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Category: Middle East & Africa

UAE: Jafza-Malaysia Trade records yearly growth of 29% in the last ten years

| 15/04/2012 | Reply
UAE: Jafza-Malaysia Trade records yearly growth of 29% in the last ten years

Jafza plan to set-up an incubation centre in the free zone to encourage Small and Medium Enterprises from Malaysia and other countries from the region to set up their operations.

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Kenyan meat risks being locked out of Middle East market

| 15/04/2012 | Reply
Kenyan meat risks being locked out of Middle East market

Unscrupulous traders are forging Kenya Meat Commission stamps to export poor quality meat products that fail the test of food health standards and Halal standards.

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UK: Halal Music Inspires World Muslim Youth

| 14/04/2012 | Reply
UK: Halal Music Inspires World Muslim Youth

Providing youth with halal, positive and inspirational music, Muslim singers are producing an Islamic version of famous international lyrics to attract young listeners.

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Opinion: A New Platform of Hope for Arab Youth

| 12/04/2012 | Reply
Opinion: A New Platform of Hope for Arab Youth

The Arab world today is home to more than 100 million young people between 15 and 29, representing 30% of the total population, with hopes, plans and the desire to work.

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Saudis make Desert Sands into Solar Polysilicon

| 12/04/2012 | Reply
Saudis make Desert Sands into Solar Polysilicon

With this move, Saudi Arabia is slowly beginning to make some moves towards diversifying out of oil, which is its only real exportable commodity – and towards solar power and sand-based polysilicon.

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Qatar, Philippines set up joint fund

| 11/04/2012 | Reply
Qatar, Philippines set up joint fund

The proposed Philippines-Qatar Joint Investment Fund includes projects in agriculture, energy, halal food, labour, mining, petrochemicals, real estate, steel, tourism, trade and infrastructure development.

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Saudi Arabia/Tourism: 2.5 million arrivals for business tourism

| 11/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia/Tourism: 2.5 million arrivals for business tourism

During their stay they spent over SR 7.7 bn. Also they made 741 domestic business trips during which they spent SR 876 million, said Eng. Tariq bin Abdul Rahman Al Essa, Director of Business Tourism Development Project at SCTA.

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Iran bids farewell to the internet; welcomes its own Halal intranet

| 10/04/2012 | Reply
Iran bids farewell to the internet; welcomes its own Halal intranet

Iran’s answer to ‘criminality’ on the internet is not to fight criminality, but to block the internet. In the future, Iranians will have access to only the official national intranet and a whitelist of acceptable foreign sites.

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Saudi Arabia to Cultivate Two Million Acres in Sudan

| 08/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia to Cultivate Two Million Acres in Sudan

Chairman of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, Sheikh Saleh Kamel revealed that the Sudanese government agreed to establish a free zone to be given to Saudi Arabia for cultivation. The area will be close to Port Sudan, to transport products easily across the Red Sea.

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Pakistan: Pak food brands set to make UAE foray

| 08/04/2012 | Reply
Pakistan: Pak food brands set to make UAE foray

Leading Pakistan brands in frozen meat, edible oil and herbal products are set to launch their operations in the emirate that will boost food business between the two countries.

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UAE: Halal Food ME aims to present regional market to international players

| 04/04/2012 | Reply
UAE: Halal Food ME aims to present regional market to international players

Aiming to tap into the $2.77 trillion international Halal food industry, Expo Centre Sharjah launched its new trade fair at the global hub of Halal food trade – Malaysia.

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UAE invites M’sian exporters to halal food trade show

| 04/04/2012 | Reply
UAE invites M’sian exporters to halal food trade show

Malaysian halal food players have been invited to the Sharjah Expo Centre in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the “Halal Food Middle East” trade show in December.

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Opinion: Can China Make Its Cuisine and Finance Friendly to Muslims?

| 04/04/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Can China Make Its Cuisine and Finance Friendly to Muslims?

The Hong Kong Tourism Board reports that in recent years, the number of Middle Eastern visitors to the region has grown by as much as 20% annually. How the Chinese have been able to adjust to these Muslim visitors can be seen in Hong Kong, where many of these business people go through.

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USA/UAE: Award winning Midamar Halal Air Chilled Organic Chicken now available in Dubai

| 04/04/2012 | Reply
USA/UAE: Award winning Midamar Halal Air Chilled Organic Chicken now available in Dubai

Midamar has introduced the first USDA Certified, Halal, Air Chilled, Antibiotic Free and Organic chicken out on the market today. The chickens are humanely raised and processed in Iowa, USA.

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Malaysian companies should diversify export markets

| 04/04/2012 | Reply
Malaysian companies should diversify export markets

Malaysia needs to keep diversifying its export markets and depend less on traditional markets as a way to sustain the country’s growth momentum this year, says International Trade and Industry (MITI) Deputy Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir.

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Malaysia Ready To Ensure Efficient Halal Ecosystem, Says Muhyiddin

| 02/04/2012 | Reply
Malaysia Ready To Ensure Efficient Halal Ecosystem, Says Muhyiddin

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Malaysia is ready to further strengthen existing halal programmes with the International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHI Alliance) to support an efficient Halal ecosystem in the country.

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UAE: Saleh Lootah Elected Chairman of Dubai Chamber’s F&B Business Group

| 02/04/2012 | Reply
UAE: Saleh Lootah Elected Chairman of Dubai Chamber’s F&B Business Group

To give a strong support to the local business community in a consolidated way, the Food & Beverage Manufacturing Business Group (FBMBG) elected its executive committee during an election meeting held at the Dubai Chamber.

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Trends: Oliver Stone’s Filmmaker Son Converts to Islam

| 01/04/2012 | Reply
Trends: Oliver Stone’s Filmmaker Son Converts to Islam

Sean Stone, the son of prominent U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone, has converted to Islam while filming a documentary in Iran. The trend towards conversion to Islam has apparently been accelerating in recent years in the West.

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Opinion: Food, Not War, Is the Biggest Threat to World Security

| 30/03/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Food, Not War, Is the Biggest Threat to World Security

Even as Iran’s nuclear program raises the likelihood of yet another conflict in the Middle East, the bigger threat is a potential food crisis in the making, says Lester Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute.

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Saudi Arabia’s Foodie Scene Growing

| 30/03/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia’s Foodie Scene Growing

Despite the rise of fast-food joints, gourmet chefs aim to create a gourmet food culture. What will transform the country into a major international food scene are more culinary schools for developing chefs.

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