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From halal spas to prayer rooms at airport terminals, the global tourism industry is gearing up for a projected boom in Muslim travel over the next decade, experts say.

Their growing number and affluence means Muslims -- especially from the oil-rich Middle East -- are travelling like never before, and it is a trend that looks set to gather pace.

On the sixth floor of an upscale hotel in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Ampang, Quranic verses are piped through loudspeakers in the hallway 24 hours a day.

In the guestrooms, a Quran sits on the bedside table, and garments for men and women to wear while praying are neatly folded on the bed. In the bathrooms, a dedicated ablution tap is provided for guests to perform the ritual cleansing that Muslims must complete before praying.

Read more:www.aljazeera.com

Malaysia terpilih sebagai negara terbaik untuk wisatawan Muslim dunia karena makanan halal didapat lebih mudah sementara Indonesia berada di tempat keenam.

Read more: www.bbc.co.uk

'Crescentrating' launched its first Android mobile application, "CRTravel Guide" targeted at the growing Muslim Travellers from Middle East as well as other countries.
Now the travellers will be able to access the details of Halal Friendly Hotels, Halal Friendly Holiday packages, Destination Guides, Airports Guides, Halal Restaurants etc through a simple and easy to access interface on their Android mobile phones.

Read more:www.muslimvillage.com

Crescentrating announces its Top 10 Halal Friendly Shopping Destinations for 2012. The rankings are based on its surveys and traveler feedback. These ten destinations provide not just a great shopping experience, but also cater well to the needs of Muslim shoppers with Halal food availability, and in most cases easy access to prayer rooms in the main shopping districts/malls.

Read more: www.zawya.com

Sinagpore: As a frequent flier and devout Muslim, businessman Abdalhamid Evans always comes up against the same challenge in the air: when to say his prayers.
Muslims are required to pray five times a day at certain hours, but this schedule becomes complicated when crossing various time zones at thousands of metres above sea level....

Read more: gulfnews.com

DEVOUT Muslims, who pray five times a day at set hours, often run into problems trying to meet their religious obligations when flying across time zones. The Koran, which was written down in an age before air travel, offers little guidance on the issue. But now, fortunately, there's an app for that. Agence-France Presse reports from Singapore.

Read more: www.economist.com

BANGKOK — Tolerance, the Thais have learned, is good for business.

In recent advertising and marketing campaigns, the government here in "the land of smiles" has actively gone after categories of tourists that for reasons of political sensitivity or outright discrimination are shunned in some neighboring countries.

Read more: www.nytimes.com

SINGAPORE: A Singapore-based company has launched an iPhone application alerting Muslims when to pray and in which direction they should face even when they are 35,000 feet in the air. SINGAPORE: A Singapore-based company has launched an iPhone application alerting Muslims when to pray and in which direction they should face even when they are 35,000 feet in the air.

"The Muslim traveller is probably the largest untapped market in the travel industry today," Crescentrating Chief Operating Officer Dany Bolduc said. "It really isn't catered to, as well as it should be given the immense size and potential of this market."

Read more: www.channelnewsasia.com

Savoir quand et dans quelle direction faire sa prière islamique quand on se trouve à 10.000 mètres d'altitude : une application pour iPhone promet de résoudre ce problème qui embarrasse des millions de musulmans.

Read more: quebec.huffingtonpost.ca

  • Inverness, Scotland UK - Home of Big Nessie

    Situated in the heart of the Scottish Highland, the city of Inverness also serves as the administrative capital of the Highlands. A lively town, Inverness invites visitors all around the year to enjoy the numerous art galleries, museums, historic sites and other attractions.

  • Historic City of Aberdeen, Scotland UK

    Named as the ‘Silver City' or the ‘Granite City' after it's grey and glistening buildings, Aberdeen is the third largest city of Scotland. The city is home to some of the oldest university buildings of Europe. The city has a long history and there are several forts and castles across…
  • Dundee - The 4th Largest City in Scotland

    Sitting on two hills, the Balgay and the Law, is the impressive city of Dundee. The fourth largest city in Scotland, Dundee has a rugged landscape and beautiful weather making it a treat for travelers. Overlooking the River Tay, Dundee is a lively city.

  • The Gateway to the Highlands: Stirling, Scotland - UK

    One of the most historic cities in Scotland, Stirling is also called "The Gateway to the Highlands". In historic times, the city was the only connection to the Highlands and several important battles have been fought in the area. The Stirling Castle is the main highlight of the city. The…
  • The Capital of Scotland - Edinburgh

    Streets enveloped in history and brimming with a flourishing cultural scene is what describes the capital city of Scotland the best. Edinburgh is home to several historic castles and breathtaking sceneries of nature. The city is mainly segregated into two districts, the Old Town and the New Town, which are…
  • The Largest City of Scotland - Glasgow

    One of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe, Glasgow has undergone a cultural revival to become the epicenter of style and vivacity. The largest city of Scotland, Glasgow is located on the banks of River Clyde. Glasgow is recognized as one of the main centers of culture, art and education…
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