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Sri Lanka is a tiny Island in the northern Indian Ocean, previously known as Ceylon and also known as "the Pearl of the Indian Ocean." It is a diverse county that boasts lush green tropical forests, beautiful colonial architecture and clear, beautiful beaches. It is a historical country that has temples, churches, mosques and other ancient sites to prove it. The country is known for being in the forefront for producing tea, rubber, coconuts and cinnamon. Sri Lanka is also home to some of the most popular destinations in the world, including Kandy and Galle. What makes it one of the most popular destinations among tourists is its diverse community. The little Island is home to a large population of Muslims and therefore Muslim travelers won’t have to search too much to find Halal food and mosques.

Spain is a fun and vibrant destination that has become one of the top destinations for tourists, in the world. Home to exotic islands, high mountains and gushing rivers, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, historical monuments, friendly people and world-renowned food, the county has something for everyone. Some of its popular cities and towns among tourists include; Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Barcelona. Spain has a population of over 2 million Muslims and therefore most of its cities and towns have a sizeable Muslim community that offers Halal-facilities to visiting Muslims.

Italy, the country popular for its boot-like shape, home to the saucy yummy-ness we call spaghetti bolognese, the cheesy goodness; also known as pizza and of course the creamy deliciousness; gelato. The county is also known for its beautiful cities; such as Milan; the country’s fashion capital, Pisa; home to the world-renowned Leaning Tower, Siena, Naples, Venice and of course, one of the most popular tourists destinations in the world; Rome.

More and more Muslims around the world are now venturing out of their comfort zones and traveling to popular countries that tend to offer a small number of Halal-friendly facilities, or even to ones that offer none at all. This rapidly growing Muslim tourist market is said to be worth billions. With that in mind, non-Muslim countries, world-wide are attempting to proceed with the steps and initiatives that will make them more Muslim-friendly, therefore ramping up the number of Muslim tourists.

Halal Food in Singapore – A Gastronomic Journey - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes

Singapore represents the glamour and charm that modern Asia is known for. The country is home to a diverse populace that comprises a melting pot of several cultures and various ethnic groups including Chinese, Malay, Indian and Caucasian communities, making it one of the most religiously and culturally diverse countries in the world. Muslims make up a significant 15% of the total population of 5 million.

Travelling in Spain - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Spain - a country synonymous with good food, art and colorful festivals - is amongst the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Visitors to Spain will soon be enraptured by its vibrance and beauty which emanate from every part of the country. A few famous destinations in Spain have been listed below, with details on what each destination can offer to Muslim travellers.

5 Tips for a productive trip - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes

Trips with the family always mean chaos and the undying notion of unpredictability. Having said that, there is obviously no right way of travelling but there is a productive one. In this day and age, the usage of apps and the internet has surpassed extremely popularity and become almost an obsession. There are apps for pretty much anything under the sun and if used efficiently, they can help save time and money.

In recent years, Facebook has become more than just a means of keeping in touch with loved ones. It is now bringing together people from all around the world who share similar interests, in this case, cooking. The Facebook pages and websites that took part in this year’s competition all have one thing in common; they all share incredible, easy-to-follow, Halal recipes; to the world.  They owe their popularity to their fans and ever so faithful followers who have nothing but great things to say about each and every one of them. Even though most of these Facebook pages and websites are really popular and well known, our aim is to bring even more awareness to them. We want to make them even stronger by spreading their passion for food and cooking.

Crescentrating today released its 2014 Ranking of Halal Friendly Holiday Destinations. Now in the 4th year, this year's ranking tracks 60 destinations. The Muslim Travel market segment was estimated to be worth US $140B in 2013, representing almost 13% of global travel expenditures. An increasing number of destinations are now keen on tapping into this segment and adapting their services to take into account the unique faith-based needs of Muslim travellers.

Top 10 Halal Friendly Holiday Destinations for 2014 in the OIC and non-OIC category

 Top 10 Halal Friendly Destinations 2014 (OIC Destinations)Top 10 Halal Friendly Destinations 2014 (non-OIC Destinations)
1 Malaysia Singapore
2 United Arab Emirates South Africa
3 Turkey Thailand
4 Indonesia United Kingdom
5 Saudi Arabia Bosnia & Herzegovina
6 Morocco India
7 Jordan Hong Kong
8 Qatar Germany
9 Tunesia Australia
10 Egypt Tanzania

In-depth look at the rankings of all 60 destinations are available on here.

The main criteria taken into account in the ranking includes its suitability as a family holiday destination, the level of services and facilities it provides for Muslim travellers and the marketing initiatives of the destination targeting this segment.   

Malaysia continues to hold on to it's top position as the most halal friendly holiday destination, followed by United Arab Emirates and Turkey in the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) destinations. Indonesia has moved up to 4th position. Indonesia has launched number of initiatives in the past 12 months to focus on this segment. Singapore leads the list in non-OIC category for the 2nd year.

Japan has made the most improvement among the 60 destinations tracked. Japan released a travel guide for Muslim travellers last year. Recently some of the airports in Japan have also taken steps to improve their services by offering Halal food and prayer rooms. 

In 2013 Crescentrating’s Rankings included 50 destinations. This year it has added 10 more destinations. It also releases Annual ranking of Airports and Shopping destinations. 

About Crescentrating

Crescentrating Pte Ltd, a Singapore based company, is the pioneer and world’s leading authority on Halal Travel. Its vision is to enable Muslim travellers to explore the world with peace of mind by leading the growth of the Halal Travel segment to benefit travellers, travel service providers and the community as a whole. Crescentrating.com, HalalTrip.com and it’s mobile application Crescent Trips brings a full portfolio of world leading products to ensure a hassle free Halal Travel experience, whether you are travelling for leisure or business

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Released on 18th February 2014

Crescentrating's Halal Friendly Travel (CRaHFT) Ranking 2014

Top Halal Friendly Holiday Destinations for 2014

For the 4th year, we are excited to announce Crescentrating's 2014 Ranking of Halal friendly holiday destinations. As it has been for the last 4 years, the destinations ranked in two categories; OIC and non-OIC destinations.

The main criteria taken into account in the ranking includes its suitability as a family holiday destination, the level of services and facilities it provides for Muslim travelers and the marketing initiatives of the destination targeting this segment.    

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Morocco Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Rabat

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Casablanca

GEOGRAPHY

A mountainous North African country sharing boarders with Algeria, Mauritania and Spain Morocco owns a land area of 446,550km² and a coastline closer to 1835 km's.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 32.5 Million. Muslims account for about 99% of the population.

CLIMATE

At morocco Temperature ranges based on the season, Summer average will be around 38°C (100.4°F) While winter average temperature will come down to 21°C (69.8°F). In mountainous areas like Atlas range tend to have minus values throughout most of the year. Northern Morocco experience Rain and a wet season during winter while certain areas at south will be cold and dry.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Arabic and Amazigh are the two official languages. French ,Spanish and Engllish are considerd the main foreign languages.

LOCAL TIME

GMT +0:00

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
General: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM

HOLIDAYS
New year's Day : January 1st
Proclamation of Independence : January 11th
Labour Day : May 1st
Enthronement : July 30th
Qued Ed-Dahab Day : Augest 14th
Revolution of the king and the people : Augest 20th
Green March : November 6th
Independence Day : November 18th

Based on the lunar calandar:
Muharram 1st
Birth of the Prophet  Muhammad
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha

CURRENCY

Moroccan Dirham

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police: 117
Medical/Fire: 15

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