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One of the most visited cities in the world, Dubai is a haven for shopaholics. Offering the best of entertainment, adventure and fun, the city is visited by people from all around the world.

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Crescentrating's Halal Friendly Travel (CRaHFT) Ranking 2013

10 Destinations for Newlyweds in 2013

Relax, unwind, spend quality time and explore a new place with your brand new better half; that’s what most newlyweds would like to do!

Why not spend some time together in exploring your own city? You will be surprised how much of your city that you still do not know enough. This is a great opportunity to do so with your new partner in life!

Another option is to have a staycation - a holiday in your own town; just two of you. Here are some tips to get the best out of a staycation.

Published in Crahft Ranking 2013

Crescentrating's Halal Friendly Travel (CRaHFT) Ranking 2013 Top Halal Friendly Airports for 2013,In our series of CRaHFT Ranking for 2013, for the 2nd year running, we are pleased to release our ranking of Top 10 Halal Friendly Airports in two categories; OIC member states and Non-OIC Countries. 

Although many airports are begining to take into account the needs of the growing segment of Muslim travellers, lot more can be done in order to make these travellers comfortable at the Airport as well as ensuring a larger share of their expenditure at the airport. Having better airport services for this segment is not only imprtant for visitors to the destination, but also for the airport to become a preferred transit airport. 

Published in Crahft Ranking 2013

Here are Crescentrating's pick of 10 destinations/places to spend your Ramadan Holidays this year (2012 / 1433AH)

The blessed month of Ramadan 2012 (1433AH) is here. If you are planning to spend the ramadan away from home here are some destinations to look at.

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If you think about architectural brilliance across the world, then Burj Khalifa is surely one of the first buildings that will cross your mind. Dubai is famous for its skyscrapers and amazing architecture. Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world and rises to a height of 829.84 m.

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Running along the Jumeirah Road is the spectacular Jumeirah Beach. One of the most popular beaches in Dubai, Jumeirah Beach houses a number of prominent landmarks. Some of these landmarks include the Burj Al Arab, The Madinat Jumeirah, Atlantis-The Palm Dubai and the Wild Wadi Park.

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Proudly standing on the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf is the signature landmark of Dubai, the Burj Al Arab. Popular as the only 7-star hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab has been designed in the form of a billowing sail and is equipped with all luxuries that you can possibly think of. Reaching to over 321m in height, Burj Al Arab is located on an artificially built island which has especially been crafted for this spectacular building.

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Living up to its name, the Wild Wadi Waterpark in Dubai is rated as one of the top attractions worth visiting in the UAE. The waterpark has attractions for people of all ages and spreads across 12 acres of land. The coolest water park with adrenaline pumping rides, Wild Wadi attracts numerous visitors every day.

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CRaHFT Ranking 2012 | Top 10 Halal Friendly Airports (OIC Countries)

In our series of CRaHFT Ranking 2012, we are excited to announce "CrescentRating's Halal Friendly Travel (CRaHFT) Ranking 2012" of the Top 10 Halal Friendly Airports (OIC Countries) in 2012.

Traveling through airports in OIC countries is actually much easier for Muslim travelers; not only do they have all of the facilities we usually find at an airport, but can also take comfort in the fact that the airports will almost always have certain necessities such as Halal food availability and a prayer room. The 10 airports listed below were chosen as the Top 10 Halal Friendly Airports in OIC Countries for 2012 because they go a little beyond the norm; some have full-sized mosques while others have extensive selection of Halal Food.

Published in Crahft Ranking 2012
Press Release
October 4th, 2011

Dubai's newest hotel, Millennium Plaza, receives Crescentrating of 5

Muslim travelers in Dubai will soon have another Crescentrated Hotel to choose from during their travels: The Millennium Plaza Hotel in Dubai has been awarded a Crescentrating of 5 and includes Halal-friendly facilities such as Halal food, the availability of prayer rugs, prayer times, as well as the direction of the Qiblah highlighted in their rooms.

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  • Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization

    Opened in 2008, the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization and has more than 5,000 Islamic artifacts from across the Islamic world. The museum is situated on the Corniche Street in the al-Majjarah area of Sharjah.

  • Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

    Those who wish to take a break from the busy city life of Dubai can head towards the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Located about 45 Km from the city center of Dubai the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is the first national park of UAE. The land has been dedicated to…
  • Visit the Dubai Dolphinarium - Fun for the Entire Family!

    The Dubai Dolphinarium is the first Dolphinarium in the Middle East with an aim to provide family entertainment along with educational fun. The Dubai Dolphinarium is located in the heart of the Dubai Creek Park. The main attraction of the dolphinarium is the Live Dolphin and Seal Show

  • Shop for Eid at the Largest Shopping Mall in the World - The Dubai Mall

    The world's largest shopping mall, the Dubai Mall is in itself one of the best attractions in Dubai. A part of the Burj Khalifa Complex, The Dubai Mall includes over 1,200 shops and special areas for visitors to have a wonderful time. The mall is open every day from 10:00…
  • Deserts of the Middle East

    Thinking about the Middle East the first image that appears in our minds is the expansive deserts.The deserts of the Middle East are truly one of the largest and the most impressive in the world.

  • Burj Al Arab Dubai

    Proudly standing on the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf is the signature landmark of Dubai, the Burj Al Arab. Popular as the only 7-star hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab has been designed in the form of a billowing sail and is equipped with all luxuries that you can…
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UAE Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Abu Dhabi

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Dubai

GEOGRAPHY

The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates or UAE, is a country situated in Southwest Asia, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia. The largest emirate, Abu Dhabi, accounts for 87% of the UAE’s total area (67,340 square kilometres) while Ajman, the smallest emirate, covers an area of only 259 square kilometres.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 5.4 million. Muslims account for about 76% of the entire population.

CLIMATE

Tropical and warm. On the coastal plain average maximum temperatures reach above 48 °C (118.4 °F) during July and August. Average minimum temperatures in January and February are between 10 and 14 °C (50 and 57.2 °F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Arabic and English are two commonly spoken languages in the UAE.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+4 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8 AM to 3 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM
(Sunday to Thursday are the working days of the week. Friday & Saturday are considered as weekends)

HOLIDAYS
Independence Day: December 2nd
New Year's Day: January 1st

Muslim Festivals (Based on the lunar calendar):
Milad-un-Nabi
Islamc New Year
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha

CURRENCY

UAE Dirham

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Police/ Emergencies: 999
Tourist Security: 800-4888
Medical: 998
Fire: 997

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