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The Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels is an expansive public park is the European Quarter of Brussels. The park was originally built as part of the military exercising ground outside the city center. Today the original pavilions have been replaced by the Triumphal Arch, which was designed by the French architect Charles Girault. The arch is built on a bronze structure of raising of the Belgium flag.

A historic Roman city, Bath is one of the most beautiful cities of England.

Filled with spectacular architecture and Georgian streets, Bath has been classified as a World Heritage City. The area was captivated by Romans over 2,000 years ago when the region was a huge green valley with flowing hot springs. 400 years later, Romans left the area; however the baths and temple complexes are still in the city and are one of the most visited attractions in the city.

Celebrate Ramadan at the Tilal Liwa Hotel - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Celebrate Ramadan at the Tilal Liwa Hotel in Abu Dhabi! Sumptuous Ramadan promotions are available at the Al Badiya Restaurant and the Al Liwan Ramadan Cafe. You can find a variety of Arabic sweets and savouries, and various other dishes, along with fresh fruit drinks and coffee. Celebrate the true essence of Arabia with Tilal Liwa Hotel.

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August 3rd, 2011

Marina Mandarin Singapore gets upgraded to a Crescentrating 5 after receiving Halal Certification from MUIS

The Marina Mandarin Singapore Hotel has been upgraded to a Crescentrating of 5 considering the recent Halal certification of all the food stations including the central kitchen at their renowned restaurant, AquaMarine.

The Marina Mandarin Hotel, a 5-star luxury hotel located in the heart of the Marina Bay area, has recently received Halal certification for all the food stations including the central kitchen of AquaMarine from the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS).

Enjoy the special Ramadan promotion at the Ambassador Hotel in Bangkok! Offering you the best foods and great service, the Am Cafe is bound to make your meal memorable. The menu for the Ramadan season has been selected especially to suit the needs of all Muslim guests.


The last few months has seen Azhar, Shahnaz, Zulkifl and Inaam joining Crescentrating. Young and dynamic, they will Insha Allah help make Crescentrating's aggressive plans of launching new services and products a reality. All of them are passionately committed to making it easier for Muslim's travelers to explore the world with peace of mind.

Rushdi Siddiqui is the Global Head of Islamic Finance and OIC Countries at Thomson Reuters (TR). In this role, Mr. Siddiqui's mandate is to address the pre-trade work flow information for variety of Islamic asset classes, build-out the Islamic Treasury and Transaction platform for multiple price discovery and liquidity, undertake initiatives for Islamic fixings and benchmarks. He works closely with Islamic finance stakeholders, Halal industry, and the OIC countries.

The Islamic finance team successfully launched the Islamic Finance Gateway (IFG), the world's first platform that addresses the work flow in IF across multiple asset classes. The IFG won the International Islamic Finance Forum (IIFF, May 2010) Award for ‘Contribution to Innovation in Islamic Finance.' The IFG won the Markets Award of Excellence at Thomson Reuters.

Rushdi recently received an award at the 2nd Sri Lanka Islamic Banking & Finance Conference for Contribution to Islamic Banking in Sri Lanka (2010). Mr Siddiqui conceived the concept which led to the launch of the 1st SAMI (Socially Acceptable Market Investments) Halal Food Index and SAMI Halal Food Participation Index which presented Halal Investments as an asset class.

Mr. Siddiqui joined Thomson Reuters from Dow Jones, where he was global director for their Islamic Market Indices. Over his 10 years there, Mr. Siddiqui led the entry and expansion of the Dow Jones Indexes into Islamic finance, resulting in numerous awards from leading finance organizations and media outlets. Mr. Siddiqui has considerable experience in the financial markets, having worked at a Wall Street investment bank and commercial bank in the 1990s.

Mr. Siddiqui has authored a number of white papers and articles on Islamic indexes for publications including WIEF, ABANA Review, CPI Financial, the Chicago Journal of International Law, Euromoney, writes fortnightly for Gulf News, and is a a frequent speaker at industry events hosted by Harvard, Columbia Business School, London Business School, Oxford, the Economist, Islamic Development Bank, Bahrain's BIBF, Malaysia's INCEIF, IIUM and MIFC, IIRME (Dubai).

Mr. Siddiqui holds a JD from Albany Law School of Union University, an MBA in international business from Baruch College, and a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing from New York University.


Farook Kassim is a Harvard alumni and a successful Dubai-based entrepreneur with an international network of business interests. He is the Founder and Managing Director of al bogari Holdings.

al bogari Holdings is an innovative, trading and investment firm. Established in 1974 the firm has been characterized by strong, consistent, year-on-year growth and is ranked as one of the world's largest dates fruit traders. al bogari Holdings' commercial interest has since evolved into 3 principal businesses: al bogari Commodities, a niche trader of agricultural commodities; al bogari Capital, a private investment arm that invests in private equity, public equity markets and other Sharia-compliant products, and al bogari Islamic Gold, a Sharia-complaint precious metals trading firm.

Headquartered out of its offices in Dubai, al bogari Holdings taps into a diverse international network that provides access to both opportunities and resources.

Farook is also the head of Dubai Food Group; board member of World Memon Organization (Middle East) since it's inception in 2001; director of Albaraka Bank (South Africa) and Expolanka Holdings Ltd.


Fazal Bahardeen is the Founder of Crescentrating, setting up the world's first Travel portal dedicated to the Halal conscious travelers and launched its' Rating (Crescentrating) system to rate travel and tourism services for their Halal friendliness.

Prior to this, he was with Alcatel-Lucent where he held senior management roles based in Europe and Asia. During this period, he also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Alcatel-Fujitsu Joint venture for 3G technology and was a member of Alcatel University Asia Pacific International Branch Advisory Board.

Pioneer in the development of the “Halal Friendly Travel” sector, he has spoken at many international conferences and has been quoted and interviewed extensively in the media worldwide. He also has conducted exclusive workshops for the travel industry players in a number of countries on how to cater to the growing segment of Muslim travellers.

Fazal completed the Executive Program from Stanford University & National University of Singapore, Strategic Leadership Development Program from Ashridge Management School and International Management in Telecoms Industry from London Business School. He has an International Masters in Management from Management School of Lyon & Alcatel University, in addition to the Masters Degree in Computer Applications and Bachelors Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications.

Fazal also has a Diploma in Islamic Banking and Finance from the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM). He is a Corporate member of IET (UK) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng) (UK)

Fazal is also a member of the Advisory Board of the SAMI (Socially Acceptable Market Investments) Halal Food Index and the SAMI Halal Participation Index (compliant with AAOIFI criteria); the world's first Halal Food indexes, which bring together the Halal Industry and the Islamic Finance Industry.

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Mr Kassim is the founder chairman of the well established Publicly listed Expolanka Group of Companies, reputed among the business community in Sri Lanka for its ethical standards. Incorporated in 1978, to handle fresh produce, Mr. Kassim through his dynamic leadership, has steered the group to its present status of over 50 companies with diverse business activities ranging from exports, imports, garments, waste management, entreport trading, airline agencies, freight forwarding, tours & travel, aviation etc., with a total annual turnover of over US$ 300 Million.

Mr Kassim, is also currently the founder Chairman of Amana Investments Limited & Amana Bank, which is Sri Lanka's first Islamic Bank. Amana Investments Limited also controls Amana Takaful Limited, which is Sri Lanka's first Takaful (Islamic Insurance) company. He has been a practitioner of Islamic Banking having been responsible for setting up the bank from scratch and counts over sixteen years of experience in this field, during which period he has interacted extensively with Islamic Bankers and international scholars. 

He is also the chairman of Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) Sri Lanka, set up in collaboration with APIIT Malaysia, to provide Bachelors and Masters Degree in Information Technology courses. He also sits on the Boards of various other companies.

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