Australia leads in halal meat production

Animals are treated properly and they have easy access to food and water in Australia.
Updated 16 May 2018

Australia leads in halal meat production

With a Muslim population of about half a million, Australia has become a world leader in the processing and production of halal meat and meat products. The continent is a long-time, trusted supplier of halal beef and lamb to more than  100 countries including the Middle East.

Australia has one of the strictest halal programs in the world. The Australian Government Authorized Halal Program (AGAHP) is undertaken in collaboration with the government’s department of agriculture and water resources, and Australian Islamic organizations. 

The country has invested millions of dollars in research and development of  meat science and understands that healthy, well-fed and stress-free livestock produce the best quality meat for all consumers to enjoy.

One of the important halal requirements is that animals are treated properly their entire lives and that they have easy access to food and water and are free to roam. Australia, with its natural environment and the world’s highest animal-welfare standards, easily meets these requirements.

Additionally, all processing facilities in Australia employ only registered and trained Muslim slaughtermen. 

Master Chef Tarek Ibrahim, the first master chef from the Middle East, said: “You can confidently enjoy your food knowing that when you buy Australian halal beef and lamb, you are getting clean, safe and 100 percent guaranteed halal meat.”

The halal marketplace is emerging as one of the fastest-growing segments in the world food business. The global halal food market is worth an estimated $667 million, representing close to 20 percent of the entire global food industry. It is expected to reach $2.55 trillion by 2024. 

The Middle East imports about 90 percent of the beef and lamb it consumes. The total imports of red meat products are estimated at $5.1 billion. In tandem with the expected rise in the region’s population by 40 percent by 2030, the consumption of food in the Middle East may well reach 51 million tons by 2020 representing an annual average growth of 4.6 percent. 

The GCC’s halal sector is worth $50 billion. The region’s annual food imports are expected to double from $25.8 billion in 2010 to $53 billion in 2020, with total imports of halal meat exceeding 1 million metric tons on an annual basis.

According to economists, the halal food industry will become a major market force in the near future based on prevalent trends. 

Dubai Crown Prince visits STC booth at GITEX 2018

Updated 20 October 2018

Dubai Crown Prince visits STC booth at GITEX 2018

Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum recently visited the Saudi Telecom Company’s (STC) booth at the GITEX Technology Week 2018 in Dubai. He was received by Senior Vice President of Enterprise Business at STC Dr. Tareq Enaya.

Sheikh Hamdan reviewed the latest telecom and IT services and solutions launched by the company. STC said its new services are in line with its role as a driver of digital transformation in Saudi Arabia as per Saudi Vision 2030. 

STC recently inaugurated its latest innovation in in-flight call technology through a live call made 30,000 feet above on board of a plane heading to Jeddah from Riyadh, with the video call being directly transmitted to the GITEX conference.

The service allows for in-flight video calls by equipping airplanes with mobile data and broadband through signals from LTE ground-based stations, which boast many features compared to older technologies that rely on satellites. This will enable airlines and other stakeholders to provide better services than currently adopted older standards at a lower cost per Mb, higher data transfer rate of up to 75 Mb/s, and a lower delay time.

Dr. Enaya said: “In-flight call technology is one of many other examples that illustrate the way STC is working with its partners and customers to provide the latest products and services and thus improve services offered to airlines and service providers.The new in-flight call service offers state-of-the-art features, including a stable connection and high-speed connectivity. This makes it indeed the next generation of transmission technology, which will open new horizons in terms of products and services.”

He further pointed out to all the areas that could benefit from this new technology, including airlines, media and entertainment, natural resource exploration, safety and security, and telecommunications. 

STC staff were on hand at GITEX to address its potential customers on the new technology. The company has said that its GITEX participation will focus on the newest technological solutions and that it will shed light on its specialized services in the fields of cloud computing, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, blockchain applications, and big data analysis.

STC is currently working with various stakeholders and partners to enrich this new technology, including Nokia for LTE phone devices, Thales for onboard equipment, EAD for supplementary technical certification, AMAC for maintenance, repairs, and operation for onboard installation, and Sky Prime, a private charter airline on whose planes the technology is being tested directly.