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The Maldive Islands or more commonly known as Maldives has always been knows as a romantic getaway for honeymooners. With over a 100 remote, ‘resort islands’, Maldives offers a private and personalized holiday like no other. It is home to picturesque, secluded beaches, incredibly fresh seafood, crystal clear lagoons, friendly people and a number of exhilarating water sports; making it a perfect destination to unwind and relax, and to have some fun. Individuals come from all over the world to dive in the clear, warm water found in Maldives. The reefs found here are exquisite and visitors get the chance to observe thousands of fish species, as well as other underwater creatures in their own habitat.

There are also several islands to explore, and excursions to inhabited islands are quite popular. For those seeking relaxation, Maldives is a natural spa. With breathtaking views and deserted beaches to relax on, tourists looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city will absolutely love Maldives. Visitors also get the change to indulge in world-class Maldivian spa treatments offered at pretty much every resort in the Maldives.

Japan Halal Expo 2014 - a major halal-themed international expo - will be held in Chiba Prefecture in November, in response to the recent increase in Muslim tourists to Japan.

The Halal food expo will be held on two days - on the 26th and 27th of November - at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba with the aim of promoting awareness on Halal food and the latest trends and patterns of the Muslim travel market. Japan-based Muslims at the expo will also be given the opportunity to provide feedback on whether Japan is a Muslim-friendly country.

Japan has seen an increased number of visits from Muslim travellers over the past year due to visa relaxations and further measures implemented by Japan to make the country more Muslim-friendly. The number of Muslim travellers to Japan is expected to reach one million by 2020.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/25/national/major-halal-food-expo-planned-help-make-japan-friendly-muslim-tourists/#.VCjQxfmSxv5

Halal Japanese Food Becoming More Accessible to Tourists - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Authentic Japanese cuisine - also known as Washoku - is becoming increasingly available for Muslim tourists in Japan. The Malaysia Halal Corporation has been actively involved in providing Halal certification for various restaurants and eateries.

Narita Airport in Tokyo already offers two Halal outlets - Kineyamugimaru Restaurant and Agetatenoaji, Tentei - which are popular Muslim-friendly restaurants located on 5th floor of the center of T1 and 4th floor of T2 respectively. The airport also houses the Narita Airport Rest House which is a Muslim-friendly hotel given a rating of 4 by CrescentRating. More hotels in Japan - such as Hotel Granvia Kyoto which has been given a rating of 3 by CrescentRating - are also providing Halal menus and Halal-certified kitchens amongst other facilities in a bid to attract more Muslim guests.

Muslims in Turkey are preparing for the annual Haji pilgrimage coming up in October this year. The first group of pilgrims are set to depart on the 1st of September and will see a dry run of hajj rites. A special ceremony will see off the pilgrims at the Esenboğa airport in Ankara.

For the full article and more information, please visit: 
http://www.dailysabah.com/nation/2014/08/29/turkeys-muslims-set-to-begin-hajj-journey

Halal tourism on the rise in Central England - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Midlands businesses in the United Kingdom providing services and products to Muslims are being encouraged to adopt measures and strategies that are in line with specific Halal requirements. 

With the number of Muslim tourists visiting the United Kingdom on the rise, industry experts believe that tapping into the global Halal tourism boom could be worth millions for UK companies and also provide more opportunities for companies to conduct business on an international level

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/westmidlands/news/661038-midlands-businesses-urged-to-tap-into-halal-tourism-boom.html?news_section=273986

Malaysia to Become the World's Halal Hub by 2020 - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Malaysia - one of the best destinations for Muslim travellers - is expected to become the world's Halal hub by the year 2020.

As of March 2014, around 4,500 companies in Malaysia have obtained Halal certification - a 35.5% increase from last year. The country's strong involvement in the Halal industry is believed to have a big impact on the national economy.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/malaysia-set-to-become-global-halal-hub-by-2020 

The Halal Monitoring Committee is an independent, non-profit, charity organisation (Charity No. 1147462) based in the United Kingdom. Its aim is to ensure and certify the authenticity of Halal food production by adhering to both UK Food Production Laws and Islamic dietary compliance laws.

The Halal Monitoring Committee certifies the products of Halal food producers and suppliers in order to assure the Muslim community that their food products comply with all Halal standards. Animal welfare, food safety and hygiene standards are all promoted by the Halal Monitoring Committee while ensuring that they fall in line with the UK Law and Islamic principles.

The Muslim population is the fastest growing population in the world and also rising is their education levels, purchasing power and standard of living. This is causing changes in their lifestyles and increasing demand for better quality products and services. The change in their economic power has significant impact on global tourism as this group of more educated and affluent segment of the Muslim population are not only spending  more on better quality products, they are also spending more on travel, in recent times.

This makes the Muslim travel market one of the fastest growing niche travel market in the world and it is therefore a significant part of the entire global travel market. This fast growing global Muslim travel market has captured the attention of most countries around the world. Famous tourist destinations can now be seen offering better facilities as well as launching campaigns to attract more and more Muslim travelers from around the world.

Front-line staff in any industry play an important role in the success of a business, including that of the travel, tourism and the hospitality trade. The interaction they have with the holiday maker can be crucial in making or breaking the holiday experience of the tourist. Although the product itself is very important, for most tourists the quality of the experience is of utmost importance.

With an increased number of international travelers of various ethnicity visiting countries for a number of reasons, the importance of awareness of different cultures and faiths and the ability and skill of the front-line staff in dealing with each and all of their unique needs are becoming increasingly important components of guest satisfaction and service. Front-line service staff need to be able to anticipate and read guests needs and they also need to be able to interact with guests from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds on a daily basis.

The construction of a new three-story Islamic Centre in north Dublin is set to commence later this year. Valued at $50 million, the centre was approved by the Dublin City Council and will feature a mosque, school as well as an event space. Upon completion, the mosque will be able to accommodate up to 3,000 people, making it the largest mosque in Ireland.

Islam is the fastest-growing religion in Ireland, with the Muslim population in Ireland is projected to increase to around 125,000 over the next few years. 

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.ozy.com/acumen/the-growth-of-islam-in-ireland/32914.article

  • 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

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

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

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