4,000 traders attend Halal Expo Dubai 2018

The two-day exhibition was held at the Crowne Plaza Convention Hall in Dubai. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 31 October 2018
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4,000 traders attend Halal Expo Dubai 2018

The 10th Halal Expo Dubai was held at the Crowne Plaza Convention Hall on Monday and Tuesday, just two months after the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) recognized the show as part of the Islamic Economy Week.

The recognition will facilitate the trade of UAE halal products worldwide and acceptance of UAE halal standards in the international markets, as well as markets that accept UAE’s halal certification, of which there are 60 markets globally.

The UAE is home to 5,000 importers, manufacturers and stockists of halal products. The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), the country’s standardization authority, is expected to issue 18,000 halal certificates this year, which is one of the highest in the world.

The two-day exhibition was attended by over 4,000 people — mostly buyers and sellers of halal products and services — from 40 countries. More than 75 companies from 15 countries, including Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Spain, Pakistan, Switzerland, India, the UK, Brunei, Thailand, China and the UAE participated in the show.

These developments, organizers said, are a direct result of the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, when he declared his plan to transform Dubai as the global capital of Islamic economy in 2013.

Subsequently, the government created the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, which supports the Halal Expo Dubai.

The global halal economy is estimated to touch the $6.4 trillion mark this year, up from $3.2 trillion in 2012, according to a report.

The GCC countries import $50 billion worth of halal products, according to the latest research by Farrelly and Mitchell, a food and agri-business specialist. Of this, the UAE’s halal import bill is $20 billion or about 40 percent of the GCC’s halal products imports.

Speaking before the event, Raees Ahmed, director of Orange Fairs and Events, organizer of the Halal Expo Dubai, said: “Halal Expo Dubai is part of our efforts to help Dubai strengthen its position as the global hub of halal and the Islamic economy. The two-day exhibition will create the right meeting point for international buyers, sellers, producers, manufacturers, importers, exporters and wholesalers of halal and Islamic products and services and help generate businesses for the leading international halal suppliers through Dubai.

“Halal foods are considered to be healthy and hygienic. A growing number of non-Muslim consumers prefer halal foods, as they are deemed safer. As a result, the distribution of halal foods has expanded beyond traditional markets in cities such as Shanghai, which has 80,000 Muslims.”


Ascott Jeddah supports World Kidney Day

Staff members from Ascott Tahlia Jeddah, Ascott Sari Jeddah, Citadines Al-Salamah Jeddah and Spectrums Residence Jeddah visited the Hisham Attar Center for dialysis, to spend time with 70 patients.
Updated 18 March 2019
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Ascott Jeddah supports World Kidney Day

In light of National Kidney Month observed in March, The Ascott Limited joined forces with Albir Society Jeddah to observe World Kidney Day, on Thursday.

Staff members from Ascott Tahlia Jeddah, Ascott Sari Jeddah, Citadines Al-Salamah Jeddah and Spectrums Residence Jeddah visited the Hisham Attar Center for dialysis, to spend time with 70 patients, who were presented a flower and a gift from the properties.

Further supporting the cause, a dedicated Albir Society stand has been set up in the lobby of the four properties from March 13th to 20th, enabling a financial contribution from both staff and guests, as Ascott aims to raise support for the organization.

Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional general manager for Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said: “We’re proud to support this important cause across Ascott Jeddah and enable both staff and guests to get involved. All Ascott Jeddah staff wore a green ribbon on their uniforms for the month of March, further driving awareness and showing their commitment to the cause. CSR initiatives form a core component of Ascott’s operations, and we’re pleased to be able to support the Albir Society Jeddah.”

World Kidney Day is annually observed on second Thursday in March. This year, it fell on March 14. The day is marked to raise awareness about kidney health and its relation to our overall health. This year, the theme of World Kidney Day was “Kidney Health For Everyone Everywhere.”

According to National Health Portal, chronic kidney disease is the sixth fastest growing cause of death. Around 850 million people worldwide are now estimated to have kidney diseases due to various causes. Around 1.7 million people are estimated to die annually due to acute kidney injury globally.

The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. It has more than 58,000 operating units in key cities of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as over 42,000 units, which are under development, making a total of more than 100,000 units in over 660 properties.

The company’s serviced residence and hotel brands include Ascott, Citadines, Somerset, Quest, The Crest Collection, lyf, HARRIS, FOX HARRIS, YELLO, POP!, Préférence and HARRIS Vertu.