Dubai: Ghassan Aboud Group commenced a joint venture with Halal Quality Control Group Headquarters (HQC)

The signing was done by Mr. Ahmad Aboud, SVP – Group Finance, Ghassan Aboud Group and Mr. Wasim Al Shaman, Managing Director, Halal Quality Control.
  • DMCC backs the fortification of the Halal ecosystem to provide a trusted and unified Halal certification for exporters to enhance commodity trade flows through the UAE.
  • The new joint venture will facilitate Halal certifications in line with the international Halal accreditation requirements.

Ghassan Aboud Group commenced a joint venture with the globally reputed organization Halal Quality Control Group Headquarters (HQC). This occasion marks the introduction of seamless Halal certification solutions for UAE and the wider region. The occasion took place at the world’s largest annual global food and beverage sourcing event, Gulfood in Dubai.

The signing was graced by Mr. Ghassan Aboud, Founder and Chairman, Ghassan Aboud Group and Dr. A.M Al Chaman, Founder of HQC, and European Representative of World Halal Food Council.

The joint venture will provide accreditation solutions that maintain high standards and regulations in line with international Halal Certification Bodies, facilitating the growth of the Halal economy in the UAE and boosting trade to the region through an online application process on its dedicated online platform.

With the Halal economy estimated to be worth $3.2 trillion by 2024 – according to the second edition of the Halal Guidebook released last year – the UAE has established itself as a key player in producing and exporting goods and products across a number of industries as demand surges.

Commenting on the occasion, Ghassan Aboud, Founder and Chairman of Ghassan Aboud Group, said: “The partnership between the Group and HQC, which has been established within the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) ecosystem is a significant milestone in our efforts to contribute to the UAE’s position as a leader in the Halal industry. The joint venture has been set up to assist its customers on their journey to becoming Halal-certified and will help realise new avenues for trading through halal certifications and training.”

Dr. A.M Al Chaman, Founder of HQC and European Representative of the World Halal Food Council, said: “The partnership is a turning point to promote Halal certification services from the UAE to meet the consumers’ growing demand for Halal products globally. We understand there was a gap in Halal certifications, and we are working with DMCC to provide unified and trusted certification to exporters in the Gulf region to enhance commodity trade flows through Dubai.

Dr. A.M Al Chaman said, “The new joint venture will assist in end-to-end Halal certification process with easy access and a seamless experience. We are looking forward to expanding the services to the wider Asian markets that have an ever- increasing demand for Halal products and improved import and export policies.”

Established in 1983, HQC is an internationally accredited Halal certification body ranked as one of the first trustworthy accredited Halal certification bodies established in Europe.

The thorough application process will see companies assessed across a number of metrics, including production environment and cleaning processes, this concludes with an on-site audit from HQC’s Shariah and Technical auditors. Once passed, the organization will be awarded a certificate allowing it to enter the global Halal market. This process is repeated yearly, in line with international standards and regulations.

About Ghassan Aboud Group

Ghassan Aboud Group (GAG) is an international conglomerate headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, with offices in Australia, Belgium, Jordan and Turkey. Established in 1994 by Ghassan Aboud, entrepreneur and philanthropist, the group has evolved from its early foundations in the automotive industry to a conglomerate holding some of the most well-entrenched businesses in multiple sectors in the region and beyond.

GAG affiliates operate in activities ranging from Automotive, Retail, Food, Media, Hospitality, Logistics, Healthcare, and Digital eB2B Platforms. The Group’s automotive business vertical is engaged in activities across the value chain, including trading of both new and used vehicles, spare parts, and lubricants to over 100+ countries, automotive logistics and B2B digital marketplaces. In its relentless pursuit to add significant value to the economic development, the Group has taken major strides to provide innovative products, services, and experiences to customers, partners, clients, and communities. For more information, visit

About Halal Quality Control (HQC) Group

Established in 1983, the Halal Quality Control (HQC) Group is an international accredited Halal certification body that has been ranked as one of the first trustworthy accredited Halal certification bodies established in Europe. Through offices across Europe and the Middle East, the Halal Quality Control Group assists its customers on their Halal certification journey.

Its unique approach of finding business and trade solutions has led them to become one of the fastest growing Halal Certification body in the world, with 14 branches available in major economies. Its motto stands firm: We Think Big. We Think Global. By having an ecosystem within its Group, the customers can enjoy the benefits of having all services and solutions provided under one umbrella for seamless trade. For more information, please visit,