World Cup 2022: 28 out of 32 teams train with Technogym

Thanks to the exceptional work of Technogym Qatar Team, Technogym – the world leading brand in products and digital technologies for fitness and wellness, Official Supplier of the last 8 Olympics, and globally recognized as the reference brand for the athletic preparation of champions from all over the world – will train 28 of the 32 teams participating in the Soccer World Cup in Qatar providing the most innovative equipment for their athletic training.

In addition to the +10 years partnership with the Brazilian national team and the most recent collaboration with Uruguay, Technogym will be in Qatar to support the training camps of also France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Argentina, England, United States and many other teams providing them with customized digital products and training solution to meet players’ specific training needs.

In fact, spot-on athletic condition of every player is an essential requirement that can really make the difference in a high-intensity event like the soccer World Cup where all teams must perform at the top of their game.

The tailor-made training solutions that Technogym has made available to champions for their cardiovascular training, strength, flexibility, and rehabilitation, include SKILL LINE – developed by Technogym for the specific needs of athletic training – which consists of SKILLRUN treadmill, the SKILLBIKE, the SKILLROW rowing machine and SKILLMILL, a unique solution for training speed and power at the same time.

In addition to the SKILL LINE, the Technogym bespoke gym will also include EXCITE and SELECTION lines, which encompass all the equipment needed for cardio and resistance training.

Ali Bin Ali Medical unveils new storage facility at DLP

As part of its efforts to expand and provide quality healthcare products to businesses and residents of the State of Qatar, Ali Bin Ali Medical formally launched its new storage facility for medicines and medical supplies at the Dohatna Logistics Park (DLP) in Doha on October 31, 2022.

The memorable opening was attended by various heads of Ali Bin Ali divisions, including the General Manager of ABA Medical, Mr. Monzer Abdel Samad; General Manager of ABA IT, Mr. Youssef C. Moussa; Head of Supply Chain & Logistics-FMCG, Mr. Vincent Emmanuel; and Group Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Imad Hashim.

During the event, guests were taken through the storage facility, and shown the inventory procedures and regulations the facility adheres to as per the Qatar and international healthcare standards.

Sharing his thoughts about the 1,200sqm warehouse, Mr. Monzer credited the ABA IT division for supporting the facility by introducing the automated Warehouse Management System (WMS) which has modernized ABA Medical’s operations specifically in stock accuracy and optimizing lead time from stock receiving to order picking. He acknowledged the efforts of the Ministry of Health for supporting this milestone project as a campaign to meet the country’s need for quality service and capacity. “Ali Bin Ali Medical meets all the conditions and requirements stipulated for holding such a facility including government licenses and safety procedures,” he added.

To celebrate the moment, ABA Medical issued certificates of appreciation to its dedicated team of personnel that have ensured steady progress of the entity. A cake was also cut to commemorate the launch.

Dohatna Logistics Park (DLP), founded by Ali Bin Ali Holding, is an ideal storage space for ABA Medical as it provides high quality warehouse facilities and world class logistics services. The new warehouse is set to eliminate any shortage of medical supplies in the State of Qatar, increase storage of medical equipment for Ali Bin Ali and its clientele, streamline distribution, and increase profits.

Ali Bin Ali Holding celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding once again stepped forward to raise awareness and honor October as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The ‘SHOW YOU CARE. BE AWARE’ campaign, which is a part of the Group’s CSR endeavor, was aimed at informing the staff about the disease, its prevention, detection and treatment.

Such initiatives are of great importance as, according to statistics, breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in Qatar, accounting for 31 percent of cancer cases in women. It is also the second leading cause of death in women worldwide.

Encouraging wider involvement in the campaign, Ali Bin Ali Holding joined hands with Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel to host a special Zumba session for the public on October 22. The proceeds from the initiative were donated to Qatar Cancer Society.

The goal of the charity campaign was to help raise awareness of breast cancer and to depict life, fun and energy through Zumbathon. All ABA employees were invited to join the event and their participation was sponsored by Ali Bin Ali Holding.

Organized at the Fitness Center of the hotel, the area was all dressed up in pink to commemorate the occasion. The event received an overwhelming response and was a great success. More than 100 people, including ABA employees, joined the session.

The evening was wrapped-up with an exciting raffle draw where the participants got a chance to win attractive prizes from Sheraton Fitness, Monoprix and Beauty Hive Salon.

 

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.

MoPH Qatar, in association with ABATS, inaugurated electronic food safety system, ‘Watheq’

As one of the leading IT Systems Integrators in Qatar, Ali Bin Ali Technology Solutions (ABATS) joined hands with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to launch the electronic food safety system, ‘Watheq’. On September 25, 2022, HE the Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari ceremonially inaugurated ‘Watheq’.

Apart from high-level officials and dignitaries from MoPH Qatar, present at the event were General Manager of ABATS Mr. Rami Majed Ammari, COO of Ali Bin Ali Holding ICT Mr. Mohamad A. Ebrik, General Manager – Ali Bin Ali Holding – Finance Mr. Adnan Suleiman, Head of Sales at ABATS Mr. Nasser Issa and Ali Bin Ali Holding – Group Corporate Communications Manager Mr. Imad Hashim.

The ABATS team has been at the helm of this project, coordinating between all parties to make sure the project was delivered flawlessly. They worked together with the MoPH to create the most effective and integrated electronic system, aiming to provide high-quality services to enhance the health and well-being of the community. ‘Watheq’ is a very strategic project for ABATS and is one of the most important national projects undertaken within the Qatar Public Health Strategy.

The electronic system involves a food control process based on standard operating procedures subject to international accreditation controls (ISO 17020), through three electronically linked systems: the system of control of imported and exported food, the system of control of food in the local market, and the electronic management of food analysis laboratories.

This comes under the strategic objective to “develop an integrated risk-based inspection service certified to relevant international standards such as ISO/IEC 17020:2012 for imported, locally produced and exported food products that are supported by modern electronic management systems, effective diagnostic services, and monitoring and surveillance systems”, the ministry said in a statement.

Speaking of the ‘Watheq’ solution, Mr. Ebrik said: “We are proud and happy to be part of such an important national project. ABATS, with all our knowledge and experience, made sure to deliver the best platform that will enhance Qatar’s food safety system manifold.”

Al Shaqab and Ali Bin Ali Holding sign agreement to open Al Shaqab Village

True to the Group’s vision of supporting Qatar’s developmental plans and preserving the cultural heritage, Ali Bin Ali Holding has signed a partnership agreement with Al Shaqab to build Al Shaqab Village.

On September 21, Ali Bin Ali Holding signed the agreement with Al Shaqab, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, to build and manage the unique accommodation project. It is located next to the world-class equestrian center, Al Shaqab, Education City Golf Club, and Education City Stadium, one of the venues for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The agreement was officially signed by Vice-Chairman & EVP of Ali Bin Ali Holding Mr. Nabeel Ali Bin Ali and Executive Director of Al Shaqab Mr. Khalifa bin Mohamed Al Attiya in presence of other dignitaries and the local media.

Al Shaqab Village combines traditional elegance with modern comforts. The state-of-the-art amenities offered at the facility delivers unforgettable experience. With a design inspired by Qatar’s historic villages and districts, Al Shaqab Village includes more than 100 housing units to suit different needs and enhances the country’s prestige as a world sporting and tourist destination.

Speaking about the partnership, Mr. Nabeel Ali Bin Ali said: “The Al Shaqab Village project merges the traditional sport of Qatar with a luxury resort experience. We are glad to be part of this project that will place Qatar uniquely on the global sports tourism map.”

Mr. Khalifa bin Mohamed Al Attiya said: “Through this project, we aim to make Al Shaqab one of the best tourist and sporting destinations for local and international visitors, helping them enjoy sports and entertainment activities in Qatar.”

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.