Category: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s F & B industry brims over amid robust tourism

| 13/02/2013 | Reply
Saudi Arabia’s F & B industry brims over amid robust tourism

With Saudi Arabia importing approximately 60 percent of the Middle East’s total food and beverage (F&B) imports, the Kingdom is a key target market for regional and international food manufacturers and suppliers.

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Saudi Arabia: Kingdom Holding in Islamic financing push

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Kingdom Holding in Islamic financing push

Kingdom Holding, the international investment firm of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, has formed a sharia board of prominent scholars in order to raise more of its funding through Islamic finance.

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Saudi Arabia: Halal certification and alcohol-free labeling with Mondelez

| 29/01/2013 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Halal certification and alcohol-free labeling with Mondelez

Mondelez is expanding in the Middle East having recently signed a joint venture in Saudi Arabia. ConfectioneryNews.com asks the industry giant if halal certification and alcohol-free labeling have been factored into its growth plans.

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Malaysia: Halal gelatin in the process

| 22/12/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Halal gelatin in the process

The International Islamic University (IIU) of Malaysia and the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia will work together to produce gelatin from camels to meet world demand for halal gelatin.

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Saudi Arabia: The Food Exporter’s Hidden Gem

| 14/12/2012 | 1 Reply
Saudi Arabia: The Food Exporter’s Hidden Gem

Like the rest of the Persian Gulf region, Saudi Arabia saw an explosion in consumer spending over the past decade due to the bourgeoning global energy demand. Per capita food consumption through 2015 is forecast to grow 7.31%.

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USA: Saudi Arabia Retail Foods Update 2012

| 14/12/2012 | Reply
USA: Saudi Arabia Retail Foods Update 2012

This report provides an update on the Saudi retail food market structure and information that the U.S., and other exporters would need to enter this important market.

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Saudi Arabian chain Herfy outlines growth plans

| 11/12/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabian chain Herfy outlines growth plans

Since its founding in 1981 by Ahmed Hamad Al Saeed, who remains the company’s chief executive, the now-194-unit Riyadh-based Herfy chain has woven itself into the fabric of the Gulf kingdom as well as several other Middle Eastern countries.

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Saudi Arabia Sets Its Sights on Afghanistan

| 06/11/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia Sets Its Sights on Afghanistan

This became clear on October 29, when the Afghan government announced that Riyadh would build a multimillion-dollar Islamic complex in Kabul, marking its largest and most expensive foray into post-9/11 Afghanistan.

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Opinion: Post Hajj quotient real test of taqwa

| 28/10/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Post Hajj quotient real test of taqwa

The Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca is the fifth of the five obligatory pillars for Muslims. It is a human-defining, behaviour-refining and life-revitalizing moment that is supposed to endure until our last breath.

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Makkah’s mega architecture casts shadow over Hajj

| 24/10/2012 | Reply
Makkah’s mega architecture casts shadow over Hajj

Towering over Makkah, with the Ka’aba in its shadow, the Abraj al-Bait is the world’s second-tallest building – and it is just a tiny part of a voracious development that has seen historic sites bulldozed and locals forced into shantytowns.

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Millions of pilgrims head to Mina as Hajj 2012 officially kicks off

| 24/10/2012 | Reply
Millions of pilgrims head to Mina as Hajj 2012 officially kicks off

Around four million pilgrims were heading to Mina, where they will spend their night before heading to the Mount of Arafat in the early hours of Thursday. Wednesday is the first official day of the pilgrimage.

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Saudi Arabia: Saudi food and beverage industry outlook is positive

| 21/10/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Saudi food and beverage industry outlook is positive

Even though Saudi Arabia is a leading player in regional food production, over US$5 billion worth of food and beverage products are imported every year to the Kingdom. It imports approximately 63% of the entire Middle East’s food and beverage imports.

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USA: Is the meningitis vaccine Halal for Hajj Pilgrims?

| 19/10/2012 | Reply
USA: Is the meningitis vaccine Halal for Hajj Pilgrims?

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis claims to have developed, in 2010, the first anti-meningitis vaccine without pork. Many religious authorities have already certified the Menveo vaccine as “halal,” but others are saying it is not porcine free.

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Saudi Arabia: Hajj pilgrimage to start Thursday October 25, 2012

| 17/10/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Hajj pilgrimage to start Thursday October 25, 2012

The kingdom’s High Court, comprised of religious scholars who serve as judges, announced Tuesday that Eid al-Adha celebrations coinciding with the pilgrimage will start on October 26 2012.

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Saudi Halal food firm expands production in Dubai

| 29/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Halal food firm expands production in Dubai

Robert Morrison, general manager of Supreme Foods, said: “Our output from the Dubai Industrial City factory are exported to markets in Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco, where we are looking to aggressively expand our footprint.

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Saudi Arabia threatens to block YouTube over anti-Islam film

| 19/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia threatens to block YouTube over anti-Islam film

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission has ordered host companies in the kingdom to block this movie from Internet users and has also requested Google to block all YouTube links carrying the film.

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Saudi Arabia Halal food market valued at $6 billion

| 19/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia Halal food market valued at $6 billion

Saudi Agriculture 2012, the 31st International Agriculture, Water and Agro-Industry Show, set on Sept. 24-27, 2012 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. Saudi Arabia’s Halal food market alone valued at around $6 billion.

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UAE: Hotel Show Saudi Arabia set to revolutionize booming hospitality industry

| 18/09/2012 | Reply
UAE: Hotel Show Saudi Arabia set to revolutionize booming hospitality industry

More than 100 companies from 24 countries representing various supply chains of the hospitality sector across the Middle East and beyond will be participating at the inaugural Hotel Show Saudi Arabia.

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Opinion: ‘Shariah-compliant’ tourism opens new markets

| 17/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: ‘Shariah-compliant’ tourism opens new markets

These days, more and more Muslim travellers are looking for the “halal” label on hotels, restaurants and even airlines when they travel. One-quarter of the world’s population is Muslim and they are becoming a growing sector of the world’s economy

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Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

| 12/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

Demand for agricultural products is swelling in Saudi Arabia, driven by a population boom, rising incomes, affluent lifestyles and a strong economy – the largest in the Gulf region.

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