Our Storied Legacy: Crafting Health Excellence Since 1982


1982: Genesis of Ali Al Suwaidi Trading Establishment by Ali Al Suwaidi

In the vibrant tapestry of Qatar’s healthcare landscape, ASTE emerged in 1982, founded by the visionary Ali Mohamed Al Suwaidi, who set out on a mission to redefine healthcare distribution. With a determined spirit, we started our journey with two key suppliers – Biomerieux for laboratory essentials and Baxter for medical supplies, focusing on reagents and consumables.

2000: Expansion and Evolution

A pivotal moment in our history unfolded in the year 2000 when ASTE experienced significant growth. We welcomed a host of new suppliers, broadening our spectrum to meet the evolving needs of the healthcare industry. This expansion was not only in terms of products but also in the number of dedicated professionals joining our team.

2003: Diversification and Relocation

In 2003, we ventured into the realms of pharmaceuticals and dental supplies, diversifying our offerings to better cater to the comprehensive needs of healthcare providers. Simultaneously, recognizing the need for a more spacious and conducive environment, we shifted our offices from Frij Al Naser to the thriving Al Saad Zone.

2009: Forging into New Frontiers

The year 2009 witnessed ASTE’s foray into Molecular Biology and the Environmental Industry. To accommodate our expanding operations, we relocated to our purpose-built facility in Mesameer, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to support our growing endeavors.

2016: Quality Certified – ISO 9001:2008

A testament to our commitment to excellence, in 2016, ASTE achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification, a recognition of our dedication to maintaining the highest standards in healthcare distribution.

2017: Unwavering Growth and ISO 9001:2015 Upgrade

Fuelled by a commitment to progress, ASTE continued its upward trajectory. In 2017, we relocated to a new, more expansive space in Al Soudan, reaffirming our dedication to providing unparalleled services. Additionally, our ISO certification was upgraded to ISO 9001:2015, a reflection of our ongoing commitment to quality management.

2019: Team Expansion and Branching Out

In 2019, ASTE experienced a significant expansion. The team was divided into distinct Branches, each concentrating on pharma, medical, laboratory, and industrial sectors, fostering specialization and expertise.

2020: The Move to Salwa Road – A Nexus of Excellence

In 2020, a new chapter unfolded as we moved to our current location at the Blue Polygon Building Complex on Salwa Road. This state-of-the-art facility accommodates all branches, marking a strategic consolidation of our diverse expertise under one roof.

2023: Leading the Market for 40 Years and Beyond

Today, after 41 years of unwavering commitment and growth, ASTE stands as a leading force in the Qatari healthcare distribution market. Our journey has been marked by milestones, innovation, and a dedication to advancing the standards of healthcare.

Join Us in Shaping the Future of Healthcare

As we reflect on our remarkable history, we invite you to be a part of ASTE’s ongoing journey. Together, let’s continue to shape a future where healthcare knows no bounds.