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Category: Middle East & Africa

D-8 countries urge innovative cooperation to meet global challenges

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
D-8 countries urge innovative cooperation to meet global challenges

The Summit which was attended by the heads of states and government of D-8
countries ended with the joint note of enhancing cooperation in areas including
current global food shortage, global warming, labour migration, Islamic banking
and finance, and the strengthening of global halal industry.

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EU proposal threatens halal foods

| 05/07/2008 | Reply
EU proposal threatens halal foods

This is a must-read. The proposed reversal of the animal by-product ban for animal feeds is a clear example of putting the health of the economy over the health of the people. Not only is this of concern to the Muslims – none of us want to eat carnivorous cows – but this is of concern to everyone, and it is an issue in which the Muslims should take on on everyones behalf, not just for the Ummah.

This is for a matter for Bani Adam, so let the Muslims play an appropriate role. “Oh Mankind, eat what is lawful and wholesome on the earth…”

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Islamic Relief Worldwide Appoints Hadhari Cattle For Deboning Sacrificial Meat

| 05/07/2008 | Reply
Islamic Relief Worldwide Appoints Hadhari Cattle For Deboning Sacrificial Meat

Islamic Relief Worldwide, the implementing agency
appointed for distribution of sacrificial meat appointed by the
Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB), has named a local company
– Hadhari Cattle Industry Sdn Bhd (Hadhari Cattle) – to debone
slaughtered sheep.

This is a good example of a sharp entrepreneurial initiative from Hadhari’s deputy President Dr Abdul Rashid Tan. It makes you reflect on what might happen if more of Malaysia’s Chinese community accepted Islam…maybe the ‘Halal Hub’ dream might be a bit more realistic.

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Landmark to Launch 10 Shariah-Compliant Hotels by 2010

| 04/07/2008 | Reply
Landmark to Launch 10 Shariah-Compliant Hotels by 2010

Landmark Hotel Management LLC has announced that it will be launching 10 world-class Shariah-compliant hotels and serviced apartments in the UAE and KSA by the end of 2010.
The move is in line with the company’s strategy to cater to the
increasing demand for Shariah-compliant projects in the Middle East.

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OIC To Submit Final Draft On Halal Standardisation, Accreditation And Certification In 2009

| 04/07/2008 | Reply
OIC To Submit Final Draft On Halal Standardisation, Accreditation And Certification In 2009

The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) will submit
the final draft of the proposed common international halal
standardisation, accreditation and certification to its members during
the Tenth OIC Standardisation Experts’ Group Meeting in Jeddah, Saudi
Arabia in February 2009.

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Dh300m meat processing plant to be set up in Al Ain

| 04/07/2008 | Reply
Dh300m meat processing plant to be set up in Al Ain

The retail
major Emke Group is establishing the joint venture project in
collaboration with Denmark’s Rose Poultry, to be located at the Al Ain
Industrial City. Once completed, the project will have an initial
manufacturing capacity of 10,000 metric tonnes per annum, in the first
phase with scope for further enhancement in the second phase.

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Saudi Tourism Strategy Takes Shape

| 03/07/2008 | Reply
Saudi Tourism Strategy Takes Shape

Looks like Saudi Arabia is also looking to diversify into tourism. It will be interesting to see what this means and how they develop Halal tourism in their country. Separate facilities for men and women? They could be very successful in this new developing niche market.

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Abu Dhabi active in Halal standardisation

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
Abu Dhabi active in Halal standardisation

Abu
Dhabi is building a solid platform to create global standards in the
Halal industry according to organiser of the Halal World Expo, IIR
Middle East. Establishing such a
benchmark would require a “major combined effort” between industry and
government authorities and the Abu Dhabi government was keen to play a
pivotal role in this process, IIR explained.

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Al Islami supports UAE health initiative to combat obesity

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
Al Islami supports UAE health initiative to combat obesity

In line with the UAE health initiatives, Al Islami Foods, a pioneer in
halal food industry in the Middle East, today launched a new corporate
communication strategy, which will support UAE drive to combat obesity
and diabetes.

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Ingredients Middle East attracts 1,732 regional buyers

| 27/06/2008 | Reply
Ingredients Middle East attracts 1,732 regional buyers

Sourcing Halal ingredients is more and more going to become an issue in the GCC and other countries where Halal food is produced. Hopefully this show will assist the manufacturers, and also encourage ingredients companies to obtain Halal certification for their products to broaden their business potential.

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British Airways launches new ‘taste team’

| 25/06/2008 | Reply
British Airways launches new ‘taste team’

It is a good sign – and good business sense – that British Airways is catering to the Muslim Halal food market in the GCC region by giving them a nice serving of British cuisine Halal style! I thought the national dish for Britain was curry these days! This is all in line with the new push on Halal tourism. At least if you can eat good food in the air it might make you feel a bit better about paying the higher airfares.

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Gulfood to expand to become Middle East’s largest trade exhibition in 2009

| 19/06/2008 | Reply
Gulfood to expand to become Middle East’s largest trade exhibition in 2009

Gulfood expanding was inevitable, but adding the new Ingredients Middle East into the show was a good strategic move. Though Gulfood has never focused on Halal as a category in its own right at the show, many of the companies of course are certified Halal to enable them to export to the region. Having the ingredients on board during this huge event will assist manufacturers wanting to enter into the Halal food industry source their certified ingredients. One stop shop.

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Halal Tourism

| 18/06/2008 | Reply
Halal Tourism

Once again ‘Halal Tourism’ is coming into travel market news. It is a budding industry that cannot be ignored and the interesting thing is that one of the target markets for this sector is the European Muslims.

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Western branding for next generation Sharia hotels

| 18/06/2008 | Reply
Western branding for next generation Sharia hotels

Dubai-based
Almulla Hospitality plans an international chain of 150
Sharia-compliant hotels by 2015. Around 90 are planned in the Middle
East and North Africa, but the remainder will be Europe, Asia and North
America – and Almulla says it will develop non-Muslim brand names.

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Malaysian delegation to promote Halal standards at next OIC meeting

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Malaysian delegation to promote Halal standards at next OIC meeting

The next session of the OIC Foreign Ministers, due to be held in Uganda on June 18, will among other things, look at the formation of an International Zakat Organisation, and the development of international Halal standards, and the International Halal Integrity Alliance IHI.

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Kipp’s healthcheck on Arab brands’ global ambition

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Kipp’s healthcheck on Arab brands’ global ambition

Though there is no mention of Halal product brands in this article it is showing that products going out internationally from this region are going to increase. Let’s see with the recent article we put up about UAE increasing its production of Halal food products whether these manufacturers will also consider the international Halal marketplace.

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Ingredients expo opens in Dubai

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Ingredients expo opens in Dubai

Now we are getting down to the nitty gritty of Halal food production. Beyond the disagreements on stunning and mechanical slaughter what people are wanting to know is, what about the hidden ingredients that make the ‘halalness’ of the everyday products we use dubious. Hopefully at this show people were able to speak with companies to get comprehensive answers on their questions in this regard.

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Bid to increase amount of food made locally

| 16/06/2008 | Reply
Bid to increase amount of food made locally

The UAE could save billions of dollars and curb soaring food prices by manufacturing more products at home, experts say.

“The halal
industry in this region alone is worth more than Dh73bn. We want a
slice of that market ourselves rather than buying it in,” said Joanne Cook organiser for the new Ingredients Middle East trade fair currently being held in Dubai
.

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Abu Dhabi building platform to create global halal industry standard

| 31/05/2008 | Reply
Abu Dhabi building platform to create global halal industry standard

Abu Dhabi is building a solid platform to play an important role in the Halal industry, a rapidly expanding
business now reaching 1.8 billion consumers worldwide and worth an
estimated US$2.1 trillion. Halal World Expo 2008 offers Halal industry stakeholders a chance to reach the lucrative Middle East markets.

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Malaysia, Turkey & Saudi Arabia Driving Increased Intra-OIC Trade

| 29/05/2008 | Reply
Malaysia, Turkey & Saudi Arabia Driving Increased Intra-OIC Trade

This is an excellent report by DinarStandard.com (as we are coming to expect from them) on intra-OIC trade, looking at tyhe trend towards growth in this sector, and who is driving it. Malaysia, Turkey & Saudi Arabia driving increased intra-OIC Trade, with strong fundamentals, Islamic finance, Halal food, and increase Intra-OIC networking driving growth. The report is full of information and charts, and we are posting the link here:

http://www.dinarstandard.com/intraoic/intraoic052708.html

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