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1920

The first trading store in 1920

1920

From right to left Abdullah, Abdurahman and Jassem, sons of Darwish Fakhroo

1920

Abdullah Al Darwish and Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassem Al Thani

1920

Abdullah Al Darwish (second from right) in his early 20s participating in a pearl trading deal

1920s

Over eighty years ago, Darwish embarked on a remarkable journey that led to a promising future, inspiring generations. The milestones attained with every decade since its formation instilled a deep sense of pride within the business. Every challenge revealed an opportunity to strengthen the organisation and reach new heights. As Qatar evolved into a prosperous nation, the group also advanced into a conglomerate guided by the founding principles of respect, integrity, and drive.

The enterprising founders, Abdullah Al Darwish together with his brothers, Jassem and Abdul-Rahman, headed a growing business that their father, the late Darwish Bin Jassem Fakhroo cultivated since the 1920s.

When Qatar began producing oil, Abdullah Al Darwish realised the challenges ahead and imagined possibilities to uplift the community. He helped his fellow citizens form small businesses dealing in support services for the oil industry like labour, housing and catering services, and later diversified into travel, hotels, and construction. A new corporate value of gratitude blossomed for those who helped Qatar in the early stages – this principle would be greatly significant in the future.

Knowing the discovery of oil would radically change his homeland, Abdullah Al Darwish's entrepreneurial aspirations soared and he was determined his fellow citizens would benefit from this fortune. Pioneering this community spirit amid the crosscurrent of change is a core tenet upheld throughout generations at Darwish Holding.

1950

Modern Home in the 1950s

1950

Abdullah Al Darwish and H.R.M. King Saoud bin Abdulaziz Al Saoud, former King of Saudi Arabia and H.H. Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani

1950

Abdullah Al Darwish, during a visit to Kuwait in the late 1950s with the former ruler of Qatar, H.H. Sheikh Ali Al Thani and former ruler of Kuwait, H.E. Sabah Al Salim

1950

Abdullah Al Darwish with former Prime Minister of Lebanon, H.E. Takyuldeen
El-Solh

1950

Darwish helped to construct the first oil rig built in Qatar

1950

Abdullah Al Darwish with H.H. Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani, former ruler of Qatar, inaugurating one of Qatar's earliest oil wells

1950s

As income from oil exports increased, Qatar's landscape began to swiftly change and modern amenities became prevalent. A major hallmark of development was the construction of a power plant in the bustling city of Doha. The first street to be powered by electricity is still called Kahraba Street, derived from the Arabic word for 'electricity'.

The advent of electricity represented a pivotal revolution and the establishment of Modern Home on Kahraba Street also took place during this momentous decade. It was the first department store that enabled Qataris to visualise the future of every home. As the premier store to feature air conditioners and television sets, Modern Home served as a symbol of the nation's evolution.

In the 1950s, Darwish built a clock tower as homage to the community's advancement, and today, the Doha Clock Tower still stands tall, serving as an enduring landmark honouring Qatar's rich legacy. Towards the end of this decade, the Darwish group helped foment progress by harnessing opportunities and innovations to further enhance the living standards of Qatar's citizens.

1960

Abdullah Al Darwish (center) taken in the Holy Mosque in Jerusalem during restoration works that Darwish took part in in the early 1960s

1960

Doha airport in the 1960s

1960

Abdullah Al Darwish and H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Ali Al Thani

1960

Doha city in the 1960s

1960s

By the 1960s, Qatar was on a steady course of development and several companies and services joined the Darwish banner. As an aspiring company, the Darwish group continued to go beyond its potential and this pioneering spirit, combined with extensive vision, helped cultivate an enviable reputation throughout the nation.

To intensify the strength of Modern Home and raise its profile further, more of the world's renowned brands were brought to Qatar. Premium brands were sourced and imported to elevate the quality of life and inspire its citizens. With the introduction of globally prominent names like Rolex, Chanel, Bally, and Sony, Modern Home was soon established as an icon of prosperity and symbolic change within the peninsula of Qatar.

1970

Doha city in the 1970s

1970

Abdullah Al Darwish, H.H. Sheikh Ali bin Ali Abdullah Al Thani and Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt

1970

Abdullah Al Darwish and H.R.M. King Faisal bin Abdulaziz, former King of Saudi Arabia

1970s

1971 was another auspicious year when Qatar became independent and gained full statehood. During this decade, the government worked to enhance its infrastructure, and began to heavily invest in building a non-oil manufacturing base in order to diversify its interests. Keen to help the government achieve its objectives that would modify it into
a modern state, the Darwish group undertook numerous initiatives.

During this period, the group's services had a positive impact on the lives of every Qatari resident, fostering ambitions of creating substantial community change for all nationals and expatriates. In every sphere of life - economic, cultural and social, the company undertook great strides in improving and benefiting the local community, long before Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) became a common practice in the business world.

1980

Abdullah Al Darwish, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani and H.R.M. King Fahad bin Abdulaziz Al Saoud

1980

Abdullah Al Darwish

1980

Abdullah Al Darwish with H.H. Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, former ruler of Dubai

1980s

A decade after Qatar's independence, Modern Home established the concept of department stores in the region, creating a regional benchmark. The phenomenal range
of products and services available at Modern Home generated widespread acclaim and encouraged its partners to expand the distribution of the brands to the rest of the GCC through Modern Home. Despite the network expansion, it remained anchored by the inherited values essential to the group's success : respect, fairness, prudence, and integrity. The culture of giving back to the community thrived, earning recognition from regional and international humanitarian organisations.

The 1980s saw the sad demise of the revered founder and father, Abdullah Al Darwish, yet there was the joy of witnessing his many businesses flourish. Despite the ongoing global economic crisis, Qatar remained unaffected. The late founder's unwavering belief in Qatar's future, and his far-reaching vision proved to be rewarding as the group overcame the economic turmoil. These ethics left a lasting legacy that was significant in maintaining the loyalty of Modern Home's esteemed customers. The founder's heritage of national pride, optimism, and ambition ensured that the Qataris viewed the group's continued success as
a reflection of the nation's economic strength.

1990

H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jaber Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar & Minister of Foreign Affairs and Bader Al Darwish

1990

From left, H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir, H.E. Yousef Hussein Kamal, Ex-minister of Finance, and Bader Al Darwish

1990s

The mid-1990s signified a new era of profound changes for the State of Qatar with the ascension of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir. A major impetus for a spectacular transformation was the shift of Qatar's reliance on oil exports,
as it sealed a reputation as a key global exporter in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas-to-liquid (GTL) industry.

This noteworthy transition compelled the Darwish group to create changes in tandem with Qatar's evolution and rise in prominence. The country's new future in natural gas was embraced in the similar manner the group's predecessors welcomed the production and export of oil 50 years ago, alongside a commitment of providing for the needs of the community and future generations.

Inspired by His Highness Sheikh Hamad's vision for Qatar, the Darwish group restructured its businesses, streamlining assets and integrating organisational processes. In 1997,
the different companies operating under the Darwish banner were consolidated to establish Bader Abdullah Al Darwish & Partners, or BD&P. Though this marked a new beginning, BD&P was still faithful to its heritage and core beliefs that were critical in helping it achieve exceptional advances.

2001-2006

Bader Al Darwish with H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, Khalid Suleiman Olayan and Abdul- Aziz-Al-Babtain

2001-2006

H.E. Abdulrahman bin Al Attiyah, Secretary General of the GCC opening Modern Home Department Store at City Center in December 2001

2001-2006

The years 2001 to 2006 were defining years for Qatar as well as for BD&P. The increasing population and the construction boom set the nation on a new course. To appeal to tourists, the Tourism Authority launched a scheme allocating US$ 15 billion to build outstanding hotels, museums and theme parks, and to expand the national airline, Qatar
Airways.

In 2005, the government founded the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) to enhance the financial sector and attract international financial services and reputable multinational corporations. In December 2006, Doha hosted The 15th Asian Games that was instrumental in putting Qatar on the world map.

Between 2001 and 2006, BD&P underwent a major transformation that led to tremendous growth. A new, inspired leadership revitalised operations, leading to an exciting momentum and performance improvements. Massive investments of efforts and funds were channeled for effective restructuring that refined strategic focus, enterprise and equity worth. BD&P recruited excellent talent to accelerate its revenue growth. This comprehensive restructuring proved to be optimum and returned high dividends and towards the end of 2006, resulted in its turnover multiplying by seven.

2007

2007

2007 was a momentous year for Qatar and for BD&P. The country's active participation in the United Nations resulted in its election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, setting a standard for other young and enterprising nations. Under the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir, this was
an opportunity for Qatar to leverage its commitment on global issues to create tangible changes thus raising the country's profile even higher.

This set in motion the next decisive steps for BD&P to further excel by adopting a new vision and in 2007, the group was rebranded as Darwish Holding. The new positioning reinforced the group's vision, encouraging it to become a globally reputable conglomerate helmed by forward-thinking leaders and innovators.

Darwish Holding was determined that its every project should be world-class, establishing new barometers of success. This led to a consolidation of divisions and spinning off
of others to form new entities, expanding the group's portfolio to include core activities such as Retail Services, Consumer, Commercial, Estate, Investments, Ventures, and Business Services.

2013

Doha Skyline

2013

Bader Al Darwish and Saoud Al Darwish

2013

New stores at Lagoona Mall

Present

As the unique journey of Darwish Holding continues, its role as a key catalyst in the extraordinary evolution of Qatar's economy continues to unfold. To sustain the nation's progress, Darwish Holding generates opportunities vital for the country's future while simultaneously boosting the welfare of the entire society.

2013 also marks the ascension of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani,
Emir of Qatar.

2001-2006

Bader Al Darwish with H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, Khalid Suleiman Olayan and Abdul- Aziz-Al-Babtain

2001-2006

H.E. Abdulrahman bin Al Attiyah, Secretary General of the GCC opening Modern Home Department Store at City Center in December 2001

2001-2006

The years 2001 to 2006 were defining years for Qatar as well as for BD&P. The increasing population and the construction boom set the nation on a new course. To appeal to tourists, the Tourism Authority launched a scheme allocating US$ 15 billion to build outstanding hotels, museums and theme parks, and to expand the national airline, Qatar Airways.

In 2005, the government founded the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) to enhance the financial sector and attract international financial services and reputable multinational corporations. In December 2006, Doha hosted The 15th Asian Games that was instrumental in putting Qatar on the world map.

Between 2001 and 2006, BD&P underwent a major transformation that led to tremendous growth. A new, inspired leadership revitalised operations, leading to an exciting momentum and performance improvements. Massive investments of efforts and funds were channeled for effective restructuring that refined strategic focus, enterprise and equity worth. BD&P recruited excellent talent to accelerate its revenue growth. This comprehensive restructuring proved to be optimum and returned high dividends and towards the end of 2006, resulted in its turnover multiplying by seven.

2011

Fifty One East flagship store

2011

Opening of Fifty One East at Lagoona Mall in November 2011

2011

Fifty One East in Lagoona Mall

2011

Lagoona Mall

2011

Accessories at Fifty One East

2011

Technology at Fifty One East

2011

Fifty One East Ladies's VIP Room

2011

Fashion at Fifty One East

2011

Lagoona Mall

2011

Darwish Holding launches Lagoona Mall and Fifty One East's flagship store in Doha's West Bay area.

JOURNEY

Life is a journey; it is the journey in life that matters

1920

Over eighty years ago, Darwish embarked on a remarkable journey that led to a promising future, inspiring generations.

1950

As income from oil exports increased, Qatar's landscape began to swiftly change and modern amenities became prevalent.

1960

By the 1960s, Qatar was on a steady course of development and several companies and services joined the Darwish banner.

1970

1971 was another auspicious year when Qatar became independent and gained full statehood.

1980

A decade after Qatar's independence, Modern Home established the concept of department stores in the region, creating a regional benchmark.

1990

The mid-1990s signified a new era of profound changes for the State of Qatar with the ascension of His Highness the Emir...

2001-2006

The years 2001 to 2006 were defining years for Qatar as well as for BD&P. The increasing population and the construction boom...

2001-2006

The years 2001 to 2006 were defining years for Qatar as well as for BD&P. The increasing population and the construction boom...

2007

2007 was a momentous year for Qatar and for BD&P. The country's active participation in the United Nations...

Present

As the unique journey of Darwish Holding continues, its role as a key catalyst in the extraordinary evolution of Qatar's economy continues to unfold.

2030
1926
1935

1949

Production of oil commences in Qatar. Abdullah Al Darwish together with his brothers, Jassem and Abdul-Rahman, head the Darwish business.

1951

Rolex appoints Abdullah Al Darwish as Rolex dealer in Qatar. The first Rolex arrives in Doha.

1956
1966

1971

Qatar gains independence and full statehood.

1974
1983

1985

The sad passing away of Darwish founder and father, Abdullah Al Darwish.

1995

Ascension of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir.

2008

Modern Home undertook the bold step to
reinvigorate the retail brand to Fifty One East,
as a fitting tribute to the location and people
of Qatar.

2009
2010

2011

Darwish Holding launches Lagoona Mall and Fifty One East's flagship store in West Bay

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