New partnership to improve Dubai halal compliance

Partnership with pioneering halal trade agency to achieve mutually beneficial business objectives

DAFZA will help the agency with its goals of further improving halal standards, branding and promoting Malaysia's halal offerings
DAFZA will help the agency with its goals of further improving halal standards, branding and promoting Malaysia's halal offerings

The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) has signed an agreement with Malaysia’s Halal Industry Development Corp (HDC) to collaborate on developing halal compliance infrastructure in Dubai.

Under the terms, a joint working committee will be formed to ensure a sharp focus on objectives and effective knowledge-sharing.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at DAFZA’s headquarters, with Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, director general of DAFZA, and Dato’ Seri Jamil Bidin, chief executive officer of HDC, as signatories.

Dr. Al Zarooni commented: “Halal Industry Development Corp is a first-of-its-kind governmental agency that has had great success in coordinating the overall development of Malaysia’s halal trade. DAFZA will help the agency with its goals of further improving halal standards, branding and promoting Malaysia’s halal offerings, and commercially developing halal products and services. At the same time, we will be able to showcase our freezone’s exceptional ability to facilitate halal-related business and investment activities for the world’s leading halal markets.

“This is a mutually beneficial partnership that will help raise halal benchmarks for both parties involved as well as for the respective countries. It is also a testament for Dubai’s growing appeal as a hub for Asian products, especially those under the halal category, and as a preferred gateway to the Gulf and MENA markets.”

Jamil Bidin added: “When it comes to the global market for halal products, the most important thing is to make sure that the supply chain is properly managed.

"For Asian producers, specifically those in Malaysia, market access is vital; this poses a challenge for Malaysian companies who wish to penetrate the GCC and yet lack the knowledge on how to get in. Through the collaboration between DAFZA and HDC, we hope to ease the entry of Malaysian and other Asian companies into the GCC and broader MENA region.

HDC, an agency under Malaysia’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry, is the world’s first government-backed halal industry development corporation to strategise and implement a comprehensive development of the halal industry.

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