Halal food firm plans new Dubai factory

Al Islami Foods says move aims to meet rising regional demand for halal food products
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By Andy Sambidge
Sun 30 Jun 2013 12:41 PM

Al Islami Foods has announced plans to build a new AED100m food processing facility in DUbai to meet the increasing regional demands for halal food products.

The 11,500 sq ft facility will be located in Dubai Investment Park and will support plans to position Dubai as the capital of the Islamic economy, the company said in a statement.

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed earlier this year announced a vision for a Halal economy including Islamic financial instruments, Islamic insurance, Islamic contracts' arbitration, Islamic food industry and trade standards (Halal food), and Islamic quality management standards.

The construction of Al Islami's facility will begin early next month and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Once complete, the plant will be able to process more than 1,500 metric tonnes of meat per month.

Al Islami said it strictly enforces high quality standards where the meat is exclusively sourced from farms where the real halal process of no-stunning and hand slaughtering is followed. The plant will produce many categories of products such as sausages, burgers, minced meat, and nuggets.

Saleh Abdullah Lootah, board member of Al Islami Foods, said: "The new plant is in line with our expansion strategy and will help us to satisfy the increasing regional demand for food products of global standards.

"This latest development is also an example of our commitment to continue to invest in the UAE economy and build it as a world leader of the halal economy."

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