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Category: Middle East & Africa

Kuwait: Kuwait hosts ‘halal’ industry conference

| 25/01/2011 | Reply
Kuwait: Kuwait hosts ‘halal’ industry conference

This is the first Gulf conference on halal industry being organized here by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs in collaboration with the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and the food inspection commission of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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UAE: Watch out for haram food on holiday, Muslims warned

| 19/01/2011 | Reply
UAE: Watch out for haram food on holiday, Muslims warned

Dubai Municipality’s food control department has produced a leaflet containing common non-halal food terms. It is available to the public, and 5,000 copies will soon be handed out at Dubai International Airport.

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Kenya: Farmer’s Choice targets UAE meat market

| 15/01/2011 | Reply
Kenya: Farmer’s Choice targets UAE meat market

The company said plans are complete and within the next few months, the company would roll out the expansion plan also targeting Egypt within Africa. Farmer’s Choice recently completed the construction of a $4 million dollar slaughter house facility.

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Nigeria: Interest-free cooperative: A reliable source of finance

| 15/01/2011 | Reply
Nigeria: Interest-free cooperative: A reliable source of finance

The concept of interest-free co-operative is an integral part of the Islamic economic system. What we are familiar with is the conventional co-operative system of financing, which according to its operations, is interest-based.

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Iran to enhance trade with Asian countries

| 13/01/2011 | Reply
Iran to enhance trade with Asian countries

Iran and Pakistan can increase trade with each other and the private sectors of both countries should come forward to exploit these trade opportunities, said Iran’s Commerce Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari, while addressing a meeting at the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI)

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Oman: A’saffa Foods enters 2011 with new identity and new brands

| 10/01/2011 | Reply
Oman: A’saffa Foods enters 2011 with new identity and new brands

One of the Sultanate’s largest producers of poultry products changed their name from A’Saffa Poultry to A’Saffa Foods earlier this year to facilitate their plans to diversify and expand their range of Halal and 100 per cent healthy and tasty food products into new markets.

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Opinion: Could the U.S. be Considered an ‘Islamic’ Country?

| 10/01/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Could the U.S. be Considered an ‘Islamic’ Country?

The idea of a checklist of qualities by which we can identify an ‘Islamic’ country doesn’t appear to hold water in the modern world. And this realisation has profound implications for the oft-repeated phrases of Dar al Islam and Dar al Kufr which are still used to shape Muslim thinking about world affairs.

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Opinion: Giving credit where it is due

| 02/01/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Giving credit where it is due

As a follow-up to the Unsung Stars of Islamic Finance article, which received interesting circulation, Rushdi Siddiqui wants to acknowledge their efforts with the inaugural Islamic Finance Agitation Awards.

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Makkah’s new look evokes harsh criticism

| 30/12/2010 | Reply
Makkah’s new look evokes harsh criticism

Jeddah: It is an architectural absurdity. Just south of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the Muslim world’s holiest site, a kitsch rendition of London’s Big Ben is nearing completion. Called the Royal Mecca Clock Tower, it will be one of the tallest buildings in the world.

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Qatar: Panel to discuss new GCC food proposals

| 28/12/2010 | Reply
Qatar: Panel to discuss new GCC food proposals

The 13th meeting of the GCC Technical Committee for Foods and Agricultural Products, which was opened yesterday in Doha, will discuss several important issues governing the import and sale of food products in Qatar, a spokesman for the Ministry of Environment said.

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Russia: Yamal Looks to Export Reindeer Meat to Qatar

| 22/12/2010 | Reply
Russia: Yamal Looks to Export Reindeer Meat to Qatar

When rival energy producers Russia and Qatar talk business, it’s no longer only about natural gas — they’re talking reindeer meat, which Russia has promised to export and butcher according to Muslim dietary law.

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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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