With global Halal food markets worth an estimated $2.1 trillion a year, event organiser IIR has announced plans for the Halal World Expo, to take place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from December 9-11.
The event, which is billed as the first comprehensive exhibition in the region to cover all sectors of the Halal market, is intended to give producers of Halal products an opportunity to promote their goods to an international audience.
As well as featuring companies involved in the Halal food sector, the expo will also focus on Halal lifestyle products including Islamic fashion, cosmetics and healthcare, not least because there has been a growing demand in the UAE towards products that are Halal compliant.
The exhibition will also focus on Islamic Finance, which is estimated to be worth up to $500 billion annually.
The exhibition will also be accompanied by a conference focusing on Halal standards and certification. Indeed, while some countries such as Malaysia already have set standards and accreditation for Halal products, the Middle East has yet to implement such measures.
There is also no global standard for Halal products, and this is something that the conference will address, according to Christine Weaver, exhibition director of Halal World Expo. Weaver added that the event, which is expected to attract at least 130 exhibitors and about 4000 visitors will offer companies a unique chance to tap foreign markets.
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