ESMA and Dubai Industrial City host SMIIC meetings in Dubai

DUBAI: Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology, ESMA, and Dubai Industrial City, are hosting the fourth and fifth meetings of the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries, SMIIC, to discuss Halal food and cosmetics issues, in line with Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision to transform Dubai into the capital of Islamic economy.

The U.A.E., which chaired the Technical Committee of Halal Food (GSM EEC), has coordinated with the technical committee members and experts in Islamic countries, to set and develop standard specifications for Halal products to ensure that Halal products are safe and guaranteed.

Abdullah Al Maeeni, ESMA’s Acting Director-General, said, “All Halal providers must apply for the provision of their products to be aligned with the requirements of religious legitimacy. The objective of standardisation is to develop and implement technical standards which are an established norm or requirement of technical systems. We are trying to make the requirements applicable and easy to understand and standardise the level across all countries in the world.

Furthermore, the requirements must be based on the origins and foundations of Islamic Sharia.” Abdulla Khalifa Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Industrial City, said, “We are committed to contributing to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision in making Dubai the capital of Islamic economy. We established The Halal Cluster, the first of its kind in the region, to be dedicated to the Halal sector. Spread across an area of 6.77 million square feet, the Halal Cluster is aimed to be a base for companies that seek to invest in Halal food, cosmetics and personal care products.” The U.A.E. has become the focal point of the global Halal industry, with ESMA mandated by Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to formulate new Halal regulations and codes for food, cosmetics and perfumes to be implemented in all Islamic countries.