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An increasing number of new internet ventures are looking to focus on the global Muslim market in a wide range of areas including food, tourism, fashion and credit cards. By doing so, they hope to cater to growing number of Muslims who wish to ensure that more areas of their consumption are religiously permissible.

This trend is believed to appear partly due to the rise in income in majority-Muslim areas of the Gulf and southeast Asia, as well as to expanding choices for consumers.

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It is to cater to Muslim travellers travelling along the main highway, State Highway 1, North Island, New Zealand. Currently, it is the highest mosque in New Zealand, standing at 440m above sea level, located on the mountains. The mosque also has a kitchen that allows tourists to cook or prepare their own halal meal. 




Participation Finance/Banking (Rushdi Siddiqui) / 14 December 2014
Innovation is key for MasterCard in developing best-in-class Islamic payment products and solutions

An informative conversation with the man behind MasterCard’s burgeoning presence in the Muslim lifestyle market, Safdar Khan, group country manager for Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei; and group head of Islamic payments for Southeast Asia at MasterCard.

How did you become MasterCard’s group country manager for Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei; and group head of Islamic payments for Southeast Asia?

The eight years in MasterCard involved developing, positioning and strengthening relationships with financial institutions and merchants with businesses in South Asia, Middle East and Africa regions. In mid-2013, I was tasked to head operations in Malaysia and Brunei. With the expansion of my role in October this year, I will be responsible for leading MasterCard’s advancement in Islamic payments at a crucial time ahead of the establishment of the Asean Economic Community in 2015.

With Muslim-friendly tourism on the rise in Europe, Halal-conscious travellers are now looking beyond Muslim countries for travel options. France has become the most-sought-after destination in Europe, followed by England and Italy.

The United Kingdom has been named the best Halal-friendly destination by CrescentRating and many hotels across Europe are now starting to catch up with large chains like U.K.-based Millennium & Copthorne Hotels in order to cater to Muslim travellers. Germany and Switzerland are the chosen destinations for business or medical trips, while the island of Gozo in Malta is one of the most popular European beach destinations.

Sonesta Hotel El Olivar: Peru's Luxury Muslim-friendly Hotel - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote


Peru's first ever hotel to be awarded Muslim-friendly accreditation by CrescentRating - Sonesta Hotel El Olivar - is a five-star luxury hotel in Lima - the vibrant capital of the country. Given a rating of 5 by CrescentRating based on the facilities and services it provides Muslim guests, Sonesta Hotel El Olivar is an excellent Muslim-friendly hotel for travellers in Lima.

More Hotels with CrescentRating of 7 will further enhance the experience of Muslim travellers to Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur – 11th November 2014 – PNB Darby Park Executive Suites was awarded a Muslim-friendly rating of 7 by CrescentRating – it’s highest rating for Hotels which signifies that the hotel specialises in catering to Halal/Muslim-friendly requirements.

Located in Malaysia's business and shopping district of Kuala Lumpur, the PNB Darby Park Executive Suites is a 4-star serviced apartment hotel, which is popular amongst both business travellers and leisure travellers. The serviced apartment hotel has been increasing focussing on adding services and facilities to cater to Muslim guests.


Sonesta Hotel El Olivar - a luxury five-star hotel located in the heart of the San Isidro district of Lima, recently became the first hotel in Peru to be awarded Muslim-friendly accreditation by CrescentRating. Sonesta Hotel El Olivar, which has 134 luxurious guest rooms, was awarded a Muslim-friendly rating of five-out of a possible maximum of seven - based on the facilities it provides Muslim guests and its overall Muslim-friendliness.

A sales transaction of RM 500,000 has been recorded at the Johor Halal Tourism Fair 2014, held at Plaza Angsana in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The three-day Halal Tourism Fair held on the 28th, 29th and 30th of November saw the participation of 45 tourist agencies and received a total of over 60,000 domestic and foreign visitors.

Industry experts expect to see a continuous increase in the expansion of the state's Halal tourism industry and the state government is looking to intensify its efforts to attract more Muslim tourists to Johor - particularly from Indonesia, China, Dubai and India.

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Hungary Guide

Hungary Info



One of the thirty most popular tourist destinations in the world Hungary is located in the central Europe and is a landlocked country. The country owns an area of 93,030 km².


A population of close to 10 Million. Muslims account for about 0.5% of the population.


Hungary owns a continental climate. Average yearly temperature is close to 10C and the average maximum during summer is between 23°C to 28°C while the winter average is between -3°C and -7°C.


Hungarian is the official language. English and German are the most widely spoken foreigh languages.


GMT+1 hrs.
GMT+2 hrs Daylight Saving.


Banks: 8 AM to 2 PM
General: 8 AM to 5 PM

New Year's Day : January 1st
National Day: March 15th
Labour Day: May 1st
Christmas Eve: December 24th
Christmas Day: December 25th


Hungarian Forint


Police/Medical/Fire: 112

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