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New Zealand: Launches a Halal Guide for the Muslim markets

| 27/09/2012 | Reply
New Zealand: Launches a Halal Guide for the Muslim markets

Tourism New Zealand is committed to further enhancing New Zealand’s position as visitor destination in emerging Halal markets and this guide is about supporting the delivery of a quality visitor experience for travellers once they are there.

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France: Halal beauty products – growth in France

| 27/09/2012 | Reply
France: Halal beauty products – growth in France

The French halal C&T market has been a tough nut to crack but there is potential for growth. French Muslims often having lower incomes and hence looking for bargains not available from higher priced imports.

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Iran: ‘Halal Internet’ imminent in Iran

| 26/09/2012 | Reply
Iran: ‘Halal Internet’ imminent in Iran

The first phase of Iran’s national Internet project has already been launched in the country’s government departments. Activists fear it’s a step toward cutting the population off from the World Wide Web.

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UAE: Sharjah to host International Congress

| 25/09/2012 | Reply
UAE: Sharjah to host International Congress

After a high-profile international launch and strategic tie-ups with several premier global bodies, the upcoming Halal Food Middle East 2012 exhibition has roped in a leading industry entity to organize a Halal Congress with the Halal Development Council of Pakistan.

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Salamworld, the Social Network for ‘Core Muslim Values’

| 21/09/2012 | Reply
Salamworld, the Social Network for ‘Core Muslim Values’

Salamworld has ambitious plans to launch in 17 countries by November, to offer counseling from certified imams; a library of e-books on Islamic heritage; city guides with information on Islamic centers and halal restaurants; Muslim news network.

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UK: How Halal is a growing presence in Wales’ food market

| 20/09/2012 | Reply
UK: How Halal is a growing presence in Wales’ food market

As Wales’ retailers and restaurants are responding to a changing marketplace, reflecting the country’s increasingly diverse and discerning consumers, also among these changes are the rise in the halal sections of supermarket aisles.

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Malaysia: Joint halal-Islamic finance sector will create a combined industry worth US$3.5 tri

| 20/09/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Joint halal-Islamic finance sector will create a combined industry worth US$3.5 tri

“The halal industry will be looking for financial capital. Its size will become more noticeable if combined with Islamic banking,” said Dr Humayon Dar, Chairman, Edbiz, at the Global Islamic Finance Forum 2012 (GIFF).

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UK: Halal chicken sold at KFC ‘may not be ‘real halal’

| 19/09/2012 | Reply
UK:  Halal chicken sold at KFC ‘may not be ‘real halal’

KFC sales of halal chicken, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, may not meet the requirements of Islamic law, according to a leading group of Muslim scholars in the UK.

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Saudi Arabia threatens to block YouTube over anti-Islam film

| 19/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia threatens to block YouTube over anti-Islam film

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission has ordered host companies in the kingdom to block this movie from Internet users and has also requested Google to block all YouTube links carrying the film.

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Saudi Arabia Halal food market valued at $6 billion

| 19/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia Halal food market valued at $6 billion

Saudi Agriculture 2012, the 31st International Agriculture, Water and Agro-Industry Show, set on Sept. 24-27, 2012 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. Saudi Arabia’s Halal food market alone valued at around $6 billion.

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UAE: Hotel Show Saudi Arabia set to revolutionize booming hospitality industry

| 18/09/2012 | Reply
UAE: Hotel Show Saudi Arabia set to revolutionize booming hospitality industry

More than 100 companies from 24 countries representing various supply chains of the hospitality sector across the Middle East and beyond will be participating at the inaugural Hotel Show Saudi Arabia.

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Thailand: Science urged for Halal food

| 17/09/2012 | Reply
Thailand: Science urged for Halal food

Thai halal food has the potential to serve a greater share of the world population, and food makers and exporters are being urged to use science and technology to cut costs and enhance quality.

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Opinion: ‘Shariah-compliant’ tourism opens new markets

| 17/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: ‘Shariah-compliant’ tourism opens new markets

These days, more and more Muslim travellers are looking for the “halal” label on hotels, restaurants and even airlines when they travel. One-quarter of the world’s population is Muslim and they are becoming a growing sector of the world’s economy

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Opinion: The Real Reason the Middle East is Rioting

| 16/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The Real Reason the Middle East is Rioting

A scene from the YouTube version of the “Innocence of Muslims,” has been seen as the spark for recent attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in the Muslim world. Is food insecurity the tinder for this blaze?

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Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

| 12/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

Demand for agricultural products is swelling in Saudi Arabia, driven by a population boom, rising incomes, affluent lifestyles and a strong economy – the largest in the Gulf region.

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Alcohol-free red wine may aid high blood pressure

| 10/09/2012 | Reply
Alcohol-free red wine may aid high blood pressure

Alcohol-free red wine may help to lower blood pressure levels to a greater extent than wine containing alcohol, according to new research that suggests the alcohol-free drink could cut heart disease and stroke risks.

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UAE-China trade grow fivefold over last 10 years, says MoFT

| 10/09/2012 | Reply
UAE-China trade grow fivefold over last 10 years, says MoFT

A study revealed that the Halal food industry and market in China should be explored further, revealing that the Halal food sector in China is witnessing an increase in demand considering the presence of millions of Chinese Muslims.

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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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It’s might be ‘Halal’, but is it humane?

| 10/09/2012 | Reply
It’s might be ‘Halal’, but is it humane?

Over 10 billion animals are killed for food every year in the USA. The majority of them do not lead natural lives; they are raised, killed and processed with more of an eye on the bottom line than on the animal’s welfare. Isn’t it time we started asking ourselves how the animal lived, not just how it died?

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Spain: Financial crisis feeds expansion of a parallel economy

| 07/09/2012 | Reply
Spain: Financial crisis feeds expansion of a parallel economy

At a time when the future of the euro is in doubt and millions are unemployed or underemployed with little cash to spare, a parallel economy is springing up in parts of Spain, allowing people to live outside the single currency.

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