Category: Middle East & Africa

How to identify and meet the needs of the Muslim consumer

| 28/08/2011 | Reply
How to identify and meet the needs of the Muslim consumer

Sunsilk has realised that there are specific needs that Muslim women who observe the headscarf have, and speaks directly about their concerns for the condition of their scalp. The have come up with the “1st shampoo for covered hair.”

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Productivity in Ramadan 2011 Survey Results Provide Concrete Recommendations for Employers & Governments

| 25/08/2011 | Reply
Productivity in Ramadan 2011 Survey Results Provide Concrete Recommendations for Employers & Governments

DinarStandard™, a Muslim market research and business media firm, and ProductiveMuslim Ltd, a productivity training and media firm, have joined forces to deliver a ground-breaking study that presents a fact-based assessment of the state of productivity during Ramadan across the world.

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Saudi Arabia: Central bank sees moderate inflation

| 21/08/2011 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Central bank sees moderate inflation

Saudi Arabia imports the bulk of its food needs. Muhammad al-Jasser, the governor of Sama, the country’s central bank, has repeatedly said that inflationary pressures, caused mainly by an increase in global food prices, are worrying.

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High Food Prices Threaten Poorest: World Bank

| 21/08/2011 | Reply
High Food Prices Threaten Poorest: World Bank

Food prices near record peaks and volatility in commodity markets are driving the lives of the world’s poorest people to the edge of survival, the World Bank warned on Monday. Global food prices in July were 33% higher than a year ago.

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UAE: Muslim Holiday-makers head to ‘now affordable’ Europe

| 18/08/2011 | Reply
UAE: Muslim Holiday-makers head to ‘now affordable’ Europe

Holiday-makers from Qatar are heading to destinations in Europe, making use of the present economic frost sweeping across the euro zone countries, tourism industry experts have observed.

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Opinion: Islamic Finance industry needs consolidation

| 16/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic Finance industry needs consolidation

Rushdi Siddiqui asks: what about consolidation among Islamic industry bodies, such as AAOIFI (Accounting and Auditing Organisation of Islamic Financial Institutions), IIRA (International Islamic Rating Agency), IIFM (International Islamic Financial Market) and CIBAFI (General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions)?

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UAE: Halal industry ‘must make strategic global acquisitions’

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
UAE: Halal industry ‘must make strategic global acquisitions’

The halal industry should be supported by Islamic finance and the two should go hand in hand. True halal is not only about a process but following Islamic rules. One way of starting a dialogue is joint Islamic finance-halal food activities and events to develop understanding and match-making of services and products first locally, regionally and internationally. That should be reinforced by the authorities.

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Opinion: Global brands, Islamic values

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Global brands, Islamic values

As more and more transnational companies look at expanding their footprints in the global Islamic market, which accounts for around 23 per cent of the world’s population and is projected to grow to about 35 per cent in the next 20 years, brand managers and marketing heads need to study and analyse the religion that dictates so much of public life and its associated values.

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Nigeria: Small enterprise and job creation

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Nigeria: Small enterprise and job creation

Supporting small and medium enterprises and agribusiness are key priorities for IFC in Africa, since these sectors account for the bulk of employment on the continent. Across Africa, IFC is supporting projects across the food supply chain, including processing, logistics, and distribution.

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Oman: Food security vital

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Oman: Food security vital

The Sultanate has attached great importance to food security and has set up a national committee for food security, besides developing strategies to ensure self-sufficiency and adequate availability of food.

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UAE: Get busy during Ramadan

| 14/08/2011 | Reply
UAE: Get busy during Ramadan

Dubai: Generating high workplace productivity while helping Muslim workers observe the tenets of Ramadan can pose challenges for companies, experts say. Reduced daily work hours for Muslim workers who are fasting can impact on output for business environments vying in a competitive global market place.

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Oman’s first Islamic bank may open by end-2011

| 10/08/2011 | Reply
Oman’s first Islamic bank may open by end-2011

While neighbouring Gulf states have ramped up Islamic finance services in recent years, Oman stood out by refusing to participate in the industry, with its central bank head saying in 2007 “banks should be universal”. The central bank reversed that stance in May.

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UAE: Is Ramadan a month of fasting, or feasting?

| 04/08/2011 | Reply
UAE: Is Ramadan a month of fasting, or feasting?

Although there are no figures available for Dubai, the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi released figures in August 2010 showing that approximately 500 tonnes of food gets thrown away in the capital during Ramadan. An unholy amount of food gets wasted during Ramadan as hotels outdo each other in putting up huge iftar spreads comprising 40-50 dishes that leave patrons biting off more than they can chew.

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Opinion: Shariah compliant hotels

| 02/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Shariah compliant hotels

TODAY, we have fashion hotels, underwater hotels, ice hotels, seven star hotels, etc., and, for the devout, syariah-compliant hotels! In the last 15 years, I’ve travelled to more 35 countries and stayed in over 100 hotels, and most of today’s syariah-Shariah compliant (SC) hotel’s neither provide a religious experience nor value for money.

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Oman: A’Saffa Foods hosts visit by Arab Investment and Development Agricultural Authority

| 31/07/2011 | Reply
Oman: A’Saffa Foods hosts visit by Arab Investment and Development Agricultural Authority

The President of the Arab Investment and Development Authority Mr. Ali Al Sharan visited the chicken farms of A’Saffa Foods at Thumrait in Southern Oman. Mr. Ali Al Sharan toured the company’s world class state of the art chicken producing facility that covers a 50-acre site and comprises nine separate farms.

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Opinion: Halal food products: Lucrative business amid strong demand

| 31/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Halal food products: Lucrative business amid strong demand

The logistics of the Halal industry show a dynamic market in the Muslim world. Halal products’ rate of growth, undoubtedly, indicates areas creating opportunities for investment and food national security. Halal food products and their supporting service providers will have to work harder to ensure participants meet Halal requirements.

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Opinion: Ramadan guide for non Muslims

| 28/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Ramadan guide for non Muslims

A short guide on the Do’s and Don’ts during Ramadan if you are a non Muslim visiting or living in a Muslim country.

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Opinion: Muslim vacationers worry over availability of halal food abroad

| 28/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Muslim vacationers worry over availability of halal food abroad

Many Muslims who travel to a non-Muslim countries say that getting halal food is a major concern, and many say that they are reluctant to eat in restaurants that serve pork.

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Turkey: Arabs fuel tourism boom for Turkey

| 26/07/2011 | Reply
Turkey: Arabs fuel tourism boom for Turkey

The Arab spring is fuelling a Turkish summer as Saudis, Kuwaitis and other tourists from the Gulf states who would have previously spent summers in Syria or Egypt look further north.

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Oman: A’Saffa Foods sets up its own specially branded restaurant outlet

| 17/07/2011 | Reply
Oman: A’Saffa Foods sets up its own specially branded restaurant outlet

This year the company has decided to establish its own “A’Saffa Restaurant” on the site of the Khareef Festival ground providing tasty, healthy and 100 per cent pure Halal snacks at great value prices.

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