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  • Friday Round Up (15 Feb): facial hair, Valentine sensuality, soul music, halal hubs, hip hop and Islamic art

    Welcome to this week’s Friday Round Up of the best news from Muslim consumer markets. This week it’s the turn of our AdCritique feature, and we also look at facial hair, Valentine’s day sensuality and soul music.

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    In our latest AdCritique, we look at a brand that is targeting the growing Muslim tourism market. In 2011, Muslims spent an estimated $126bn on travel and tourism. Muslim travelers are looking for the “halal” label on hotels, restaurants and even airlines when they travel. Fifty per cent of Muslim travellers would use halal-friendly facilities if they existed and 30 per cent would seek strict Sharia-compliant services. This month’s feature looks at the importance of halal reassurance, and building confidence in quality with the target group.

    Cheat Sheet: sharp insights from Muslim consumer markets

    Saudi and German Rappers come together for the ‘Jeddah Hip Hop Jam

    Islamic branded sensual products company El Asira offers 101 QR Code stores for Valentine’s day in the Netherlands

    World Hijab Day: Muslim women invited others to stand in their shoes and try out the headscarf for a day

    Malaysia External Trade Development Corp expects sales of RM500m at 10th Malaysia International Halal Showcase in April

    Islamic music touches the soul at the Royal Opera House Muscat wth Islamic spiritual music from Oman, Egypt, Syria, Morocco

    Malaysia vows to support growing halal industry in the Philippines

    Penang is a “halal hub in the making

    Halal parks in Malaysia offer tax incentives to companies that are eligible under Halal Malaysia guidelines

    One of Indonesia’s largest Islamic bodies, Nahdatul Ulama, sets up halal certification body in response to public demand

    By Peter Hagyo-Kovacs (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia CommonsThe Metropolitan Museum of Art offers online resources for learning about the art of the Islamic world

    Malaysian food catering company Brahim’s is ready for overseas halal markets and halal in-flight catering

    “Malaysia as a halal hub

    “In the Arab and Muslim world, facial hair means far more than just style and grooming. It’s a sociological signifier”

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