Category: Middle East & Africa

UAE: Franchising expertise and networking at international forum in Dubai

| 29/09/2012 | Reply
UAE: Franchising expertise and networking at international forum in Dubai

More than 50 franchise brands from the Food & Hospitality, Retail, Services and B2B sectors will be presented. Business meetings with the franchisors will be scheduled in advance. Midamar is proud to co-sponsor this event.

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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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UK ‘missing out on £1bn Halal opportunity’

| 29/09/2012 | Reply
UK ‘missing out on £1bn Halal opportunity’

The UK meat industry is missing out on a £1bn export opportunity in the Middle East because it has failed to adopt Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidelines on halal, an expert has warned.

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Iran: ‘Halal Internet’ imminent in Iran

| 26/09/2012 | Reply
Iran: ‘Halal Internet’ imminent in Iran

The first phase of Iran’s national Internet project has already been launched in the country’s government departments. Activists fear it’s a step toward cutting the population off from the World Wide Web.

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UAE: Sharjah to host International Congress

| 25/09/2012 | Reply
UAE: Sharjah to host International Congress

After a high-profile international launch and strategic tie-ups with several premier global bodies, the upcoming Halal Food Middle East 2012 exhibition has roped in a leading industry entity to organize a Halal Congress with the Halal Development Council of Pakistan.

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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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Opinion: The Real Reason the Middle East is Rioting

| 16/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The Real Reason the Middle East is Rioting

A scene from the YouTube version of the “Innocence of Muslims,” has been seen as the spark for recent attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in the Muslim world. Is food insecurity the tinder for this blaze?

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Kuwait: Traces of pork found in chicken hotdogs from Brazil

| 13/09/2012 | Reply
Kuwait: Traces of pork found in chicken hotdogs from Brazil

The Kuwait Municipality closed a store where shipment of chicken hotdogs ‘mixed with pork and lard”‘ and imported from Brazil was found. They had not been tested to confirm whether they were suitable for human consumption.

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UAE-China trade grow fivefold over last 10 years, says MoFT

| 10/09/2012 | Reply
UAE-China trade grow fivefold over last 10 years, says MoFT

A study revealed that the Halal food industry and market in China should be explored further, revealing that the Halal food sector in China is witnessing an increase in demand considering the presence of millions of Chinese Muslims.

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Saudi Arabia: Inflatable Solar Canopy to Power the Arabian Peninsula?

| 10/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Inflatable Solar Canopy to Power the Arabian Peninsula?

An MIT student proposes to solar-power the Arabian peninsula with more than 10,000 square kilometers of Powerscape – a tensile solar-collecting canopy comprised of inflatable mirrors.

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Saudi Arabia: Ramadan TV Gently Pushes Saudi Boundaries

| 20/08/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Ramadan TV Gently Pushes Saudi Boundaries

Ramadan is also when Saudis talk, blog and tweet about what they are watching, and it’s a broader and spicier array of shows than outsiders might imagine.

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UAE: Ramadan TV show stirs argument across Arab world

| 17/08/2012 | Reply
UAE: Ramadan TV show stirs argument across Arab world

A TV drama about the life of a seventh century Muslim ruler, Omar Ibn al-Khattab, is polarizing opinion across the Arab world by challenging a widespread belief that actors should not depict Islam’s central figures.

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Women-only city planned for Saudi Arabia

| 11/08/2012 | 1 Reply
Women-only city planned for Saudi Arabia

The Gulf kingdom is working on the narrow junction between strict Sharia law and the aspirations of active females who wish to pursue their own careers. Construction is planned to begin next year.

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South Africa: Christian Group Petitions Courts to Challenge Halal Labeling

| 03/08/2012 | Reply
South Africa: Christian Group Petitions Courts to Challenge Halal Labeling

The group objects to the fact that a wide range of food products are religiously labelled, and there should be alternative products available without these labels. The complaint mainly targets the halal labeling.

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Brazil: $6.5m worth of orders for Brazilian food products signed by Arab importers

| 02/08/2012 | 1 Reply
Brazil: $6.5m worth of orders for Brazilian food products signed by Arab importers

It was stated that Brazilian companies should invest more in the production of halal products. Arab importers are seeking halal-certified chocolate, sweets and food products.This represents a huge potential for Halal certified companies.

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Egypt: Holidaying the Halal Way

| 30/07/2012 | Reply
Egypt: Holidaying the Halal Way

A new Cairo-based travel operator, “Shouq Travel,” is hoping to tap into the global Muslim tourism boom with a new initiative encouraging Muslims to arrange their vacations in accordance to Sharia (Islamic) law.

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Spending by Muslim Tourists is Growing Faster than the Global Rate

| 30/07/2012 | Reply
Spending by Muslim Tourists is Growing Faster than the Global Rate

A new ground-breaking study, ‘Global Muslim Lifestyle Travel Market: Landscape & Consumer Needs,’ shows that Muslim tourists globally represent a major niche market worth $126.1 billion in 2011 growing at a 4.8% through 2020.

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