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Top Halal Friendly Holiday Destinations - 2013

Released on 14th January 2013

Crescentrating's Halal Friendly Travel (CRaHFT) Ranking 2013

Top Halal Friendly Holiday Destinations for 2013

Planning your Holiday for 2013? Here are Crescentrating's selection of the top Halal friendly holiday destinations for you to choose from for 2013!

Now in it's 3rd year, we are pleased to announce the top 10 Halal friendly holiday destinations in two categories; OIC and non-OIC destinations.

The ranking has been done based on our view of it being a good holiday destination for 2013 and the level of Halal food availability, prayer facilities, Halal friendly accommodation etc. at the main tourist spots of the destination.

CRaHFT Ranking of top 10 Holidays Destinations in OIC category

Holidays Destinations (OIC countries)Ranking
Malaysia 1
Egypt 2
United Arab Emirates 3
Turkey 4
Saudi Arabia 5
Indonesia 6
Morocco 7
Jordan 8
Brunei 9
Qatar 10

CRaHFT Ranking of top 10 Holidays Destinations in non-OIC category

Holidays Destinations (non-OIC countries)Ranking
Singapore 1
Bosnia & Herzegovina 2
Thailand 3
South Africa 4
India 5
United Kingdom 6
Sri Lanka 7
Australia 8
Germany 9
Hong Kong 10

Top 10 - OIC Destinations

Malaysia tops our list for the 3rd year running. It also remains the top destination for Muslim holiday makers. It is still the best place to enjoy your holiday and at the same time be completely worry free when it comes to finding Halal food and prayer places almost everywhere.

Malaysia is followed by Egypt, UAE and Turkey, which are great holiday destinations and Muslim travellers will feel comfortable finding Halal food and other Halal friendly services and facilities. This year sees the entry of Saudi Arabia as a "Holiday" destination in our ranking, since more and more Muslim travellers are spending their "holidays" in peforming Umrah or as a part of a trip taking them for Umrah as well as to some other destinations such as Jordan and Turkey.

Saudi Arabia is followed by Indonesia, which has huge potential in attracting the Muslim Travellers. Indonesia has recenty focussed on making it easier to locate halal restaurants and other services for Muslim visitors. Morocco, Jordan, Brunei and Qatar make up the remaining destinations in our top 10. Each of them offering a unique experience while catering to the Muslim traveller's needs.

Top 10 - Non-OIC Destinations

Singapore tops the list in this category this year. Accessibility of Halal food at the main tourist hotspots in Singapore are even comparable to some of the OIC destinations. Singapore is followed by Bosnia & Herzegovina, which is emerging as a popular destination for Muslim travellers. Thailand and South Africa are next on the list. Both these destinations have strong Halal certification bodies making it easier for visitors to find Halal certified food outlets while holidaying there. India, UK, Sri Lanka, Australia, Germany and Hong Kong make up the top 10 in this category. Although these destinations cater to the needs of Muslim Travellers in parts of the destination, accessibility of Halal food and prayer places are still not that straighforward in these destinations.

Crescentrating's Halal Friendly Travel (CRaHFT) Score 2013 for Holiday Destinations

This year we are also releasing for the first time Crescentrating's Halal Friendly Travel (CRaHFT) Score for Holiday Destinations. The score is on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, on how Halal friendly the destination is for Muslim holiday visitors. This years' scores cover 50 destinations and will be extended to cover other destinations in the future. The scores are based on Crescentrating's view of how good a holiday destination it is for 2013 and the level of Halal food availability, prayer facilities, Halal friendly accommodation etc. at the main tourist spots of the destination.

Non-OIC DestinationsCRaHFT Score
Singapore 6.3
Bosnia & Herzegovina 5.9
Thailand 5.9
South Africa 5.8
India 5.6
United Kingdom 5.3
Sri Lanka 5.2
Australia 4.7
Germany 4.5
Hong Kong 4.5
Kenya 4.5
Tanzania 4.5
China 4.5
USA 4.5
Austria 4.5
Philippines 4.2
Spain 4.2
Canada 4.2
Russia 4.1
New Zealand 4.1
Italy 3.9
Taiwan 3.9
Japan 3.9
Ireland 3.9
Mexico 3.7
OIC DestinationsCRaHFT Score
Malaysia 8.3
Egypt 6.7
UAE 6.6
Turkey 6.6
Saudi Arabia 6.4
Indonesia 6.1
Morocco 6.1
Jordan 6.1
Brunei 6.0
Qatar 6.0
Tunisia 6.0
Oman 6.0
Bangladesh 5.9
Maldives 5.7
Kuwait 5.7
Iran 5.6
Pakistan 5.0
Lebanon 4.8
Senegal 4.5
Kyrgyzstan 4.4
Tajikistan 4.4
Uzbekistan 4.3
Kazakhstan 4.3
Azerbaijan 4.3
Nigeria 4.0

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