The fourth Halal Expo Australia was held on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February 2018 at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney showcasing a large number of trade shows displaying their halal products and services.

The expo was opened by the Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed and the parallel Halal Conference was addressed by a number of local and international experts in halal industry as well as Mr Ray Williams, NSW Minister for Multiculturalism.

First started in 2015 at Fairfield Showground in Western Sydney, at the peak of the anti-halal movement by a small minority of racists and bigots, the Halal Expo Australia has grown into a highly successful international yearly iconic event.

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The Halal Expo organising team led by Mr Syed Atiq ul Hasan, an award winning journalist, community worker and event organiser  persevered against all opposition by anti-halal bigots and remained steadfast in promoting and showcasing halal concepts in Australia.

Mr Hassan, using his skills of networking, outreach and inclusive approach has brought together a diverse range of sponsors, local and international, halal experts, businesses engaged in halal products and services over the short span of three years to develop the expo into an iconic mega-event.

The Halal Expo Australia 2018 included halal trade shows covering a variety   of Halal Products & Services from Food & Beverage; Finance, Investment & Banking; Arts & Culture; Fashion, Cosmetics & Accessories; Beauty & Health Products; Lifestyle & Wellness; Pharmaceutical & Herbal Products to Building Private & Commercial Projects; Travel, Tourism & Hospitality; Innovation & Technology; Education, Research & Development.

Parallel to the trade show, a 2-Day International Halal Conference (IHC) was held providing a unique opportunity for the local and overseas Halal industry players, Halal certification bodies, Islamic leaders, interfaith dialogue leaders, and the representatives of the Government departments to meet, speak and seek consensual resolutions on critical issues related to Halal industry in ethical, professional and harmonious relations.

The event included awards to expo partners namely Human Appeal Australia, Government of Indonesia, Australian National Imam’s Council, gold sponsors including Hejaz Financial Services, AFIC Halal Authority, Sydney Alliance, Ria, ITPC Sydney and many more.

Awards were also presented to the Halal Expo Australia 2018 Media partners Mr Abdullah Yuosuf, Editor-in-Chief of Bangladeshi Newspaper Suprovat as well as to Mr Zia Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief  of AMUST.

An updated detailed report of The Halal Expo Australia 2018 together with a photo collage will be published in the March issue of AMUST.

PHOTOS BY MEHAR JAHAN AHMAD