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Category: Middle East & Africa

Al Islami launches Mo’men in UAE

| 14/10/2009 | Reply
Al Islami launches Mo’men in UAE

Al Islami Foods, a leading halal food producer, has launched Egypt-based Mo’men’s chain of fast food restaurants in the UAE.

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Malaysia-Egypt Form Working Groups To Address Private Sector’s Concern

| 08/10/2009 | Reply
Malaysia-Egypt Form Working Groups To Address Private Sector’s Concern


CAIRO — Malaysia and Egypt have formed specific
working groups to discuss and address issues of concern to the private
sector of both countries, including halal standards, conformity
assessment activities, SME collaboration and trademarks.

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Too often, how we treat animals is simply inhuman

| 07/10/2009 | Reply
Too often, how we treat animals is simply inhuman

The
standard Arab response to animal welfare issues is something like: “Oh,
come on. People barely have enough to eat/suffer enough/cannot find
shelter/die of disease/are victims of war – and you want us to worry
about animals?” But that may be about to change, and not before time.

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Mustapa To Lead Trade Mission To Three Arab Countries

| 03/10/2009 | Reply
Mustapa To Lead Trade Mission To Three Arab Countries

KUALA LUMPUR,  International Trade and
Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed will leave Sunday for a
week-long trade and investment mission to Qatar, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The delegation will include representatives from the Halal
Industry Development Corporation, Construction Industry Development
Board, Professional Services Development Corporation and Iskandar
Regional Development Authority.

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UAE Ratifies Singapore-GCC Free Trade Agreement

| 25/09/2009 | Reply
UAE Ratifies Singapore-GCC Free Trade Agreement

DUBAI
— The UAE, along with with Oman and Qatar, has ratified a Free Trade
Agreement between Singapore and the GCC that will facilitate trade,
including the import of Halal products to the GCC and provide greater
assurance to Muslim tourists and businessmen ?visiting Singapore.

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Malaysian companies plan to exceed US$1.59 million seafood exports to UAE recorded in 2008

| 17/09/2009 | Reply
Malaysian companies plan to exceed US$1.59 million seafood exports to UAE recorded in 2008

With
an estimated 10 to 15 tons of seafood being auctioned off within the
Dubai fish market on a daily basis, the seafood trade in the emirate
remains thriving amidst the current recession. Dubai’s relatively
affluent expatriate community and its hospitality sector also make the
emirate an excellent hub for Halal seafood imports and exports from
across the globe.

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Stage set for Thai festival in Qatar

| 15/09/2009 | Reply
Stage set for Thai festival in Qatar

The
Thai Embassy in Qatar, with the support of Grand Hyatt and Qatar
Airways, will organise a grand Thai Festival from September 28 to
October 3. Promotions like these are another reason why Thai food is so well-known around the world, and why they are so successful in promoting their Halal export products and services.

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In Egypt, Halal Internet Comes First

| 10/09/2009 | Reply
In Egypt, Halal Internet Comes First

CAIRO
— Although it has made its debut only a few days ago, the new ImHalal
search engine is fast winning the approval of several Egyptian internet
users.

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Signing a MOU between Halal world and Ministry Of Health

| 01/09/2009 | Reply
Signing a MOU between Halal world and Ministry Of Health

The First MOU between the Ministry of Health Treatment and Medical
Education and ICRIC on Halal World issues was signed between Dr.
Dinarvand, Deputy of Food and Medicine of Ministry of Health and
Dr.Nahavandian, Director of Islamic Chamber of Research and Information
Center

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MOU between Halal World and Ministry of Health

| 01/09/2009 | Reply
MOU between Halal World and Ministry of Health

IRAN: The First MOU between the Ministry of Health Treatment and Medical
Education and ICRIC on Halal World issues was signed between Dr.
Dinarvand, Deputy of Food and Medicine of Ministry of Health and
Dr.Nahavandian, Director of Islamic Chamber of Research and Information
Center.

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Wipro Consumer Care eyes Africa for growth

| 26/08/2009 | Reply
Wipro Consumer Care eyes Africa for growth

BANGALORE:
Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting (WCCL), which forayed into the international
personal care market by snapping up Singapore-headquartered Unza Holdings, is
training its focus on east and west African countries to increase Unza’s
base this fiscal.
Unza’s portfolio
includes women’s toiletry brand Enchanteur, which accounts for 30% of
revenues, men’s brand Romano as well as Halal toiletry brand Safi.

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Bahrain Butchers Face Customers’ Ire after Govt Put Limits on Sales

| 26/08/2009 | Reply
Bahrain Butchers Face Customers’ Ire after Govt Put Limits on Sales

MANAMA — Butchers at Bahrain’s central markets
have been facing the wrath of customers nowadays after the government
imposed a ban on selling more than 7kg of meat per customer during
Ramadan.

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Meat imports surge ahead of Ramadan

| 23/08/2009 | Reply
Meat imports surge ahead of Ramadan

Meat
imports to the UAE and the Gulf are expected to rise by as much as 15
per cent during the month of Ramadan, according to importers. The
next four weeks will also be one of the busiest periods of the year for
the global meat industry, and Ramadan coincides with high seasonal
demand from European, US and Australian markets.

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Grab the land

| 18/08/2009 | Reply
Grab the land

In recent years, in a bid to reduce food imports, several Gulf
countries have been investing heavily in farmland in developing
countries such as Pakistan, the Philippines and Ethiopia.  Last year,
Gulf States imported 80 percent of their food at a cost of $20 billion.

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Thailand seeks strong trade ties with region

| 18/08/2009 | Reply
Thailand seeks strong trade ties with region

DOHA:
Developing stronger economic relations with Qatar and other Gulf
countries is one of the top items on the agenda of Thai Prime Minister
Abhisit Vejjajiva and his new administration.
“We
believe we have a lot to offer to the Middle Eastern countries,”
Vejjajiva said during a formal interaction at the Thai parliament
building with visiting journalists from the Gulf region who were on a
media familiarisation trip around Thailand.

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Not all halal products may meet standards: Expert

| 18/08/2009 | Reply
Not all halal products may meet standards: Expert

DOHA:
Not all halal-certified food products sold in supermarkets in Qatar and
other Gulf countries comply with halal standards, according to a Thai
professor at a well-known university in Bangkok.
Dr
Winai Dahlan, Associate Professor and Director of the Halal Science
Center (HSC) of Chulalongkorn University, said many studies had shown
that food products exported to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
countries with halal certification may not have been processed
scientifically according to the required standards.

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Al Farooj invests Dhs30 million into aggressive GCC wide expansion plan

| 16/08/2009 | Reply
Al Farooj invests Dhs30 million into aggressive GCC wide expansion plan

DUBAI: With the capital injection of Dhs 30 million for its
development, Al Farooj has unveiled its GCC-wide developmental plan.
This was announced on the occasion of openining ceremony of two new
outlets in Sharjah on Thursday.
“Al Farooj expansion is part of Al Islami’s
greater “BIG 5″ development plan consolidate its hospitality segment
…” – Saleh Lootah


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The halal creams that let Muslim faces glow

| 10/08/2009 | Reply
The halal creams that let Muslim faces glow

DUBAI
// As a freelance make-up artist, Layla Mandi was shocked to discover
three years ago that many cosmetics contain animal residues, including
pig products. Since then, she has spent her time developing her own
halal skin care range. Now a self-employed businesswoman, Miss
Mandi, 32, hopes to fill what she sees as a gap in the cosmetics
industry for Muslim women in the region.

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Al Islami Expands Fresh Meat Shops in the UAE

| 02/08/2009 | Reply
Al Islami Expands Fresh Meat Shops in the UAE

United Arab Emirates: Al Islami has started selling fresh meat in
Dubai, Sharjah and Al Ain, initially opening 15 shops during the first
half of the year. The company plans 12 more shops for the next two
quarters making total of 27 shops at the end of this year.

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Special report: Halal logistics

| 31/07/2009 | Reply
Special report: Halal logistics

The logistics world is waking up to the enormous potential of the
halal industry. Benefiting from a ready-made global customer group of
nearly two billion Muslims, the international halal food industry was
valued at US$570 billion during 2005. And with the total spend on
logistics operations accounting for around 5-10% of total revenue, its
not surprising that logistics companies all over the world are keen to
grab a piece of this growing market.

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