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Category: Middle East & Africa

Summer outbound travel from UAE surges 20 per cent

| 20/08/2008 | Reply
Summer outbound travel from UAE surges 20 per cent

Those interested in capturing the tourists looking for Halal destinations should read this article to keep abreast of where the UAE residents are heading to take their holidays this summer. It is a market that cannot be ignored and when they come they bring the whole family and stay a while. If I was living in the UAE I sure would be heading for greener landscapes and fresh air during the summer months!

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Kuwait confirms halal investment in South; Kuwaiti-Thai MOU signed

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
Kuwait confirms halal investment in South; Kuwaiti-Thai MOU signed

Kuwait affirmed its interest in launching
the halal food industry in Thailand’s southernmost region and also
pledged to provide jobs for some 3,000 more workers from this country
to be employed in the Middle East state.

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Al Islami Cart awarded SGS Certification for Best Food Safety Practices

| 12/08/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Cart awarded SGS Certification for Best Food Safety Practices

Al Islami Foods, Dubai, a pioneer in the halal food industry, has been awarded
an SGS Cerfification for Best Food Safety and Hygience Practices
recognizing the company’s superior quality standards, best practices
and procedures established at Al Islami Cart project, a food franchise
model.


Mr Saleh Lootah, CEO, Al Islami Foods will be speaking at the International Halal Market Conference being held in Brunei Darussalem on the 16-17 August 2008.

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GCC seeks food supplies abroad

| 25/07/2008 | Reply
GCC seeks food supplies abroad

Faced with a scarcity of fertile
land, water shortages and surging world food prices, wealthy Arab
states in the Gulf are seeking to secure their food supplies by
investing in agriculture abroad.

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UAE signs MoU with Philippines to ensure food supply

| 23/07/2008 | Reply
UAE signs MoU with Philippines to ensure food supply

The Philippines is now
intensifying efforts to become a major player in the $500 billion
(Dh1.84 trillion) global halal market, so the UAE can count on the
Philippines as a reliable supplier of food products permissible under
Sharia.

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Quick continues its implantation in Algeria

| 17/07/2008 | Reply
Quick continues its implantation in Algeria

Here is a fast food chain that is ‘adapting its menu’ to meet the demand for Halal meat in Algeria. But being the ‘number 3’ hamburger chain in Europe we would hope their franchisees would realise the potential of turning their outlets Halal to include the millions of muslims across Europe and travelling to Europe as their customers. Their outlets in Morocco must be Halal as well, but would need this confirmed.

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‘Halal tourism’ for Gulf citizens on rise

| 14/07/2008 | Reply
‘Halal tourism’ for Gulf citizens on rise

This article on ‘Halal Tourism’ is right in line with a talk that will be given by Mr David Smith, Chief Executive and Futurist, Global Futures and Foresight at the International Halal Market Conference being held in Brunei Darussalem on th 16-17 August 2008. The topic of Mr Smith’s talk will be The Future of Islamic Tourism and the Halal Hospitality Business. More information on this conference and the programme can be downloaded from the top of this website.

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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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