Al Meera officially opened the doors of its new shopping center in Umm Garn, Qatar

Al Meera officially opened the doors of its new shopping center in Umm Garn, Qatar

 

DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the framework of its ongoing efforts to bring its trademark shopping experience to the residents of all areas across the country, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company QSC (Al Meera) officially opened the doors of its new shopping center in Umm Garn to consumers on the 14th of November. The opening took place in presence of Mr. Cobus Lombard, Al Meera Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Salah Al Hammadi Al Meera Deputy CEO, as well as Mr. Mubarak Al-Kuwari, Director of Al-Da’ayeen Municipality, and Mr. Mishal Al-Nuaimi, Member of the Municipal Council of the Eighteenth Circuit besides other Directors from the Company’s departments.

The 2453 m2 shopping center is designed with the needs of the local customer in mind, allowing space for a dedicated Al Meera Supermarket, seven other retailers of need, and a food court that entices the most hungry of visitors – all of this provides the area’s residents with all their shopping needs under one roof, in line with the Company’s motto of being the consumers’ ‘Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer’.

Al-Meera Supermarket is equipped with modern interior designs and shelving installations, state-of-the-art technologies and facilities, along with providing the most popular fresh counters; Umm Garn residents will benefit from a dedicated Butchery, Fishery, Bakery and a Delicatessen.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Salah Al-Hammadi, Al Meera’s Deputy CEO, said:

“As with every new branch that Al Meera opens, the Umm Garn store is designed to exceed consumers’ expectations with a distinctive, integrated shopping experience that sets the benchmark for retail chains across the country. This demonstrates our tangible contribution to the real estate development of every neighbourhood in the country. The new shopping center will provide consumers with a wide range of products, while following the highest international standards for quality assurance in processes, procedures and services, synonymous with its motto of being everyone’s ‘Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer’”.

The opening of the Umm Garn branch, follows the launch of Al Meera’s latest state-of-the-art stores in different areas as part of its plan to introduce a number of new shopping centers in succession to consumers across various underserved regions and others witnessing a population boom.

Al Meera is currently working on the setup of more stores in locations that have been carefully chosen in close coordination with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) to further contribute to the development and urbanization of more districts and territories.

The ambitious expansion plan has been set in motion as an answer to Al Meera’s strategic research and its mission to continue serving the diverse communities in Qatar wherever they are, while effectively contributing to the urban development of the country.

Source: Al Meera

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Al Meera extends store hours in most branches across Qatar and turns its Al Mansoura shopping center into 24-hour branch

Al Meera extends store hours in most branches across Qatar and turns its Al Mansoura shopping center into 24-hour branch

 

DOHA, Qatar, 2017-May-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to the Ministry of Economy and Commerce’s (MEC) call on shopping centers to adjust their operating hours during the Holy month of Ramadan, to further cater to the needs of consumers, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C) has arranged to extend the operating hours – till after midnight – in most of the Company’s branches, in addition to turning its shopping center in Al Mansoura into Al Meera’s second 24-hour operating branch (following the Legtaifiya branch) in Qatar.

Al Meera’s latest arrangement comes in appreciation of the Ministry’s role in protecting consumers and enhancing their experiences at commercial venues, and as direct support from the Company’s end, as the first Consumer Retail Chain in the country to communicate its commitment to the initiative ‘The Least We Can Do’ launched by MEC. The initiative also comes in line with Al Meera’s mission to provide consumers across Qatar with convenience and a world-class shopping experience that provides true value for money.

Commenting on the initiative, Sheikh Thani Bin Thamer Al Thani, Al Meera’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, said:

“Since inception, Al Meera has been at the heart of the community and has spared no effort to make a real difference in the shopping experience of consumers across the country, and this year, Al Meera’s active participation in the Ministry of Economy and Commerce’s initiative ‘The Least We Can Do’ is the expression of our appreciation for their role in the Qatari community.”

He added: “In light of this initiative, Al Meera proudly extends its operating hours in most stores and has allocated our Mansoura branch to operate for 24 hours. Al Meera is pleased to be further serving the Qatari community through extending our operating hours, embodying our motto ‘Your Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer’, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 for the ongoing support to the various regions of the country.”

Al Meera’s participation in the MEC initiative ‘The Least We Can Do’ comes on the heels of its recent collaboration with the Ministry, where the Company made use of visually designed shelf talkers to clearly designate 418 products that are priced by the MEC in order to keep consumers well informed during the Holy Month, while making their shopping experience at Al Meera convenient and hassle-free as well as enjoyable.

The provision of specially designated MEC-priced items further augments shoppers experience at Al Meera stores during Ramadan, where the Company has launched its ‘1438 consumer goods at cost price’ distinctive offer as a tribute to the Islamic Year 1438, which comes as part of this year’s Ramadan campaign under the slogan ‘an abundance of good, in the month of goodness’.

The campaign comes as an extension of last year’s Ramadan offer, and gives patrons of 35 of Al Meera branches, as well as Géant Hypermarket, the opportunity to purchase at cost price 1438 high quality products that have been carefully selected to cater to the specific needs of shoppers in the holy month.

Since its founding in 2005, Al Meera has continued to affirm its commitment to Qatar’s social and cultural values and has taken many steps to make a real difference in the shopping experience of community members across the country.

The Company has developed a number of remarkable activities that have become an integral part of its annual commitment to the various segments in society, and has exerted great effort to live up to its role-model status in the realm of corporate social responsibility, with a lineup of humanitarian, social and environmental initiatives that were successfully met with great acclaim and engagement from all segments of society.

Contact:

Tel: 40119111 – 40119112
Fax: +974 40119186
Email: admin@almeera.com.qa

Source: Al Meera

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Alshaya and chef Thomas Keller to launch Bouchon Bakeries in Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar

Alshaya and chef Thomas Keller to launch Bouchon Bakeries in Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar

 

Kuwait, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — International retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. has announced its franchise partnership with acclaimed chef Thomas Keller to launch the first three Bouchon Bakeries outside the United States in Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar this year.

The first Bouchon Bakery opened in July 2003 by Keller, the award-winning American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author, as a place that would foster community and provide one-of-a-kind breads in Yountville, California. Since then, the bakery has quickly blossomed beyond the Napa Valley into an important landmark throughout the United States which offers a genuine style of classic French boulangeries and a wide selection of artisanal breads and classic desserts inspired by Chef Keller’s childhood memories and of his time in France.

Keller is the first and only American chef to have been awarded simultaneous three star Michelin ratings for two different restaurants. He currently holds seven Michelin stars: three at Per Se, three at The French Laundry, and one at Bouchon Bistro.

Bouchon Bakery also features an array of sweet delights including classic viennoiserie, such as croissants and pain au chocolat, breakfast items like muffins and streusel cakes as well as an ever-changing selection of tarts, cookies, sandwiches, quiche, soups and salads. Bouchon Bakery exclusively carries the rich and complex Thomas Keller Espresso blend, the product of a 15-year collaboration between Chef Keller and Equator Coffees &Teas.

“As we expand outside the United States, we are pleased to partner with Alshaya, which has a track record of successfully franchising international brands. Together we will make Bouchon Bakery an outstanding destination for our Middle East guests and visitors alike. I’m eagerly looking forward to our official debut,” Chef/Proprietor Keller said, commenting on the new partnership.

Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co. said: “We are very pleased to partner with Bouchon Bakery, which has a well-deserved reputation for excellence, under the leadership of Thomas Keller. We look forward to introducing this innovative dining experience to customers in the Middle East and anticipate an exciting future together.”

Contact:

+965 2224 2475
+965 2224 3626
communications@alshaya.com

Source: Alshaya

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QATAR: Al Meera opens its third branch in Al Wakra

QATAR: Al Meera opens its third branch in Al Wakra

DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Mar-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of the Company’s ambitious expansion strategy being implemented to reach customers across all regions of the country, along with providing its exceptional services to various segments of society, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C) has opened its new branch in Al Wakra (East), making it the third Al Meera branch to open its doors to consumers in Al Wakra.

The opening of the new shopping center comes in the framework of Al Meera’s Corporate Social Responsibility, in terms of providing the highest quality products to the communities in which it operates at affordable prices, as well as keep pace with the urban and population boom Qatar is witnessing, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.

The new Al Wakra (East) shopping center is located in the Al Jabal Area, with the branch entailing a total 2267 m2, of which around 1500 m2 is the supermarket area. The branch provides sections for vegetables, fruits and delicatessen, along with self-service stations for chicken and meat; in addition to a number of shops and restaurants, which will begin providing its services to the shopping centers’ visitors at the soonest.

The shopping center was built in accordance with the highest international standards and has been furnished with modern interior designs and lighting systems that ensure a distinctive shopping experience. The center feature a supermarket equipped with world-class technologies and facilities, in addition to a large outdoor parking space, further fulfilling the Company’s vision of becoming consumers’ ‘Favorite Neighborhood Retailer’.

The opening ceremony was inaugurated by Dr. Saif Said Al Sowaidi, Vice Chairman of Al Meera, in the presence of Al Meera management. For this occasion, Dr. Saif Said Al Sowaidi said:

We are committed to providing the best services to all citizens and residents in the State of Qatar, especially for the city dwellers that witnessed a great population growth. Hence the opening of the Al Wakra (East) branch comes as a result of the massive growth witnessed by Al Wakra, whose rise in residents required another branch to meet their needs.

He continued: “Al Meera continuously seeks to support the Qatar National Vision 2030 in the nation’s plans for urbanization development. We are very pleased to be serving yet another segment of the Qatari community and look forward to the opening of our upcoming branches. We also commend the efforts of all Al Meera’s employees, and to all those that contributed to the development of its services and to achieve our long-term goals.”

Community shopping centers represent an important element in the growth and development strategy that Al Meera is pursuing, as it serves Al Meera’s expansion plan which aims to reach all segments of society, across all regions in the State of Qatar.

The current expansion phase of the 5 stores that was put in motion, which is set to add a total of 9,709 m2 Supermarket Area to the Company’s presence in Qatar, is part of Al Meera’s ‘14 shopping centers’ expansion plan that was announced in 2015. With the opening of the Leaibab 2 branch, set to be launched during the beginning of Q2 2017, Al Meera will have brought the Company’s expansion phase to fruition.

Along with the aforementioned, there are 6 stores that are currently under construction that began during the second half of 2016, which will include branches in Rawdat Aba El Heran, Azghawa, Leaibab, Umm Qarn, Al Khor and Sailiya. These state-of-the-art stores will bring the expansion plan to a total of 11 out of 14 branches, in line with Al Meera’s vision to provide consumers from various regions across the country their shopping needs under one roof, synonymous with its motto of being everyone’s ‘Favorite Neighborhood Retailer’.

SOURCE: Al Meera

CONTACTS

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Qatar: Grand Raffle Draws for Al Meera’s 11th anniversary

Qatar: Grand Raffle Draws for Al Meera’s 11th anniversary

 

  • 11 lucky customers walking away with a grand prize of QR 11,111 each
  • 300 total winners of prizes in the first raffle draw and 301 will be chosen in the second draw
  • A wide range of in-store promotions in all Al Meera stores

QATAR, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Crowning yet another trendsetting year in business, during which the Company continued to achieve further growth and cross farther milestones, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company QSC (Al Meera) is celebrating its 11th anniversary with Grand Raffle Draws that will have 11 lucky winners walking away with grand prizes of QR 11,111 each, in addition to 590 more prizes for Al Meera shoppers.

With a massive turnout of customers and contestants hoping to become one of the campaign’s total of 601 winners, the anniversary’s first draw – held on Monday – saw the winning of 300 charmed customers who claimed more than QR 500,000 worth of prizes, leaving Al Meera shoppers anticipating its second and final draw, which will be held on the 13th of December at the Company’s newly opened Bu Sidra Branch.

Winners are chosen in the presence of the Ministry Of Economy And Commerce representative.

Congratulating the winners of the first raffle draw, Al Meera stated:
“Since its inception back in 2005, Al Meera has grown to become a staple of the Qatari economy and a key player in the country’s urban development, in addition to transforming retail shoppers experience across its regions. As well as demonstrating our commitment to the faithful execution of our expansion and growth plans, we have contributed to the realization of the Qatar National Vision throughout the years, by supporting each and every one of its pillars through our sound policies, market-leading innovations that pour into our beloved country’s economic development, and a number of community partnerships and initiatives that are a cause of pride and determination to maintain such efforts.”

Al Meera added: “This year, we wanted to celebrate our 11th successful year in business by sharing our blessings with our valued customers while continuing to provide them with the best shopping experience in Qatar. This translated into a number of Raffle Draws on coupons, fully sponsored by the Al Meera suppliers, and a wide range of in-store promotions that are bound to ‘make the day’ for hundreds of customers as well as make a tangible source of joy for a lucky few. Such promotional offers are a gesture of appreciation to our customers for being loyal to Al Meera, which is why we are really thrilled about the scores of shoppers who continue to choose Al Meera as their favourite neighbourhood retailer, and the huge interaction they are having with our 11th anniversary Raffle Draw and promotions. We also want all of our loyal customers to know that Al Meera stakeholders and customers will always be our number one priority and the Company will save no effort to bring the most innovative technologies, equipment and setups to Qatar and will continue to pursue its medium and long-term expansion plans, bringing our trademark shopping experience that brings shoppers ‘true value for money’ to shoppers in every corner of the country’s various regions.”

In addition to the 11 winners who will be taking home QR 11,111 each, Al Meera’s 11th anniversary celebration has 590 other prizes in store for its customers. Consumers shopping at any of Al Meera’s 40 stores across the country, earn one raffle coupon for every QR 200 spent. Customers can then use their coupons to enter in the raffle draw for a chance to win shopping vouchers at Al Meera stores. Entry coupons will be accepted until December 12th and the remaining 301 winners will be announced on the 13th of December at Al Meera’s Bu Sidra Branch at 11:00 am.

To sweeten the deal for shoppers during the anniversary celebration and provide them with more ‘value for money’ on their purchases, Al Meera’s supermarkets are also holding a wide variety of in-store promotions during the campaign. The anniversary draws on coupons and in-store promotions are just two of many special offers that the Company hold all year round, demonstrating its belief that its customers are not just shoppers, but active partners in Al Meera’s success.

Through this Grand Raffle Draw, Al Meera is also celebrating its many achievements in 2016, including the strides the Company has made in bringing its expansion plan to fruition. Al Meera’s Bu Sidra Branch, where the raffle draws are held, is the latest achievement to materialize as part of Al Meera’s ‘14 shopping centers’ expansion plan, announced in 2015.

In addition to the Bu Sidra branch, Al Meera will be opening four new shopping centers in North Sailiya (Al Miarad), Al Wakra (West), Um Salal Ali, and Leaibab 2, built on a covered of 4,000 m2, 2,667 m2, 4,014 m2 and 5,093 m2 respectively, which are set to open their doors to consumers in the soon future.

Al Meera’s faithful execution of its expansion plan reflects the Company’s strategy to be present in all the regions and residential communities in the country and improve the shopping experience of customers through the provision of a wide range of products, while following the highest international standards for quality assurance in processes, procedures and services, synonymous with its motto of being everyone’s ‘Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer’.

Contact:

Tel: 40119111/40119112
Fax: +974 40119186
Email: admin@almeera.com.qa

Source: Al Meera

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Al Meera on final stages of preparations for five of its upcoming stores in Qatar

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QATAR, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Putting the finishing touches on its current expansion phase in Qatar, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company QSC (Al Meera) has announced that it is in the final stages of preparations for five of the Company’s upcoming stores in the country. Al Meera plans to launch its five new shopping centers in succession, starting with the 4,239 m2 Bu Sidra branch, which is set to open its doors to consumers in the soon future.

In addition to the Bu Sidra branch, Al Meera will be opening four new shopping centers in North Sailiya (Al Miarad), Al Wakra (West), Um Salal Ali, and Leaibab 2, built on a covered area of 4,000 m2, 2,667 m2, 4,014 m2 and 5, 093 m2 respectively.

The Company’s upcoming stores will add a total of 9,709 m2 Supermarket Area to its presence in Qatar, bringing its trademark shopping experience to citizens and residents in five different suburbs spread across various regions of the country, in line with its mission to contribute to the real estate development of every neighbourhood in Qatar.

Commenting on the company’s achievement as part of its long-term expansion strategy, Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera, said:

“At Al Meera, we are truly excited to be introducing our seamless shopping experience and make a difference in the daily lives of consumers in new territories with lackluster shopping services. Our state-of-the-art stores are designed to provide citizens and residents in five key suburbs – out of the 14 announced last year – that are witnessing a population boom with unmatched shopping convenience, a vast range of competitively priced, high quality products and best-in-class services and facilities.”

He added: “This is a true testament to Al Meera’s capacity for making its expansion plans a reality for consumers in Qatar and further elevates its status as the leading retail chain in the country. It also demonstrates our unwavering commitment to meeting our customers’ expectations, driving the Company’s future growth, boosting our shareholders’ returns, and effectively contributing to the realization of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and its community development objectives.”

Al Meera’s upcoming shopping centers are built in accordance with international standards and by the time they open, will have been equipped with modern interior designs and lighting systems that ensure a distinctive shopping experience. Each center will feature a supermarket equipped with world-class technologies and facilities, a huge parking space, and a diversity of shops and restaurants other stores, further fulfilling the Company’s vision of becoming consumers’ ‘Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer’.

To date, flooring, refrigeration, and POS installations have been completed in all of the five branches, while modern shelving installations have been carried out in all of the branches except in Leaibab (2), which is currently in progress.

With the five upcoming stores reaching the finalization stage, Al Meera is on the path to completing 11 of the 14 shopping centers expansion plan that the Supermarket Retail Chain announced last year. This is in coordination with the agreement Al Meera signed in March 2016 with Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading and Al Muftah Contracting Company to build six new stores in Rawdat Aba El Heran, Azghawa, Leabaib, Umm Qarn, Al Khor and Sailiya.

Al Meera’s expansion plan has been set in motion as an answer to the Company’s strategic research and its mission to continue serving the diverse communities in Qatar wherever they are, while keeping pace with Al Meera’s future growth and the country’s urbanization plan.

Contact:
Tel: 40119111 – 40119112
Fax: +974 40119186
Email: admin@almeera.com.qa

Source: Al Meera

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Qatar International Islamic Bank selects NCR to monitor and manage its ATM network

QATAR, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB), one of the leading banks in Qatar, announced today (August 31, 2016that it has chosen NCR, a global leader in omni-channel technologies to monitor and manage QIIB’s ATM network for several years, helping the bank to improve efficiency and reduce operational costs.

In this context, a strategic agreement was concluded between QIIB and NCR, which comprised QIIB’s adoption of NCR’s innovative omni-channel solutions over the next three years.

In the signing ceremony, QIIB was represented by Mr. Jamal Abdullah Al-Jammal, Deputy CEO whereas NCR was represented by Mr. Hicham Yamout – General Manager of Qatar Branch. The signing ceremony was also attended by Mr. Zakaria Glaoui – General Manager of Personal Banking and Mr. Mohammad Said mubarek – Head the Alternative Channels from QIIB as well as Mr. Hady Maakaroun- Account Manager from NCR.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Jamal Al-Jammal said: “At QIIB, we are committed to provide the best banking solutions and technologies to our clients. We are happy today to sign this partnership agreement with a global company such as NCR. We have in fact a long history of effective cooperation with the company and today, we are taking this cooperation to a whole new level which will reflect on our clients and the quality of the services provided to them through a QIIB country-wide ATM network”.

Al-Jammal added: “Investing in technology is one of the most important successful solutions to increase efficiency and efficacy as well as meet requirements in line with the clients’ expectations. Furthermore, improving the level of security requires us to keep pace with the best technological innovations and solutions, thus, we believe that NCR is capable of providing distinguished ATM and network monitoring solutions, as contained in the memorandum of partnership that we signed today. In this context, we would like to thank all those who contributed to the conclusion of this partnership, whether QIIB or NCR Staff”.

By virtue of this agreement, NCR will provide QIIB with solutions to monitor and handle any problems, emergencies or necessary updates to the Bank’s ATM network in a fast and efficient manner as well as solutions to resolve problems remotely.

“Consumers today are demanding financial services when and where they want without delay. Delivering these services in a fast, efficient and secure way is a key factor in retaining customers,” said Hicham Yamout, NCR General Manager for Qatar. “Our association with QIIB for a long-term agreement reiterates their confidence in our solutions to deliver exceptional customer experience with highest levels of services uptime, security and reliability.”

About QIIB
QIIB was founded in 1990 as the second Islamic bank in Qatar and is currently the third-largest bank in terms of assets and market value. It began operations in 1991 and is listed on the Qatar Exchange. The Bank provides comprehensive banking services to its clients through a country-wide network of branches. The Bank also has diverse regional and international partnerships.

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, USA with approximately 29,000 employees and does business in 180 countries.

Web site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: NCR Corp.
LinkedIn: NCR Corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Media Contact:

Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Corporation
+91-22-61954583
rakesh.aulaya@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Commercial Bank first bank in Qatar to introduce finger vein authentication technology powered by NCR and 01 Systems’ biometric solution

Commercial Bank first bank in Qatar to introduce finger vein authentication technology powered by NCR and 01 Systems’ biometric solution
Commercial Bank first bank in Qatar to introduce finger vein authentication technology powered by NCR and 01 Systems’ biometric solution

 

DOHA, Qatar, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, announced today that The Commercial Bank Q.S.C., Qatar’s first private bank, has become the first bank in the country to introduce finger vein authentication technology powered by innovative solution from NCR and 01 Systems’ biometric solution that will help the bank to speed-up authentication and accelerate ATM transactions making every customer interaction an exceptional experience.

NCR has also signed an agreement with Commercial Bank to help transform their banking channel with innovative software and Omni-channel technologies over the next few years to help them achieve their simple but powerful promise – everything is possible.

Commercial Bank Chief Operating Officer Samir Sheikh said: “Commercial Bank continues to focus on improving customer experience and providing greater convenience for customers by continuing to invest and innovate in the Bank’s security system. Finger vein technology is the first-to-market innovation that will give customers easy, secure access to our ATM machines and will set a new authentication technology standard to protect our customers’ accounts.”

The finger vein biometric authentication technology uses pattern-recognition techniques based on images of human finger vein patterns beneath the skin’s surface to identify individuals and verify their identity. This new technology allows Commercial Bank to add another level of authentication to the ATM channel over the standard card and pin verification to further promote security of the ATM and customer data.

“NCR is working closely with Commercial Bank in their transformational journey of being a truly world class bank offering the latest in omni-channel technology and innovations to improve efficiency, increase revenue and lower cost of operations” said Hicham Yamout, Country General Manager, NCR Qatar. “The introduction of the first ever finger vein biometric authentication technology reinforces the bank’s commitment to offer safe banking environment and enable faster transactions.”

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Web sites: www.ncr.com, www.ncrsilver.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

About Commercial Bank
Commercial Bank has total assets of QAR 127 billion as at 30 June 2016. As a full service commercial bank, the Bank offers a full range of corporate, retail and investment banking services as well as owning and operating exclusive Diners Club franchises in Qatar and Oman. The Bank’s countrywide network includes 31 full service branches and 174 ATMs.

Profitable every year since incorporation in 1974, continual investment in technology and human capital, together with a strong capital base, provides a solid foundation for continued growth. A successful diversification strategy has expanded Commercial Bank’s GCC footprint through strategic partnerships with associated banks, the National Bank of Oman (NBO) in Oman and United Arab Bank (UAB) in the UAE. NBO, the second largest bank in Oman with total assets of OMR 3.5 billion as at 30 June 2016, has 60 conventional branches and 6 Islamic branches in Oman and 1 branch each in Egypt, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. UAB is headquartered in Sharjah, with total assets of AED 22.5 billion as at 30 June 2016, and operates 25 branches across the emirates in the UAE. Building on the successful execution of the Bank’s expansion strategy to date, Commercial Bank completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Alternatifbank in Turkey in July 2013.

Commercial Bank enjoys strong credit ratings of (A2) from Moody’s, (A+) from Fitch, and (BBB+) from Standard & Poor’s. The Bank is listed on the Qatar Exchange and was the first Qatari bank to list its Global Depository Receipts (GDRs) on the London Stock Exchange. Commercial Bank’s Swiss Franc bond issuance in December 2010, listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, was the first public bond issuance by a Qatari bank in Switzerland. Commercial Bank’s latest bond issuance in June 2014 and June 2016 are listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.

Commercial Bank was awarded “SME Bank of the Year” for 2016 by The Asian Banker based on its wide-ranging achievements over the past three years, specialised team and customer focused products and services for SMEs. Commercial Bank also won the “Best Contact Centre” award at The Gulf Customer Experience Awards 2015 for outstanding customer service. In recognition of its CSR activities benefitting the Qatari community, Commercial Bank was awarded the “Best CSR Report”, at the Corporate Social Responsibility awards ceremony for organisations in Qatar.

The Bank is dedicated to supporting Qatar’s community and social infrastructure through Corporate Social Responsibility programmes and sponsorship of various events. Title sponsorship of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters reflects the Bank’s promotion of excellence in sports and its keen interest in enhancing Qatar’s international sporting reputation. www.cbq.qa

About Alternatifbank (ABank)
ABank was established in 1991 and has been listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange since 1995. Commercial Bank became the majority shareholder in ABank in 2013 holding a 74.24% stake, following the acquisition of ABank shares of 70.84% from the Anadolu Group and 3.40% through a public tender offer. Anadolu Group remains a significant shareholder retaining 25% of shares in ABank. Currently the Bank owns 75% of ABank shares.

ABank is a mid-size Turkish bank that predominately serves medium-sized companies through a country-wide network of 54 branches in 20 cities. ABank provides commercial/corporate banking services and products, with a special focus on the growing segment of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. ABank’s main product ranges cover trade finance instruments, working capital finance, cash management, and portfolio management.

At 30 June 2016, ABank had total assets of TL 14.8 billion, total loans stood at TL 10 billion, customer deposits of TL 7.2 billion and shareholders’ equity of TL 1.2 billion. http://wwweng.abank.com.tr

About 01 Systems
01 Systems is a leading software solutions provider, with more than 30 years of innovation in the fields of enterprise signatory management, content management, business process automation and branch digitization. Focused on the financial sector, 01 Systems assists more than 300 customers globally, to efficiently process/authorize millions of daily transactions. 01 Systems Website at http://www.01systems.com.

Media Contact:
Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Corporation
921.261.954-583
rakesh.aulaya@ncr.com

Commercial bank Media contact:
Ibrahim Al-Emadi
Head of Corporate Communications
Commercial Bank
Tel: +974 4475 4748
ibrahim.alemadi@cbq.qa

Source: NCR

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Qatar: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company to launch a public health awareness campaign to promote healthy eating habits

QATAR, 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Ministry of Public Health (MPH) signed today (Tuesday April 12th) a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) and Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C) to launch a public health awareness campaign, with the aim of providing the public with a wide range of valuable nutrition information through posters displayed at a number of Al Meera branches across Qatar. The posters are intended to help consumers take informed decisions regarding their healthy and balanced diets.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Saleh bin Ali Al-Marri, Assistant Secretary General for Medical Affairs at the Ministry of Public Health; Dr. Javaid Sheikh, Dean, WCM-Q, represented at the ceremony by Nesreen Al-Rifai, Chief Communications Officer at WCM-Q; and Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera.

“This MoU is part of our concerted efforts to promote public health awareness, especially as far as healthy diet is concerned, and the Ministry of Public Health attaches special importance to raising health awareness in the community in cooperation with all concerned partners,” said Dr. Al-Marri.

He added that the Qatar STEPS Noncommunicable Disease Risk Factors Survey 2012 showed that the majority of adult Qataris (91%) consumed less than five servings of fruits and/or vegetables on average per day, 45.9% of them had low physical activity, 41.4% of the respondents were obese and 70% were overweight.

“These worrying numbers add to the importance of this crucial campaign which aligns with other important efforts, particularly the National Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan, part of the National Health Strategy,” Dr. Al-Mari added.

Dr. Al-Marri applauded the fruitful cooperation between MPH and WCM-Q which resulted in several initiatives, most important of which is Sahtak Awalan – Your Health First which has largely contributed to promoting health awareness amongst the different segments of the community in cooperation with other partners. He also commended the cooperation between MPH and the private sector to enhance public health awareness, with the fruitful cooperation with Al Meera setting a good example in this regard.

“Al Meera is committed to its role in social development, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, and thus is keen on supporting initiatives that aim to promote food safety and healthy eating habits,” said Dr Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera.

Dr. Al Qahtani stressed the importance of the MoU and the cooperation of the concerned parties to spread health awareness in the country, saying that Al Meera contributes in spreading this message through its health awareness posters displayed at five  of its branches as a first step, namely Legtaifiya, Gulf Mall, Al Wakra (South), Thakhira and Géant Hypermarket, with plans to roll out the program later at more branches.

The MoU stipulates that MPH will set up a task force to help with preparing and revising the posters, implement the health program at workplaces, carry out a survey to assess the needs of Al Meera employees (pre-survey) and conduct health check-ups for them. The MoU also involves a mutually beneficial exchange of expertise. The MPH will provide advice to all parties concerned whenever needed, promote wellness at workplaces, and assess public health knowledge and awareness (post-survey).

WCM-Q will contribute to nutrition information of the posters in accordance with the MPH’s Qatar Dietary Guidelines and will set up a work force to help with implementing the program and preparing the posters.

Al Meera will also set up a task force that will help with implementing the nutrition posters program and promoting healthy lifestyles, will host awareness activities at suitable times and will encourage consumers to adopt healthier lifestyles.

SOURCE: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company

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Qatar: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company to launch a public health awareness campaign to promote healthy eating habits

Qatar: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company to launch a public health awareness campaign to promote healthy eating habits

Qatar: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company celebrates its 10-year anniversary

  • Dr. Mohammed Naser Al Qahtani: Since its establishment, Al Meera’s achievements have poured into customer and shareholder satisfaction, aligning with its strategic goals to put sustainable services at the top of its priorities
  • Supporting the Qatar National Vision 2030, Al Meera is steadily progressing toward achieving its overarching goal of becoming a leader in the retail sector

QATAR, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C) celebrated its 10-year anniversary, capping a decade of achievements that have poured into customer and shareholder satisfaction.

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C) was established in 2005 under the law (24) for the year 2004, in a transfer of the COOP to a Qatari shareholding company. Within the first few months of its establishment, Al Meera has garnered the support and backing of Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar and His Highness, the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

In a recent press conference, the company celebrated the achievements that have marked its journey since its establishment and, on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, offered customers a Cash Back of 10 percent of their purchase value – with each customer receiving a QAR 50 purchase voucher on every purchase transaction of QAR 500 – during the period running from November 25, 2015 through to December 4, 2015.

In its decade-long history, Al Meera has played an integral role in Qatar’s sustainable development projects, with unwavering commitment to social and cultural values in its position as a leading national company. Keeping pace with the future, Al Meera has made strides in the field through a strategic plan that has entailed branch expansion in line with Qatar’s urban boom and population growth, aligning with the Qatar National Vision 2030 for sustainable development across all Qatari territories.

Bringing life to family shopping, the company has adhered to world-class shopping standards at the service of consumer needs and satisfaction, as well as at the various communities, nationals and residents in the State of Qatar.

Strong start

On this occasion, Dr. Mohammed Naser Al Qahtani, DCEO at Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C), expressed his appreciated and gratitude for His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, for his wise leadership, support and directives to enforce the local economy and institutions at the service of sustainable development. He also thanked His Highness, father of the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, for laying down the foundations upon which the nation was built and continues to evolve.

In his press conference, Dr. Al Qahtani stressed on that since the company’s establishment, Al Meera’s achievements have poured into customer and shareholder satisfaction, aligning with its strategic goals to put sustainable services at the top of its priorities.

Dr. Al Qahtani also took the attendees over the Al Meera journey, which started with offering nationals and residents with consumer goods and products across categories, and which has evolved with the upgrading and development of 26 branches spread across the Qatari territory between the years 2005 and 2006, as well is with several identity and strategy revamps in the aftermath of the challenging 2008 financial crisis.

Notable achievements over the past 5 years

With regards to the acquisitions and agreements that have been accomplished by the company, Dr. Al Qahtani commented:

“Throughout its history, Al Meera has played an integral role in Qatar’s sustainable development, enjoying a slew of achievements that have been spearheaded by its executive management under the guidance of the Board of Directors. Many strides have been made toward achieving the company’s expansionary vision and strategy to keep pace with the various developments that Qatar is witnessing across its cities, municipalities and territories, always at the service of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

He added: “Al Meera’s strategic vision and mission began with the acquisition of the Qatar Markets Company (Giant Stores) and the Al Oumara Bakeries company. Moreover, Al Meera has signed a franchise agreement with WHSmith Travel Limited, a leading provider of magazines, books, stationary and office supplies, to operate WHSmith stores in Qatar.

Expansion and renovation

Speaking of the company’s strategic expansion and branch renovation vision, Dr. Al Qahtani said:

“Since Al Meera’s identity was revamped under the slogan “Your Favourite neighbourhood retailer”, the company has poured its energy and efforts into living up to its motto, beginning with the overhaul and modern redesigned of several flagship branches.”

He added:

“The company has also proceeded with the build and launch of a series of branches, the first of which was the Abu Nakhla branch, followed by two modern shopping centers to serve the residents and visitors of Nuaija and Legtaifia – in line with the company’s expansionary policy across the state’s various areas. Additionally, the company has leaded a branch from the Dasman Group, with a later launch slated for the Al Meera Hypermarket on the airport road.”

He continued saying:

“Al Meera’s expansion plans have continued at the service of all of the state’s territories, including the setup and launch of 9 new branches, as well as the lease of the Gulf Mall branch, bringing our network to a total of 47 branches – 42 of which are in the State of Qatar and, five of which are in the Sultanate of Oman.”

Dr. Al Qahtani stressed on that all of the Al Meera branches have been equipped with world-class technologies and solutions that reflect innovation and modernity, starting with advanced lighting systems and all the way to the latest storage processes and technologies and topnotch shelves. Moreover, the company has consistently developed its shopping experience and product display strategy at the service of a seamless consumer journey – including space planning around commercial and hospitality outlets, as well as parking lots.

New branches in the years to come

Dr. Al Qahtani also noted that the company’s expansion plans are stretching to the setup of 14 new stores spread across the country; a result of strategic research and strategy to keep pace with Qatar’s urban planning, which has extended to new areas and others that have recently witnessed a population boom. On this, Al Qahtani stressed on that Al Meera is working in close and continual coordination and collaboration with the Ministry of municipalities and urban planning to exchange recommendations and suggestions.

Year-on-year double-digit growth in profits

On a profitability level, Al Qahtani noted that Al Meera’s strategic decisions across all its operations have contributed to a net sales jump from QAR 507.9 million in 2006 to QAR 2.176 billion in 2014. Moreover, net shareholder return has raised nearly 10 times more from QAR 26.1 million in 2006 to QAR 226.6 million in 2014, with earnings per share jumping from QAR 2.61 in 2006 to QAR 11.33 in 2014.

Dr. Mohammed Al Qahtani concluded: “Within 10 years of its establishment, Al Meera’s steadfast evolution and steps have reflected in a slew of achievements and accomplishments at the service of its customers and shareholders. We will continue to strive and pour all our efforts to mark even more accomplishments across our journey”

Dr. Al Qahtani extended his gratitude to all employees and workers who contributed to the company’s accomplishments, as well as to the Board of Directors for its strategic vision on renovation and development operations.

SOURCE: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company