Category: Development Projects

Johor reveals plans for Iskandar Halal hub project

| 03/12/2012 | Reply
Johor reveals plans for Iskandar Halal hub project

Plans are in the pipeline to develop a dedicated halal industrial park in Iskandar Malaysia focusing on the halal food and agro-processing related activities.

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Qatar National Food Security Programme holds Qatar sustainability expo

| 29/11/2012 | Reply
Qatar National Food Security Programme holds Qatar sustainability expo

Qatar National Food Security Programme unveils infotech display unit at Qatar sustainability expo. Also the Filaha Project demonstrated historical and traditional farming methods, agricultural practices from sustained communities of the MENA region

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Saudi Arabia Sets Its Sights on Afghanistan

| 06/11/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia Sets Its Sights on Afghanistan

This became clear on October 29, when the Afghan government announced that Riyadh would build a multimillion-dollar Islamic complex in Kabul, marking its largest and most expensive foray into post-9/11 Afghanistan.

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GCC To Invest Billions In ASEAN Region

| 06/11/2012 | Reply
GCC To Invest Billions In ASEAN Region

The 10-nation bloc is expected to become a $10 trillion economy by 2030, dwarfing China’s current $7.2 billion – with the GCC expected to drive large chunk of future South East Asian GDP.

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Dubai: Food industry feeding economy

| 17/10/2012 | Reply
Dubai: Food industry feeding economy

With food security becoming an increasingly important issue globally, and in the arid Middle East in particular, Dubai appears to have positioned itself to play an important role in meeting the most basic needs of the region.

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UAE seeking investment in Halal food in Cambodia

| 03/10/2012 | Reply
UAE seeking investment in Halal food in Cambodia

Dubai will prepare specific plans to investment in Cambodia in halal food production for the products to be exported to their country. They will return to Cambodia again in May next year with the specific investment plans.

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Saudi Arabia: Inflatable Solar Canopy to Power the Arabian Peninsula?

| 10/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Inflatable Solar Canopy to Power the Arabian Peninsula?

An MIT student proposes to solar-power the Arabian peninsula with more than 10,000 square kilometers of Powerscape – a tensile solar-collecting canopy comprised of inflatable mirrors.

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Women-only city planned for Saudi Arabia

| 11/08/2012 | 1 Reply
Women-only city planned for Saudi Arabia

The Gulf kingdom is working on the narrow junction between strict Sharia law and the aspirations of active females who wish to pursue their own careers. Construction is planned to begin next year.

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International donors pledge $4bn for Yemen

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
International donors pledge $4bn for Yemen

Neighbouring Saudi Arabia is providing the bulk of the funds, promising $3.25bn to help the goverment improve infrastructure and security. Aid agencies have warned that Yemen is on the brink of food crisis.

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Malaysia: HDC, IDB in talks to set up Halal investment fund

| 13/05/2012 | 1 Reply
Malaysia: HDC, IDB in talks to set up Halal investment fund

HDC CEO Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin said, “We can use the fund as a mechanism and propose it to the wealthy countries like in the Middle East and Brunei to inject funds and then, channel it to IDB member countries that have the ability to produce food supply.”

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Oman plans Halal food training centre with Malaysian support

| 30/04/2012 | Reply
Oman plans Halal food training centre with Malaysian support

Malaysia’s Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) and Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) have signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration in the areas of education, training and development of industrial parks on halal products in Oman.

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UAE: Jafza-Malaysia Trade records yearly growth of 29% in the last ten years

| 15/04/2012 | Reply
UAE: Jafza-Malaysia Trade records yearly growth of 29% in the last ten years

Jafza plan to set-up an incubation centre in the free zone to encourage Small and Medium Enterprises from Malaysia and other countries from the region to set up their operations.

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Saudis make Desert Sands into Solar Polysilicon

| 12/04/2012 | Reply
Saudis make Desert Sands into Solar Polysilicon

With this move, Saudi Arabia is slowly beginning to make some moves towards diversifying out of oil, which is its only real exportable commodity – and towards solar power and sand-based polysilicon.

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Saudi Arabia to Cultivate Two Million Acres in Sudan

| 08/04/2012 | 1 Reply
Saudi Arabia to Cultivate Two Million Acres in Sudan

Chairman of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, Sheikh Saleh Kamel revealed that the Sudanese government agreed to establish a free zone to be given to Saudi Arabia for cultivation. The area will be close to Port Sudan, to transport products easily across the Red Sea.

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Saudi Arabia: Sweet success as Mars invests SR225m in KAEC

| 16/02/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Sweet success as Mars invests SR225m in KAEC

In a sign of growing confidence in the Kingdom’s economic stability, Mars Incorporated, a global food giant with annual sales exceeding $30 billion, announced on Wednesday SR225 million ($60 million) initial investment to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Rabigh, about 130 km north of Jeddah.

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Brunei: Canadian firm to assist with Food Development Centre

| 15/02/2012 | Reply
Brunei: Canadian firm to assist with Food Development Centre

Dept. of Agriculture and Agrifood’s goal is the establishment a Food Development Centre (FDC). The department has thus appointed Agriteam Canada Consulting Ltd to implement the establishment of the Food Development Centre project, which is one of the projects falling under the Agrifood Development and Agriculture Biotechnology Programme of the National Development Plan 2007-2012. Statistics from 2011 showed that the agrifood industry had achieved B$57.13 million – exceeding the targeted $56.5 million.

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France: After Halal products and Halal stores, here comes HALAL Logistics

| 14/02/2012 | Reply
France: After Halal products and Halal stores, here comes HALAL Logistics

The Port of Marseille, with the strong support of the Malaysian government, is actively developing the Halal logistics sector. Intense lobbying is in place in order to convince logistic companies to move into this developing sector.

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Malaysia: HDC expects slowdown in Halal investment

| 26/12/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: HDC expects slowdown in Halal investment

Halal Industry Development Corp (HDC) expects to attract RM1 billion investments from local and foreign investors for all eight halal parks in the country next year. The target is smaller than this year’s RM2.4 billion investments due to global economic uncertainties.

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Turkey: OIC Chief Identifies Key Issues To Unlock Intra-Islamic Trade And Travel Potential

| 22/10/2011 | Reply
Turkey: OIC Chief Identifies Key Issues To Unlock Intra-Islamic Trade And Travel Potential

Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organisation Of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has outlined a number of issues that are restricting the growth of economic development and business/trade potential in the Islamic countries. Here is an edited text of his speech:

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Republic of Tatarstan capitalizes on its Muslim heritage

| 14/09/2011 | Reply
Republic of Tatarstan capitalizes on its Muslim heritage

The Republic of Tatarstan, a Muslim-majority region, has proved to be an interesting investment destination for funds with Muslim shareholders or that are based in Muslim countries. The Malaysian private equity firm Amanah Raya Capital Group, has launched several projects the republic. Their first project was the Kazan Halal Hub.

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