Category: Middle East & Africa

Strong response across food industry to region’s first ingredients middle east exhibition

| 14/05/2008 | Reply
Strong response across food industry to region’s first ingredients middle east exhibition

Ingredients Middle East, organised by Dubai World Trade Centre
(DWTC), will take place from 15-17 June 2008 at the Dubai International
Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) and has already attracted some
of the world’s leading ingredient producers.

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New money promises Halal makeover

| 14/05/2008 | Reply
New money promises Halal makeover

Dubai Islamic Investment Group is to create a new vehicle
for halal-based investments. It is to partner with Malaysia’s pilgrim
fund, a state fund that helps Muslims save for their Haj pilgrimage,
and Malaysian state-owned Halal Industry Development Corporation.

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Islamic hotels spread beyond Gulf

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
Islamic hotels spread beyond Gulf

Shariah-compliant hotels are mushrooming throughout
the Middle East and elsewhere, boosted by an increase in the number of
Arab tourists. The developers of these hotels believe these
establishments will appeal to Muslims and non-Muslims alike as they
provide a culturally unique and relaxing atmosphere for travellers.

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Halal travel packages "will prove successful"

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
Halal travel packages "will prove successful"

Middle Eastern countries seeking to emulate Dubai’s successful foray into

tourism are in search of ways to entice Middle Eastern tourists. By creating

Halal packages that incorporate activities and services in keeping with Islamic

law, companies are creating a concept that Euromonitor International predicts

will prove successful.

The recent World Travel Market report has a section on Halal travel (pages 18-21) that are worth reading for anyone interested in this sector.

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Muslim nations must unite to face global uncertainties

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
Muslim nations must unite to face global uncertainties

MUSLIM nations must come together to face global uncertainties and the food crisis, the prime minister said. Malaysian PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Muslim countries had the money and natural resources to help ease food shortages. “Where there is a will, there is a way. We should prove that we can
meet these challenges by working collectively together to help the
Muslims,” he said at the close of the fourth World Islamic Economic
Forum (WIEF), which Malaysia chairs, at the Sheraton Hotel in Kuwait.

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UAE emerging as global hub for halal production

| 30/04/2008 | Reply
UAE emerging as global hub for halal production

The nation is emerging as a global leader in the rapidly
growing halal industry as Muslim consumers look to incorporate more
Sharia-compliant products into their daily lives. Worth an estimated Dh7.7 trillion, the industry has broadened in
scope to include everything from food to Islamic fashion and textiles,
pharmaceuticals, lifestyle products such as cosmetics, and Islamic
finance. Dubai is a major halal industry hub, importing and channelling
an estimated Dh550 million worth of halal merchandise each year.

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Islamic Chamber of Commerce’s general assembly held

| 28/04/2008 | Reply
Islamic Chamber of Commerce’s general assembly held

Saleh Kamel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
Islamic Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the pivotal role the chamber
plays in the service of the Islamic countries’ economies, manifested in
enhancing trade exchange among member countries of the Organization of
the Islamic Conference (OIC). Reviewing the chamber’s accomplishments, Kamel said the chamber serves as a business and
economic hub for Islamic countries and a representative for the private
sector in these countries.

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Nahavandian hails ICC’s General Assembly

| 28/04/2008 | Reply
Nahavandian hails ICC’s General Assembly

Head
of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines on Sunday hailed
the success the Islamic Chamber of Commerce (ICC) General Assembly held
in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The assembly
was held to review the international project on Halal brand aiming at
standardization of Halal products.

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Myriad challenges of global image positioning

| 22/04/2008 | Reply
Myriad challenges of global image positioning

To
create a world-class image leadership mandate within any mega project
is to define, design and own a master blueprint and to possess the
tools necessary to scan the global landscape during its implementation. For this very reason, there are no major globally recognised brands to talk about, which have arisen out of Muslim countries.

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ICCI signs MoU with Hemaya to protect consumers in the Muslim world

| 31/03/2008 | Reply
ICCI signs MoU with Hemaya to protect consumers in the Muslim world

The Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) signed a Memorandum
of Understanding with Jeddah based Hemaya Universal which designs
strategies and spreads awareness on consumer protection in the Muslim
world.

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Al Islami Foods and Alf Yad launch a regional venture capital initiative

| 28/03/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Foods and Alf Yad launch a regional venture capital initiative

Dubai – Al Islami Foods and Alf Yad, a Dubai based venture capital fund
for young Arab entrepreneurs announced their strategic collaboration at
a press conference held today. Alf Yad will raise and deploy AED 100
million to promising Arab entrepreneurs across the region.

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OIC Eyes The USD580 Billion Global Halal Market

| 19/03/2008 | Reply
OIC Eyes The USD580 Billion Global Halal Market

The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) set its
eyes on the USD580 billion global halal industry today, and earmarked
the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) to look into the
developing sector.
The
ICCI president, Sheikh Saleh Kamel said the ICCI would look into the
most basic yet important aspect of the lucrative halal sector, which is
global standards and certification.

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Arroyo okays food processing expansion in RP by Saudi firm

| 14/03/2008 | Reply
Arroyo okays food processing expansion in RP by Saudi firm

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
approved a proposal of a large Saudi Arabia food processing company to
expand its operations in the Philippines to produce Halal-certified
foods, particularly chicken.

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Islamic Hotels Will Soon Be a ‘Riyal’ Thing

| 08/03/2008 | Reply
Islamic Hotels Will Soon Be a ‘Riyal’ Thing

Last July the Packaged Traveler Insider wrote that faith-based travel is one of the fastest growing markets,
evolving from a one-time niche to mainstream. The article noted that
religious travel earned a record $18 billion in 2006. Additionally, the World Tourism Organization
reports that travelers from the Gulf Co-operation Council countries spend over $12 billion annually on leisure travel alone.

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From Adelaide to the World

| 07/03/2008 | Reply
From Adelaide to the World


When you hear Steve Marafiote has been working in the food business for
more than 20 years it might not come as a surprise to discover his
company turns over $25 million a year. What might surprise is that Marafiote is only 32. His company
Australian Quality Plus is less than five years old and his first job
in the industry was serving customers in his family’s fruit shop in
Adelaide.

Always nice to read a success story, especially when Halal is on the menu!

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Health & Medical Tourism 2008

| 05/03/2008 | Reply
Health & Medical Tourism 2008

This is a platform for Global Competency in Technology Transfer
(Biotechnology-Medicine for the Earth: Biodynamic Preparations) and
Halal Healthcare – pharmaceutical & healthcare innovations).

The new trend in medical tourism is attempting to be the new niche market. The potential is there, let’s see if they can create the awareness and if countries will respond accordingly to attract this new type of tourist.

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Dubai announces Halal Living exhibition

| 04/03/2008 | Reply
Dubai announces Halal Living exhibition

Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al
Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of
Dubai, Halal Living, the world’s first Halal consumer lifestyle event,
will open its doors to the public on 15th May 2008 until the 17th May
2008 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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Muslim consumer market still untapped

| 03/03/2008 | Reply
Muslim consumer market still untapped

According to AT
Kearney, a global strategic management consulting firm, companies
should consider how to best tap into the Muslim consumer market for
Shariah-compliant products and services with a global worth of
estimated $2 trillion (Dh7.34trn) annually. 

“While
businesses have targeted ethnic groups for years, there are relatively
few cases of global target segmentation based on religion,” said
Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director of AT Kearney Middle East.

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UAE to help Philippines grow its halal food export

| 03/03/2008 | Reply
UAE to help Philippines grow its halal food export

Manila will be sending marine-biology specialists to the UAE to
inspect the country’s mangroves while Abu Dhabi will help the
Philippines develop its halal food and agricultural exports to the UAE
which grew 39 per cent to Dh73.5 million ($20 million) last year.

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Food traders face deadline on Arabic labelling rules

| 02/03/2008 | Reply
Food traders face deadline on Arabic labelling rules


“Arabic labelling has been made compulsory for all food products coming
to UAE ports for local consumption or re-export.” Traders importing food for local consumption in

Dubai or re-export must comply with new regulations issued by the municipality. Starting April 1 food products will not be allowed entry into the UAE without the correct labeling.

This will be a strong consideration for Halal producers who are trying to enter into this lucrative market but will now face the extra charges of relabeling their products.

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