Thirty years in the making, Blue Salon has become Qatar's leading luxury department store. Specializing in fashion, watches, jewelry, perfumes, cosmetics, home fashion, home décor & travel gear, it operates as an exclusive “Retail Luxury Goods” and “Fashion Brand” store.
Blue Salon was established in 1981 with the vision of bringing and representing international brands in the local Qatari market. It has become Qatar's leader in Fashion, Watches, Jewelry, Perfumes, cosmetics, home decoration and luggage. Blue Salon Group today owns 70+ retail outlets such as: Corneliani, Aigner, Pal Zileri, Trussardi, Cole Haan, Levi’s, Guess, Morgan, L’occitane , as well as its own concept stores such as Highland (med-high department store represented in 3 locations), Mosafer (complete travel solutions), Gold Gourmet (food gourmet), Arabesq (a multi-brand Arabic sweets shop), Toys4Me (a multi-brand toy shop), Karisma (cosmetics for teenagers), Karisma Lingerie (multi-brand lingerie for the young generation),Momento (fashion watches and accessories), Asala (honey-based products).
Today, Blue Salon Group is rapidly expanding its retail network in the region, forming strategic partnerships and key alliances with a number of stores in the Middle East. I The BS Group is spearheaded by Mr. Ashraf Abu Issa, Chairman and CEO. Mr, Abu Issa has been in business from early age, prompted by the passing of his father, the founder of Blue Salon, in 1987. Since then, Mr. Abu Issa has demonstrated unparalleled leadership and versatile entrepreneurship as he continues to build and expand the legacy of his father, the late Mr. Abdul Raheem Abu Issa.
The leadership of Mr. Ashraf Abu Issa is complemented with that of his brother’s, Mr. Nabil Abu Issa. The latter has joined the organization in his capacity as the Vice Chairman, focusing on innovation, growth and customer service. Mr. Nabil Abu Issa’s leadership has been instrumental in the success of the Group.
With 5,000+ employees, Abu Issa Holding is considered one of the leading family groups in the Gulf region.
Ashraf is the Chairman and CEO of Abu Issa Holding, overseeing over 100 sister companies operating around the world under the group umbrella. AIH is known across the GCC region for its corporate management climate and portfolio of businesses across industries, recognized as an experienced and well-positioned partner. Ashraf received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2011, spearheading retail concepts and brands. Over 10 business concepts have been developed in-house including Mosafer, Al Bahie Auction House and e-Pro. Ashraf leads business growth and supports the overall economic development in Qatar, through continued investment in public sector related business and affiliations including INJAZ “Achievement” Qatar, and the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Qatar, with a focus on philanthropic endeavors. Ashraf completed the Harvard Management Program (OPM) and is a graduate of the American University of London - Atlanta, USA.
Nabil Abu Issa serves as the Vice Chairman of Abu Issa Holding, and is the brother of Ashraf Abu Issa. An authority on innovation, growth and customer service, Nabil’s expertise has been a key factor in the growth of AIH. Currently, he is a member of several affiliations that represent his activity in the region, including the Qatar Businessman Association, and the Young President’s Organization (YPO Qatar). Nabil’s philanthropic activities include his honorary ambassadorship at the Qatar Cancer Society. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas in Business Administration. Nabil is the President of the Basketball Operation at Al Sadd Sports Club in Qatar.
Fawaz serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Abu Issa Holding, joining the company over 20 years ago. Holding high-profile positions in the United Kingdom previously, during Fawaz’s tenor as Senior Vice President at Abu Issa Holding he has played a critical role in the development and growth of the many subsidiaries under the group umbrella. Fawaz steered the growth of AIH during his time at the company, with expertise in brand development, sales management and new business development.
Salim Is the Vice President of Business Development at Abu Issa Holding, and has served since the very founding of its first luxury department store, Blue Salon, in 1981. Salim has contributed to the transformation of major brands and building of businesses, through strategic expertise and sales acumen, advancing the process optimization of the business development division. His expertise in retail and distribution has been pivotal in both divisions at the company.
Baber is the Director of Human Resources at Abu Issa Holding, a position he has held since 1994, following HR best practice to create an employee-orientated, high performance culture. Baber began his career in consultancy in the USA, followed by a number of high profile positions across the USA and Pakistan. Baber has created and solidified the recruitment and selection, training and development processes at Abu Issa Holding. Baber is a Business Administration and Management Sciences graduate of NYIT and Lock Haven University, respectively.
Ahmed is the Director of Digital Media at Abu Issa Holding. In leading the Digital Media department at AIH, Ahmed sets to follow technology best practices to create a technology-orientated and highly digitalized culture in the organization. He has created and solidified the digital media, ecommerce and social media departments at Abu Issa Holding. Prior to that, Ahmed led business development initiatives at the company, contributing to the company’s growth and all the while pivoting and reinventing himself in ecommerce and digital media. He kick-started his career in the medical field in Canada, followed by a number of stints across the United States and Canada. Ahmed is a medical sciences graduate of The University of Western Ontario, who also holds an executive degree in technology innovation & entrepreneurship.
Hatim has over 20 years of experience in the management of Finance and Accounting across industries; Retail, FMCG, FMCD, Real Estate, Investment, Construction and Consultancy, He holds the title of Group CFO at Abu Issa Holding. A graduate of the Harvard MBA program, a Qualified Chartered Accountant and a fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Hatim also represents the ICAI Doha Chapter as Chairman. His past experience contributes to key expertise in implementing controls, M&A, risk mitigation, valuation, quality assessment and due diligence.
Mohamad Holds the bachelor degree of electrical engineering with specialty of electronics and communication followed by an EMBA from HEC Paris In addition to entrepreneurship & innovation certificate from Babson university. Member of IEEE & Jordan engineers association with 15 years Experience in establishing new companies, sales, services, business development, companies evaluation, acquisitions and utilizing the available resources and market intelligence to maximize the Group and its partners gain from all business opportunities.