Category: Middle East & Africa

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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UAE: Pakistan pursuing ‘economic diplomacy’ to boost economy and trade with UAE

| 17/07/2011 | Reply
UAE: Pakistan pursuing ‘economic diplomacy’ to boost economy and trade with UAE

ABU DHABI — Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UAE Jamil Ahmed Khan has emphasised the need for pursuing economic diplomacy to benefit from the international opportunities available to Pakistan in the field of economy and trade. In the field of trade, he said that Pakistan can supply fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products and Halal meat to the Gulf region and beyond.

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50 Leading Business Schools of the OIC Show Growing Local Talent Base

| 13/07/2011 | Reply
50 Leading Business Schools of the OIC Show Growing Local Talent Base

DinarStandard™, a specialized market research and business media firm, released a listing of 50 Leading Business Schools of the OIC (Organization of the Islamic Conference) member countries. The listing showcases how OIC based Business Schools are giving leading regional employers access to top talent.

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Opinion: Could religion be used to address environmental issues?

| 09/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Could religion be used to address environmental issues?

Religion and the environment may at first seem to be two mutually exclusive phenomena; but looking at the history of the religion, as well as the way people govern their lives, just might provide a much-needed solution.

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Saudi Arabia: SFDA to sponsor conference on halal food and drugs monitoring

| 07/07/2011 | 2 Replies
Saudi Arabia: SFDA to sponsor conference on halal food and drugs monitoring

Muhammad Bin Ahmed Al-Kanhal, CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) announced that his organization has received Royal approval to sponsor next year’s First International Conference for Halal Food and Drugs Monitoring. “Due to the Kingdom’s position in the Muslim World, it has to take serious steps to lay down regulations and controls for halal food, which many societies consume,” Dr. Al-Kanhal said.

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UAE: Al Farooj awards franchise rights to UK based Al-Amin

| 06/07/2011 | Reply
UAE: Al Farooj awards franchise rights to UK based Al-Amin

As part of its expansion plan, Al Farooj Fresh, a fast-casual restaurant chain in UAE, has signed an agreement with Al-Amin Holdings, a UK-based business group, awarding them the franchise rights for opening up six Al Farooj outlets in the UAE.

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Saudi Arabia: Scholars to analyze halal food standards at Riyadh conference

| 06/07/2011 | 1 Reply
Saudi Arabia: Scholars to analyze halal food standards at Riyadh conference

RIYADH: The Kingdom will host the first ever international conference on halal food in the Saudi capital on 12 February 2012, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority announced on Tuesday. The objectives of the proposed summit are to clarify the concept of halal food and its requirements from an Islamic perspective and to present technical and economic aspects of halal food in the light of its increased global demand.

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Kuwait investors invited to China-Arab economic forum

| 01/07/2011 | Reply
Kuwait investors invited to China-Arab economic forum

Visiting board members of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Ma Jiang urged Kuwait public and private sector investors to contribute to the Second China-Arab States Economic and Trade Forum, to be held on September 21-25.

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UAE: Municipality trains workers on genetically modified food

| 29/06/2011 | Reply
UAE: Municipality trains workers on genetically modified food

The training programme, involving 27 employees of the department reviewed the economic reality and impact of halal food, genetically modified food, the readiness of Arab countries for the production of halal food.

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Oman: A’saffa Foods ensures consumers buy with trust and confidence

| 15/06/2011 | Reply
Oman: A’saffa Foods ensures consumers buy with trust and confidence

The quality of the operations from A’Saffa is being increasingly recognised in the region leading to the company operating as a consultant to help set up other poultry manufacturing and processing operations in the region such as the partnership with Hassad Foods in Qatar.

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Uganda: Iranians start to build an abattoir in Mpigi

| 10/06/2011 | Reply
Uganda: Iranians start to build an abattoir in Mpigi

‘The meat is for all people and it will be exported to the Middle East and Africa,’ said Eshragi. About 300 people will be employed during the construction works of phase one, which is expected to last two years.

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