THEUAE has ranked first in the global assessment of travel destinations with the best developed Halal ecosystems, according to the 2016-2017 Global Islamic Economy Report, developed and produced by Thomson Reuters.
HALALcruises will be Turkey's booming tourism offering in 2017 with ships sailing along the Danube River, the Nile and the Rhine River, exclusively serving religiously observant Muslims.
Arabian Travel Market (ATM) will host the first ATM Global Halal Tourism Summit in 2017 as part of its line-up of special focus events.
MUSLIM WOMEN are the decision-makers when it comes to halal tourism. That’s one of the highlights from the Halal Travel 2016 report.
The study, commissioned by travel technology company Amadeus, revealed that women play an influential role in the travel decision-making process and planning. They have a key role in destination choice.
BANGKOK:Thailand’s first halal hotel, Al Meroz Hotel, was opened at the beginning of 2016.
Hotel accommodations, dining and leisure facilities have been specially created for Muslims. “All meals in our restaurants are halal certified and the hotel is non-alcoholic,” CEO Rausak Mulsap said.
The property features 242 rooms and suites, three restaurants, a large outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium and meeting rooms.
Ottomans introduced Islam to the Balkans at a large scale in the mid 15th century. The majority of Bosnians embraced Islam under the 400-year rule of the Ottomans.
HALAL tourism looks set to become a key component of wider sector growth in the Philippines, as the government moves to support the segment’s development through a major investment drive. The halal tourism market is projected to be worth $238bn by 2019, up from around $145bn in 2014.
The Philippines has sharpened its focus on tourism in recent years. The country welcomed 5.4m visitors in 2015, up 11% on the previous year’s figures. Approximately 566,000, or 10.5% of arrivals, hailed from countries with a significant Muslim population, according to data issued by the Department of Tourism (DoT) in February.
ABU DHABI: The UAE has been missing out on a huge opportunity in the burgeoning halal tourism market, which is growing at double the rate of conventional tourism, according to an industry specialist.
“Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah are part of a hugely strong brand – the UAE – but they offer very little for halal tourists,” Elnur Seyidli, the chairman of HalalBooking.com, told the World Halal Travel Summit in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
QATAR used to be a Christian Kingdom. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ sent the following letter in 7AH (see image) to King Almunthir ibn Sawi, the ruler of Qatar (which was part of the Kingdom of Bahrain, including Kuwait, Oman, UAE and Eastern Saudi):
“In the name of Allah the Most Merciful. From Muhammad the messenger of Allah to Almunthir ibn Sawi, Salamu Alaik.
OUR second day at Istanbul (during our visit in the end of December) brought sunny skies along with heavy winds. Despite the warmth of the sun, the weather remained just as chilly, and still required a three-layered ensemble with gloves and scarves. The weather was pleasant enough to wander around and take a good long look at our surroundings, which consisted of a beautiful garden that had to be crossed before making our way to the docks.
A Walk in the Garden
Travelling has always been one of my hearts biggest desires. I yearn to explore the world, revel in different cultures, observe the differences of each country from the one I call home, and the one I was born in.
Travelling, however was not something I had easy access to. Due to a menagerie of reasons, my escapades were limited to my home country - which I would visit every year, and the country I called home for the remainder of the year. My heart still ached to traverse outside of these limitations.
Two decades later, however, Allah granted my yearnings, and I was to travel to Turkey on the 20th of December for a week-long stay, and I couldn't be happier.