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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.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/16/islam-consumers-idUSL6N0SX06G20141216

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.

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Nepal Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Kathmandu

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Birgunj

GEOGRAPHY

Nepal shares boarders with india and china having an area of 147,181 sq km's it is a landlocked country.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 30 Million. Muslims account for about 4.2% of the population.

CLIMATE

Nepal's climate varies with its altitude; it can range from the tropical to the arctic. At the capital Kathmandu average temperature during summer varies from 28°C (82.4°F) to 30°C (86°F) and during winter the average temperature will come closer to 10°C (50°F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Nepali is the official language.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+5 3/4 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 10 AM to 5 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS
National Unity Day : January 11th
Martyrs Day :January 29th
National Democracy Day: February 18th
Holi: March 8th
Nepalese Women's Day : March 8th
Constitution Day: November 9th

Based on the lunar calandar:
Buddha jayanthi

CURRENCY

Nepalese Rupee

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 100/103
Medical: 102
Fire: 101
From GSM: 112

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