department. The IT setup is similar to any ABA office connecting to the ABA Network. .

The total seating capacity of the office is 35 and is currently occupied by the FMCG Supply Chain team of 15 members, while other functions within ABA Holding are working to occupy further seats. The location of the office is perfect for attracting a pool of talents across many sectors of industry while the technology infrastructure is an ideal fit for the ABA back office setup.

“The pandemic has posed us many challenges and at the same time provided us with opportunities to explore new ideas. Remote working via offshoring is one such initiative which was under discussion prior to the pandemic but is now time-tested for our operations,” said Mr. Emmanuel.

Mr. Kazan, presiding over the ceremony, said: “We are proud and glad to have embarked on a new journey that is reliable and economical to our FMCG stream. This project brings tangible cost reduction and efficiency to the current operations that we do locally. We offshored it to India very successfully while the operations remain same as when it was in Doha. Thanks to Gazelle and the ABA IT Department who made this a workable solution. I am also happy to say that this operation can cater to many other divisions/companies of the Group and maybe later to 3rd parties, bringing efficiency in costs and high level of effectiveness that you will only see when you try these services.”

This is an opportunity for ABA divisions/functions to take advantage of this initiative and benefit from cost efficiency by offshoring the required staff to India with full control on deliverables, while the administration is managed by the 3rd party, headed by an ABA employee. The offices can accommodate further 20 staff on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

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.

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.