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Islamic hotels to hit the market

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
Islamic hotels to hit the market

Dubai-based Almulla Hospitality is gearing towards making Islamic hotels


a force to be reckoned with in the competitive hospitality sector.



“The Islamic hotel chain is a new industry, a new wave coming through,”



Chairman Abdullah Mohamed Almulla  told BERNAMA on the sidelines of the Global Halal and Islamic Business Forum held in conjunction with the Halal World Expo in Abu Dhabi recently.

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Al Islami calls for UAE to strengthen position in Halal

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
Al Islami calls for UAE to strengthen position in Halal

Al Islami Foods has urged the UAE authorities to consolidate the strength of region’s halal market. It
called for consultation with the key stakeholders so that the local
markets develop capabilities to compete with the international players.

These
recommendations were presented by Al Islami Foods marketing manager
Mustafa Jassem to at the Global Halal and Islamic Business Forum at Abu
Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

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WTO urges Gulf States to Promote Islamic Tourism

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
WTO urges Gulf States to Promote Islamic Tourism

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries have been urged to do more to develop and promote the Islamic tourism market. In
its global trends report, the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) said
recently that the region should be more assertive role in pursuing the
wealth of investment opportunities in the market.

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Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

| 16/01/2008 | Reply
Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

The
definitions of Halal, while generally agreed upon by Muslims, display
significant gaps when it comes to their application in the industry.
Due to differing Halal standards not only between countries but also
within each individual country (following the presence of various Halal
authorities), confusion, misunderstanding and even abuse in the Halal
audit and certification process have occurred. As a result, supply
chains have been broken whilst artificial shortages of raw material
have emerged as a result of disunity between Halal certification bodies.

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Filmmakers Turn Lens On Ozone Park Halal Shop

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
Filmmakers Turn Lens On Ozone Park Halal Shop

A new documentary film, “A Son’s Sacrifice” looks at the life and times of Madani Halal on 94th Street in Ozone Park. The film, which runs for 30 minutes, will air on WNET (Channel 13) on Jan. 25.

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Canadian vitamin firm wins kosher and halal approval

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
Canadian vitamin firm wins kosher and halal approval

A
Laval firm specializing in research and development of medicine for
pregnant women says it has become the first pharmaceutical company in
the country to receive both kosher and halal certification for a
prescription drug.

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GCC urged to intensify role in Islamic tourism

| 16/12/2007 | Reply
GCC urged to intensify role in Islamic tourism

Halal airlines and women-only hotels are just some
of the up and coming investment trends currently gaining global
popularity, according to a recently released global trends report
published by World Tourism Market (WTM). The
report also said Saudi Arabia and the Gulf should do more to promote
the Islamic tourism market and urged the region to take a more
assertive role in pursuing the wealth of investment opportunities in
the market, noting that “it is critical for Middle Eastern countries to
take concrete steps to develop halal tourism internally.”

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Move With Trends Or Risk Being Left Behind, SMEs Told

| 14/12/2007 | Reply
Move With Trends Or Risk Being Left Behind, SMEs Told

Brunei must learn to catch up with trends in the global
food industry or risk being left out of the market, according to a
local entrepreneur.

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Abu Dhabi Halal World Expo Declared Success

| 12/12/2007 | Reply
Abu Dhabi Halal World Expo Declared Success

The success of Halal World Expo, held at the Abu Dhabi National
Exhibition Centre this week, predicts even greater growth for this fast
growing global industry sector.
“The Halal food market currently accounts for as much as 12 per cent of
the global trade in food products,” said Christine Weaver, Exhibition
Director for Halal World Expo. “The Muslim population is projected to
constitute 30 per cent of the world’s population by 2025, meaning Halal
food could easily account for 20 per cent of world trade in food
products in the future.”

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Abu Dhabi to host exhibition on halal industry on Sunday

| 07/12/2007 | Reply
Abu Dhabi to host exhibition on halal industry on Sunday

Abu Dhabi will become the focal point for the $2.1 trillion a year
global halal industry next week as leading manufacturers and suppliers
assemble in the UAE capital to debate issues vital to the growth of the
business worldwide. This is the first serious Halal-based forum and expo to take place in the UAE, a timely indication that the Arab presence in the market may be on the increase.

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Brunei To Showcase Products At World Halal Expo in Abu Dhabi

| 02/12/2007 | Reply
Brunei To Showcase Products At World Halal Expo in Abu Dhabi

Establishments from Brunei Darussalam are ready to
participate in the World Halal Expo 2007 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Emirates (UAE), from December 9 to 11, to popularise local products
towards global recognition as well as to build networking with
international suppliers.

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Muslim-owned businesses

| 25/11/2007 | Reply
Muslim-owned businesses

Shahed Amanullah, Editor-in-Chief, AltMuslim.com, has given his commentary on the recent acquisition of Al-Safa Halal. Hopefully this sale of a non-Muslim owned Halal business to a Muslim will create a higher awareness of the opportunities available in the market for Muslims to take advantage of. Men like David Muller saw a potentially profitable business idea and took full advantage of it. He complied to the requirements specified to make the products Halal, just as many non-Muslim run companies do around the world, including Nestle. What is notable here is not that there are non-Muslims running Halal businesses, but that there are so few Muslims in upper management of the production of Halal food internationally.

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Ethnic food leads the way

| 24/11/2007 | Reply
Ethnic food leads the way

Halal
exhibitors were once again in abundance at the show from Welsh Country
Foods to Crescent Quality Food. Companies that were previously not
operating in the halal sector are realising there is a gap in the
market to be filled and that Muslim consumers want the same choice of
products as the rest of the population.

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Oman Air thrives at World Travel Market 2007

| 22/11/2007 | Reply
Oman Air thrives at World Travel Market 2007

The issue of Halal tourism continues to get attention, with Oman Air also coming into the picture. With the expected rise in Middle eastern tourism, plus the increasing number of Muslims who travel are likely to mean that this issue will get some serious consideration. As with other similar issues, the question will be how to attract the Halal traveller without alienating the rest of the market.

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Halal tourism tipped to rise as World Travel Market opens

| 16/11/2007 | Reply
Halal tourism tipped to rise as World Travel Market opens

New trends identified at the opening of the World Travel Market 2007 in the UK
included the rise of Halal tourism in the Middle East, the role of
mobile phones in revolutionizing the Asian travel industry and the
growth of “voluntourism.”

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Idea for ‘Halal airline’ fails to take off

| 16/11/2007 | Reply
Idea for ‘Halal airline’ fails to take off

Travel industry officials, including those from Islamic countries, have
criticised the idea of creating a special airline to cater to religious
Muslims as “impractical and unworkable” after a report at World Travel
Market (WTM) said such a service is needed.

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DTI embarks on programs for SMEs

| 14/11/2007 | Reply
DTI embarks on programs for SMEs

Teolulo T. Pasawa, director of the DTI Southern Mindanao’s National
Economic Research and Business Assistance Center (Nerbac), said the
good manufacturing practices training was held on October 27, 2007. The Halal Products Retail Merchandising seminar
was held on November 14 at the Davao Medical School Foundation.

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Malaysia to produce first ‘halal’ meningitis vaccine

| 27/10/2007 | Reply
Malaysia to produce first ‘halal’ meningitis vaccine

Malaysia said Thursday it plans to develop a
“halal” meningitis vaccine jointly with Cuba within the next two years. This may the first of many steps to develop a full selection of Halal pharmaceutical products.

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Halal skincare launched in the UK

| 09/10/2007 | Reply
Halal skincare launched in the UK


Halo Skincare was launched a fortnight ago by Soni Zuberi Shah, after
her own search for trusted halal skincare products revealed that there
was very little choice in the UK market for those wishing to make a
faith-based skincare purchase.

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Religious slaughter most humane?

| 10/08/2007 | Reply
Religious slaughter most humane?

The
Muslim Council of Britain and the London Muslim Centre jointly
organised a seminar on ‘Religious Slaughter – Halal and Humane’ on
Friday July 26. Guest speaker, Joe Regenstein, Professor of Food
Sciences at Cornell University believes that religious slaughter will in the future prove to be the most humane method – if someone does the research correctly.

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