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UAE opens up for business amid COVID-19 precautions

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 02 July 2020 | Posted in , , ,

The end of movement restrictions and the national disinfection programme in the UAE is the culmination of months of relentless efforts by the government, crisis management authorities and frontline health care workers in close cooperation with public institutions, businesses and the general public to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Thanks to their sustained and well-coordinated efforts, the UAE has successfully reopened almost all major facets of its economy ahead of most other countries with similar number of cases.

People can now watch a movie at the cinemas, go to a park or a long-drive in their family car, catch up on some retail shopping at malls with children in tow, enjoy their favourite meal at a restaurant and visit tourist hot spots around the country.

Businesses can once again welcome back customers to their premises; schools can prepare for students to return possibly in September, and the country can get ready to welcome the first post-Covid tourists in a couple of weeks.

While citizens and residents across the UAE will surely cherish the return of free movement, it does not mean we go back to the careless practices of pre-pandemic days. In Abu Dhabi, for instance, an entry ban in force due to its sterilisation drive will continue.

Adhere to precautions

Around the UAE, everyone must adhere to stringent Covid-19 precautions — including social distancing and wearing masks, and violators will face the full force of penalties.

The underlying message for everyone is very simple: even though movement restrictions have been lifted, the Covid-19 outbreak is still here and new cases continue to be reported every day. It’s vital to resume economic activities in the country, but we must always remember that the virulent virus is still lurking around us.

Therefore, whatever you do in the coming days and weeks, be responsible. For yourself, your family, friends, colleagues at work and the society that you inhabit.

It’s equally important that we don’t delude ourselves about the future: the road back to normality will be long and challenging, and people and businesses will each respond to it in their own ways as necessary, with one common thread: we must all proceed with caution, empathy and understanding.

The strategies deployed by the UAE in fighting the pandemic have shown us how to handle those challenges, and the new normal that we return to today is the successful result of adopting those measures.

With the UAE announcing the world’s first phase III clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine in cooperation with Chinese pharma giant CNBG, the future is also full of hope.

The UAE’s global and national role in fighting the pandemic offers vital lessons in leadership during a crisis. With the reopening of the country, the responsibility is now on all of us to continue to fulfil that role and work together for a safe and secure future, while remembering that it’s only the movement restrictions that have gone — not the virus.

(Courtesy: Gulf News)

Curtailed haj compounds Saudi economic woes

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 30 June 2020 | Posted in , , , , , , ,

By Anuj Chopra

Vacant religious sites. Abandoned pilgrim tents. Lifeless hotels. A stunning emptiness -- and fears of economic ruin -- haunt the usually bustling city of Mecca after Saudi authorities curtailed the haj pilgrimage over coronavirus.

Islam's holiest city usually hosts millions of pilgrims for the annual rite, but the kingdom has barred overseas visitors from this year's event, scheduled for late July.

The haj and the lesser umrah pilgrimage together rake in some $12 billion, keeping the economy humming in Mecca, home to two million people and marble-bedecked skyscrapers towering over Islam's most sacred sites.

A construction boom in recent years has added shopping malls, apartments and luxury hotels, some offering spectacular views of the sacred Kaaba, a cube-shaped structure in the Grand Mosque towards which Muslims around the world pray. 

But most premises have lain empty since the pandemic reached the kingdom.

The virus, which hit Mecca hard, has also battered pilgrimage-reliant businesses that support hundreds of thousands of jobs, from travel agents to street barbers and souvenir shops.

Many have reported sweeping layoffs, pay cuts or delayed salaries.

"Zero sales, zero income," said Ahmed Attia, a 39-year-old Egyptian who works for a travel agency in the city.

"We're not used to seeing Mecca empty. It feels like a dead city. It's devastating for Mecca."

A tsunami of cancellations has also battered overseas haj operators who organize travel logistics for pilgrims, many of whom invest their life savings in the five-day ritual.

Saudi authorities had already in March suspended the umrah pilgrimage, which can be performed at any time.

Then, in a hugely sensitive but long-awaited decision, they said they would only allow around 1,000 pilgrims already present in the kingdom to perform the haj.

That is a tiny fraction of the 2.5 million pilgrims who attended last year.

"It will be a symbolic event, a photo-op that allows the kingdom to say 'we didn't cancel the hajj as many expected'," said a South Asian official in contact with haj authorities.

Saudi Arabia has stressed that the watered-down haj will be open to people of various nationalities.

But the selection process for the few spots is expected to be hotly contested, as some Mecca residents expect to be given priority over outsiders.

"I have gone to haj before and hopefully this year, with God's will, I will be among the first pilgrims," said Marwan Abdulrahman, a Saudi living in Mecca.

Many feared the pilgrimage, which packs colossal crowds into small religious sites, could have been a massive source of contagion.

The novel coronavirus has hit the kingdom with the highest number of cases in the Gulf -- more than 178,000 confirmed infections including 1,511 deaths.

But scaling the pilgrimage back will deepen the kingdom's economic slump, analysts say.

The move follows a sharp downturn in oil prices and coronavirus-led losses, which triggered austerity measures including the tripling of a value added tax and cuts to civil servants' allowances.

The haj decision "does compound Saudi Arabia's economic difficulties", Richard Robinson, a Middle East analyst at Oxford Analytica, told AFP.

On Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund warned the kingdom's GDP will shrink by 6.8 percent this year -- its worst performance since the 1980s oil glut.

The Saudi Binladen construction group, a bellwether known for vast mega-projects, has missed salary payments for thousands of workers in recent months, according to a source close to the company and employees complaining on social media.

The Arabic hashtag "Delays in Binladen salaries" has gained traction as the slowdown impacts the firm behind a series of critical projects, including a $15 billion skyscraper hotel complex that towers over Mecca's Grand Mosque.

The company is seeking to charter a number of private jets to send many of its laid-off South Asian labourers home, according to the source.

The company did not respond to a request for comment.

The downturn has also disrupted Riyadh's ambitious plans to build a tourism industry from scratch, a cornerstone of the Vision 2030 reform programme to reduce the kingdom's reliance on oil.

"The government has singled out tourism as a key area for growth under its diversification strategy, and the loss of haj revenues could set the sector back through lost investment or bankruptcies," said Robinson.

The kingdom began offering tourist visas for the first time last September in moves to open up one of the last frontiers of global tourism.

"While Saudis are looking to diversify tourism revenues beyond religious tourism, their efforts still build from the haj," said Kristin Diwan of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

"Not having it at this time of disruption in oil markets is a blow."

(Courtesy: AFP)

Anker Innovations introduces Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, eufy HomeVac H11

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 26 June 2020 | Posted in , , ,

Lightweight and Compact, eufy HomeVac H11, an ultra-lightweight cordless handheld vacuum cleaner by Anker Innovations makes cleaning effortless and quick.

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Dubai, UAE: Featuring a Dust Devouring Suction with 5500Pa power, any accidental mess can be cleaned in a jiffy and that too with absolute ease. This lightweight handheld 2-in-1 crevice tool helps to clean the deepest corners of your house furniture, cars, baby chairs, recliners etc. 
Faraz Mehdi, Regional Sales Head at Anker Innovations MEA said, “The easy to store efficient HomeVac H11 offers tasteful yet practical solutions for all your everyday cleaning needs. Each lightweight and cordless vacuum is designed for efficiency and complete mobility.”

The washable high-efficiency filter ensures simple and minimal maintenance and improved performance. Weighing just 1.2lbs, the ergonomic, non-slip design allows for comfort and precise handling. This amazing device can also freshen up the air in the immediate vicinity by eradicating odors by activating Ozone feature. This is a very useful features for your cars, sports equipment or well used shoes.

For convenient charging, users can simply use a USB phone charger or car charger and enjoy up to 13 minutes of max suction cleaning time from a full charge. The sleek, non-slip design allows for comfortable and precise handling, making cleaning effortless.
It may be noted that Anker Innovations is a global leader in charging technology and a developer of unique and innovative consumer products in audio, home automation, home entertainment and more. Anker Innovations represents brands such as Anker, eufy, Nebula, ROAV and Soundcore. Anker Innovations is based in Dubai, U.A.E,, and selling a range of premium products and gadgets in the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq and other GCC countries and African countries.

PEOPLE: Mohamed Jinna wins accolades for being one of the top 50 influential personalities in the Islamic Economy

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 02 March 2020 | Posted in , , , , , ,

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Mohamed Jinna, based in Singapore, has been identified as one among the top 50 influential personalities in the Islamic Economy.

Mohamed Jinna is the dynamic chairman of the United World Halal Development that has dedicatedly created global awareness about the Halal way of life. 
He is the peace ambassador for Bosnia and the recipient of the Islamica 500 award, conferred to 500 most influential Muslim leaders across the world, He holds the accolades as the Honorary member of European Asian Financial policy forum and Advisory Board Member ANZ Business Chamber for India, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.

In United world Halal development, Jinna joins forces with Halal Industry giants, environmental scientists, theological scholars and governments to host the ‘World Halal Day’ on 1st of November, every year.
World Halal Day is Instrumental in bringing several government bodies to invest in various countries for various projects and initiatives in the field of Islamic (Ethical) banking, Food, Travel, Tourism & Medical Tourism through which manufacturers, Traders, Investors & entrepreneurs meet at one common platform to create businesses and networking between business people,  entrepreneurs and government bodies. This will upsurge the economic condition and infrastructure of the nation which he believes will in turn eradicate poverty as a whole.

World Halal Day will be crucial by bringing in Islamic (Ethical) Banking in a very easy format with digital technology that will be of utmost reach for every person even the down trodden to help them financially, growth sustainability will be the key.

This event facilitates investment in industries like Food & Beverage, Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals, Islamic (Ethical) banking system, Travel & Tourism and Medical Tourism alike, for the overall economic growth of the Hosting Country. The core objective of the event is to Create Awareness & Trade Promotion. The Trade Promotion is done by creating platforms to showcase Products & Services with B2B networking opportunities, with International Buyers, Suppliers, Sellers and Traders & Distributors.

The World Halal Day focuses on increasing the export market thereby creating an upswing in the economic development, creating more job opportunities eradicating poverty and unemployment.
Continuing in his selfless path, he has announced plans to hold the 2020 World Halal Day in Durban, South Africa. Just like the previous years, United World Halal Development (UNWHD) recognizes the World Halal Day on 1st November, celebrated in different parts of the globe every year. UNWHD has successfully organized the “WORLD HALAL DAY” celebrations since 2014, in Singapore, India, Croatia, United Kingdom, South Korea, and Russia.

Much contrary to the general conception that halal is only limited to a religion or its food, especially meat or meat-based products, Halal is actually the ethical lifestyle of the mankind in entirety. Mohamed Jinna aims to bring holistic societal development that bridges disparity between the rich and the poor, the endowed and the deprived.

The efforts of Mohamed Jinna is paving way for Halal to be rightly understood as synonymous with a peaceful, ethical and harmonious lifestyle. It is a coherent parameter designed for health, safety and human welfare.

About ISLAMICA 500

Published annually, the ISLAMICA 500 is THE reference providing hard-to-find biographical details for 500 of the world’s most prominent and influential personalities in the Islamic world and economy. It has become the industry benchmark. The ISLAMICA 500 is supported by the WIEF (World Islamic Economic Forum).

The ISLAMICA 500 is a fully independent source of information, multidisciplinary and market-driven, cooperating with media giant as Forbes, Dinar Standard, Oxford Business Group, CNBC Arabia and more.

The research and strategic partners include Forbes Middle East, Dinar Standard, Oxford Business Group and ISFIN.

Germany: HALAL HANNOVER conference to be held March 6-8

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For the first time ever, the world’s largest summit on the Islamic economy is coming to German-speaking Europe. Global Islamic Economy Summit to hold Round Table at HALAL HANNOVER.

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Hannover, Germany: Halal Hannover conference will be held from 6th to 8th March 2020. The 3-day conference is set to attract the 56 member states of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The conference was first announced by Deutsche Messe in the summer of 2019, HALAL HANNOVER, a new business and knowledge-sharing platform for the German-speaking halal community, has already made a name for itself well beyond Germany.

The event’s conference programme has been officially endorsed by Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) and has garnered further international influence with the addition of a Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES) Round Table, set to take place on 6 March 2020. 
The event has assumed greater significance as it will mark the first time the international series of round tables on the Islamic economy, which is establishing a presence in German-speaking Europe.

Each GIES round table that takes place outside the UAE features experts from the UAE and the host region, providing an opportunity for dialogue and knowledge exchange between the Muslim and non-Muslim stakeholders of the Islamic Economy.

Owing to their geographic location, many Islamic countries are reliant on food imports from the West. The UAE is a case in point. As the home of a major international airport and some of the world’s leading seaports, the emirate of Dubai serves as the entry point for the large volume of goods – including halal products – that the country imports from Europe. Since 2013, DIEDC has been successfully working on implementing the strategy of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish Dubai as the global capital of the Islamic economy.

The GIES round table at HALAL HANNOVER will serve as a precursor to the next Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES), to be held in Dubai on 9 and 10 November, 2020 on the sidelines of Expo2020 Dubai, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

“The GIES round table is a major boost for HALAL HANNOVER,” said Christoph Schöllhammer, Deutsche Messe’s director for HALAL HANNOVER. “Dignitaries, thought leaders and decision-makers from the international halal industry will gather at the event to discuss the benefits, opportunities and challenges of the international market for halal products and services.”

The round table will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on 6 March 2020 in the conference area of Hall 19/20 at the Hannover Exhibition Centre.

The conference component of HALAL HANNOVER will feature a varied and well-balanced line-up of speakers and topics. Spanning three full days, the event will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to explore current trends and developments in the halal economy and network with industry experts from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the UAE, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. The programme will offer a strong focus on certification and quality assurance of halal products, retail, logistics, Muslim travel and Islamic banking. The conference presentations will be in both German and English.

For further information on the conference programme, please visit https://halal-messe.de/en/conference/

UAE: Mushrif Mall announces Talentology 2020 Winners

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Abu Dhabi, UAE: The fourth edition of Talentology 2020 Grand Finale at Mushrif Mall Abu Dhabi attracted local residents and visitors to witness the action-packed recorded performances by the twelve entrants competing to win in the adult and kids’ categories.

The winner of the kid’s category is Peter Anthony Villegas Rosalita, a Singer from Philippines, and Suriya Badrinath a singer from India is winner in the adult category. Both winners thanked the voters and the mall for providing them a platform to show their musical abilities and their friends and families who supported them with online votes.
The event was attended by Director of Line Investments and Property LLC, Wajeb AlKhoury, Biju George, Commercial Manager as well as Chief Guest, Kris Fade, media and the local community.

Aravind Ravi Palode, Mall Manager of Mushrif Mall, said, “As an annual event, Talentology brings a creative audience to Mushrif Mall from our local communities as well as the country. We encourage young talents to positively to launch their career in the entertainment industry by helping finalists with their portfolios so they get a jump start to nurture their talent further.” 

Selected contestants were judged for appropriate artistic attire and stage presence over the weekend as they performed live on stage at Mushrif mall to get more votes online.
Talentology attracts over 10,000 registrations from mixed nationalities but only 12 finalists are selected with two winners. The grand finale winners receive AED 5,000/- worth of mall vouchers and all finalists get AED 1,000/- mall vouchers.

Talentology is an energy packed competition organised by Mushrif Mall for talented youth with a passion for success. The Mall recognizes the role the young play in society and Talentology helps promote unity in the community, assists in gaining self-confidence and provides an unforgettable experience of being part of a memorable event.

About Mushrif Mall

Spread over an area about 56,000 square meters of contemporary, relaxing retail atmosphere, Mushrif Mall offers an idyllic ambience and a convenient and memorable shopping and entertainment experience to customers.

Mushrif Mall has a well-planned food court, cafés, ample parking and a host of other facilities. It offers a unique mix of retail outlets, leisure, food and beverage outlets, salons, convenience stores, hypermarket and banks, making it an affordable and convenient neighbourhood destination for the local community.

UAE: Dunkin’ opens doors at Mazyad Mall

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70th outlet opens to celebrate the brands 70-year anniversary

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Abu Dhabi, UAE: Shoppers at Mazyad Mall Abu Dhabi can satisfy their coffee and sweets cravings at   the newly opened Dunkin’ located on the ground floor of the Mall serving handcrafted coffee, and iced beverages, over 50 varieties of donuts, and an all-day breakfast that consists of bagels, croissants, egg sandwiches, muffins and other baked goods - their menu has something for every kind of taste bud. 
Sineesh Vaikkattil, Mazyad Mall Manager said, “We are delighted that Dunkin’ opened their 70th UAE outlet at Mazyad Mall for their 70-year anniversary. In addition to their crafted coffee, they also produce over 30M handmade donuts per year locally to ensure every donut is fresh and full of flavour and we hope Dunkin’ Donuts becomes a regular meeting spot for our shoppers.”

Having established itself as a favorite among the discerning clientele of Abu Dhabi, Dunkin’ is known to go above and beyond to make sure that every cup of coffee they serve is as good as the last one.

Spending time with friends and family in UAE often involves a dose of ‘Qahwa’ and favourite among coffee lovers is the freshly brewed hand-crafted coffee made from high-quality, 100% Arabica beans at Dunkin’. They have their own strict coffee specifications, which are recognized by the industry as a superior grade of coffee.

Dunkin’s freshly ground and brewed coffee comes in a variety of delicious flavors, including Mocha, Caramel, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut.

About Mazyad Mall

Mazyad Mall is a full-fledged mall in the “New Downtown” of Abu Dhabi close to Abu Dhabi City, Al Raha Development, Abu Dhabi Airport and Mohammed Bin Zayed City offering patrons a wide range of retail options from fashion, sporting goods, toys, cosmetics, jewellery, books, home furnishing, hypermarket and electronics.

With exquisite open spaces and natural light, Mazyad Mall is a convenient place to shop, dine and socialise in the warm ambience of the mall’s distinctive architecture and design that features a unique spacious environment.

IoT Middle East 2020 to address business aspects of digital transformation

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 22 February 2020 | Posted in , , , , ,


Event to highlight how collaboration is the new competition with eco-systems replacing traditional industry boundaries

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Dubai, UAE: An impressive line-up of partners and speakers will be addressing how to manoeuvre the IoT landscape for higher profits at the 5th Internet of Things 2020, held at Armani Hotel Dubai on the 24th of February, 2020.

According to Johan Ehrstrom, CEO of 5th IoT Middle East 2020, “The conference will focus on how to generate business out of IoT as AI, ML, 5G and Intelligent Automation will fuel IoT adoption and grow exponentially over the coming years. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain the latest knowledge on how to create new revenue streams, market segments, reduce costs and get accuracy into their strategic direction."
Speakers on board include Jihad Tayara, CEO at Evoteq, Dr. Sven Korner, NLP/AI/Deep Learning Researcher from Germany, Anni Iso-Mustajarvi, Head of Business Development at Finlands biggest hospital group Mehilainen, Jassem Nasser, Chief Strategy Officer, Thuraya, Marwan Bindalmook SVP Smart City Operations at du, Christophe Vloebergh Implementation Director at DAIMLER,

New tech like AI and ML needs the data of IoT to deliver accurate analyses and output. IoT adoption is hence expected to grow by two-digit numbers and reach $18 billion in MEA related IoT investments by 2023, as both governmental and private sector companies ramp up their digital transformation capabilities.

The 5th Internet of Things 2020 is a game-changing platform, attracting a full house yearly, addressing the business relevance of technology across multiple verticals. IoT Middle East 2020 is for all who are less interested in the tech-aspects, but eager to future proof strategies, grow the bottom-line impacts and set the direction for the new decade.

Participants can register on www.iot-dxb.com. Registration is still open for USD 745 for conference passes, including materials, case examples, food & beverage and valet, ask for group and management team tickets discounts.

Digital Health Middle East Conference 2020 to be held on Feb 24, line-up of partners and speakers revealed

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 14 February 2020 | Posted in , , , , ,

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Dubai, UAE: Digital Health Middle East 2020 will be held at the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, on February 24. A line-up of partners and speakers at the event has also been revealed. The conference will highlight new approaches to healthcare with preventive information and new care solutions, which is set to reform the industry.

Partners on board include PwC, Iqvia, Evoteq, du, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, PTC, Cigna, Anker Innovations, Haltian, Thuraya, Business Finland and Business Sweden.

Blending Nordic experience with local excellence, experts at the conference hail from Finland, Sweden, Norway and GCC. Experts include Dr. Sven Korner, NLP/AI/Deep Learning Researcher from Germany, Anni Iso-Mustajarvi, Head of Business Development at Mehilainen from Finland, Live Bøe Johannessen from the Norwegian Directorate of Health, Magnus Clarin, Dean - School of Information Science at Halmstad University in Sweden and Ben Furneaux, Global Head of Affordability at Cigna.
Regional speakers include Amit Sadana, General Manager & SVP AMESA at IQVIA, Atif Albraiki, CEO at Malaffi, Lina H Shahid, Healthcare Practice Lead at PwC, Dr. Osama El Hassan, Head of eHealth at Dubai Health Authority, Nadine de Clercq, Rehabilitation Lead at Amana Healthcare and Haytham El Sahat, surgical oncologist and Medical director at Mediclinic.

The event will address intelligent design, pioneering technologies, advance clinical services and personalised care to improve outcomes, reduce costs with a focus on prevention while using information and technology to drive integration across the healthcare ecosystem.

“The events has been held in Scandinavia over the past 5 years and gathers for the first time in Dubai to blend key learnings from the Scandinavia sharing their experience in using digital to improve quality of care, patient journeys and population health,” said Johan Ehrstrom, CEO of Digital Health Middle East 2020.

“We are delighted to feature experts highlighting how exponential technologies will increase access, improve how care will be delivered with the highest levels of safety and patient experience with the lowest cost in the future,” said Johan Ehrstrom, CEO of Digital Health Middle East 2020.

The event gathers 250+ peers from across the ecosystem, and 20+ speakers for a dialogue, vital insights and networking as this C-level hub facilitates knowledge exchange and game-changing strategies. Digital Health Middle East brings C-level attendees including executives and CXO’s, governmental department heads, hospital leaders, nurse leaders, regulators, technologists, futurists and entrepreneurs.

Private sector participants can register on www.digital-health.me for USD 795 including materials, case examples, food & beverage and valet. Public sector attendees can register for USD 495.

Al Wahda Mall to host Mobile Roadshow activations for UAE’s top professional football league

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Engaging and interactive experiences to promote the Arabian Gulf League

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Abu Dhabi, UAE: Al Wahda Mall will be hosting activations for the Arabian Gulf League, UAE’s top professional football league consisting of 14 football clubs from across the country from the 20th to 22nd February 2020 as they tour with engaging and interactive experiences aimed at promoting the league. 
The 2019/2020 season will witness a total of 182 exciting matches being played until May 2020 with football clubs battling for victory in their bid to win the Arabian Gulf League 2019/2020 season title at Match of The Week.

Navaneeth Sudhakaran, General Manager, Al Wahda Mall, said, “Al Wahda Mall is known to attract a sporty and active customer base who frequent the mall regularly to use the gym and the mall’s sports lounge and gaming areas. It is hence an ideal location for a sports campaign to generate awareness and we hope the activations also attract more sports fans to our mall.”

Al Wahda Mall is a leading shopping, entertainment and leisure destination in the heart of Abu Dhabi city, with over 350 brands spanning across a total size of 3.3 million square feet.

The award-winning Al Wahda Mall has over 400 tenants offering a superb retail mix of fashion, jewellery, electronics, food court, home improvement, family entertainment, beauty, gym, sports lounge, renowned high-street brands, kiosks, and over 50 mouth-watering world class F&B outlets.

The mall also offers a comprehensive selection of service outlets to include a large hypermarket, prominent banking services and telecom operators, and a Tasheel centre to provide Ministry of Labour services.

14th World Islamic Economic Forum to be held in Qatar in October

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 10 February 2020 | Posted in , , , , ,

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The 14th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) will he held in the State of Qatar in October this year. A MoU was signed between Qatar’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Kuala Lumpur-based World Islamic Economic Forum.

The MoU signing was attended by Nasser Mohammed Al-Mohannadi, Director of the Financial and Administrative Affairs Department at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Syed Abu Bakr Al-Mahdar, Managing Director of the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.  

The WIFE was established in 2005 in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur with the prime objective of enhancing the economic well-being of Islamic peoples and communities in different countries of the world by facilitating and expanding trade and investment exchanges among them. The WIFE also offers itself as a platform to encourage dialogue and strengthen cooperation between businessmen around the world and to strengthen bridges of communication between the Islamic countries and others for achieving peace and prosperity for the whole world.
The 14th session of World Islamic Economic Forum will be bringing together heads of government, managers of global companies, businessmen, specialists, regional experts, academics and researchers for discussing opportunities to build new business partnerships between Muslim and non-Muslim societies around the world. The WIFE is also constantly endeavoring for reaching a consensus on practical and innovative methods in order to meet the social and economic needs affecting Islamic and non-Islamic societies.

The intra-trade between Islamic countries has expanded significantly in the past years. The volume of the Islamic economic market is expected to exceed USD 3 trillion in 2023. The economies of Islamic countries offer tremendous growth opportunities because of their huge size and increasing purchasing power.

The 14th session of the WIEF will be held amid a sensitive and delicate global scene confronted with a host of major challenges, such as growing disputes over international trade policies, the tightening of global financial policies, economic risks and decision-making, and destabilizing technology for markets.

The 14th session of the World Islamic Economic Forum will be held for three days, and prominently feature several bilateral meetings and complementary programs, as well as an exhibition showcasing brands and products by the participating countries and entrepreneurs.

Nigeria to hold first international Halal expo in June

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 05 February 2020 | Posted in , , , , , , , ,


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Nigeria will hold its first international Halal expo in June this year. The Muslim trade fair will be organized from June 8 to 10 at the Abuja Trade and Convention Centre, under the joint collaboration of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and Abuja Trade Centre.

About 200 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors from various countries are expected to attend the African nation’s first ever halal expo. Among the major highlights of the halal expo include networking opportunities with global halal industries, and creating a platform to boost halal tourism, encourage big volume exports and tapping into the over 2 trillion USD halal market.
“Major Halal countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, UAE, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Iran, Thailand, Korea and others in West Africa are likely to participate at the halal expo,” the ACCI press release said.

The term “Halal” essentially means adhering to Islamic laws pertaining to food and other consumer durables. The Halal industry currently spans across pharmaceuticals, personal care, cosmetics, food service, food processing and logistics industries. The halal industry has further expanded into lifestyle offerings as well including Halal travel and hospitality services. Other areas are Islamic Finance interest-free market catering to the Muslim consumers worldwide.

Halal Ingredients Market to grow at estimated USD 66.9 billion by 2026

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 03 February 2020 | Posted in , , , ,

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New York: The global Halal Ingredients market was valued at USD 46.8 billion in 2019 and expected to reach USD 66.9 billion by the year 2026, at a CAGR of 6.2%, a current analysis of Reports and Data said.

Halal food refers to the food products that are prepared by following Islamic dietary laws and regulations, which defines foods that are lawful or permissible and clean. Muslims community consumers avoid food and beverages that are Haram, meaning forbidden or unlawful by their Islamic faith.

The intake of food items is also rising due to the surge in the Muslim population worldwide, which expected to drive the growth of the market, according to the study.
The need for halal cosmetic products among the 2.4 billion Muslim customers globally is increasing. However, the demand in cosmetics stays unmet because cosmetics production is controlled by non-halal cosmetic manufacturers, whose manufacture methods may not fit in with the requirements of its science. The development of these cosmetics and the assessment of their product performance are still in its early stages. The incorporation of its science in the manufacture of most cosmetic products remains insufficient.

Moreover, there is a global deficiency of guiding documents on the growth and assessment techniques in the production of comprehensively halal cosmetics. It aims to abridge existing literature and knowledge of halal and cosmetic science to provide essential technical guidance in the production of these cosmetics. Also, the adoption of these methods addresses the unique ethical issues associated with the conformance of cosmetics’ product performance to spiritual practices and its science.

The Middle East emerged as the fastest-growing regional market for this ingredient in 2019 due favorable government rules in GCC countries to drive the ingredients market.

The growing populace in the Middle Eastern nations is driving the overall market. Global players are expanding their businesses in the Middle East to cater to the increasing demand for these ingredients. Also, rapid economic development, as a result of the steady political environment in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the UAE, is aiding to the growth in the F&B and consumer product industries. Similarly, the growing population and increase in the disposable income in the region are factors driving the demand for products produced using these ingredients, which in turn, expected to drive the market.

Further key findings from the report suggest the following:

·  The Halal Ingredients market is growing at a CAGR of 3 % in the Middle Eastern Region due to more influx of migrants and increasing regulations for strict usage of halal food. The region also witnessed more product innovation and funding for the promotion of these foods.
·  The Flavors segment dominated the ingredients in the F&B industry due to the increase in certification agencies. Thus food products certified as halal or kosher should have their constituent raw materials, processing aid ingredients, processing and sanitation chemicals, packaging material, etc. meet the religious dietary requirements
·  Countries like Australia are also playing a significant role in the food market. Australia, with a local Muslim populace of about half a million, has come to be a world leader in the processing and manufacturer of halal meat and meat products. The continent is a long-trusted provider of Beef and Lamb to over 100 nations in the world, comprising the Middle East.
·  Australia has one of the strictest Halal Programs in the world. The Australian Government Certified Program (AGAHP) undertaken in collaboration with the Australian government’s Division of Agriculture & Water Resources and Australian Islamic Organizations. Collectively, they enforce the best practices of production guidelines, which have aided to the global acknowledgment that Australia’s Halal program is amongst the most meticulously implemented system in the world
·  Key players in the market include Koninklijke DSM N.V. (Netherlands), Cargill (US), Barentz B.V. (Netherlands), ADM (US), Kerry (Ireland), DowDupont (US), Solvay S.A. (Belgium), BASF (Germany), Symrise (Germany), Ashland (US), Purecircle Limited (Malaysia), and Halagel (Malaysia).

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Malaysia to hold world’s largest halal exhibition in April

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Malaysia is set to hold the world’s largest halal trade fair in April this year. The Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) will be held in the country’s capital Kuala Lumpur from April 1 to 3.

Malaysia’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry, the organizer of the trade fair, in a statement said that the theme of MIHAS will be “Expand Your Halal Horizon”. Over 1,200 booths of companies from different countries around the world will be featuring halal-certified and trade-ready manufacturers, suppliers, buyers and distributors. 
MIHAS, which was first held in 2004, is expected to attract greatest number of participants this year, with about 35,000 visitors from 90 countries.

MIHAS 2020 will be largely focusing on the agenda of sustainability, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a press release by the organizers said.

According to Malaysian government data, the global halal food market is expected to reach $1.97 trillion by 2024, while the total Muslim population is expected to increase from 1.8 billion to 3 billion by 2060.

5th IoT Middle East 2020 conference to be held at Armani Dubai on February 24

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 27 January 2020 | Posted in , , , ,

Armani Dubai to be the venue for talks on how to generate business out of IoT, AI, ML and Intelligent automation as the adoption of IoT is expected to accelerate over the coming years

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Dubai, UAE: An impressive line-up of speakers will be addressing how to manoeuvre the IoT landscape for higher profits at the 5th Internet of Things 2020, held at Armani Hotel Dubai on 24th February 2020.

The cross-industry C-level conference aimed at decision-makers in both the private and public sector focuses on the business aspects of digital transformation. The event brings together forward-thinking experts sharing insights on business, technology and organizational transformation to leverage new business and new eco-systems.

Attendees have the rare opportunity of networking with experts, discussing the optimization of company revenue, reducing costs, changing business models, opening up new services and markets for key stakeholders and disruptive new entrants.

According to Johan Ehrstrom, CEO of 5th IoT Middle East 2020, “Collaboration is the new competition and eco-systems will replace traditional industry boundaries. New tech like AI and ML needs the data of IoT to deliver accurate analyses and output. IoT adoption is hence expected to grow by two-digit numbers and reach $18 billion in MEA related IoT investments by 2023, as both governmental and private sector companies ramp up their digital transformation capabilities.”

“The 5th Internet of Things 2020 is a game-changing platform, attracting over 400 attendees yearly, addressing the business relevance of technology across multiple verticals. IoT Middle East 2020 is for all who are less interested in the tech-aspects, but eager to future proof strategies, grow the bottom-line impacts and set the direction for the new decade.”

Over 30+ international and regional speakers, including executives from PwC, Evoteq, du, McKinsey, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, London Business School, Cigna, Iqvia, Haltian and PTC will take the stage and highlight novel utilization of technologies designed to shape the foundation of the future success stories.

Participants can register on www.iot-dxb.com. Registration is now open for USD 745 for individual tickets.

Policy paralysis catapults reforms vision to save India

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 04 November 2013 | Posted in , , , , ,

By Syed Ali Mujtaba

The big debate in India is whether there is crisis of leadership or there is crisis of vision and mission to run the country. While there can be endless debate on the leadership issue, there exists a consensus on policy paralysis and India is in dire need of reforms at various levels to redeem itself.

An interesting book "Reforms to Save India" by S. Gokulraj lists out number of suggestions that need attention, although some may be laughing stock and quite out of context. Notwithstanding the facts, the author wants to convey the message that India needs systemic change in order to gallop on the highway of progress.

Attacking on the electoral system of India the author makes some pointed reference towards electoral reforms. He says the solution for general elections is to have a Single Transfer Direct Preferential voting system as it is followed to select the President of India. This will empower the people to select the person they want directly as they cast a primary vote for a person of their choice and a secondary vote for their second choice. He suggests that there should be provision for recall of the representative after two-and-a-half-years, if he fails to perform.

The author also sees problem in the way our Parliament functions. He finds it lethargic procedural and slow in operation. As part of Parliamentary reforms, he suggests the President of India should be made the speaker of the Lok Sabha and the question hour should be at the start of the proceedings and not in the end.

He also likes to see reforms in the system of Cabinet of Ministers, which constitute the government. He suggests that at the ministerial level, there should be three ministers for every Ministry. A Ministry should have an executive minister with the specific background of the portfolio he holds, and he should be selected by the UPSC. Then there should be a shadow minister from the opposition party, the third be an elected representative from the ruling party. He insists that proper educational qualification should be mandatory for handling the ministry.

Getting down on the issue of accountability, the author demands that the employees in Government offices should be made accountable. There should be monthly targets of work and this has to be audited on monthly basis. In finance and administration, he recommends, a self-sufficient revenue model.

He wants to see municipal reforms and likes each municipal corporation maintain a treasury and use 50 per cent of the money for developmental activities. He also mentions introduction of EVCC (Electronic Voting and Complaint Registration Card) which can be used as an ATM card to register complaints on bad roads and drains. The author is of the view that this model would help faster implementation of development activities in the cities towns and districts of India.

Turning his attention to the villages that is sulking in penury, he advocates Corporate Cluster Cooperative Farming in agriculture, where corporate houses adopt villages, invest money in agriculture, and buy the produce from the farmers in bulk.

He wants reforms in the employment exchange level and likes the government to help the economically weaker sections of the society. As a means to rehabilitate such people, he suggests attaching them to the agencies such as the employment exchange that may generate jobs for them in the Government or in Corporate Sectors.

Coming to judicial reforms, he wants a compounded court system for the entire judicial apparatus. Such complex should have multiple of courts to deal with crime, social issues, family problems, business and corruption. There should deadlines for the judges to clear the cases and their progress should be audited.

S. Gokulraj also wants reforms in the UPSC that selects officers under a complex examination pattern to govern India. He rebukes on the current selection system saying one exam selects officers for 24 postings and because of the ranking system; a qualified doctor is posted to look after the revenue department. He is of the view that the best of the talent can be put to use in the respective fields by conducting individual exams in that particular field. The selected candidates should then be given appointment in the respective departments.

Even though, there may be many shortcomings in the prognosis of Reforms to Save India, one thing that stands out is the author is able to provoke that there is in need of reform at various levels, if our country is to run like a well oiled machine.

The policy paralysis is apparent. At the corporate level the policy is to make rich, richer, so that a white and blue collared class is develop to live as hangers on. We protected our industries for forty years since independence and in the process created our own capitalist class. When we opened our economy in the 90s, it is same the class which benefited from the liberalized policies. Those who made cycles in the protected regime started making motor cycles in the liberalized environment.

Here one needs to understand the operational dynamics of democracy that works on party system and parties need money for contest the mammoth elections. A corporate class is essential to finance such democracy and to distract is being touted as growth engines of the nation. Even though being very small and electorally insignificant, this class holds leverage over the systems of governance in the country.

While at the urban setup, at the corporate level, the parasite policy is at work, in the rural level where the actual vote bank exits, a different policy is being followed. Here the policy is to make the large farmers poorer, robbing their holdings and conditions being created to push them out from farming. This plan has succeeded to an extent, having its own repercussions, the plan to uplift the marginalized section in the farming sector remains in fits and starts.

Now there is the talk is to bring corporate sector into farming and develop the same parasite model in the rural areas as well. What is this? Is this not policy paralysis?

What this discussion has brought to fore is that our country needs reforms that has to be well thought out. The current method of our plans and policies is ridden with deficiencies and has done no good to our country.

If the book ‘Reforms to Save India’ is of any worth, it is only in the realm of to raise the consciousness of the people to long for reforms. This aspiration has to grow thick and fast, if we want to make our country a true functional democracy.

[Syed Ali Mujtaba is a Journalist based in Chennai. He can be contacted at syedalimujtaba@yahoo.com]

EURO-ASIA EXPO 2013 concludes, emerges as important bridge to develop business between Europe, Asia and Russia

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 25 October 2013 | Posted in , , ,

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The International Trade Fair EURO-ASIA EXPO 2013 was held on October 3-6, 2013 in Kazan, Russia. EURO-ASIA EXPO plays the important role in the developing of business and mutual investment prospects between Europe, Asia and Russia.

More than 100 exhibitors from Russia, CIS countries - Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, foreign countries - Malaysia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and UAE presented their products and services at EURO-ASIA EXPO 2013.

Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) has organized an exhibition within EURO-ASIA EXPO 2013. More than 30 Malaysian companies have presented construction, logistics, education services and franchises in Republic of Tatarstan for the first time.

On October 3 the Opening Ceremony of EURO-ASIA EXPO 2013 was held. The Ceremony was opened with the recitation of Holy Quran. Linar Yakupov, Chief Executive of Tatarstan Investment Development Agency, Dr. Wong Lai Sum, CEO of MATRADE and Abdullah Al Saleh, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of UAE participated in the Opening Ceremony.

EURO-ASIA EXPO 2013 was also visited by Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of Republic of Tatarstan. He viewed the exhibition and the exposition of MATRADE and thanked Malaysian partners for participation in EURO-ASIA EXPO 2013 and high level of exhibition organization.

On the first day of exhibition Halal Industry Forum was also held. Trends and prospects of Halal industry development in Russia discussed during the Forum. Representatives of GIMDEX (Turkey), NP, International Centre of Standardization and Certification of the Council of Mufties of Russia, Association of Halal industry of Kazakhstan, Russian Islamic University, Halal Standard Committee of Republic of Dagestan took part in discussion of actual problems of Halal Industry.

On October 4 Muslim Fashion Show organized by Russian Muslim Women`s Union was held.

Collection of 15 designers from Tatarstan, Russia and Kazakhstan were presented during the show.

Madina Zalyautdinova, Julia Islamova, Gulnara Kasimova and other designers have presented their collections of original clothes meeting the requirements of Sharia and propagandizing national traditions.

On October 5 the new world record was set. The longest Halal kebab was prepared within EURO-ASIA EXPO 2013. 500 kg of coal and 200 kg of Halal beef which was specially marinated on an original recipe were used to prepare kebab with the length of 180.9 m. More than 180 volunteers from Russian Islamic University, Global Shapers Community and Institute of economics, management and law and 20 coordinators were involved in preparation of the longest Halal kebab. Huge brazier was specially made for this event. The record was testified by members of the independent commission. All data were directed for registration to The Russian Book of Records and to Guinness Worlds Records in London.

At the end of the third day of exhibition the Organizing Committee of EURO-ASIA EXPO 2013 awarded special prizes for exhibitors. The Organizing Committee presented Halal Standardization Committee, Kazan meat factory JSC (the Official sponsor) and Premjera LLC (the Technical sponsor) with letters of thanks. Three special awards were presented to MATRADE for Best Exposition, Kazan meat factory JSC for Best Marketing Decision and Pestrechinka LLC for Best Product Portfolio. The 10 figurines For Active Participation were awarded to PRAN Export LTD (Bangladesh), Boonradom Meelarp (Thailand), Cashmere Crafts (India), Tatarsun (Azerbaijan), Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Smolensk, Irada, EcoRusImport, Tatarmaster, Baltasinskii meat products LLC, Galiullin Ilgiz Gabdulbarovich (entrepreneur).

Participation in EURO-ASIA EXPO 2013 gave exhibitors an opportunity to establish new business contacts, present products and services and increase sales.

The Organizing Committee of International Trade Fair EURO-ASIA EXPO 2013 hopes that number of exhibitors and partners will increase year by year and invites to participate in an exhibition in a new year.

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