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Filipino Food Exporters book $20M in sales at Halal World Expo 2008

| 29/11/2008 | Reply
Filipino Food Exporters book $20M in sales at Halal World Expo 2008

FILIPINO exporters
booked sales of various halal food products totaling $19.91 million in
the recently concluded Halal World Expo 2008 in the United Arab
Emirates (UAE), said the Department of Agriculture (DA).

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Local Muslim Leader Urges Taiwan to Develop Halal Food Industry

| 26/11/2008 | Reply
Local Muslim Leader Urges Taiwan to Develop Halal Food Industry

TAIPEI, Asia Pulse – A local Muslim leader called on the
government Monday to be more active in developing the halal food
industry and strengthen its global networking, especially with Muslim
states, to establish itself as a prominent player in this multibillion
dollar industry.

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Thai Islamic Bank Gives 1.2 Billion Baht in Loans For Halal Manufacturers

| 22/11/2008 | Reply
Thai Islamic Bank Gives 1.2 Billion Baht in Loans For Halal Manufacturers

BANGKOK, — The Islamic Bank of
Thailand (IBT) plans to lend 1.2 billion baht in 2009 to promote halal
food and product manufacturings while exploring sukuk or Islamic bonds
through “petro money” from Middle East investors. Its
chairman Professor Dr Somchai Virunhaphol said the fund for halal
manufacturers would then be doubled in two years as there are vast
potential to be tapped.

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Islamic Banking Gaining Strength, Says Surin Pitsuwan

| 22/11/2008 | Reply
Islamic Banking Gaining Strength, Says Surin Pitsuwan

BANGKOK — The Islamic financing system is expected to
grow faster than the previous 15 to 20 percent annually as world
economies look at it as an alternative to western models which is in
turmoil now, said Asean Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan.
Surin said while the world financial system was in turmoil and sending
shock waves across the globe, trend in Islamic banking and halal food
industry was encouraging and positive.

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Bangkok Global Halal Conference 2008

| 22/11/2008 | Reply
Bangkok Global Halal Conference 2008

The conference was inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister Olarn
Chaipravat, with a keynote address by ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin
Pitsuwan, on “From Islamic Finance to Halal Products.” Moreover, a
seminar was held on “Helal Certification and Cooperation,” “Halal
Business and Islamic Finance,” and “Current Halal Research.”

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Thailand B2.4bn for halal lending

| 22/11/2008 | Reply
Thailand B2.4bn for halal lending

The Islamic Bank of Thailand will set aside 2.4 billion baht next
year to help finance halal food businesses, according to managing
director Dheerasak Suwannayos.

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Zahid Urges Malaysian Firms to Expand Into OIC Countries

| 20/11/2008 | Reply
Zahid Urges Malaysian Firms to Expand Into OIC Countries

Malaysia: Minister
in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Wednesday urged local firms involved in Islamic based businesses to
expand their business to the member countries of the Organisation of
Islamic Conference (OIC).
The
Islamic business and financial market offers an alternative venue for
Malaysian companies in the midst of the challenges brought by the
current global financial crisis, he said.

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Zahid Supports Effort To End Conflicts Between Syariah And Civil Laws

| 20/11/2008 | Reply
Zahid Supports Effort To End Conflicts Between Syariah And Civil Laws

The Halal Industry Development Corporation will assist the Halal Product Research Institute of Universiti Putra
Malaysia in marketing its research findings internationally.

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MalaysiaKitchen Promoters Eyeing UAE Market

| 15/11/2008 | Reply
MalaysiaKitchen Promoters Eyeing UAE Market

Following the establishment of Malaysian
restaurants under the MalaysiaKitchen programme in Tokyo and London,
its promoters are now eyeing the possibility of opening a similar
outlet in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Take A Leaf From M’sia On Halal Food Standards, Says Expert

| 15/11/2008 | Reply
Take A Leaf From M’sia On Halal Food Standards, Says Expert

ABU DHABI, Nov 13 (Bernama) — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and
other Middle East countries should emulate Malaysia in regulating halal
food production to prevent governments and consumers from being
defrauded, said an industry expert. Midamar Corporation director Jalel Aossey said countries like
Malaysia and Brunei had well established regulatory bodies to verify
products were halal-compliant and that protection levels were in place
in countries like the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

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UAE takes the lead in Shariah-compliant food

| 13/11/2008 | Reply
UAE takes the lead in Shariah-compliant food

Businesses
from more than 30 countries including Australia, Kuwait, the UK and
Serbia gathered for the second Halal World Expo being held in Abu Dhabi this week in an effort to come to
a consensus on what actually makes a product halal.

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Global halal market sees annual growth of $500bn

| 13/11/2008 | Reply
Global halal market sees annual growth of $500bn

The worldwide halal market is worth more than $2.1 trillion (Dh4.4trn)
and is growing at $500 billion annually, according to figures released
at the second Halal World Expo, which opened at Abu Dhabi National
Exhibition Centre yesterday.

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Halal World Expo opens in Abu Dhabi

| 13/11/2008 | Reply
Halal World Expo opens in Abu Dhabi

Dr. Mariam Hareb Sultan Al Yousuf, Executive
Director of Policy and Regulation Sector, the Abu Dhabi Food Control
Authority, officially inaugurated Halal World Expo being held in Abu Dhabi 11-13 November, the comprehensive
exhibition is bringing together major players in the $2.1 trillion Halal
industry.

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Abu Dhabi turns spotlight on USD 2.1 trillion Halal industry

| 11/11/2008 | Reply
Abu Dhabi turns spotlight on USD 2.1 trillion Halal industry

Abu
Dhabi becomes a focal point this week for key players in the Halal
industry, a rapidly expanding business now reaching 1.8 billion
consumers worldwide and worth an estimated USD 2.1 trillion. Opening
tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the
three-day Halal World Expo, organised by IIR Middle East, aims to build
on its inaugural success last year, having immediately established
itself as the GCC’s leading exhibition dedicated to the global Halal
industry

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Two Companies To Start Operations In Penang’s Halal Industrial Park Next Year

| 08/11/2008 | Reply
Two Companies To Start Operations In Penang’s Halal Industrial Park Next Year

PENANG, MALAYSIA – Two local companies who produce halal
medical products will become the first companies to start operations at
the Penang Halal Industrial Park next year.

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Organisers Roping In Interesting Personalities For IIF2008 Dubai

| 06/11/2008 | Reply
Organisers Roping In Interesting Personalities For IIF2008 Dubai

The international conference segment of the
third International Islamic Fair 2008 (IIF2008) to be held in Dubai from
Dec 23-25, 2008 promises to be a thought-provoking affair with the expected
participation of personalities such as Malaysia’s former prime minister
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as well as a survivor of the Sept 11, 2001
attack on New York’s World Trade Centre.

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Islamic finance in focus at Abu Dhabi event – Billion dollar sector to be discussed during forum at Halal World Expo

| 04/11/2008 | Reply
Islamic finance in focus at Abu Dhabi event – Billion dollar sector to be discussed during forum at Halal World Expo

A
dedicated forum at next month’s Halal World Expo is throwing the
spotlight on the billion dollar Islamic finance sector in a move which
will be of great interest to UAE businesses and potential investors.

The GCC’s leading event dedicated to the global Halal industry,
which takes place from 11-13 November 2008 at the Abu Dhabi National
Exhibition Centre, organised by IIR Middle East, is set to feature
three illuminating seminars on Shari’ah compliant banking and financial
services.

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Profitable Future for Halal Industry

| 04/11/2008 | Reply
Profitable Future for Halal Industry

As a result of the
growing Halal industry, the second annual Halal World Expo (HWE) will be
taking place in the UAE. Spread over three days from November 11 to 13
at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The HWE, which is being
organised by IIR, will bring producers from around the world together
to showcase their products as well as provide a venue to discuss such
issues as standardisation of the industry.

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Matrade Bags IDB’s Islamic Solidarity Prize

| 26/10/2008 | Reply
Matrade Bags IDB’s Islamic Solidarity Prize

Malaysia External Trade
Development Corporation (Matrade) has been awarded the Islamic
Development Banks (IDB) Islamic Solidarity Prize for its efforts in
promoting trade among Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
member nations.

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United Airlines’ inaugural flight between Washington Dulles and Dubai begins Sunday

| 26/10/2008 | Reply
United Airlines’ inaugural flight between Washington Dulles and Dubai begins Sunday

CHICAGO, IL – United Airlines launches the first-ever nonstop service
on Sunday, October 26 between Washington, D.C., and Dubai. With the
inaugural flight, United becomes the only carrier to offer daily
nonstop service between these important centers of government and
commerce.

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