Category: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Saudi food and beverage industry outlook is positive

| 21/10/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Saudi food and beverage industry outlook is positive

Even though Saudi Arabia is a leading player in regional food production, over US$5 billion worth of food and beverage products are imported every year to the Kingdom. It imports approximately 63% of the entire Middle East’s food and beverage imports.

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USA: Is the meningitis vaccine Halal for Hajj Pilgrims?

| 19/10/2012 | Reply
USA: Is the meningitis vaccine Halal for Hajj Pilgrims?

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis claims to have developed, in 2010, the first anti-meningitis vaccine without pork. Many religious authorities have already certified the Menveo vaccine as “halal,” but others are saying it is not porcine free.

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Saudi Arabia: Hajj pilgrimage to start Thursday October 25, 2012

| 17/10/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Hajj pilgrimage to start Thursday October 25, 2012

The kingdom’s High Court, comprised of religious scholars who serve as judges, announced Tuesday that Eid al-Adha celebrations coinciding with the pilgrimage will start on October 26 2012.

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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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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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Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

| 12/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

Demand for agricultural products is swelling in Saudi Arabia, driven by a population boom, rising incomes, affluent lifestyles and a strong economy – the largest in the Gulf region.

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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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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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Saudi Arabia follows Egypt, UAE, Algeria to exempt Olympics athletes from fasting

| 22/07/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia follows Egypt, UAE, Algeria to exempt Olympics athletes from fasting

Hakmi said that as the athletes are traveling with the intention of returning, not to stay there. Therefore, they and whoever accompanies them can skip their Ramdan fasting, even if their stay “reaches 15 or 19 days.

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Ramadan Warning In Saudi Arabia To Non-Muslims

| 20/07/2012 | Reply
Ramadan Warning In Saudi Arabia To Non-Muslims

Saudi authorities warned non-Muslim expatriates on Friday, the first day of Ramadan, not to eat, drink, or smoke in public until the end of the Muslim holy month’s sunrise-to-sunset fast – or face expulsion.

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Al Kabeer to open 50 million riyal plant in Saudi Arabia

| 13/07/2012 | Reply
Al Kabeer to open 50 million riyal plant in Saudi Arabia

The company applied for a trade licence that it expects within three months and will start building immediately afterwards. The factory will produce Saudi-customised food products to cater to the local market.

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Saudi Arabia: Saudis to finally get Halal home loans

| 09/07/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Saudis to finally get Halal home loans

The introduction of a truly Shari’ah compliant mortgage law in KSA was always going to be a slow train coming but it appears that it has now happened. The ramifications of this development for KSA could be enormous.

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Saudi Arabia: Preparations in place for Ramadan

| 05/07/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Preparations in place for Ramadan

Minister of Haj Bandar Hajjar said arrangements are in full swing to cope with the huge influx of pilgrims from all over the world during the upcoming peak Umrah season in Ramadan, and to welcome the fasting month of Ramadan.

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Saudi Arabia: The Hotel Show

| 01/07/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: The Hotel Show

The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia is set for success as the Kingdom’s Hospitality sector booms
with a flourishing Travel & Tourism industry driving unprecedented business opportunities.

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Saudi Arabia: New Brazilian food brand to enter KSA

| 25/06/2012 | 1 Reply
Saudi Arabia: New Brazilian food brand to enter KSA

Maricota brand products are about to enter supermarket shelves in Saudi Arabia after signing contracts to supply 300 tons of frozen products to Al Othaim Markets, that operates in retail, wholesale and distribution of foods.

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Opinion: Crude Oil Price To Fall Further? Saudi Seeks To Checkmate Iran and Russia

| 25/06/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Crude Oil Price To Fall Further? Saudi Seeks To Checkmate Iran and Russia

Forget the plunge to $80 a barrel, there are new predictions emerging that oil could fall further to between $60 and $40 per barrel by this autumn. Why? There are many factors at work and Saudi Arabia is one of them.

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