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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

With the growth of the Muslim travel market, tour operators and guides too need to have a thorough understanding of the special needs of Muslim guests in order to effectively attract and provide them with better services. Understanding the preferences and their nuances will help these tour guides provide a better service to this segment of travelers.

Starting any business can be a huge challenge and running a restaurant is one of the most challenging of all, yet it can also be one of the most rewarding and satisfying businesses in the world. Most restaurant owners are asking the question why they need to have halal food in their restaurant and the answer is that it helps them optimize the number of customers they serve and therefore it results in increased revenue.

The Muslim population is the fastest growing population in the world and since most countries have at least a small Muslim community it would definitely be smart to have halal options on the menu in order to draw this specific group of customers. Restaurateurs are starting to realize that catering to the demand of Halal food advantageous to all. 

The Muslim travel market is being treated as a growth market asset class by an increasing number of countries around the world. Several countries are implementing steps that enable them to better-accommodate Muslim travellers. Japan is one such country and has been setting up Halal restaurants, prayer facilities and other important preconditions required by Muslim travellers.

With the Muslim travel market being amongst the highest-spending travel markets in the world, countries are expected to see a rise in tourism revenue following the expansion of Halal tourism.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://expo-halal-international.com/web/exploring-the-100-billion-plus-muslim-travel-market/

Having been named a destination for the "best and most affordable healthcare" by International Living magazine, Malaysia is quickly becoming a popular destinations in South Asia for Halal medical tourism.

Though it is a relatively new player in the market, Malaysia's high quality care, lower costs and shorter recovery time have resulted in the number of foreign travellers seeking medical care in Malaysia to double to around 770,000 within the span of five years.

With use of the halal treatments, Malaysia expects a larger share of the Muslim market. By offering patients Halal options such as gelatin-free and porcine-free products, Malaysia aims to reach out to Halal-conscious patients by offering them a medical alternative.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://news.yahoo.com/malaysia-tries-parlay-appeal-muslim-visitors-medical-tourism-211718777.html

The city of Chiba aims to earn the title of being the Muslim-friendly centre of Japan and hopes to attract more Muslim travellers in the future.

Local businesses in a range of fields and sectors are being encouraged by the municipal government to become more Muslim-friendly and are being told to implement steps that enable them to better serve Muslim travellers. 

Chiba is presently a popular tourist destination and sees a growing number of Southeast Asian travellers to the city. 

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.eat-halal.com/city-of-chiba-aims-to-be-japans-muslim-friendly-center/

Why is the availability of prayer facilities so important to Muslim travelers? - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Prayer is the method of worship and the main connection of man to Allah (God) and is considered to be the most important obligation and duty of a Muslim. Abandoning prayer is considered to be a major sin that a Muslim can commit. Every Muslim is expected to pray five times a day and not praying is not an option. However Muslims do have the option of shortening and combining prayers when travelling. 

Many hotels and restaurants around the world offer Ramadhan buffets to guests during the holy month of fasting. However, several of these premises are known to serve non-halal products and the question arises as to how genuinely Halal their Ramadhan buffets are.

Several Muslim scholars in Malaysia are pressing the need for such premises to obtain Halal certification in order to ensure that food being served comply with Halal rules and regulations. Ramadhan buffet promotions that are not in accordance to Halal standards have resulted in strict legal action being taken against them.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.malaysiandigest.com/frontpage/282-main-tile/508573-how-halal-are-ramadan-buffets.html

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Iran Info

ADMINISTRATIVE / COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Tehran

GEOGRAPHY

Iran is a Middle Eastern country situated on the south of the Caspian Sea and north of the Persian Gulf.It shares borders with Iraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 75.3 Million. Muslims account for about 98% of the population.

CLIMATE

The climate in Iran varies depending on the regions. In the northwest, summers are dry and hot and winters are cold with heavy snowfall. In the south, winters are mild and the summers are very hot.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Persian is the official language. Luri, Gilaki and Mazandarani are widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+3 1/2 hrs
Summer: +4 1/2 hrs

BUSINESS HOURS

General: 8 AM to 4 PM
(Saturday to Wednesday are the working days of the week. Thursday & Friday are considered as weekends)


HOLIDAYS

Iranian Revolution Day: February 11th
Navruz (Persian New Yeear): March 21st
Nationalisation of Oil Industry Day: March 20th

Muslim Festivals (Based on the lunar calandar):
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha
Ashura

CURRENCY

Iranian Riyal

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 110
Medical: 115
Fire: 125

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