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Halal certification can open new opportunities

| 06/04/2008 | Reply
Halal certification can open new opportunities

Companies can benefit
greatly from having halal certification, says Malaysia International
Halal Showcase (Mihas) chief executive officer Mohd Shukri Abdullah. He said with the certification, the halal sector could create a lot of opportunities for them.

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Bio-tech company eyes Halal hub in Brunei

| 05/04/2008 | Reply
Bio-tech company eyes Halal hub in Brunei

Against the backdrop of Brunei’s Halal brand initiative and the US$200 billion Halal market, the country now seems to
be venturing into the bio-industry with the introduction of technology that may revolutionise medical care, with special
considerations to Halal regulations.

This is the second pharmaceutical company from Japan to approach Brunei to assess the feasibility of locating a manufacturing plant and distribution hub using the Brunei Halal certification. Are we seeing the beginnings of a Halal pharmaceutical cluster?

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Requirements for developing RP’s halal industry identified

| 03/04/2008 | Reply
Requirements for developing RP’s halal industry identified

Creation of a national brand for halal products and formation of a
single regulatory and certifying body are key to developing a halal
industry that is capable of penetrating the $200-billion foreign
market. Heads of at least six government line agencies in Central Mindanao made
this assertion on Tuesday, among them the departments of Science and
Technology, of Health, of Tourism and of Agriculture, as well as the
National Economic and Development Authority.

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Move to Develop Halal Market in Bangladesh

| 25/03/2008 | Reply
Move to Develop Halal Market in Bangladesh

A Halal Malaysia Week 2008 will be
organised in Dhaka in July to promote and popularise halal products in
Bangladesh. Hazizah Awang, president of Epic Tips, a promotion and marketing
agency for Malaysian entrepreneurs, told a press conference in Dhaka
Saturday that at least 50 Malaysian companies will participate in the
exhibition to be organised during the Halal Malaysia Week.

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Islamic Hotels Will Soon Be a ‘Riyal’ Thing

| 08/03/2008 | Reply
Islamic Hotels Will Soon Be a ‘Riyal’ Thing

Last July the Packaged Traveler Insider wrote that faith-based travel is one of the fastest growing markets,
evolving from a one-time niche to mainstream. The article noted that
religious travel earned a record $18 billion in 2006. Additionally, the World Tourism Organization
reports that travelers from the Gulf Co-operation Council countries spend over $12 billion annually on leisure travel alone.

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Health & Medical Tourism 2008

| 05/03/2008 | Reply
Health & Medical Tourism 2008

This is a platform for Global Competency in Technology Transfer
(Biotechnology-Medicine for the Earth: Biodynamic Preparations) and
Halal Healthcare – pharmaceutical & healthcare innovations).

The new trend in medical tourism is attempting to be the new niche market. The potential is there, let’s see if they can create the awareness and if countries will respond accordingly to attract this new type of tourist.

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Dubai announces Halal Living exhibition

| 04/03/2008 | Reply
Dubai announces Halal Living exhibition

Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al
Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of
Dubai, Halal Living, the world’s first Halal consumer lifestyle event,
will open its doors to the public on 15th May 2008 until the 17th May
2008 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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Muslim consumer market still untapped

| 03/03/2008 | Reply
Muslim consumer market still untapped

According to AT
Kearney, a global strategic management consulting firm, companies
should consider how to best tap into the Muslim consumer market for
Shariah-compliant products and services with a global worth of
estimated $2 trillion (Dh7.34trn) annually. 

“While
businesses have targeted ethnic groups for years, there are relatively
few cases of global target segmentation based on religion,” said
Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director of AT Kearney Middle East.

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Gov’t launches sci-tech program for halal industry

| 01/03/2008 | Reply
Gov’t launches sci-tech program for halal industry

The Government launched a science
and technology program in General Santos City to officially put the mechanism in place to put the
country in a position to penetrate the rich global halal market. “We want to become the clearing house of all halal products going out of the country to ensure their credibility with the foreign buyers,” said Zenaida Laidan, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of Southwestern Mindanao (Region 12).

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Japanese Co Looks To Build Plant In Brunei

| 01/03/2008 | Reply
Japanese Co Looks To Build Plant In Brunei

PHARMEX Japan – a Japanese company specialising in
the export of Japanese generic drugs – is looking to build a
pharmaceutical packaging plant in Brunei Darussalam.
If successful in obtaining the
halal certification from the certifying authorities of Brunei for
their processing plant and products, the company hopes to be able to
qualify to package the medicines under the Brunei Halal brand, with
Brunei Darussalam as the base of medicine supply to Muslim consumers
around the world, a BEDB press release said.

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Muslim Hotel Complex to Appear in Kazan

| 28/02/2008 | Reply
Muslim Hotel Complex to Appear in Kazan

The Islamic bank of development intends to finanace constructing of a
hotel-restaurant complex in Kazan (the Republic of Tatarstan) that
would work in accordance with the laws of Islam. According to the
bank’s press-service, the complex will become an important part of the
Kazan infrastructure and is a charity project.

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Halal products gaining in popularity

| 28/02/2008 | Reply
Halal products gaining in popularity

Halal products are becoming a
popular trend with all faiths and the UAE will benefit as a hub for
distribution, according to food producers at Gulfood 2008 Exhibition on
Tuesday.

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Jawhara Gardens Hotel receives ISO 9001:2000 certification

| 24/02/2008 | Reply
Jawhara Gardens Hotel receives ISO 9001:2000 certification

Jawhara
Hotels part of the UAE based business conglomerate S.S. Lootah Group
received the ‘BS EN ISO 9001:2000’ certification for its Jawhara
Gardens Hotel
.
Jawhara
Gardens is the flagship hotel of the Jawhara chain and has always
pursued excellence in its processes where everything right from
cleaning of the hotel up to accounting follows the Islamic and Halal
concept.

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The Halal Journal takes HDC and Malaysian businesses to Gulfood 2008

| 23/02/2008 | Reply
The Halal Journal takes HDC and Malaysian businesses to Gulfood 2008

Leading industry magazine The Halal Journal will not only be participating in the upcoming 13th
Gulf Food, Hotel and Equipment Exhibition and Salon Culinaire (Gulfood
2008) as the official supporting media, but will also be representing
Malaysian industry leaders in its special cover edition for the event.

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Alcoholic Crisps Irk UK Muslims

| 23/02/2008 | Reply
Alcoholic Crisps Irk UK Muslims

British Muslims have reacted with anger to know that certain
types of crisps produced by a major snack food manufacturer contain
traces of alcohol, hitting out at the producer for disregarding Muslim
religious sensibilities.

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Al Islami Foods acquires chunk of ‘Al Farooj Fresh’ chain

| 20/02/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Foods acquires chunk of ‘Al Farooj Fresh’ chain

Reinforcing its
leading position, Al Islami Foods today announced acquiring a major
share in Al Farooj Fresh, a UAE based restaurant chain. The move
propels Al Islami into a strong position in the fast growing and
profitable hospitality segment of the UAE, starting with freshly baked
and wholesome fresh Shawerma wraps, a new global healthy trend in the
fast food industry.

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Islamic hotel review: Tamani, Dubai Marina

| 18/02/2008 | Reply
Islamic hotel review: Tamani, Dubai Marina

The 55 storey Tamani deluxe serviced apartment hotel in the Dubai Marina opened this week, the first of four upcoming Islamic hotels in Dubai operated by KM Holding, part of the Al Rostamani Group.

‘This
is a market niche and hotels in such niches actually tend to do even
better than standard hotels,’ said Khalid A. bin Sulayem, director
general of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing at
the launch today.

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Halal Industry Masterplan To Be Presented To Government By End February

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Halal Industry Masterplan To Be Presented To Government By End February

A masterplan for the Malaysian halal industry
will be presented to the government by end of this month, the chief
executive officer of Halal Industry Development Corporation, Datuk
Jamil Bidin, said today at the launch of the World Halal Forum 2008. Jamil said that the masterplan was a comprehensive blueprint
encompassing a three-year roadmap for the development of the country’s
halal industry which is rapidly expanding.

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Brunei exports closer

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Brunei exports closer

The Religious Council of
Brunei is soon expected to authorise commencement of a Halal
accreditation process for interested Australian companies wanting to be
a part of the global Brunei Halal Brand.
The opportunity for Ararat
producers to export Halal certified grain, meat and other products to
Brunei is about to move a step closer.

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Thai Airways receives Halal Certificate

| 04/02/2008 | Reply
Thai Airways receives Halal Certificate

BANGKOK, Feb 3 (TNA) – National carrier Thai Airways International
(THAI) on Sunday received a certificate for Halal food prepared by its
catering department.

No article here, just a notice for world travellers who want to eat Halal food on board.

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