Category: Middle East & Africa

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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Halal products gaining in popularity

| 28/02/2008 | Reply
Halal products gaining in popularity

Halal products are becoming a
popular trend with all faiths and the UAE will benefit as a hub for
distribution, according to food producers at Gulfood 2008 Exhibition on
Tuesday.

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Jawhara Gardens Hotel receives ISO 9001:2000 certification

| 24/02/2008 | Reply
Jawhara Gardens Hotel receives ISO 9001:2000 certification

Jawhara
Hotels part of the UAE based business conglomerate S.S. Lootah Group
received the ‘BS EN ISO 9001:2000’ certification for its Jawhara
Gardens Hotel
.
Jawhara
Gardens is the flagship hotel of the Jawhara chain and has always
pursued excellence in its processes where everything right from
cleaning of the hotel up to accounting follows the Islamic and Halal
concept.

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Dubai’s Limitless to Develop Halal Centre in Malaysia

| 20/02/2008 | Reply
Dubai’s Limitless to Develop Halal Centre in Malaysia

Dubai-based Limitless, the development arm
of Dubai World, said Monday it will develop a 1,115 hectare mixed-use
Halal center (MIHAP) in Malaysia in partnership with a Malaysian investment
group of Mihap Holdings and Perbadanan Kemajuan Pertanian Selangor.

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Al Islami Foods acquires chunk of ‘Al Farooj Fresh’ chain

| 20/02/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Foods acquires chunk of ‘Al Farooj Fresh’ chain

Reinforcing its
leading position, Al Islami Foods today announced acquiring a major
share in Al Farooj Fresh, a UAE based restaurant chain. The move
propels Al Islami into a strong position in the fast growing and
profitable hospitality segment of the UAE, starting with freshly baked
and wholesome fresh Shawerma wraps, a new global healthy trend in the
fast food industry.

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Islamic hotel review: Tamani, Dubai Marina

| 18/02/2008 | Reply
Islamic hotel review: Tamani, Dubai Marina

The 55 storey Tamani deluxe serviced apartment hotel in the Dubai Marina opened this week, the first of four upcoming Islamic hotels in Dubai operated by KM Holding, part of the Al Rostamani Group.

‘This
is a market niche and hotels in such niches actually tend to do even
better than standard hotels,’ said Khalid A. bin Sulayem, director
general of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing at
the launch today.

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On a More Positive Note from Iraq..

| 15/02/2008 | Reply
On a More Positive Note from Iraq..

A US veterinarian and Army major working with an embedded
reconstruction team, Jessica McCoy, is helping poultry farmers regroup.
Through the association, said McCoy, Iraqi farmers are learning how
to raise a quality chicken without any noticeable blemishes. “We are
aiming for the ‘high-end’ poultry market,” said McCoy. “There is a
strong market for fresh (not frozen) poultry slaughtered according to
the halal method that has been raised without hormones or other
‘chemical additives.’”
Even in war torn Iraq people are prepared to pay top price for quality products.

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Al Islami demonstrates lucrative franchise model at Global Village

| 14/02/2008 | Reply
Al Islami demonstrates lucrative franchise model at Global Village

After
the successful launch of Al Islami Cart franchise model in the UAE last
year, in collaboration with Muhammad Bin Rashid Establishment for Young
Business Leaders (SME), UAE National franchisees are currently
benefiting from this lucrative business model at Global Village
.

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Al Islami Foods: Sales Grow 40% in 2007

| 09/02/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Foods: Sales Grow 40% in 2007

“With our channel wise focused strategy in the region, 2007 was a
milestone year in the history of Al Islami Foods, with solid
contributions from all business segments and extraordinary efforts of
the team. Al Islami signals another year of excellence as it
consolidates its leadership position, sets quality benchmarks for the
halal-food industry and contribution to the development of the national
economy.” said Saleh Abdullah Lootah, Chief Executive Officer of Al
Islami Foods.

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TRENDS… food in the United Arab Emirates

| 07/02/2008 | Reply
TRENDS… food in the United Arab Emirates

This is an excellent market report prepared by
Agri-Food Program Section,



Consulate of Canada, Dubai, UAE. Very thoroughly researched, it will be of benefit to read for anyone considering doing business within this region. Up to date information on all sectors looking to be involved in Halal.

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UAE yet to decide on cloned meat

| 04/02/2008 | Reply
UAE yet to decide on cloned meat

Meat and dairy products from cloned animals or their offspring can
enter the UAE from the United States without being labelled as such,
after the US Food and Drug Agency declared them safe for consumption.

Khalid
Al Awadi, head of food safety at Dubai Municipality, told Gulf News GM
foods are low on their priority list. “We’re mainly concerned with
making sure the animals were slaughtered in the halal way and have high
hygienic standards,” he said.




This is an issue that needs more attention by the Shariah scholars to bring more clarity on it for the Halal market.

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Over US$1 trillion committed to developing the region’s Leisure Landscape.

| 19/01/2008 | Reply
Over US$1 trillion committed to developing the region’s Leisure Landscape.

A staggering US$1.006 trillion (US$1006 billion) has been committed
to Leisure projects across the region. Development of the ‘Leisure
Landscape’ is a critical part of a total travel and tourism
investment of $3.63 trillion encompassing hotels, leisure projects,
aviation developments, cruise lines, tourism promotion and supporting
infrastructure, across the Middle East, according to the latest findings
of a major region wide research programme unveiled today.

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Jawhara: A Hotel With An Islamic Image

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
Jawhara: A Hotel With An Islamic Image

You will notice that the coming trend in the UAE is Islamic/Halal hotels and tourism. This article is just another example of another hotel group seeing the potential of this market. The sooner these venues become international the more muslims will look for them and the number will increase. With Halal food on the menu, once again the Halal industry will find another sector to expand into.

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Islamic hotels to hit the market

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
Islamic hotels to hit the market

Dubai-based Almulla Hospitality is gearing towards making Islamic hotels


a force to be reckoned with in the competitive hospitality sector.



“The Islamic hotel chain is a new industry, a new wave coming through,”



Chairman Abdullah Mohamed Almulla  told BERNAMA on the sidelines of the Global Halal and Islamic Business Forum held in conjunction with the Halal World Expo in Abu Dhabi recently.

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