Halal food and lifestyle sector expenditure to reach $3trn by 2021

For the fourth consecutive year, Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, in partnership with the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), and in collaboration with DinarStandard present the key findings from the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report (SGIE) and introduce the Global Islamic Economy Indicator (GIEI) 2016/2017.  The key findings from the latest edition of this seminal Islamic economy report and the new indicator has been released in an exclusive seminar in DIFC Conference Centre, Dubai, UAE on October 3rd in the presence of key market players and professionals.
This report is being released in the lead up to the Global Islamic Economy Summit 2016 (GIES), set to take place on October 11th and 12th at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. GIES, the Middle East’s premier forum on the Islamic economy, is being organised by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, with Thomson Reuters serving as a strategic partner.
The Islamic Economy continues to evolve, driven by young Muslims asserting their values, and requiring companies to provide products and services that meet their faith-based needs and no longer being considered niche segments in the global economy. The Islamic Economy estimated to be worth $1.9 trillion and Islamic Finance sector has around $2 trillion in assets in 2015.
Commissioned and supported by Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre in partnership with Thomson Reuters, the seminar will feature key market leaders’ outlook on Islamic sectors and the launch of the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report (SGIE 2016). The report provides an overview on a number of emerging trends across different sectors of the Islamic economy, including the Halal food sector, Islamic finance, halal lifestyle, Islamic education and healthcare. In addition, the report also highlights key local and global findings of the Global Islamic Economy Indicator (GIEI), a numeric measure representing the overall health and growth of the Islamic economy across 73 countries. Malaysia, UAE and Bahrain lead the GIEI indicator and Islamic economy markets in 2016.
In a first for this Report, 172 industry leaders were surveyed on their sector’s performance. Businesses confirm that the aggregate Islamic Economy is a high-growth segment, with 69 percent considering sector performance to be good or excellent for them, and 86 percent of respondents either optimistic or very optimistic about future prospects. Another initiative for this Report series has been the millennial consumers’ sentiment covering Islamic economy using social media data analysis. From nearly half a million interactions analyzed, 76 percent of sentiments were positive.
This Report estimates global Muslim spend across sectors at over $1.9 trillion in 2015, while the Islamic Finance sector has around $2 trillion in assets. Food and beverage tops Muslim spend by category, at $1.17 trillion in 2015, followed by clothing and apparel at $243 billion, media and recreation at $189 billion, travel at $151 billion, and spending on pharmaceuticals and cosmetics at $78 billion. And another first in this report, we have estimated the revenue generated by Halal Certified Food and Beverage companies world-wide to be at $415 billion.
Halal Food, the largest Islamic Economy Pillar by revenue has shown clear signs of maturity with increased private equity investments in the sector. Upgrades in regulations are also occurring, with the introduction of accreditation to oversee certifiers set to reduce complexity and encourage more players to enter the Halal Food industry. Muslim spend on food and beverages expected to reach $1.9 trillion by 2021.
The Islamic Finance sector has shown robust growth and increasing sophistication. This has been coupled by the emergence of crowdfunding and platforms. While the sector has been held back by a lack of awareness of Islamic Finance product offerings, there is considerable opportunity for sector growth to reach $3.3 trillion by 2021.
Halal travel continues to broaden its reach with tremendous growth in Halal beach resorts, the launch of several dedicated airlines and the launch of the Muslim answer to Airbnb, Bookhalalhomes, and TripAdvisor, Tripfez. While Halal Travel is a niche sector building momentum, it is expected to grow with Muslim spend on outbound travel expected to reach $243 billion by 2021.
Modest Fashion is gaining mainstream interest with several retailers and brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Uniqlo and Burberry entering the industry and several notable investments driving the sector forward. As the sector gains traction, spend on Modest Fashion is projected to reach $368 billion by 2021.
The Halal Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics sector continues to expand as awareness about ingredients rises and new product development, such as permeable nail polish, the development of Halal vaccines and new ranges of nutraceuticals. Muslim spend on Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics products is expected to reach $213 billion by 2021 in aggregate.
Halal Media and recreation is driving a positive reinforcement of Muslims, as new genres are addressed, Muslim spend is expected to reach $262 billion by 2021.
Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman, Dubai Chamber and Board Member of the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, said: “The Islamic economy continues to mature, growing more complex and more stable each passing year. The sector is proving itself to be one of the most viable solutions to the stagnation that is plaguing global markets. This is where the Global Islamic Economy Summit can play a productive role, gathering decision makers and key stakeholders in one high-profile event to exchange knowledge and insights, enabling them to synergistically work together to drive the sector forward and achieve sustainable economic growth.”
He added: “The State of the Global Islamic Economy Report (SGIE) puts matters into perspective, proving, with numbers, the staggering growth and immense potential of the Islamic economy.”
Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, said: “For the fourth consecutive year, the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report presents new facts that further strengthen our conviction in Islamic economy’s ethical and regulatory framework and its ability to drive global economic growth”
Al Awar added: “A core challenge for the Islamic economy is the need to motivate more Muslims across the globe, especially the youth, to participate in developing this ecosystem and play an integral role in the production process. In doing so, Muslims can transform from being the largest consumer base in the world to a sizeable production base capable of achieving a more sustainable future.”
Nadim Najjar, Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa, Thomson Reuters said, “Islamic Economy is one of the fastest growing tranches of the global economy. The convergence between the Islamic economic sectors is strongly expected to enhance the Islamic economy space going forward. This annual report is now a point of reference for professionals and industry players looking at the current and forecasted trends in this area.”

Dubai Gazette