Category: Middle East & Africa

UAE moves to certify organic food

| 22/11/2012 | 1 Reply
UAE moves to certify organic food

Organic farms in the UAE and imported organic foods are being certified by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) for the first time. 17 farms in the UAE have already been certified and others are under process.

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UAE named Chairman of Halal Standards Committee

| 19/11/2012 | Reply
UAE named Chairman of Halal Standards Committee

The UAE was granted a three year chairmanship of the first technical committee for Halal food standards. The UAE was also selected as Chairman of the Halal Cosmetics Committee (TC2).

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Qatar: Food shortage threatens 51 countries

| 15/11/2012 | Reply
Qatar: Food shortage threatens 51 countries

With the world food demand set to rise by 70 percent over the next thirty years, experts at the International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands (FSDL) yesterday called for innovative solutions to ensure food security.

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USA: Dubai’s AWGAL in talks to purchase Texas cattle farms

| 15/11/2012 | Reply
USA: Dubai’s AWGAL in talks to purchase Texas cattle farms

“The appeal is simply the fact that people prefer American beef; it’s the best. We want Halal-certified American-approved beef,” Zubair A Razzaq, CEO and President, said, declining to give a figure for investment.

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UAE: Calls for global Halal standards gain ground at Dubai Halal expo

| 12/11/2012 | Reply
UAE: Calls for global Halal standards gain ground at Dubai Halal expo

At the launch of the 5th Halal Expo in Dubai yesterday, exhibitors said a single international agency issuing regulations would boost the halal market by unifying the existing system, which differs according to individual countries’ regulations.

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Makkah & Madinah outshine other cities from outer space

| 12/11/2012 | Reply
Makkah & Madinah outshine other cities from outer space

Russian astronauts amazed to see that Makka and Madinah glow more brightly than other cities when viewed from space at night. In particular the centres of these cities shone with particular brightness.

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UAE: Top food retailers, restaurateurs and thought leaders head to SIAL Middle East

| 12/11/2012 | Reply
UAE: Top food retailers, restaurateurs and thought leaders head to SIAL Middle East

SIAL Middle East returns to the UAE from 26-28 November 2012 with a three-day conference programme that focuses on a trio of complementary themes covering food, beverage and hospitality industry developments across the region.

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Saudi Arabian hospitality boom offers unmatched growth opportunities

| 12/11/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabian hospitality boom offers unmatched  growth opportunities

In the face of increased competition and demand for high-quality services by international travelers, major hotel chains in Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah have embarked on a strategy of penetration, expansion and renovation of hospitality projects.

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‘Halal rap’: Morocco’s MC’s preach politics and conservatism

| 11/11/2012 | Reply
‘Halal rap’: Morocco’s MC’s preach politics and conservatism

Chekh Sar isn’t an upcoming Salafi preacher on one of the religious satellite channels proliferating throughout the Arab world. He is just a young rapper from the city of al-Rashidiya in east Morocco who used to be called Elias Lakhrifi.

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Saudi Arabia Sets Its Sights on Afghanistan

| 06/11/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia Sets Its Sights on Afghanistan

This became clear on October 29, when the Afghan government announced that Riyadh would build a multimillion-dollar Islamic complex in Kabul, marking its largest and most expensive foray into post-9/11 Afghanistan.

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GCC To Invest Billions In ASEAN Region

| 06/11/2012 | Reply
GCC To Invest Billions In ASEAN Region

The 10-nation bloc is expected to become a $10 trillion economy by 2030, dwarfing China’s current $7.2 billion – with the GCC expected to drive large chunk of future South East Asian GDP.

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Opinion: Capital with a human face

| 04/11/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Capital with a human face

The forty-year old, $1.2 trillion Islamic finance industry needs to take stock and look in the mirror and examine the reflection holistically. Have we arrived at the ‘reset’ moment that every relationship, in this case, faith and finance, must surely undergo?

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UAE: Sharjah’s icon of success

| 03/11/2012 | Reply
UAE: Sharjah’s icon of success

Expo Centre, Sharjah, the first trade exhibition centre in the UAE, is fast turning into the centrepiece of a planned Expo City in the emirate. Halal Food Middle East and Halal Congress Middle East will be a big-ticket event in December.

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Malaysia: Sudan beef to enter Malaysian mart in mid Nov 2012

| 01/11/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Sudan beef to enter Malaysian mart in mid Nov 2012

Beef supply shortage in Malaysia, particularly during the run-up to festive seasons, will be a thing of the past when halal beef from Sudan starts entering the Malaysian market in mid-November. The beef, will bear the brand name “Sudan Beef”.

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Malaysia: M’sian firm to ink MoU on halal network with Sudan, China, Indonesia

| 01/11/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: M’sian firm to ink MoU on halal network with Sudan, China, Indonesia

The MoU’s main aim was to ensure adequate supply of halal food through the Global Halalan Toyyiban Supply Chain (GHTSCP). It is the world’s first initiative to ensure halal products are not contaminated in the production and distribution chain.

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Malaysia: Brahim’s Holdings targets Middle East market

| 01/11/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Brahim’s Holdings targets Middle East market

Brahim’s Holdings Bhd aims to penetrate the Middle East market upon completion of its first factory in Jordan, expected early next month. The group was also looking at Nigeria as a potential market.

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South Africa: Muslim Consumer Council ready to launch

| 31/10/2012 | Reply
South Africa: Muslim Consumer Council ready to launch

The council is a consumer advocacy group which aims to ensure that all service providers, suppliers and producers are held accountable to Muslim consumers. The MCC will use social networks as a means to create debate and disseminate information.

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Opinion: Post Hajj quotient real test of taqwa

| 28/10/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Post Hajj quotient real test of taqwa

The Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca is the fifth of the five obligatory pillars for Muslims. It is a human-defining, behaviour-refining and life-revitalizing moment that is supposed to endure until our last breath.

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Makkah’s mega architecture casts shadow over Hajj

| 24/10/2012 | Reply
Makkah’s mega architecture casts shadow over Hajj

Towering over Makkah, with the Ka’aba in its shadow, the Abraj al-Bait is the world’s second-tallest building – and it is just a tiny part of a voracious development that has seen historic sites bulldozed and locals forced into shantytowns.

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Millions of pilgrims head to Mina as Hajj 2012 officially kicks off

| 24/10/2012 | Reply
Millions of pilgrims head to Mina as Hajj 2012 officially kicks off

Around four million pilgrims were heading to Mina, where they will spend their night before heading to the Mount of Arafat in the early hours of Thursday. Wednesday is the first official day of the pilgrimage.

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