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Category: Middle East & Africa

The Middle Eastern Patient

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
The Middle Eastern Patient

The Middle East has unique dual position in the Medical Tourism
Industry. On one hand, the region’s well-developed hospitals are
preparing to capture the international market for elective procedures
while on the other, international healthcare organizations are tapping
into GCC’s affluent society in search of highly sophisticated and
advanced healthcare services unavailable within the GCC.

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SouqExtra! Officially Launches First Supercenter at Ewan Residences, Dubai

| 16/12/2009 | Reply
SouqExtra! Officially Launches First Supercenter at Ewan Residences, Dubai

SouqExtra! Ewan Residences outlet is located in Dubai Investments Park. It is a

single-floor development providing a mix of outlets that will offer a convenient

retail solution to the local community through the number of high-quality services

carefully chosen to meet the needs of the local residents. The retail mix will

include outlets of Spinneys supermarket, Redha Al Ansari Exchange, Life

Pharmacy, Dubai Library, Al Farooj Restaurant and Bare Beauty salon providing

the local community with a one-stop-shop offering services tailored to fulfil their

daily needs.  

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SJK Products Launches Onepure alcohol free, natural sanitising handgel

| 04/12/2009 | Reply
SJK Products Launches Onepure alcohol free, natural sanitising handgel

Based
on a 900-year Old Formula: This combination of natural ingredients was
originally discovered in the 12th century by Genghis Khan’s Mongol
Empire. Its efficacy in killing germs may have been a major
contribution towards bringing about the Mongol Empire’s military
supremacy.

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First Fully Halal Hotel in Capetown

| 03/12/2009 | Reply
First Fully Halal Hotel in Capetown

This will be Capetown’s first halal
hotel run by an organisation which not only prides itself on it’s core
values of honesty, integrity and respect, it also offers an
alcohol-free or “dry” environment.

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Beauty which goes skin deep

| 27/11/2009 | Reply
Beauty which goes skin deep

Cosmetic companies have unleashed a new trend that has been gaining
wild popularity in the Middle East. The large, untapped market of halal
cosmetics – only in the Middle East – total to almost $600 million in
value. This much-hyped phenomenon is touted to expand further in the
region.

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Thailand seeks to open distribution centre in the Gulf

| 26/11/2009 | Reply
Thailand seeks to open distribution centre in the Gulf

Qatar
and Thailand on Tuesday signed two agreements and two memorandums of
understanding. A memorandum was signed for the setting up of a joint
higher committee for international co-operation. Another MoU was signed
between Qatar’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) and the Thai
Trade Council.

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Thailand PM leaves for Qatar

| 24/11/2009 | Reply
Thailand PM leaves for Qatar

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his
delegation were to leave Bangkok on Tuesday afternoon on a three-day
official visit to Qatar. He will invite Qatar to invest in development projects in southern
border provinces of Thailand, particularly the halal food industry.

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Iran top importer of Malaysian palm oil

| 17/11/2009 | Reply
Iran top importer of Malaysian palm oil

Iran has replaced the UAE as the largest direct importer of edible
Malaysian palm oil in the Middle East after many Iranian traders
stopped sourcing the product from UAE.

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Al Islami Foods Announces Major Management Restructuring

| 17/11/2009 | Reply
Al Islami Foods Announces Major Management Restructuring

DUBAI:  To align with the rapidly growing Halal food mega trend, Al
Islami Foods today announced the key appointments of new Chief Executive Officer,
the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, under company’s new management
and operational restructuring process.

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Halal standards are on the menu for UAE

| 12/11/2009 | Reply
Halal standards are on the menu for UAE

DUBAI // A more comprehensive set of halal food standards outlining
proper Sharia-compliant practices from slaughtering to food additives
could be approved by the UAE Cabinet within weeks, the country’s
quality standard authority says.

The Emirates Authority for
Standardisation and Metrology Abu Dhabi (ESMA) approved revised
technical regulations and submitted them to the Government for approval
11 days ago.

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Al Islami represents UAE halal market at food forum in Taiwan

| 08/11/2009 | Reply
Al Islami represents UAE halal market at food forum in Taiwan

“Halal,
the global mega trend continues making waves and grabbing attention of
investors, suppliers, producers. Countries that will succeed in
entering the international halal market will be those who pay attention
to the details of quality, standards and marketing, aligned with the
most active players such as Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Singapore,
Turkey and now UAE.”

These deliberations were presented by Alex Andarakis, chief
executive officer of Al Islami Foods, an award winning halal producer
in the Middle East, as guest-speaker at the ‘Exploring the Muslim Food
Market Forum 2009’ held at the sidelines of Kaohsiung Food Show 2009,
Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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Halal Expo 2009 to welcome top exhibitors from Malaysia

| 05/11/2009 | Reply
Halal Expo 2009 to welcome top exhibitors from Malaysia

‘Halal Expo 2009’, the definitive event for the Halal industry in
the region, is set to welcome top exhibitors from Malaysia, who will
comprise one of the biggest national delegations at the annual affair,
according to organisers – Orange Fairs & Events. According to the
Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), the
country is eyeing opportunities within Middle East Halal industry in
support of the Malaysian Government’s aims to cultivate its Halal
market as a new growth sector and reach its 25 per cent growth target
for this year. The three-day exposition is slated to run from November
10 – 12, 2009 at Al Jawhara Hall, Madinat Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai.

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Playing Halal

| 05/11/2009 | Reply
Playing Halal

Since she hit the market in 2003, the veiled Barbie doll Fulla has
made international headlines. A product of the Dubai-based Syrian toy
company New Boy, this best-seller was touted as Barbie’s ‘modest’
relative – a cousin who promotes Islamic virtues.
Fast-forward six years and Fulla no longer has to face the arduous
task of setting the right example on her own.

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Reaping the rewards

| 05/11/2009 | Reply
Reaping the rewards

As international demand for halal products rises, Ben Watts examines
the size and potential of a market that is attracting attention from
operators around the world — in F&B and beyond.

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President al-Assad to participate in Islamic economic summit

| 04/11/2009 | Reply
President al-Assad to participate in Islamic economic summit

Informed sources have said that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria will participate in the 25th session of economic summit of the Organization of Islamic Conference’s member states (COMCEC) to be held in Istanbul on November 14-17.

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Royal plea to PM on ritual slaughter

| 02/11/2009 | Reply
Royal plea to PM on ritual slaughter

PRINCESS Alia bint
al-Hussein of Jordan has appealed to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to stop
the ritual slaughter of conscious animals for halal meat in Australia. She said its continuation would set back attempts to improve animal welfare in the Middle East.

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A’Saffa introduces halal chicken to Qatar

| 02/11/2009 | Reply
A’Saffa introduces halal chicken to Qatar

A’Saffa
is the Gulf’s newest and most innovative chicken producer and is
committed to ensuring its chickens have the best natural feed,
conditions to grow on a state of the art facility in the south of Oman
with every bird slaughtered by hand according to the most stringent of
Halal processes.

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Thailand targets up to 80 per cent trade growth with GCC by 2012

| 28/10/2009 | Reply
Thailand targets up to 80 per cent trade growth with GCC by 2012

Thailand is targeting to
increase its trade with the GCC by 60 to 80 per cent within the next
three years, as part of the government’s ‘Look East Policy’, thereby
spurring a region-wide campaign that involves a showcase of the
country’s high quality products within the most important trade events
and exhibitions.

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Taste of Wales at Spinneys

| 26/10/2009 | Reply
Taste of Wales at Spinneys

A select group of Welsh companies offering the best
in gourmet foods, treated guests to a night of culinary delights at a
food-tasting event hosted by leading Dubai supermarket chain Spinneys.

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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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