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Halal food, Chinese goods fairs begin
BY OUR BUSINESS BUREAU December 11, 2012
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Sharjah: The global Halal industry has converged on Sharjah as the largest and the most comprehensive Halal event of its kind in the region got under way at Expo Centre Sharjah on Monday.

Encompassing the Halal Food Middle East and the Halal Congress Middle East, the event aims to showcase the $2.77 trillion global Halal industry that is growing exponentially at 20 per cent annually to stakeholders from across the world.

Of the global Halal industry, which covers food, health services and cosmetics, the annual food market alone accounts for about 20 per cent and is valued at around $550 billion.

The Halal Food Middle East, which will run until Dec.12 at Expo Centre Sharjah, was inaugurated by Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Qassimi, Chairman of Sharjah Department of Islamic Affairs. The Halal Congress Middle East will be held on Dec.11 and 12 at the same venue.

“Halal food and food products have special significance to Muslims. Therefore, the issue of verifying the compatibility of food and food products with relevant Islamic rules has been in focus for decades,” said Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad,

UAE Minister of Environment and Water, while stressing the UAE’s well-established economic position.

The exhibition is showcasing more than 90 exhibitors from 26 countries like Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, UAE, UK, Ukraine and US.

“The UAE has emerged has a major player in the global Halal trade, given its diverse population that is mainly Muslim and proximity to several countries with large Muslim inhabitants such as those in the Indian sub-continent and the CIS,” said Ahmed Mohammed Al Midfa, Chairman, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Chinese fair

The Chinese farm sector has the potential to grab a major share of the growing bilateral trade with the UAE, which now stands at $15.6 billion.

Aiming to tap into this fertile market, hundreds of leading Chinese agriculture companies, chemicals, fertilisers and equipment makers and promoters of latest farming techniques are taking part in the China Agriculture Expo, which is being held as part of the 11th Chinese Commodities Fair Sharjah at Expo Centre Sharjah from Dec.10-13, 2012.

The show was inaugurated by Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Qassimi, Chairman of Sharjah Department of Islamic Affairs.

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