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Muslims in Turkey are preparing for the annual Haji pilgrimage coming up in October this year. The first group of pilgrims are set to depart on the 1st of September and will see a dry run of hajj rites. A special ceremony will see off the pilgrims at the Esenboğa airport in Ankara.

For the full article and more information, please visit: 
http://www.dailysabah.com/nation/2014/08/29/turkeys-muslims-set-to-begin-hajj-journey

Midlands businesses in the United Kingdom providing services and products to Muslims are being encouraged to adopt measures and strategies that are in line with specific Halal requirements. 

With the number of Muslim tourists visiting the United Kingdom on the rise, industry experts believe that tapping into the global Halal tourism boom could be worth millions for UK companies and also provide more opportunities for companies to conduct business on an international level

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/westmidlands/news/661038-midlands-businesses-urged-to-tap-into-halal-tourism-boom.html?news_section=273986

Malaysia - one of the best destinations for Muslim travellers - is expected to become the world's Halal hub by the year 2020.

As of March 2014, around 4,500 companies in Malaysia have obtained Halal certification - a 35.5% increase from last year. The country's strong involvement in the Halal industry is believed to have a big impact on the national economy.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/malaysia-set-to-become-global-halal-hub-by-2020 

The Muslim population is the fastest growing population in the world and also rising is their education levels, purchasing power and standard of living. This is causing changes in their lifestyles and increasing demand for better quality products and services. The change in their economic power has significant impact on global tourism as this group of more educated and affluent segment of the Muslim population are not only spending  more on better quality products, they are also spending more on travel, in recent times.

This makes the Muslim travel market one of the fastest growing niche travel market in the world and it is therefore a significant part of the entire global travel market. This fast growing global Muslim travel market has captured the attention of most countries around the world. Famous tourist destinations can now be seen offering better facilities as well as launching campaigns to attract more and more Muslim travelers from around the world.

Front-line staff in any industry play an important role in the success of a business, including that of the travel, tourism and the hospitality trade. The interaction they have with the holiday maker can be crucial in making or breaking the holiday experience of the tourist. Although the product itself is very important, for most tourists the quality of the experience is of utmost importance.

With an increased number of international travelers of various ethnicity visiting countries for a number of reasons, the importance of awareness of different cultures and faiths and the ability and skill of the front-line staff in dealing with each and all of their unique needs are becoming increasingly important components of guest satisfaction and service. Front-line service staff need to be able to anticipate and read guests needs and they also need to be able to interact with guests from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds on a daily basis.

The construction of a new three-story Islamic Centre in north Dublin is set to commence later this year. Valued at $50 million, the centre was approved by the Dublin City Council and will feature a mosque, school as well as an event space. Upon completion, the mosque will be able to accommodate up to 3,000 people, making it the largest mosque in Ireland.

Islam is the fastest-growing religion in Ireland, with the Muslim population in Ireland is projected to increase to around 125,000 over the next few years. 

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.ozy.com/acumen/the-growth-of-islam-in-ireland/32914.article

In an effort to promote Halal tourism in the country, Japan is planning to increase its Halal food exports to Muslim countries in South East Asia as well as countries in the Middle East. Major food companies in Japan are taking steps to include Halal products in their product range.

Japanese firms in the fields of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and finance are also planning to expand their product range in order to cater to the Halal industry. By taking such steps, Japan hopes to see a growing demand from the Muslim world for Japanese products with Halal certification.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.gulf-times.com/eco.-bus.%20news/256/details/404377/japan-enters-global-halal-market-with-food-exports,-muslim-tourism 

Malaysia – the top-ranked destination for Muslim travellers – has always been a prominent centre for Muslim Travelers. With the country's population comprising over 60% Muslims, Malaysia's tourism policy stands on ensuring a hassle-free travel experience for all Muslim travellers and to offer them an environment which is in line with their lifestyles.

Malaysia has been a frontrunner in the Halal industry for a very long time. It was one of the first countries to realize the potential of Muslim tourism and responded to it quickly by enhancing and upgrading the facilities and services offered by them to Muslim travellers so that they were in accordance with their religious beliefs.

Japan is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Muslim travellers. In a bid to attract larger numbers of Muslim travellers, Japan is restructuring its tourist industry in order to better serve the specific needs of Muslims.

The importance of the Muslim travel market segment is being realised by numerous countries around the world, with many deciding to embrace Halal tourism. One such country is Japan. Japan was visited by over 300,000 Muslim travellers in 2013 and visitor numbers are expected to soar to over a million yearly Muslim visitors by the year 2020. A large majority of visits come from South East Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore and account for around 65% of all Muslim visitors to Japan.

LiveCheapr Inc's second annual Chicago Halal Food Festival will be held on October 25th from 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. and on October 26th from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the UIC Forum in Chicago. Tickets will be priced at $7 for adults while children below the age of 5 may enter free-of-charge.

The family-friendly festival offers a wide range of Halal food from various Halal restaurants in the area and also includes several other Halal products and services. The festival aims to bring families and friends together to enjoy Chicago's finest Halal food and is expected to receive over 10,000 attendees.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/livecheapr-inc-announces-2nd-annual-chicago-halal-food-festival-1937993.htm

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    Belgium is home to over thousands of chateaus, castles or palaces.

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Belgium Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Brussels

 

GEOGRAPHY

Situated in the North Europe, Belgium is surrounded by the boarders of France, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and boarders the north sea. Belgium has an area of 30,527 sq Kilometres.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 11 Million. Muslims account for about 6% of the population.

CLIMATE

Influanced by the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean Belgium has a temperate maritime climate like most of Northwest Europe. The average temp in the country is Aprox 9.8C (50F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Belgium uses three official languages : Dutch, French and German

LOCAL TIME

GMT +1 hr.

BUSINESS HOURS
General: 10 AM to 6 PM

HOLIDAYS
New Year's Day: January 1st
Labour Day : May 1st
National Holiday: July 21st
Assumption of Mary : Augest 15th
All Saints : November 1st
Armistice Day : November 11th
Christmas : December 25th

CURRENCY

Euro

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/Medical/Fire: 112

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