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

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.”

New Hyundai Sonata a sportier mid-size sedan

Updated 24 June 2019

New Hyundai Sonata a sportier mid-size sedan

Hyundai’s new Sonata is ready for showrooms, giving the eighth-generation of the mid-size sedan a sleek four-door-coupe look that highlights the brand’s latest “sensuous sportiness” design language.

Created at Hyundai’s California Design Studio, the redesigned Sonata offers a freshly styled cascading grille framed by distinctive lighting architecture, and an entirely new rear. Chrome accents surround the daylight opening (DLO) and fresh wheel designs complete the look. New bodywork is built on Hyundai’s latest third-generation platform for a re-engineered driving experience.

“For more than three decades, each new generation of Sonata has raised the bar for quality and value among mid-size sedans, and this latest evolution also sets the standard for style, innovation and technology,” said Mike Song, Hyundai’s head of operations for the Middle East and Africa. “In a market increasingly divided into niche segments, the all-new Sonata reconsiders customer expectation in the sedan class and offers something sportier and more exciting than what has gone before.”

A hallmark of the new Sonata’s exterior is its Hyundai-first LED daytime running lights — embedded in a chrome strip. The lighting strip appears as chrome when the engine is turned off, but lights up when the driver starts the car. When night falls, available LED headlamps with dynamic bending light illuminate the path ahead.

Inside, the renewed center stack and instrument panel echo the exterior’s new looks. The trend carries down to the instrument design and a strong three-spoke steering wheel. Piano key buttons for audio and HVAC controls give a premium look and touch. The instrument panel follows a winged shape inspired by stealth aircraft. Visual elements combine to create a levitating effect, while designers have worked to maximize the sense of interior space. One clever application of new technology is a shift-by-wire (SBW) gear selector, which is sleek and technologically advanced, and takes up significantly less space than a traditional gear selector.

Interior fittings include a standard seven-inch color display audio touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a Qi wireless charging pad is available to keep smartphones topped up. Sonata now adds a second-row USB charge port. At the heart of the AVN system is a Bose premium sound system equipped with 12 speakers.

“The all-new Hyundai Sonata delivers a premium experience for driver and passengers,” added Song. “We apply a range of new technologies intuitively, with an emphasis on functional convenience, adding features that we know our customers will use and value.”

The new Sonata features six standard airbags and a range of safety systems, including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as part of Hyundai’s SmartSense technologies.