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Category: Middle East & Africa

USA: Export Requirements for United Arab Emirates

| 17/12/2011 | Reply
USA: Export Requirements for United Arab Emirates

With Gulfood coming up, and many companies wanting to enter the UAE with their goods, please find attached the export requirements for eligible products being sent to the region.

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Malaysia: UAE businesswomen look for opportunities especially in halal food industry

| 16/12/2011 | 1 Reply
Malaysia: UAE businesswomen look for opportunities especially in halal food industry

Simple rules and regulations, attractive tax incentives and a welcoming environment are the qualities that businesswomen from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) look for when exploring investment opportunities in any country, including Malaysia.

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UAE at 40: Beyond the Bubble of Dubai

| 14/12/2011 | Reply
UAE at 40: Beyond the Bubble of Dubai

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is often associated with Dubai, billed as the financial and liberal capital of the Gulf. But behind this bright facade lies a shaky national identity, a rocky relationship with neighbouring Iran, and a long term political and less talked about military alliance with the US.

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Saudi Arabia: Riyadh will hold their 1st Halal Food Control & Exhibition

| 14/12/2011 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Riyadh will hold their 1st Halal Food Control & Exhibition

For the first time the Halal Food Control and Exhibition will be held in Riyadh. This conference will be held concurrently with a halal products exhibition. Important issues surrounding standardization of halal will be one of the main topics to be discussed.

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Egypt: Egypt’s Islamists offer controversial vision for ‘halal’ tourism

| 14/12/2011 | Reply
Egypt: Egypt’s Islamists offer controversial vision for ‘halal’ tourism

Islamists are dominating Egypt’s elections and some of them have a new message for tourists: welcome, but no booze, bikinis or mixed bathing at beaches, please.

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Egypt’s Islamists try to calm fears over tourism

| 12/12/2011 | Reply
Egypt’s Islamists try to calm fears over tourism

Egypt’s main Islamist parties on Sunday launched separate conferences aimed at promoting tourism as they scrambled to allay fears that the lucrative industry is under threat from religious conservatism.

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UAE: Al Islami Founder Honoured

| 12/12/2011 | Reply
UAE: Al Islami Founder Honoured

Haj Saeed Ahmed Lootah, Founder and Chairman of Al Islami and Lootah Group, spearheaded development of ‘Halal Food’ and ‘Islamic Banking’ in UAE. One such testament and model is ‘Al Islami Foods’ company, formerly known as Co-op Islami, established in 1981 which has become a leading trend-setter in the GCC’s processed halal food industry; and establishment of Dubai Islamic Bank.

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South Africa: Much interest in halal meeting

| 08/12/2011 | Reply
South Africa: Much interest in halal meeting

The meeting between the four Halal issuing authorities that is scheduled to take place in Lenasia today has drawn much interest. The National Independent Halal Authority (NIHT) who called for the meeting as a precursor to a National Meat Traders Summit in the new year, maintained that it was critical for the four Halal bodies to sit down as a matter of urgency following the Halal relabeling scandal that rocked the country in November.

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Malaysia: UAE business women look at opportunities in Islamic Finance and Halal food

| 08/12/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: UAE business women look at opportunities in Islamic Finance and Halal food

President of the Abu Dhabi Business Women Council and chief operating officer of Al Jaber Group Fatima Al Jaber said Islamic finance and halal food were the two mutual areas that Malaysia and UAE could work together.

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UAE: Chinese Commodities Fair Sharjah to put UAE-China trade on fast track

| 05/12/2011 | Reply
UAE: Chinese Commodities Fair Sharjah to put UAE-China trade on fast track

Sharjah: With China being the UAE’s second largest non-oil trade partner, the Chinese Commodities Fair Sharjah (CCFS) that got under way today (December 5, 2011) at Expo Centre Sharjah is set to give a big thrust to trade exchanges between the two countries.

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Opinion: How To Pray Five Times A Day With A Busy Work Schedule

| 02/12/2011 | Reply
Opinion: How To Pray Five Times A Day With A Busy Work Schedule

Working as a news wire journalist, I was often spending upwards of 10 hours a day in the office or at conferences, interviews and meetings, barely able to make time for a lunch break. If I wasn’t working, my time was divided between house chores, errands, family and friends, and exercise. I was punctual with everything in my life, except that I was late five times a day.

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‘Philippines products need more exposure in Kuwaiti market’

| 27/11/2011 | Reply
‘Philippines products need more exposure in Kuwaiti market’

The Philippines needs more exposure to a ‘highly competitive Kuwaiti market,’ said Dr Hani M Al-Mazeedi, Associate Research Scientist at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR).

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Opinion: Islam-centric branding and marketing essential for global businesses

| 18/11/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islam-centric branding and marketing essential for global businesses

Businesses are failing to make the most of one of the world’s fastest-growing markets, according to an international expert in Islamic marketing, Jon Wilson from the University of Greenwich. Islam-centric branding and marketing are essential for global companies, he argues, pointing out that Muslims make up a quarter of the world’s consumers.

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The Richest, Fattest Nation on Earth (It’s Not the United States)

| 17/11/2011 | Reply
The Richest, Fattest Nation on Earth (It’s Not the United States)

Qatar is not alone in facing serious health problems. Its neighboring energy-rich states, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, which also have conservative social traditions and have developed rapidly over the last five decades, face similar challenges with inter-familial marriage. High rates of obesity, diabetes, and genetic illnesses abound in the region.

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Australia: Jordanian princess pushes for live export restrictions

| 11/11/2011 | Reply
Australia: Jordanian princess pushes for live export restrictions

With financial support from the Australian Government and advice from animal advocacy charity Animals Australia, the Princess Alia Foundation has introduced stunning for more than 80 per cent of all livestock slaughtered in Jordan.

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Opinion: Can We Really Speak of a ‘Muslim Consumer’?

| 29/10/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Can We Really Speak of a ‘Muslim Consumer’?

When it comes to the growing arena of marketing to Muslims, the big question that the marketing industry is grappling with is: can you really speak of such a thing as a single homogeneous Muslim consumer, regardless of where they are in the world?

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UAE: 2nd Global Islamic Marketing Conference

| 27/10/2011 | Reply
UAE: 2nd Global Islamic Marketing Conference

Call for papers! Join Islamic Marketing scholars, researchers and experts from more than 30 countries, meet many ambassadors and commercial counselors, listen to UAE business gurus, win major awards, and publish in three international journals, and more!

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Turkey: OIC Chief Identifies Key Issues To Unlock Intra-Islamic Trade And Travel Potential

| 22/10/2011 | Reply
Turkey: OIC Chief Identifies Key Issues To Unlock Intra-Islamic Trade And Travel Potential

Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organisation Of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has outlined a number of issues that are restricting the growth of economic development and business/trade potential in the Islamic countries. Here is an edited text of his speech:

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UAE: GCC Halal stamp likely on imported meat

| 19/10/2011 | Reply
UAE: GCC Halal stamp likely on imported meat

An authorised “Halal” stamp is likely to be made mandatory for all meat imported to Qatar and other GCC countries. Forcing the importers to put a Halal stamp on the meat is one of the proposals that are being seriously considered by the member countries.

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Women in Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, what next?

| 19/10/2011 | 1 Reply
Women in Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, what next?

The recent decision by Saudi King Abdullah to allow women to run and vote in municipal elections and become members of the Shura Council, a parliament that acts as an advisory council to the King but has no legislative powers, has huge implications for the status of women in Saudi Arabia.

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