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Category: Middle East & Africa

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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UAE: Ramadan TV show stirs argument across Arab world

| 17/08/2012 | Reply
UAE: Ramadan TV show stirs argument across Arab world

A TV drama about the life of a seventh century Muslim ruler, Omar Ibn al-Khattab, is polarizing opinion across the Arab world by challenging a widespread belief that actors should not depict Islam’s central figures.

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Women-only city planned for Saudi Arabia

| 11/08/2012 | 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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South Africa: Christian Group Petitions Courts to Challenge Halal Labeling

| 03/08/2012 | Reply
South Africa: Christian Group Petitions Courts to Challenge Halal Labeling

The group objects to the fact that a wide range of food products are religiously labelled, and there should be alternative products available without these labels. The complaint mainly targets the halal labeling.

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Brazil: $6.5m worth of orders for Brazilian food products signed by Arab importers

| 02/08/2012 | Reply
Brazil: $6.5m worth of orders for Brazilian food products signed by Arab importers

It was stated that Brazilian companies should invest more in the production of halal products. Arab importers are seeking halal-certified chocolate, sweets and food products.This represents a huge potential for Halal certified companies.

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Egypt: Holidaying the Halal Way

| 30/07/2012 | Reply
Egypt: Holidaying the Halal Way

A new Cairo-based travel operator, “Shouq Travel,” is hoping to tap into the global Muslim tourism boom with a new initiative encouraging Muslims to arrange their vacations in accordance to Sharia (Islamic) law.

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Spending by Muslim Tourists is Growing Faster than the Global Rate

| 30/07/2012 | Reply
Spending by Muslim Tourists is Growing Faster than the Global Rate

A new ground-breaking study, ‘Global Muslim Lifestyle Travel Market: Landscape & Consumer Needs,’ shows that Muslim tourists globally represent a major niche market worth $126.1 billion in 2011 growing at a 4.8% through 2020.

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South Africa: The Halal Kingdom

| 30/07/2012 | Reply
South Africa: The Halal Kingdom

Although it holds the world’s smallest percentage of Muslims, there are grounds for asserting that South Africa has a highly advanced halal certification programme. The Rainbow Nation is considered one of the five largest producers of halal products worldwide.

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UAE: Ingredients Focus on Halal

| 29/07/2012 | Reply
UAE: Ingredients Focus on Halal

Midamar’s Aossey also suggests the higher-end market is more lucrative: “We cater to a market that demands premium quality products. Our products are not mass produced and consumed. We still source our products from small, family-owned farms – not the cattle factories.”

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Opinion: Global travel industry gears up for Muslim tourist boom

| 29/07/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Global travel industry gears up for Muslim tourist boom

A study was conducted in 47 countries by Singapore-based halal travel specialist Crescentrating, along with DinarStandard, a US-based firm that tracks the Muslim lifestyle market. The availability of halal food tops the list of Muslim travellers’ requirements, according to the survey.

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Brazil: Halal Chicken for All Markets

| 24/07/2012 | Reply
Brazil: Halal Chicken for All Markets

Brazilian Agricultural Cooperative Lar promotes halal slaughter in 100 per cent of its poultry production. Demand arose from countries in Europe and the poultry is currently sold in seven Arab countries. The company slaughters 246,000 chickens a day, of which 50 per cent is exported.

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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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UAE: Sharjah society backs Halal food event

| 21/07/2012 | Reply
UAE: Sharjah society backs Halal food event

Sharjah Cooperative Society (SCS), a provider of quality foodstuff at competitive prices, has teamed up with Expo Centre Sharjah for an upcoming international exhibition of halal-certified food products. Halal Food ME is positioned as the most comprehensive show of its kind in the region.

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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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USA: How Halal Exports Boost the US Economy

| 18/07/2012 | Reply
USA: How Halal Exports Boost the US Economy

The growing demand from the Muslim world for quality halal products presents the US meat industry with an opportunity as well as a challenge. The Middle East imports 80-90% of its food requirements, and fresh meats continue to be undersupplied.

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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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UAE: Waitrose opens in Abu Dhabi

| 13/07/2012 | Reply
UAE: Waitrose opens in Abu Dhabi

The British supermarket chain which is sister to the department store John Lewis, has opened its first standalone store in Abu Dhabi. The shop is the first of two branches which Waitrose plans to open in the UAE’s capital city.

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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: New Brazilian food brand to enter KSA

| 25/06/2012 | 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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