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The Maldive Islands or more commonly known as Maldives has always been knows as a romantic getaway for honeymooners. With over a 100 remote, ‘resort islands’, Maldives offers a private and personalized holiday like no other. It is home to picturesque, secluded beaches, incredibly fresh seafood, crystal clear lagoons, friendly people and a number of exhilarating water sports; making it a perfect destination to unwind and relax, and to have some fun. Individuals come from all over the world to dive in the clear, warm water found in Maldives. The reefs found here are exquisite and visitors get the chance to observe thousands of fish species, as well as other underwater creatures in their own habitat.

There are also several islands to explore, and excursions to inhabited islands are quite popular. For those seeking relaxation, Maldives is a natural spa. With breathtaking views and deserted beaches to relax on, tourists looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city will absolutely love Maldives. Visitors also get the change to indulge in world-class Maldivian spa treatments offered at pretty much every resort in the Maldives.

Japan Halal Expo 2014 - a major halal-themed international expo - will be held in Chiba Prefecture in November, in response to the recent increase in Muslim tourists to Japan.

The Halal food expo will be held on two days - on the 26th and 27th of November - at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba with the aim of promoting awareness on Halal food and the latest trends and patterns of the Muslim travel market. Japan-based Muslims at the expo will also be given the opportunity to provide feedback on whether Japan is a Muslim-friendly country.

Japan has seen an increased number of visits from Muslim travellers over the past year due to visa relaxations and further measures implemented by Japan to make the country more Muslim-friendly. The number of Muslim travellers to Japan is expected to reach one million by 2020.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/25/national/major-halal-food-expo-planned-help-make-japan-friendly-muslim-tourists/#.VCjQxfmSxv5

Halal Japanese Food Becoming More Accessible to Tourists - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Authentic Japanese cuisine - also known as Washoku - is becoming increasingly available for Muslim tourists in Japan. The Malaysia Halal Corporation has been actively involved in providing Halal certification for various restaurants and eateries.

Narita Airport in Tokyo already offers two Halal outlets - Kineyamugimaru Restaurant and Agetatenoaji, Tentei - which are popular Muslim-friendly restaurants located on 5th floor of the center of T1 and 4th floor of T2 respectively. The airport also houses the Narita Airport Rest House which is a Muslim-friendly hotel given a rating of 4 by CrescentRating. More hotels in Japan - such as Hotel Granvia Kyoto which has been given a rating of 3 by CrescentRating - are also providing Halal menus and Halal-certified kitchens amongst other facilities in a bid to attract more Muslim guests.

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

Halal tourism on the rise in Central England - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

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 to Become the World's Halal Hub by 2020 - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

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 Halal Monitoring Committee is an independent, non-profit, charity organisation (Charity No. 1147462) based in the United Kingdom. Its aim is to ensure and certify the authenticity of Halal food production by adhering to both UK Food Production Laws and Islamic dietary compliance laws.

The Halal Monitoring Committee certifies the products of Halal food producers and suppliers in order to assure the Muslim community that their food products comply with all Halal standards. Animal welfare, food safety and hygiene standards are all promoted by the Halal Monitoring Committee while ensuring that they fall in line with the UK Law and Islamic principles.

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

Cambodia Info

COMMERCIAL/ ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Phnom Penh

GEOGRAPHY

Has an area of 181,035 square kilometers and lies entirely within the tropics.It has a 443 kilometer coastline along the Gulf of Thailand.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 14,000,000. Muslims account for about 1.6% of the population

CLIMATE

Cambodia is dominated by monssons. The temperature ranges from 21° C to 35° C. Tropical and warm.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Khmer is the official language.

LOCAL TIME

UTC+7

BUSINESS HOURS

Government/General Offices: 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM and again from 2 PM to 5PM (Monday to Friday)

HOLIDAYS

New Years: January 1st
Victory Day: January 7th
Khmer New Year: April 14th - 16th
Labour Day: May 1st
King Sihamoni's Birthday: May 13th - 15th
Queen Mother's Birthday: June 18th
Constitution Day: September 24th
Pchum Ben Festival: September 26th
King Father's Birthday: October 31st
Independence Day: November 9th
Mourning Day: November 25th

Dates on the following holidays vary:
Meak Bochea
Visaka Bochea
Royal Ploughing Ceremony

CURRENCY

KHR Riel, United States Dollar

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 117
Medical/ Ambulance: 119
Fire: 118

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