Category: Middle East & Africa

UAE: 4th International Franchise Forum 23-24 April in Dubai

| 18/04/2013 | Reply
UAE: 4th International Franchise Forum 23-24 April in Dubai

Midamar Corporation, will sponsor the 4th International Franchise Forum in to be held at the Grosvenor House in Dubai on 23rd and 24th April 2013. This year’s forum promises to deliver information and insights into the international franchise industry.

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Coffee and qahwa: How a drink for Arab mystics went global

| 18/04/2013 | Reply
Coffee and qahwa: How a drink for Arab mystics went global

The Arab world has given birth to many thinkers and many inventions – among them the three-course meal and coffee. The best coffee bean is still known as Arabica.

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UAE: Australian Food Festival At Lulu Hypermarket

| 17/04/2013 | Reply
UAE: Australian Food Festival At Lulu Hypermarket

Halal-certified food is of growing importance to trade between the UAE and Australia, leading to the launch of specialized halal-certification bodies in Australia. UAE is Australia’s largest trading partner in the region.

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Dubai needs food from Africa

| 15/04/2013 | Reply
Dubai needs food from Africa

Next month the Ruler of Dubai, the Prime Minister and vice-president of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will be hosting the Africa Global Business Forum, a two-day summit focusing on doing business in and with Africa.

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Brazil agency targets food exports to Saudi

| 10/04/2013 | Reply
Brazil agency targets food exports to Saudi

Brazilian exports to Saudi Arabia were valued at $3 billion in 2012, according to recent figures, with around 585 Brazilian companies currently exporting various products, including chicken, sugar, maize, iron ore and soy among other items.

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Saudi Arabia: Savola buys strategic stake in subsidiaries

| 09/04/2013 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Savola buys strategic stake in subsidiaries

The Saudi Arabia-based food conglomerate, has entered into a deal with Dammam-based Al-Muhaidib Holding Company, a key player in the kingdom’s food distribution sector, to acquire a 10 per cent stake in its subsidiary Savola Foods Company.

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Australia: Qantas takes pork off menu after Emirates tie-up

| 08/04/2013 | Reply
Australia:  Qantas takes pork off menu after Emirates tie-up

Australian airline Qantas Airways has removed food items containing pork and alcohol from its in-flight menu on routes that transit through Dubai starting 1 April.

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Malaysia: Abdullah reveals plans for US$500m private equity fund

| 03/04/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Abdullah reveals plans for US$500m private equity fund

Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi revealed today plans for a US$500 million (RM1.5 billion) private equity fund to focus on global opportunities in the halal industry. The fund will be raised in stages over the next three years by Azka Capital.

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Saudi dairy firm Almarai sells $347m sukuk

| 02/04/2013 | Reply
Saudi dairy firm Almarai sells $347m sukuk

The issue, which has a floating interest rate, attracted orders worth SAR2.4bn from institutional investors inside Saudi Arabia, the statement said. The interest rate was not specified.

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UAE: Arab World needs over $ 80 bn in agricultural investment to fill food gap

| 02/04/2013 | Reply
UAE: Arab World needs over $ 80 bn in agricultural investment to fill food gap

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum confirmed the importance of regional cooperation and joint Arab action in regional projects. Arab communities are facing many challenges in light of the regional economic blocs in the world.

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Saudi consortium buys farming group to increase food security

| 29/03/2013 | Reply
Saudi consortium buys farming group to increase food security

A London-listed company which owns swaths of the world’s most fertile farmland in the Ukraine and Poland was snapped up yesterday by a consortium of Saudi Arabian investors for £61.5m.

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Japan: New app shows where to eat halal food in a non-Muslim nation

| 26/03/2013 | Reply
Japan: New app shows where to eat halal food in a non-Muslim nation

Japanese student is developing an app to help Muslims living in non-Muslim-majority countries to find and buy halal foods more easily. You can use the app to search for halal restaurants, supermarkets and convenience food stores near to where you are.

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Second annual Halal Qatar festival opens

| 23/03/2013 | Reply
Second annual Halal Qatar festival opens

The 10-day festival, holds three main activities, including a showcase of breeding accessories and equipment used to groom animals, traditional pens and an auction.

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Egypt: The New Muslim Consumer

| 22/03/2013 | Reply
Egypt: The New Muslim Consumer

According to Ogilvy Noor, an Islamic branding consultancy and subsidiary of the New York-based Ogilvy & Mather global advertising and PR firm, the worldwide Muslim market is one to watch.

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UAE: Looking for halal alpha in Dubai

| 20/03/2013 | Reply
UAE: Looking for halal alpha in Dubai

We’re talking about the halal industry: from food and pharmaceuticals to cosmetics, logistics and more — $2.1 trillion in total, with the food sector comprising about a third.

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Malaysia: Qatar ponders investment in Sarawak halal hub

| 18/03/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Qatar ponders investment in Sarawak halal hub

Qatar sees gelatine from fish as one of the new products that is in-demand. Their representative said there is a potential growth for this market especially in medicine. The diplomat stressed that Qatar is investing heavily in agriculture and food production.

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UAE: McDonald’s Halal Chicken GCC Imports Exceed 12,000 Tons In 2012

| 09/03/2013 | Reply
UAE: McDonald’s Halal Chicken GCC Imports Exceed 12,000 Tons In 2012

McDonald’s Arabia has announced imports of Halal chicken, to its 369 restaurants across the GCC region recorded more than 12,000 tons in 2012. The supply is up by 12.3 percent from the previous year.

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South Africa: Halal expertise needed

| 07/03/2013 | Reply
South Africa: Halal expertise needed

Despite the shocking revelations made after two studies undertaken by the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Western Cape about the level of mislabeling in the SA meat industry, Muslim consumers are still not aware enough of how this impacts on their right to consume halal.

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UAE: Amaf to position Dubai as the centre of the Halal Market

| 06/03/2013 | Reply
UAE:  Amaf to position Dubai as the centre of the Halal Market

DUBAI: Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation(Amaf) intends to build a business model to position Dubai as a hub for the rapidly growing Islamic halal market as part of its strategic plan for 2013-2016.

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South Africa: Halal Butchers not Transparent

| 04/03/2013 | Reply
South Africa: Halal Butchers not Transparent

One local butcher told VOC the lack of transparency in the industry has been a problem of longstanding and goes so far that he would not trust 95% of what is sold by local Muslim butchers.

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