Category: Middle East & Africa

Al Islami supports UAE health initiative to combat obesity

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
Al Islami supports UAE health initiative to combat obesity

In line with the UAE health initiatives, Al Islami Foods, a pioneer in
halal food industry in the Middle East, today launched a new corporate
communication strategy, which will support UAE drive to combat obesity
and diabetes.

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Ingredients Middle East attracts 1,732 regional buyers

| 27/06/2008 | Reply
Ingredients Middle East attracts 1,732 regional buyers

Sourcing Halal ingredients is more and more going to become an issue in the GCC and other countries where Halal food is produced. Hopefully this show will assist the manufacturers, and also encourage ingredients companies to obtain Halal certification for their products to broaden their business potential.

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British Airways launches new ‘taste team’

| 25/06/2008 | Reply
British Airways launches new ‘taste team’

It is a good sign – and good business sense – that British Airways is catering to the Muslim Halal food market in the GCC region by giving them a nice serving of British cuisine Halal style! I thought the national dish for Britain was curry these days! This is all in line with the new push on Halal tourism. At least if you can eat good food in the air it might make you feel a bit better about paying the higher airfares.

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Gulfood to expand to become Middle East’s largest trade exhibition in 2009

| 19/06/2008 | Reply
Gulfood to expand to become Middle East’s largest trade exhibition in 2009

Gulfood expanding was inevitable, but adding the new Ingredients Middle East into the show was a good strategic move. Though Gulfood has never focused on Halal as a category in its own right at the show, many of the companies of course are certified Halal to enable them to export to the region. Having the ingredients on board during this huge event will assist manufacturers wanting to enter into the Halal food industry source their certified ingredients. One stop shop.

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Halal Tourism

| 18/06/2008 | Reply
Halal Tourism

Once again ‘Halal Tourism’ is coming into travel market news. It is a budding industry that cannot be ignored and the interesting thing is that one of the target markets for this sector is the European Muslims.

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Western branding for next generation Sharia hotels

| 18/06/2008 | Reply
Western branding for next generation Sharia hotels

Dubai-based
Almulla Hospitality plans an international chain of 150
Sharia-compliant hotels by 2015. Around 90 are planned in the Middle
East and North Africa, but the remainder will be Europe, Asia and North
America – and Almulla says it will develop non-Muslim brand names.

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Malaysian delegation to promote Halal standards at next OIC meeting

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Malaysian delegation to promote Halal standards at next OIC meeting

The next session of the OIC Foreign Ministers, due to be held in Uganda on June 18, will among other things, look at the formation of an International Zakat Organisation, and the development of international Halal standards, and the International Halal Integrity Alliance IHI.

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Kipp’s healthcheck on Arab brands’ global ambition

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Kipp’s healthcheck on Arab brands’ global ambition

Though there is no mention of Halal product brands in this article it is showing that products going out internationally from this region are going to increase. Let’s see with the recent article we put up about UAE increasing its production of Halal food products whether these manufacturers will also consider the international Halal marketplace.

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Ingredients expo opens in Dubai

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Ingredients expo opens in Dubai

Now we are getting down to the nitty gritty of Halal food production. Beyond the disagreements on stunning and mechanical slaughter what people are wanting to know is, what about the hidden ingredients that make the ‘halalness’ of the everyday products we use dubious. Hopefully at this show people were able to speak with companies to get comprehensive answers on their questions in this regard.

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Bid to increase amount of food made locally

| 16/06/2008 | Reply
Bid to increase amount of food made locally

The UAE could save billions of dollars and curb soaring food prices by manufacturing more products at home, experts say.

“The halal
industry in this region alone is worth more than Dh73bn. We want a
slice of that market ourselves rather than buying it in,” said Joanne Cook organiser for the new Ingredients Middle East trade fair currently being held in Dubai
.

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Abu Dhabi building platform to create global halal industry standard

| 31/05/2008 | Reply
Abu Dhabi building platform to create global halal industry standard

Abu Dhabi is building a solid platform to play an important role in the Halal industry, a rapidly expanding
business now reaching 1.8 billion consumers worldwide and worth an
estimated US$2.1 trillion. Halal World Expo 2008 offers Halal industry stakeholders a chance to reach the lucrative Middle East markets.

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Malaysia, Turkey & Saudi Arabia Driving Increased Intra-OIC Trade

| 29/05/2008 | Reply
Malaysia, Turkey & Saudi Arabia Driving Increased Intra-OIC Trade

This is an excellent report by DinarStandard.com (as we are coming to expect from them) on intra-OIC trade, looking at tyhe trend towards growth in this sector, and who is driving it. Malaysia, Turkey & Saudi Arabia driving increased intra-OIC Trade, with strong fundamentals, Islamic finance, Halal food, and increase Intra-OIC networking driving growth. The report is full of information and charts, and we are posting the link here:

http://www.dinarstandard.com/intraoic/intraoic052708.html

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Growing Halal food market demands greater focus on ingredients

| 21/05/2008 | Reply
Growing Halal food market demands greater focus on ingredients

The
Middle East’s first trade exhibition dedicated to raw materials and
ingredients has generated a strong response from the region’s
fast-evolving manufacturing and processing industry, with particular
interest from groups specialising in Halal food.

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UAE to Collect Halal Fees on Foreign Plants

| 15/05/2008 | Reply
UAE to Collect Halal Fees on Foreign Plants

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – UAE officials indicate that they will approach approved foreign Halal certifiers directly in an
effort to identify slaughter houses that produce meat for export to the UAE for the purpose of
collecting annual Halal fees.

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Strong response across food industry to region’s first ingredients middle east exhibition

| 14/05/2008 | Reply
Strong response across food industry to region’s first ingredients middle east exhibition

Ingredients Middle East, organised by Dubai World Trade Centre
(DWTC), will take place from 15-17 June 2008 at the Dubai International
Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) and has already attracted some
of the world’s leading ingredient producers.

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New money promises Halal makeover

| 14/05/2008 | Reply
New money promises Halal makeover

Dubai Islamic Investment Group is to create a new vehicle
for halal-based investments. It is to partner with Malaysia’s pilgrim
fund, a state fund that helps Muslims save for their Haj pilgrimage,
and Malaysian state-owned Halal Industry Development Corporation.

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Islamic hotels spread beyond Gulf

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
Islamic hotels spread beyond Gulf

Shariah-compliant hotels are mushrooming throughout
the Middle East and elsewhere, boosted by an increase in the number of
Arab tourists. The developers of these hotels believe these
establishments will appeal to Muslims and non-Muslims alike as they
provide a culturally unique and relaxing atmosphere for travellers.

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Halal travel packages "will prove successful"

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
Halal travel packages "will prove successful"

Middle Eastern countries seeking to emulate Dubai’s successful foray into

tourism are in search of ways to entice Middle Eastern tourists. By creating

Halal packages that incorporate activities and services in keeping with Islamic

law, companies are creating a concept that Euromonitor International predicts

will prove successful.

The recent World Travel Market report has a section on Halal travel (pages 18-21) that are worth reading for anyone interested in this sector.

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Muslim nations must unite to face global uncertainties

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
Muslim nations must unite to face global uncertainties

MUSLIM nations must come together to face global uncertainties and the food crisis, the prime minister said. Malaysian PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Muslim countries had the money and natural resources to help ease food shortages. “Where there is a will, there is a way. We should prove that we can
meet these challenges by working collectively together to help the
Muslims,” he said at the close of the fourth World Islamic Economic
Forum (WIEF), which Malaysia chairs, at the Sheraton Hotel in Kuwait.

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UAE emerging as global hub for halal production

| 30/04/2008 | Reply
UAE emerging as global hub for halal production

The nation is emerging as a global leader in the rapidly
growing halal industry as Muslim consumers look to incorporate more
Sharia-compliant products into their daily lives. Worth an estimated Dh7.7 trillion, the industry has broadened in
scope to include everything from food to Islamic fashion and textiles,
pharmaceuticals, lifestyle products such as cosmetics, and Islamic
finance. Dubai is a major halal industry hub, importing and channelling
an estimated Dh550 million worth of halal merchandise each year.

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