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Category: Middle East & Africa

Malaysia: Qatar, the World Cup and Islamic finance

| 06/12/2010 | Reply
Malaysia: Qatar, the World Cup and Islamic finance

“WE go to new lands!” exclaimed Sepp Blatter, president of Fifa in unveiling Qatar, over the US, for hosting the 2022 Fifa World Cup. Now, how does Islamic finance and Malaysia “ride on the coat-tails” of this incredible opportunity, having missed many opportunities over the years?

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Marketing 101 for the Global Muslim Community

| 04/12/2010 | Reply
Marketing 101 for the Global Muslim Community

The answers lie in, first, understanding the trends within the community then, secondly, delving into each subset of the trends to identify emotional triggers that would provide a platform for the brand to establish itself with its target segment and lastly, basing or developing the brand’s business strategy on the ethical values of Islam.

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UAE: Burger Fuel chain plans to open 15 outlets in UAE

| 02/12/2010 | Reply
UAE: Burger Fuel chain plans to open 15 outlets in UAE

New Zealand’s Burger Fuel chain of restaurants, known for its grass fed halal meat, will open 15 outlets in the UAE, within the next five years.

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Malaysia: Malaysia store in Tehran to market Halal goods and services in West Asia

| 20/11/2010 | Reply
Malaysia: Malaysia store in Tehran to market Halal goods and services in West Asia

While the Neguin Group is engaged in the setting up of the infrastructure of 1MDS, HDC is engaged in the business coaching and marketing of Malaysian SMEs into Iran and the West Asia region. 1MDS represents an excellent platform to a vast halal market potential in Iran for Malaysian SME exports.

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UAE: Trend of Halal cosmetics consumption in the Middle East

| 19/11/2010 | Reply
UAE: Trend of Halal cosmetics consumption in the Middle East

In a luxury resort in Dubai, Emirati wait next to the bronze statue of the ancient Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, smile and wait for the routine treatment of their beauty every weekend. The resort is different from the others in which it uses some skin care products based on minerals and pork-free and alcohol-free materials.

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Malaysia: Eleven 1MDS To Be Established In Iran Within Next Five Years – HDC

| 19/11/2010 | Reply
Malaysia: Eleven 1MDS To Be Established In Iran Within Next Five Years – HDC

Eleven 1Malaysia Departmental Store will be established in Iran within five years, to help Malaysian companies penetrate the country’s untapped market place.

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Iran: The Report of the 5th Supreme Halal Council

| 19/11/2010 | Reply
Iran: The Report of the 5th Supreme Halal Council

The Fifth Supreme Halal Council was held with the presence of the members of this council in the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines (ICCIM). The agenda of this meeting was presenting the report of the adopting OIC Halal Food Standard.

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Japan: Islamic community lays down roots

| 14/11/2010 | Reply
Japan: Islamic community lays down roots

The Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center in Shibuya Ward, notable for its Ottoman architecture and intricate Arabic reliefs, is one of the mosques located across the nation that serve a small but thriving Muslim community estimated to number around 110,000 to 120,000, including roughly 10,000 Japanese Muslims.

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Halal-friendly travel emerges as new market sector

| 13/11/2010 | Reply
Halal-friendly travel emerges as new market sector

An increase in Halal travel could have a big economic impact in Europe. The 2010 World Travel Market Global Trends report by Euromonitor International says there are more than 400,000 millionaires in Middle East countries, with a combined worth of more than $1.9 trillion.

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The Mystique of Mainstream Middle Eastern Beauty

| 07/11/2010 | Reply
The Mystique of Mainstream Middle Eastern Beauty

According to Euromonitor International, Middle Eastern women are more often combining their religious views with consumerism, and this is a trend that has been reflected in advertising campaigns with models wearing the hijab, or head scarf. This is an excellent article on the growing Beauty Market in the Middle East, and Halal cosmetics are the new way forward in this sector.

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Travel Increasing To Islam Or Halal-Friendly Countries

| 30/10/2010 | Reply
Travel Increasing To Islam Or Halal-Friendly Countries

The surge of Islamophobia in some western countries has resulted into an increased outbound inter-regional travel to “Islam or halal friendly” countries from the Middle East region apart from the increased intraregional travel, a Malaysian senator said.

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UAE: Myths about Islamic finance

| 24/10/2010 | Reply
UAE: Myths about Islamic finance

If perception is reality, then we need to look at the misperceptions of Islamic finance. There are a number of myths about this niche market, and, taking a cue from a programme called ‘Mythbusters,’ we need to review some of them for plausibility, amendment or more information necessary.

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Opinion: Internationalisation of Arab Brands: the Journey to the East

| 18/10/2010 | Reply
Opinion: Internationalisation of Arab Brands: the Journey to the East

Judging by the small number of their brands that have international presence, Arab and Islamic companies are commonly described as non-branders i.e. either they do not seek to achieve brand recognition and dominance or they do not know how to do it.

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Kenya: Halal friendly travel is the next frontier in bid to attract customers

| 15/10/2010 | Reply
Kenya: Halal friendly travel is the next frontier in bid to attract customers

Kenya’s tourism sector has yet to tap into the lucrative halal friendly travel market that is quickly gaining popularity.

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Kenya: Why Sharia-compliant economy is growing fast

| 15/10/2010 | Reply
Kenya: Why Sharia-compliant economy is growing fast

Ongoing expansion of the Muslim segment of Kenya’s newly rich is rapidly changing the face of business in the country in favour of Sharia-compliant offers that are taking root across all segments of the consumer market.

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UAE: Islamic beauty: Can halal cosmetics outgrow their niche?

| 07/10/2010 | Reply
UAE: Islamic beauty: Can halal cosmetics outgrow their niche?

The appeal of halal cosmetics mirrors a global trend for ethical beauty products that are not tested on animals and do not use animal derivatives, as well as booming demand for ranges based on natural ingredients that are kind to hair and skin.

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UAE: Al Islami Reinforces Saudi Presence

| 01/10/2010 | Reply
UAE: Al Islami Reinforces Saudi Presence

UAE-based halal food producer Al Islami Foods, proudly announced today its partnership with Saudi distributor Abbar and Zainy Cold Stores (AZCS), as part of a five-year plan to reinforce channel expansion and market growth in the region. From July 2010, Al Islami products are available in all locations within the AZCS distribution chain across the […]

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Exhibitors eyeing Middle Eastern Halal cosmetics market

| 12/05/2010 | Reply
Exhibitors eyeing Middle Eastern Halal cosmetics market

The global market for halal products is growing at a remarkable pace which has led to increasing customer awareness on the need for halal-based cosmetics and beauty products. A corresponding surge in demand for these products has been noted among the Muslim and many non-Muslim countries. According to a recent survey, cosmetic and personal care […]

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Great Transition – Saudi Arabia Planting New Seeds

| 27/04/2010 | Reply
Great Transition – Saudi Arabia Planting New Seeds

Monday, 26 April 2010 16:07 Saudi Arabia’s agriculture sector is in a period of great transition. The government has identified five key segments to focus on as water conservation and use policies take a more prominent role in decision-making. With arable land scarce, the future for agriculture in the Kingdom is likely to involve international […]

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MISC Berhad, 3rd Largest Shipping Company in the World to expand its’ presence in the Middle East

| 12/02/2010 | Reply
MISC Berhad, 3rd Largest Shipping Company in the World to expand its’ presence in the Middle East

MISC Berhad, the 3rd largest shipping company in the world, is pleased to announce that it is expanding its presence in the Middle East and has opened a new Regional Office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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