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.

 

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.

ABA Holding launches world’s largest Monoprix store at Place Vendome mall

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Market Hall division has inaugurated world’s largest Monoprix outlet at Place Vendome in Lusail – the new home for luxury and fashion in Qatar. The renowned French retail chain’s store, which boasts of more than 35,000 high-quality goods spread across its 9,000sqm location, opened its doors to the public on Friday, April 15.

Located on the ground floor of the sprawling Place Vendome, the Monoprix store near Entrance 2 of the mall is not only convenient to find but also easily accessible for shoppers.

The new Monoprix outlet, the chain’s sixth store in Qatar, is everything you would expect from your favorite French hypermarket. Apart from the wide range of local and international brands, the store creates a variety of dedicated in-store experiences for its clientele. From restaurants, candy stores to exclusive electronics, kitchen gadgets and organic food items, Monoprix is here to modify your retail experience.

Apart from the already-popular Monoprix Fish M Fish, SaladM, MCrust, MGrill, MPizzeria and Crepe M Waffles, the new store also has MTacos, which offers the true taste of Mexican Tacos to savor authentic Mexican Street comfort foods. Prepared with fresh ingredients and cooked right in front of the guests, these restaurants have undoubtedly strike the right chord.

Speaking at the soft opening of the hypermarket at Place Vendome, Lusail, Mr. Sebastien Farhat, Monoprix’s Regional General Manager, said: “We are delighted to announce that our newest and largest outlet is now open. Responding to the demands of our loyal clientele, Monoprix is always looking forward to expand its retail footprint in Qatar and our presence at the glamorous Place Vendome is part of that mission. We want the people of Qatar to experience the extraordinary world of Monoprix and enjoy every bit of it. This is not just a hypermarket, it is a world of its own where you can shop, eat and relax.”

Monoprix Qatar is one of the most popular hypermarket chains in Qatar. The retail chain currently has six stores in Qatar: Palm Towers – West Bay, Doha Festival City, Medina Centrale at The Pearl-Qatar, Msheireb Galleria, iCONIC 2022 building in Aspire Zone and the new store at Place Vendome Mall.

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.

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.

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.”