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Category: Middle East & Africa

Opinion: Could religion be used to address environmental issues?

| 09/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Could religion be used to address environmental issues?

Religion and the environment may at first seem to be two mutually exclusive phenomena; but looking at the history of the religion, as well as the way people govern their lives, just might provide a much-needed solution.

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Saudi Arabia: SFDA to sponsor conference on halal food and drugs monitoring

| 07/07/2011 | 2 Replies
Saudi Arabia: SFDA to sponsor conference on halal food and drugs monitoring

Muhammad Bin Ahmed Al-Kanhal, CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) announced that his organization has received Royal approval to sponsor next year’s First International Conference for Halal Food and Drugs Monitoring. “Due to the Kingdom’s position in the Muslim World, it has to take serious steps to lay down regulations and controls for halal food, which many societies consume,” Dr. Al-Kanhal said.

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UAE: Al Farooj awards franchise rights to UK based Al-Amin

| 06/07/2011 | Reply
UAE: Al Farooj awards franchise rights to UK based Al-Amin

As part of its expansion plan, Al Farooj Fresh, a fast-casual restaurant chain in UAE, has signed an agreement with Al-Amin Holdings, a UK-based business group, awarding them the franchise rights for opening up six Al Farooj outlets in the UAE.

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Saudi Arabia: Scholars to analyze halal food standards at Riyadh conference

| 06/07/2011 | 1 Reply
Saudi Arabia: Scholars to analyze halal food standards at Riyadh conference

RIYADH: The Kingdom will host the first ever international conference on halal food in the Saudi capital on 12 February 2012, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority announced on Tuesday. The objectives of the proposed summit are to clarify the concept of halal food and its requirements from an Islamic perspective and to present technical and economic aspects of halal food in the light of its increased global demand.

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Kuwait investors invited to China-Arab economic forum

| 01/07/2011 | Reply
Kuwait investors invited to China-Arab economic forum

Visiting board members of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Ma Jiang urged Kuwait public and private sector investors to contribute to the Second China-Arab States Economic and Trade Forum, to be held on September 21-25.

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UAE: Municipality trains workers on genetically modified food

| 29/06/2011 | Reply
UAE: Municipality trains workers on genetically modified food

The training programme, involving 27 employees of the department reviewed the economic reality and impact of halal food, genetically modified food, the readiness of Arab countries for the production of halal food.

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Oman: A’saffa Foods ensures consumers buy with trust and confidence

| 15/06/2011 | Reply
Oman: A’saffa Foods ensures consumers buy with trust and confidence

The quality of the operations from A’Saffa is being increasingly recognised in the region leading to the company operating as a consultant to help set up other poultry manufacturing and processing operations in the region such as the partnership with Hassad Foods in Qatar.

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Uganda: Iranians start to build an abattoir in Mpigi

| 10/06/2011 | Reply
Uganda: Iranians start to build an abattoir in Mpigi

‘The meat is for all people and it will be exported to the Middle East and Africa,’ said Eshragi. About 300 people will be employed during the construction works of phase one, which is expected to last two years.

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UAE Minister of Environment and Water updates Dubai Chamber members about developments in meat import sector

| 08/06/2011 | Reply
UAE Minister of Environment and Water updates Dubai Chamber members about developments in meat import sector

As part of its efforts to facilitate communication between the public and private sectors, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a second open dialogue between its members operating in the frozen and chilled meat sector and UAE Government officials at its head office recently.

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Halal Hotels Cater to Muslim Tourists

| 03/06/2011 | Reply
Halal Hotels Cater to Muslim Tourists

In a bid to lure Muslim tourists, hotels across the Middle East are replacing traditional Western signs of luxury with others carrying Arab and Muslim touches. About 88 percent of Arab travelers said they would like to stay in an Islamic hotel during their holiday travel.

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Thailand welcomes Middle East visitors for Ramadan

| 30/05/2011 | Reply
Thailand welcomes Middle East visitors for Ramadan

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with Thai hotels and travel industry partners, is set to entice Middle Eastern travellers to Thailand with a ‘home away from home’ experience this summer by way of special “Ramadan Packages” and related activities during the Holy Month.

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Turkey: Developing-8 to have a stronger voice in upcoming 5 years

| 29/05/2011 | Reply
Turkey: Developing-8 to have a stronger voice in upcoming 5 years

Sunday’s Zaman met with D-8 Secretary-General Widi Pratikto to discuss current developments in global markets and the organization’s future prospects along with such issues as Islamic financing and halal food markets.

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Opinion: Dubai’s skyscrapers, stained by the blood of migrant workers

| 28/05/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Dubai’s skyscrapers, stained by the blood of migrant workers

Dubai seems to be a place where the worst of western capitalism and Gulf Arab racism meet in a horrible vortex. The Indian consulate in Dubai has revealed that at least two Indian expats commit suicide each week. There is something deeply sinister about Dubai luxury.

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Iran Vows to Unplug Internet

| 28/05/2011 | Reply
Iran Vows to Unplug Internet

Iran is taking steps toward an aggressive new form of censorship: a so-called national Internet that could, in effect, disconnect Iranian cyberspace from the rest of the world.

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Saudi Arabia: SFDA to monitor food imports from May 25

| 25/05/2011 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: SFDA to monitor food imports from May 25

JEDDAH: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) will take over next month the monitoring of imported foodstuffs from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Mohamad bin Ahmed Alkanhal, executive president of the authority, announced yesterday.

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Opinion: Gen Y and Islamic finance

| 23/05/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Gen Y and Islamic finance

There is an increasing disconnection between Islamic finance, the Halal Industry and the Muslim customers of tomorrow: the youth.

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UAE: Sharia-compliant bank products poised for strong global growth

| 23/05/2011 | Reply
UAE: Sharia-compliant bank products poised for strong global growth

An interview with David Vicary, Deloitte’s Global Islamic Finance Leader, to discuss the future of Islamic finance, the range of investment options it provides customers as well as to gauge the reasons for its growing popularity among investors.

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Australia: Search for: Gold Coast Tourism pitches Arab lounge to draw Middle Eastern visitors

| 16/05/2011 | Reply
Australia: Search for:  Gold Coast Tourism pitches Arab lounge to draw Middle Eastern visitors

The Middle East has become a lucrative tourist market for the Coast over the past decade, delivering tens of thousands of visitors, including wealthy Arab sheiks and their entourages. Many Gold Coast hotels and theme parks now have prayer rooms and serve halal food to cater for Muslim visitors.

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Brazil: Brazilians prepare for Saudi market

| 12/05/2011 | Reply
Brazil: Brazilians prepare for Saudi market

Brazilians are preparing to seek business deals on the market of Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab economy. Representatives of four companies due to participate in Food Arabia, a food industry fair to be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from May 29th to June 1st.

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Oman: A’Saffa Foods sponsors health education walk

| 12/05/2011 | Reply
Oman: A’Saffa Foods sponsors health education walk

The company is totally committed to being a good corporate citizen and putting something back on a regular basis to the communities where the company works and supplies its 100% pure Halal products to across the Sultanate.

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