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UK and UAE complement each other on Islamic finance

| 12/09/2013 | Reply
UK and UAE complement each other on Islamic finance

Senior Minister of State at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office Baroness Warsi welcomed Dubai’s initiative to be the global centre of Islamic economy, saying that the two countries “absolutely” complement each other in this regard.

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Halal Food: Can Dubai Really Change the Menu?

| 12/09/2013 | Reply
Halal Food: Can Dubai Really Change the Menu?

It is a $685 billion market that cuts across geographic, cultural and even religious boundaries. Can Dubai step in and change the rules of the game?

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Opinion: Sustainable investing: Opportunity awaits Islamic finance industry

| 11/09/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Sustainable investing: Opportunity awaits Islamic finance industry

One would think that to strengthen their position in a market dominated by conventional finance, Islamic finance and SRI would be sharing their successes and failures, coming together for joint ventures, and supporting each other.

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UAE: Dubai focuses on Islamic finance as part of its economic diversification strategy

| 04/09/2013 | Reply
UAE: Dubai focuses on Islamic finance as part of its economic diversification strategy

Plans to establish Dubai’s credentials as a centre for Islamic finance took a step forward in July with the opening of a new academic institution to train professionals for employment in the sector.

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Australia: Halal Show Bags Campaign Announced

| 29/08/2013 | Reply
Australia: Halal Show Bags Campaign Announced

The bags, which state “Halal certification schemes fund mosques, madrassas and jihad,” are designed to generate discussion amongst Australian consumers.

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Opinion: ‘Halal hotels’ lure Turks, not Arabs

| 29/08/2013 | Reply
Opinion:  ‘Halal hotels’ lure Turks, not Arabs

Turkey’s ‘Muslim-friendly’ or ‘halal’ hotels that offer visitors an alcohol-free environment along with separate swimming pools for women and men are drawing Turkish tourists, not Arabs, say sector players.

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Opinion: TED Talks OIC

| 25/08/2013 | Reply
Opinion: TED Talks OIC

The Muslim world is not in need of ideas, as there are many brilliant Muslims, young, old, men and women all included. What is needed is a neutral platform that sparks ideas into viable plans.

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Opinion: A Big Question Mark on Islamic Finance Industry

| 25/08/2013 | Reply
Opinion: A Big Question Mark on Islamic Finance Industry

Commercialism has captured Islamic Finance institutions in such a way that business with, and financing to, the poor has gone astray from their agenda.

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Opinion: Muslims may eat a Halal burger, but remain unable to invest in one

| 18/08/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Muslims may eat a Halal burger, but remain unable to invest in one

In fact, ninety five per cent of the Muslim world does not have access to Islamic finance. And they don’t seem to mind.

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Opinion: Religions asking if test-tube burgers allow them to keep the faith

| 09/08/2013 | Reply
Opinion:  Religions asking if test-tube burgers allow them to keep the faith

When the world’s first test-tube beef burger was cooked and eaten this week, food critics all asked about its taste. For many Jews, Muslims and Hindus, the first question was whether their faith allowed them to try it.

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Opinion: Muslim consumerism

| 31/07/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Muslim consumerism

Muslim consumerism is linked to real economy sectors. Dubai’s vision for Dubai as an Islamic economy led by Muslim consumerism and supported by halal industry companies and Islamic and conventional banks.

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Uniting Islamic Finance and Halal at Conferences

| 29/07/2013 | Reply
Uniting Islamic Finance and Halal at Conferences

One of the interesting developments in the Islamic finance conferencing arena has been the introduction of topical issues from the $2.1 trillion halal industry.

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EU: Dutch press EU study on labeling meat produced without stunning

| 24/07/2013 | Reply
EU: Dutch press EU study on labeling meat produced without stunning

The Commission included a study into informing consumers about animal stunning in its list of planned actions 2012-2015 animal welfare strategy.

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Pakistan: Halal search engine launched

| 11/07/2013 | Reply
Pakistan: Halal search engine launched

The site, Halalgoogling, sources results from popular engines such as Google and Bing but its built-in filtering system blocks haram – or prohibited – content.

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Opinion: Ramadan Business A Boon In Islamic Market

| 10/07/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Ramadan Business A Boon In Islamic Market

As the Muslim community expands a growing number of Islam-related businesses are launching around the nation. They sell everything from clothing, music and makeup to toys, frozen dinners and cookbooks.

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Patients must be informed about Halal drugs, Turkish doctor says

| 09/07/2013 | Reply
Patients must be informed about Halal drugs, Turkish doctor says

Drugs prospectuses should involve data about whether they are halal, and patients should be made aware of that data by doctors, according to a surgeon in Turkey’s Aegean province of Afyonkarahisar.

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Opinion: United Halal-Islamic finance sector to build USD4trn empire

| 09/07/2013 | Reply
Opinion: United Halal-Islamic finance sector to build USD4trn empire

An interview with Rushdi Siddiqui who has launched Azka Capital, a private equity advisory firm focused on halal industry initiatives with Islamic financing. He believes these industries have much in common, but hardly communicate with each other.

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Job creation should be the top policy priority in the Arab region

| 08/07/2013 | Reply
Job creation should be the top policy priority in the Arab region

It is clear that new financing channels and mechanisms need to be established and fostered to fill the funding void facing SMEs. Middle East SMEs are not only significant contributors to GDP but also account for the majority of private sector employment.

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Opinion: Halal lawsuit for Halal violation

| 04/07/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Halal lawsuit for Halal violation

When Western/conventional companies undertake to serve the “religious” market, be it Thomson Reuters for Islamic finance or Nestle for halal, it implies a credible market worthy of committing budgets, resources and priorities to.

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Opinion: Key areas in Islamic Finance and the Halal Industry

| 29/06/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Key areas in Islamic Finance and the Halal Industry

Islamic Finance and the Halal Industry need to be part of the everyday conversation in Malaysia. The 20% of Malaysian Islamic banking assets is a solid foundation for building the next 20% in half the time.

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