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Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair

Dubai to host Islamic Economy Summit

Dubai, August 12, 2013

Leading thinkers, policy makers and stakeholders from around the world will take part in the first ‘Global Islamic Economy Summit’ in Dubai in November.

The summit will be organized by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with Thomson Reuters, on November 25 and 26.

The Summit comes in line with the launch of ‘Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy’ by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and is held under his patronage.

With a consumer base of 1.6 billion Muslims, many of whom live in the GCC, much has been said about the promise the Islamic world holds for economic growth and profitability. Yet very little transformative dialogue has been undertaken to assess the scale of opportunities and challenges within the $4 trillion Islamic economy, said a statement.

The summit will initiate critical dialogue on the development of the integrated sectors of the Islamic economy, covering Islamic financial services, halal manufacturing and related lifestyle sectors.

Discussions will focus on six major pillars of the Islamic economy: Islamic Finance; Halal Food; Halal Lifestyle; Halal Travel; SME Development; and Islamic Economy Infrastructure.

Islamic Finance will cover: Islamic banking, Islamic asset management, takaful and retakaful, sukuk and capital markets and Waqf endowments; Halal Food: agriculture, ingredients and manufacturing, retail, logistics, research and product development and food services; Halal Lifestyle: cosmetics, personal care, pharmaceuticals, fashion, entertainment; art and design and media; Halal Travel: hospitality, tourism, meetings incentives conferences & exhibitions (MICE), healthcare and Hajj/Umrah; SME Development: technology and innovation, venture capital financing, incubation and training; Islamic Economy Infrastructure: training and education, compliance, standardisation, research, Muslim consumer marketing and research and government services.

The event will feature the launch of several innovations relating to the Islamic economy, including ground-breaking market studies and announcements from Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy.

Mohammed Abdullah Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and chairman of the Executive Office of Sheikh Mohammed, said the summit will highlight the world of opportunities in the Islamic economy. “

Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair, chairman, Dubai Chamber, said: “As a leading global business and leisure destination, Dubai is an ideal choice to become the capital of the Islamic economy. The UAE is already one of the biggest markets in the region for Islamic banking and we see major opportunities to enhance the halal food industry, develop trade policies and commercial laws, and Islamic tourism among other sectors. The Global Islamic Economy Summit will be the ideal platform to explore these ideas and begin a constructive dialogue for future growth and development.”

Russell Haworth, managing director, Middle East and North Africa, Thomson Reuters, said: “The emergence of an Islamic economy as a definable economic paradigm opens up a new horizon of opportunities that, if nurtured, can bring tremendous benefits for societies all over the world.”

Sayd Farook, global head of Islamic Capital Markets, Thomson Reuters, commented: “In the current global economic climate, the search for new underserved markets has brought a fresh spotlight onto the Muslim world, and especially with regard to Islamic Finance and the Halal food and services sectors. The convergence of these two Shariah compliant industries is likely to be a new engine of growth that engages both the Muslim and non-Muslim world.” – TradeArabia News Service




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