Dubai Islamic Economy Development Center endorses event´s conference programme

Hannover. First announced by Deutsche Messe in the summer of 2019, HALAL HANNOVER, a new business and knowledge-sharing platform for the German-speaking halal community, has already made a name for itself well beyond Germany. The three-day exhibition and conference (6–8 March 2020) has also attracted the attention of the 56 member states of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). And now the event's conference programme has been officially endorsed by Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) and has garnered further international influence with the addition of a Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES) round table, set to take place on 6 March 2020. The event assumes greater significance as it will mark the first time the international series of round tables on the Islamic economy is establishing a presence in German-speaking Europe.

Each GIES round table that takes place outside the UAE features experts from the UAE and the host region, providing an opportunity for dialogue and knowledge exchange between the Muslim and non-Muslim stakeholders of the Islamic Economy.

Owing to their geographic location, many Islamic countries are reliant on food imports from the West. The UAE is a case in point. As the home of a major international airport and some of the world's leading seaports, the emirate of Dubai serves as the entry point for the large volume of goods – including halal products – that the country imports from Europe. Since 2013, DIEDC has been successfully working on implementing the strategy of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish Dubai as the global capital of the Islamic economy.

The GIES round table at HALAL HANNOVER will serve as a precursor to the next Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES), to be held in Dubai on 9 and 10 November, 2020 on the sidelines of Expo2020 Dubai, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

"The GIES round table is a major boost for HALAL HANNOVER," said Christoph Schöllhammer, Deutsche Messe's director for HALAL HANNOVER. "Dignitaries, thought leaders and decision-makers from the international halal industry will gather at the event to discuss the benefits, opportunities and challenges of the international market for halal products and services."

The round table will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on 6 March 2020 in the conference area of Hall 19/20 at the Hannover Exhibition Centre.

The conference component of HALAL HANNOVER will feature a varied and well-balanced line-up of speakers and topics. Spanning three full days, the event will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to explore current trends and developments in the halal economy and network with industry experts from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the UAE, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. The programme will offer a strong focus on certification and quality assurance of halal products, retail, logistics, halal travel and Islamic banking. The conference presentations will be in both German and English.

For further information on the conference programme, please visit https://halal-messe.de/en/conference/