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Category: Middle East & Africa

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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Morocco, Halal certification regulation ready

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

Morocco has started once again on its quest for credible Halal certification.

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Tunisia keen to invest in Malaysia

| 20/05/2012 | Reply
Tunisia keen to invest in Malaysia

The Republic of Tunisia is keen to invest in Malaysia given its large market potential and the fact that Europe was currently facing an economic crisis, says Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Husni Hadanzlah.

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UAE: 10th Annual Organic Show, MENOPE 2012

| 19/05/2012 | Reply
UAE: 10th Annual Organic Show, MENOPE 2012

MENOPE 2012 (Middle East Natural and Organic Products Expo), 27-29 November 2012, is expected to attract more regional participation this year, apart from a host of global companies who have elicited enthusiasm to be part of the show.

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Saudi Arabia: Grand Mosque Expansion

| 18/05/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Grand Mosque Expansion

Posted on May 18, 2012 by John Burgess Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has been on the throne for seven years now. Saudi media is pretty busy writing up encomiums for the changes and developments he has pushed. One, particularly noteworthy, has been the expansion of the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Arab News reports that the most recent expansions […]

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Malaysia Shows Interest in Developing Tunisia’s Halal Industry

| 18/05/2012 | Reply
Malaysia Shows Interest in Developing Tunisia’s Halal Industry

The Malaysian Minister of Finance stated that his country is willing to host over 30 Tunisian Halal companies in order for them gain experience from the well-established Malaysian Halal industry.

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Jeddah to host major food, hotel, hospitality and packaging show

| 17/05/2012 | Reply
Jeddah to host major food, hotel, hospitality and packaging show

The show has established Jeddah as the hub of the food, hotel and hospitality sector, and the Kingdom as a national showcase and forum where worldwide suppliers present their products and services,

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Saudi Arabia Halts Shipments of U.S. Beef, USDA Agency Says

| 15/05/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia Halts Shipments of U.S. Beef, USDA Agency Says

Beef from the U.S. shipped on or after April 19 is not eligible for export to the country, the agency said today in a report on its website, without providing a reason for the ban.

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Opinion: The West has much to learn from Islamic finance

| 05/05/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The West has much to learn from Islamic finance

Given they are barred from charging interest and must abide by a strict religious code, Islamic financial institutions are often dismissed by sophisticated western bankers as living in the dark ages. However, Islamic finance, a cash-rich sector, has much to teach the west’s financial system.

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Oman plans Halal food training centre with Malaysian support

| 30/04/2012 | Reply
Oman plans Halal food training centre with Malaysian support

Malaysia’s Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) and Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) have signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration in the areas of education, training and development of industrial parks on halal products in Oman.

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Kenya: Arab Buyer Says Local Meat Expensive in Dubai

| 29/04/2012 | Reply
Kenya: Arab Buyer Says Local Meat Expensive in Dubai

A MAJOR importer of meat and its products from Kenya, Blue Mountain Food Trading, has warned that Kenya may lose market in the United Arab Emirates because its products are expensive. Kenyan meat prices in UAE are higher than those from its competitors.

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Oman: Wide range of trade opportunities explored with Malaysia

| 29/04/2012 | Reply
Oman: Wide range of trade opportunities explored with Malaysia

Malaysian investments are welcomed, particularly in the field of food through coming up with a Memorandum of Understanding between the Public Establishments for Industrial Estates and the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority to promote the “Halal” food industry.

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Malaysian promotion in Oman

| 24/04/2012 | Reply
Malaysian promotion in Oman

A group of officials representing seven ministries and government agencies, as well as businessmen from over 32 companies, will be in Muscat on April 29-30, at Crowne Plaza Muscat for a very special event, ‘1Malaysia Promotion in Oman’.

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Saudi Arabia: SFDA urges stricter inspection

| 24/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: SFDA urges stricter inspection

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority is strengthening its oversight laboratories and offices with equipment and qualified personnel to enhance its presence in various exit and entry points to ensure the safety of food and drugs.

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Arab tourists’ interest in Turkey increases, say tourism officials

| 24/04/2012 | Reply
Arab tourists’ interest in Turkey increases, say tourism officials

Officials from tourism agencies from Arab countries, have spoken about why their citizens chose to come to Turkey for holidays. Among the most important factors they detailed were the food, the shared history, the natural beauty, and religious similarities between Turkey and their home countries.

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Saudi Arabia: Shoura Council approves draft food system

| 24/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Shoura Council approves draft food system

The council approved the scheme comprising 46 articles which included the definition of food, food additives, its safety, hygienic practices, food handling, set standards for food, environmental and health requirements and packaging.

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Saudi Arabia: Lulu plans logistics center in the UK

| 22/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Lulu plans logistics center in the UK

“Lulu Sourcing and Logistics Center”, to be opened in the UK, will be an integral part of commitment to Britain, from where Lulu Hypermarkets of the Gulf have been importing products worth 24 million pounds annually. The Lulu’s center will be located in Birmingham.

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Abu Dhabi: Growth in business travel

| 20/04/2012 | Reply
Abu Dhabi: Growth in business travel

Abu Dhabi has significantly expanded its business travel market in recent years, particularly the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) segment, aiming at $1.4b by 2015.

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