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Category: Middle East & Africa

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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UAE: Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority stresses animals welfare

| 21/06/2012 | Reply
UAE: Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority stresses animals welfare

This initiative comes in line with ADFCA’s keenness to avoid the spread on common diseases passed from animals to humans during and/or after slaughter, or when trading in any form.

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UAE: Etihad eyes organic airline food, buys 200 hens

| 21/06/2012 | Reply
UAE: Etihad eyes organic airline food, buys 200 hens

Etihad Airways has announced that it has purchased 200 hens which are being raised free-range at Abu Dhabi Organics Farms, in line with its commitment to offer customers the finest and freshest products.

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Saudi Arabia: Saudi succession decisions come at crucial time

| 17/06/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Saudi succession decisions come at crucial time

The death of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz on Saturday means that – for the second time in less than a year – the key Western ally must pick an heir to the 88-year-old King Abdullah.

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South Africa: IHRP Report on Muslim Judicial Council

| 16/06/2012 | Reply
South Africa: IHRP Report on Muslim Judicial Council

The Independent Halal Review Panel (IHRP), has released their 60 page report on the halal certification operations of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC). There is concern about maintaining the Halal chain.

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UAE: OIC picks Esma as regulator for halal cosmetics

| 11/06/2012 | Reply
UAE: OIC picks Esma as regulator for halal cosmetics

Dubai The Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (Esma) is finalising unified halal codes for perfumes and cosmetics. Mandated by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Esma has formed a technical committee consisting of industry experts as well as Islamic scholars

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Opinion: How social media has updated our status

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
Opinion: How social media has updated our status

Thanks to this Darwinian evolution of social media, our status has been updated from digital immigrants to digital natives… and the law of the social jungle is “Survival of the coolest!”

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Saudis demand that McDonald’s be punished for Happy Meal toy

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
Saudis demand that McDonald’s be punished for Happy Meal toy

The people of Saudi Arabia are furious with the McDonald’s fast food chain for a toy which they say desecrates the name of Muhammed, the Prophet of Islam. They are demanding retribution.

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UAE: Call for same rules on cosmetics in GCC

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
UAE: Call for same rules on cosmetics in GCC

The priority now is to focus on the UAE, where each emirate has a different set of rules governing the regulation of consumer products, from lipsticks and shampoos to skin creams.

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Partner Event: Global hoteliers strengthen Saudi Arabia’s industry presence

| 28/05/2012 | Reply
Partner Event: Global hoteliers strengthen Saudi Arabia’s industry presence

The two-day Kingdom Hotel Expansion Summit in Riyadh gathered up to 300 prominent hoteliers, food and beverage heads, executive chefs, developers, consultants and global hospitality suppliers to discuss trends and assess the future of the industry.

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Opinion: Islamic finance: Fitting In & Standing Out

| 28/05/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic finance: Fitting In & Standing Out

It seems the criticism labelled against Islamic finance products, form over substance, also has application in the ‘info-tainment,’ and social media area. Yes, imitation is the best form of flattery, but we (the Muslim world) also need to be flattered.

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UAE to chair and host body on unifying standards for Halal cosmetics and personal care

| 28/05/2012 | Reply
UAE to chair and host body on unifying standards for Halal cosmetics and personal care

“Thanks to the prudent leadership’s interest in providing solid infrastructure and technical foundations, the win reflects the confidence other Islamic countries have in the UAE’s relevant expertise and technical efficiency,”

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Muslim Olympic athletes consider delaying fast in London

| 25/05/2012 | Reply
Muslim Olympic athletes consider delaying fast in London

3,500 Muslim athletes expected to compete in London may look to ancient Islamic tenets that allow exemptions travelers, the sick and others out of concern that not eating or drinking throughout the day could put them at a competitive disadvantage.

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UAE allows French beef imports

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
UAE allows French beef imports

The UAE’s Ministry of Environment and Water has authorised French beef meat imports into the country after negotiations the French Ministry of Agriculture. All the imported beef meat products will be halal certified by French organizations authorised by local authorities.

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International donors pledge $4bn for Yemen

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
International donors pledge $4bn for Yemen

Neighbouring Saudi Arabia is providing the bulk of the funds, promising $3.25bn to help the goverment improve infrastructure and security. Aid agencies have warned that Yemen is on the brink of food crisis.

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UAE Olympic team exempted from Ramadan fast

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
UAE Olympic team exempted from Ramadan fast

“There will be no pressure on the players to fast since the Grand Mufti of Dubai Sheikh Ahmed Al Haddad had said players who do not fast can make up by fasting in the period following the games,” says UAE’s Olympic football coach.

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Event: Experts gather to harness Saudi Arabia’s tourism potential

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
Event: Experts gather to harness Saudi Arabia’s tourism potential

The Kingdom Hotel Expansion Summit, themed ‘harnessing a thriving future for the Saudi hospitality industry’ commences tomorrow in Riyadh to address the Kingdom’s increasing tourism requirements.

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UAE lifts ban on British beef

| 23/05/2012 | Reply
UAE lifts ban on British beef

The ban on the import of British beef and beef products into the country has been lifted with immediate effect. Products ranging from Aberdeen-Angus steaks to roast-beef flavoured potato crisps will soon be available in UAE restaurants and on supermarket shelves.

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Morocco: Halal certification regulation ready

| 22/05/2012 | Reply
Morocco: Halal certification regulation ready

The new regulations, which will cover every production phase, should come into force over the coming days following approval by the Ministry for Industry and the first certificates should be issued during July.

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