Dubai: Halal products and services in the UAE will be required to secure Halal National Mark to prove they are Shariah-compliant.
The Dubai Municipality is working with the Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (Esma) to set the requirements for granting the ‘Halal National Mark’ to food producers in the country as part of the UAE scheme for halal products to regulate and certify the Halal industry and its various products.
The director-general of Dubai Municipality Hussain Nasser Lootah announced this after participating in the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum.
The UAE scheme for halal products is the first-of-its-kind at the Arab and Gulf levels and supports a strategic initiative launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, for developing the Islamic economy sector and making Dubai the Capital of Islamic Economy.
”Hence, Dubai Municipality has a major role in setting the Shariah-compliance requirements and regulating the halal industry, while the Esma will grant the mark indicating that the product, service and production system (were) in conformity with the approved requirements,” Lootah said.
“The certification mark was launched as part of the UAE scheme for halal products which will be mandatorily applied as per the resolution No (10) issued by the Federal Cabinet in 2014,” he said.
According to the regulation, the halal certificate is a document certifying that the product, service or their respective schemes are Shariah-compliant.
“This includes halal slaughtering certificates, certificates of establishments, farms, slaughterhouses and facilities classified as ‘halal’ certificates of raw food materials, food additives, ingredients with meat derivatives, extracts, as well as animal gelatine, fats, oils and their derivatives,” he explained.
“It was a nice experience to sit with the industry leaders and decision makers during the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum from which we could share a lot of knowledge and experiences of different countries. We have great hope that Dubai can lead the world of Islamic Economy with the support of its advanced facilities and well developed infrastructure,” Lootah added.