Munich "Franz Josef Strauss" Airport is the second busiest airport in Germany in terms of passenger traffic and is located 28km (18 miles) northeast of Munich. The airport has two terminals Terminal 1 handles all flights from airlines which are not members of Star Alliance and Terminal 2 is a hub for Lufthansa and Star Alliance members. ...more
Munich "Franz Josef Strauss" Airport is the second busiest airport in Germany in terms of passenger traffic and is located 28km (18 miles) northeast of Munich. The airport has two terminals Terminal 1 handles all flights from airlines which are not members of Star Alliance and Terminal 2 is a hub for Lufthansa and Star Alliance members.
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There is a small prayer room in Terminal 1, Departure Area C, Level 05. It is beautifully decorated with blond-fir floors, illuminated plexiglas walls, and is equipped with many prayer rugs and a Quran.
Outside the airport the following mosques are the closest: The mosque, Hauptbahnhof Camii, located on 5 Landwehrstrabe 61, Munich, Bavaria 80336 is 23.9 miles, about 31 minutes away from the airport. Then there is also Fatih Camii ve Talebe Yurdu located on Martin-Luther-Strasse 20, Munich, Germany 81539. It is 26.98 miles, about 34 minutes away from the airport.
The Airport Olivia is a Turkish halal restaurant located in Terminal 2, Level 3,Public Area
There are many modes of transportation to choose from to get to and from the airport. Passengers can travel by train, bus, car, hotel shuttles or by limousine services.
Train: Munich suburban railway takes passengers straight to the city by S1 and S8 in about 45 minutes. S8 is faster of the two services.
Bus: Buses serve both of the terminals and bus and coach services go to Munich and the surrounding areas. Autobus Oberbayern operated by Lufthansa Airport Bus goes to Munich Hauptbahnhof. And during large exhibitions, a shuttle bus takes passengers to the M?¬nchen Messe exhibition centre. They can also go to Salzburg, Innsbruck and other nearby Austrian cities.
Taxis: Taxis can take passengers to the city centre in just 45 minutes. The taxi stands are in terminal 1 on the arrival and departure level E04 right in front of Modules A-E, in terminal 2 along the access ramp for buses and taxis to the north of the arrival level E03 and in the departure level E04. A taxi stand is also to the north of the central area on level E03. Payment is calculated per taxi and not per person and passengers can choose to ride in a sedan, station wagon, minibus (up to eight people) etc.
Car Hire: The car hire companies available at Munich Airport are Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National/Alamo and Sixt. Their offices are on concourse A of terminal 1. Limousine Service: Transfer and limousine services can take passengers to various destinations around Munich Airport. They offer tickets by seat and limousine services offer a better and individual mode of transport.
Most of the facilities in the airport are in the area between the two runways. The terminals feel like a mini-mall with all its various shops. Passengers will find magazines and books at Checkout, clothes at Jeans and Dreams, Italian paper made products at Fabriano and much more. Multitronics has hi-tech electronics and there are duty-free shops as well.
To take care of those last minute financial needs there is HypoVereinsbank and ReiseBank AG located inside the airport. HypoVereinsbank has an ATM and investment counselling and construction financing services in the central area on level 3 (public area). ReiseBank AG is located in terminal 2 on levels 3, 4 and 5. This bank offers many services such as foreign currency and travelers' checks, cash back from EC and credit cards, cash transfers, tax refund/cash refund, travel insurance and telephone cards.
There are a number of services at this airport to make the passengerƒ??s stay pleasant and unforgettable. Televisions are in the waiting areas at the departure gates and computers with internet access are in Terminal 1 at the service centre (central area) and in Terminal 2 near the arrivals area. Towels, shower gel and other toiletries are available from a vending machine in the central area and there are separate showers for men and women in the central area and in Terminal 2 on level 3.
There are baby changing facilities, doctors, pharmacies, barber shops and massage chairs too. There are various lounge areas to be found in the airport. There is laundry service, childrenƒ??s play areas and more than forty travel agencies and tour operators.
The Munich Airport Center (MAC) has fully equipped 25 conference rooms where four to 120 delegates can easily use them, security personnel, VIP service and rooms with bed and bath are also available. TDD telephones are located on level 3 of the main concourse and in the medical center and wheelchairs are available free of cost from the information desk in departures concourse A-D and A.
The Kempinski Hotel Airport M?¬nchen is right terminal 1 and 2. It has five-star luxury services and it right in the airport. This hotel in the airport lets even the people who are not staying at the airport to use their pool, fitness and spa area for a small fee.
2019 is just around the corner! It’s time for you to start planning your upcoming holiday to an exotic country where you and your loved ones can have the time of your lives. With the growth of globalization, it is now easy for Muslims to enjoy a Muslim-friendly vacation almost anywhere in the world. Spoilt for choice and finding it hard to pick your next holiday destination? No worries! Below is a guide to some spots that will aid you in making your decision more smoothly and efficiently. Check out our travel packages and tours 1. Japan Japan being one of the most kid-friendly countries, I wouldn't hesitate to say that parents can worry less about stumbling upon dangers or hardships with the little ones. Not only does Japan provide its tourists with a rich culture and unique experience with its different traditions, but there is also a great number of hot-spots you can list down in your itinerary. These include the natural sightseeing locations like Mount Fuji and the Osaka Aquarium. For nature lovers, the Japanese-style garden, Kenroku-en, is a must visit. Another famous spot to head to would be Tokyo Disneyland, a dream destination for those traveling with the children. 2. Spain You haven’t entirely lived your life if you haven’t paid a visit to Spain. From the vast amount of places to tour, its history and its culture to the Muslim-friendly hotels and restaurants, Spain is an ideal destination for your summer holidays. Even if you are a person with toddlers or just too tired to lag around the little ones, Spain has plenty of parks to pick from for a relaxed picnic under the shade with your loved ones. One such park would be Park Güell due to its distinctive features brimming with unique structural designs and monuments. If you are in Madrid, do not leave without visiting the public square - Puertadel Sol. When in Barcelona, The Magic Fountain Show is proved to be a super hit with the small ones. You might also want to drop by to the La Rambla Street for some scrumptious gelato while you are there. 3. Switzerland What better place to take your family and friends to than a place that lets them build a snowman? If you’re visiting from a country which only revolve around the sun and rain, your group will surely be so elated with this change of ambience. Not only does Switzerland offer the greatest quality of chocolates, but parents can also encourage their children to pick up learning opportunities with regards to the different types of languages spoken or ethnicities present. There are quite a few sightseeing spots that you and your family can visit but some of the top ones would be the Zurich Zoo, the Kapellbrüke (also known as the Chapel Bridge), the Rhine Falls, and let’s not forget the Alps! 4. Australia Ah, the Land Down Under! Australia is a go-to spot for not only adrenaline junkies looking to spend their time doing blood-rushing adventures but it is also one of the best ideal spots for someone who wishes to opt for a more relaxed vacation. It is guaranteed that your itinerary for a place like Aussie will be nothing short of fun and enjoyment. Thanks to the country’s terrific weather, this serves as a plus point for those looking to enjoy strolls or picnics on beaches like Cape Conran in Victoria and Frangipani Beach in Queensland. Sydney should be a definite go-to location on your list. The Royal Botanic Garden by the Sydney Harbor is a beauty you must witness before your very eyes. As a treat for your kids, you can hop onto a ferry from Circular Quay and head towards the Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House and the Luna Park. 5. Maldives Generally, when someone says they hope to visit Maldives, people presume that it’s for a honeymoon or for a romantic getaway with their significant other. However, it’s not just for the lovebirds. Maldives is also considered as a great Muslim-friendly vacation spot for trips with family or friends. Unlike what many believe, Maldives does not have to be a destination that creates a dent in your wallet. If pre-planned carefully, you can tour the Maldives as a budget-friendly holiday. The Maldives does not only offer white sand beaches and a whole load of coral reef. The Maldives is best known for their water sports and snorkeling activities. You can even take the kids for dolphin watching and sandbank swimming at Kaashidhoo where the water is so clear you will be left amazed. 6. Singapore Having a proportion of 15% of its population as Muslims, Singapore thrives on Muslim-friendly locations and eateries where a huge number of their cafes and restaurants are HALAL certified. If you wish to cover all famous landmarks in Singapore, make sure you have a few days in hand. Some of the best few to visit with your children would be Sentosa Island, Universal Studios, the Singapore Zoo and Marina Bay. Gardens by the Bay is also recommended as it enables your kids to learn and witness a vast variety of lush greenery and exotic plants in a beautiful and one-of-a-kind setting (let’s not forget the Instagram-worthy photos that you can take). 7. Germany If you wish to go back in time and have major throwbacks of the Islamic heritage and culture back in the day, Berlin and Munich are the places to be when in Germany. The two cities have the highest proportion of the Muslim population so you need not worry when it comes to being on the lookout for Halal restaurants or Muslim-friendly attractions due to the abundance present. If you are looking to visit historical hot-spots, the Berlin Wall, the Berlin Mosque and the Brandenburg Gate can be included into your itinerary. In terms of Halal food, the Baraka for Moroccan food, and the Yarok Fine Syrian Food for Mediterranean food are the places you would love to dine at. 8. Turkey Previously being the home to the Ottoman Caliphate, Turkey is a country constructed of Islamic structures. Turkey brims with Islamic heritage and culture which can be deemed as pleasant for tourists, some of which are showcased in the Topkapi Palace and the Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Do drop by Istanbul and visit the blue mosque for a feel of true Islamic architecture. You will also find a large amount of `bazaars` at reasonable prices to shop from. A city to visit in Turkey with your family is Alanya. The Alanya Castle is a great spot which will give you a holistic view of the entire city from the top. One attraction which will be a hit for your children would be the Pirate Ship Cave Tour. After a tiresome day of sightseeing, you can grab some delicious Halal food from Mezze Grill Ocakbasi Restaurant if you are in the mood for some pizza or seafood. Summertime comes off as a busy time for Turkey, so be sure to plan well ahead to avoid disappointment when it comes to hotels and tours. 9. Morocco Distinguished for it’s out-of-the-ordinary culture, Morocco amalgamates influences from Europe and Islam and is overflowing with modern depictions of customary Islam. Karaouine Mosque in Morocco is considered a tourist magnet and it’s the largest mosque in Africa, spacious enough to fit 22,000 people at once. You can choose to wander through the lively blue streets of Chefchaouen and devour delectable Moroccan cuisines from famous restaurants like Restaurant Dar Hatim and Les Saveurs de Riad Fes Maya. Along with over 400 mosques, you and your family can also tour their museums such as Dar Batha and Nejjarine Museum in Fez. PS: While you wander around the streets of Morocco, you can treat yourself to pure leather merchandise and Moroccan slippers at one of the souks in Fez like Souk Serrajine. 10. France France is the ultimate spot to be during summer. You can never get bored rigid in such a place taking into account the large number of attractions and activities that this stunning country has in store for tourists. Disneyland Paris is an obvious choice if you are traveling with your children, along with the countless popular attractions and sightseeing spots like the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and Jardin du Luxembourg Garden. You can also visit the Grande Mosquee de Paris, a beautiful mosque in Paris. France also has no shortage of Halal restaurants. You can find various cuisines in multiple eateries, Turkish food at the Sizin Restaurant, Mexican food at Baili and if you desire authentic Halal French cuisine, Les GrandsEnfants should be number one on your list of places to dine at. There are a lot of great muslim-friendly spots that can be recommended for your vacation but it is imperative to take into account the wishes of your children as well if they are tagging along in order to have a successful trip where everyone is satisfied. Check out our Travel Blogs for more travel inspirations...
Football is an international sport that transcends religion, ethnicities and nationalities. So, Muslim Footballers are far and wide. Some surprises may be found as you read through the players! Whilst others will openly perform Sajdah after a goal, or their social media and popularity have given it away. Here are the short stories of 10 Muslim footballers. 1. Mesut Ozil Picture Credit: 101 Great Goals Nationality: Germany and TurkishTeams: Arsenal, GermanyPosition: Attacking Midfielder Football Story Starting young in German teams, his first team career ended badly when he fell out with the club Manager of Schalke 04. This led to his defining role in Werder Bremen where his role as a key playmaker allowed him to gain fame, he was declared "best player of the first half of the season". This allowed his big move to the team of Real Madrid which was important as a rising skillful player he required a famous team. After 3 seasons, Arsene Wenger played a key role in convincing Ozil to come play for Arsenal. This move was hated by his Real Madrid co-players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, "He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal ... I'm angry about Özil leaving.” Ozil has since become synonymous with Arsenal being signed on till 2021. He is known for being a German Turkish player proud of his heritage and religion. He has stated in interviews that he recites Quran before every game and this habit is respected by his team-mates who know not to disturb him. In an interview he explained, "My technique and feeling for the ball is the Turkish side to my game. The discipline, attitude and always-give-your-all is the German part." 2. Franck Ribery Picture Credit: FC Bayern Munich Nationality: FranceTeams: Bayern Munchen, FrancePosition: Winger, Left Side Football Story He began playing at the age of 6. At the age of 13 he joined the professional outfit of Lille, he left for the biggest club in the city of Boulogne, US Boulogne, after a few moves in 2005 he joined Marseille on a 5 year contract. His style of play "fast, tricky, and an excellent dribbler who has great control with the ball at his feet" gained him recognition and fame for his left sided play. His current role in Bayern Munich has proven to be long-standing as his career with the German club started in 2007 and has been contracted till 2019. Although, his international career with the French team has ended due to “purely personal” reasons in 2014, he has continued to persevere with Bayern Munich despite injuries. Ribery married a French national of Algerian Descent and converted to Islam, adopting the name Bilal Yusuf Mohamed. In addition, to conversion, Ribery has opened a non-alcoholic bar in attempts to fight alcohol addiction, he named the bar after his 2 daughters. 3. Demba Ba Picture Credit: Goal.com Nationality: SenegalTeams: Senegal and Shanghai ShenhuaPosition: Striker Football Story Although his career started in France, Demba gained fame when he joined famous English teams such as West Ham United, Newcastle United and Chelsea. He left Chelsea earlier than his contract deadline due to the arrival of Diego Costa another striker. This time his move was more than over the English Channel and he joined a Turkish team Beşiktaş, he moved on to China a year later to join Shanghai Shenhua and has become a key player scoring 6 goals in 11 games including a hat-trick. He won the titles of 2015 Chinese FA Cup Most Valuable Player and Top Scorer. Born Muslim due to the majority of muslims in West-Africa, Demba performs Sujud on the pitch as a celebration of goals and observes fasts during the Islamic month of Ramadan. 4. Islam Feruz Picture Credit: We Ain't Got No History Nationality: British, Somali, TanzaniaTeams: Chelsea and ScotlandPosition: Forward Football Story From a Somali family who migrated to Yemen and Tanzania to escape the violence and war, he joined the Celtic club and they helped him to stay in the country and move into an expensive flat. His first match was at the age of 14. He moved to Chelsea in 2011 but it was in 2014 that a long-term contract was signed, however through his career he has been loaned to many teams for specific seasons and games. Born in a Muslim country and being educated in Scotland’s most racially diverse schools Hillhead High School, he has had the chance to practice his religion freely. His name is a great hint to his religion. 5. Paul Pogba Picture Credit: LE BUZZ Nationality: FrenchTeams: France, Manchester UnitedPosition: Central Midfielder (sometimes Attacking Midfielder, Defensive Midfielder) Football Story Known as a midfielder player, his capability of playing left, in holding and even attacking shows a versatility only a few football players hold. He's known for his long legs which work quick and has a powerful and accurate striking ability. His career began in the national youth football team. He was destined for greatness when he captained the team at just 16, then later for the under 20 team. His senior career debut was in 2013 when he played the full 90 minutes and gained a reputation for being a team player and eventually won the FIFA tournament’s Best Young Player. Recently during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he scored the winning goal in France’s game against Australia. Recently, social media blew up for football fans when Pogba uploaded pictures of him in a Mosque near a charity box and also holding a Qur’an in-front of the holy Ka’bah. Reports claim that his mother was the one who introduced him to Islam years ago and this inspiring woman was the one that keep her sons away from the drugs that surrounded their home in Roissy-en-Brie, pushing Pogba to pursue his football career. At 24, the young Muslim player has a huge amount of thanks for his mother. 6. Asmir Begovic Picture Credit: BBC Nationality: Bosnian, CanadaTeams: Bournemouth, BosniaPosition: Goalkeeper Football Story Although he began his football career in Canada and earned a trial with Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur, allowing him the opportunity to become an international Goalkeeper, Asmir as a dual national decided to change and play for his homeland. His long career has seen him start in Portsmouth and move to Stoke city where he signed a 4 and ½ year contract. When that has ended, his most popular move was to Chelsea where £8 million was signed as part of the deal. Begović became the 5th goalkeeper to score a goal in the English Premier League with FC Chelsea, setting the world record for ‘longest goal scored in football.’ Last year, he moved to AFC Bournemouth and has shown impressive game playing. A tense game between his old team Chelsea V. Bournemouth saw 3-0 to Bournemouth, making Chelsea regret letting him go. Born in a Muslim-Majority country he helped Bosnia qualify for the 2014 FIFA world cup, the first time Bosnia had ever qualified for the major football tournament. 7. Mohamed Salah Picture Credit: The Liverpool Offside Nationality: EgyptianTeams: Liverpool, EgyptPosition: Forward Football Story The internet and world recently exploded with sympathy and admiration for Mohamed Salah. Most fans claim he carried Egypt to the FIFA World Cup 2018. He is known to be a tactical player with good technique and an eye for goal, playing as Forward and Striker. He has definitely carried out his responsibilities for his team. His role in the UEFA champions league 2018 was huge, scoring a crazy amount of 32 goals. José Mourinho described Salah as “young, he's fast, he's creative, he's enthusiastic. When we analysed him he looks the kind of humble personality on the pitch, ready to work for the team.” Salah is a practicing Muslim and often celebrates his goals with sujood, he has increased awareness of Islam in the English Northern town and his impact on Liverpudlians has been positive, some fans claiming they would convert to Islam if he continued to score. Internationally, he has been nicknamed “the Pharaoh” by fans and international media, his role as a leader can be seen through active regeneration projects in Nagrig, his hometown where a reported 65% of inhabitants live in poverty. 8. Mehdi Benatia Picture Credit: The Independent Nationality: French, MoroccanTeams: Juventus, MoroccoPosition: Centre Back Football Story His career began in Marseille and over the years he has moved around European teams, from Udinese to Roma, then Bayern Munich where he signed a 5 year contract, after the end of that he moved to the Italian Champions Juventus as a loan but his impressive game playing led to Juventus signing him on till 2020. Despite being Algerian and Moroccan, he chose to play for Morocco in 2008. His good technique, defensive ability and strong game-playing earned him the position of Captain. His goal against Ivory Coast showed his versatility as a player and also qualified Morocco to the 2018 FIFA World cup. Mehdi Benatia often wished his followers on social media Eid Mubarak as well as other Muslim celebrations, furthermore whilst he was in Germany news broke out that he refused to hold a beer in a promotional shoot due to his faith. 9. Fahad Al-Muwallad Picture Credit: Levante UD Nationality: Saudi- ArabiaTeam: Al-Ittihad, Saudi ArabiaPosition: Winger Football Story His career started in Jeddah where he gained prominence and was approached by Barcelona but rejected to join Al Ittihad. Since this decision, he has stayed with them for 6 seasons and gained the title of most promising and fastest player in Asia. Internationally, he was named in Saudi Arabia’s squad for the 2018 FIFA world Cup, due to the failure of Saudi Arabia to score any goals in their group games, his performance has been considered a dissapointment. However, he has gained popularity on a wider scale. Born Muslim he has expressed faith and his gratefulness to God in interviews which express his Islamic attitude. When he qualified for the World Cup he said, “Thanks to God for my first participation in La Liga,”. 10. Riyad Mahrez Picture Credit: Sports Illustrated Nationality: France, AlgerianTeams: Leicester City, AlgeriaPosition: Winger Football Story Mahrez has stated in an interview with The Guardian that after the death of his father, "I don't know if I started to be more serious but after the death of my dad things started to go for me. Maybe in my head, I wanted it more". His major break was joining Leicester City where his skills brought him attention, in total he has scored 83 goals throughout his career. Internationally, he chose to represent Algeria rather than France, a rare move amongst French-Algerian players, he assisted many goals as well as scoring the qualifier in the Africa Cup of Nations. Throughout his career he has won many awards as player of the year nationally and internationally. Mahrez is a practicing muslim who performed Umrah in 2017, he also married a Punjabi Sikh who converted to Islam. They have a daughter named Inaya, an Arabic name that gives the meaning of grace and solitude....
Especially with the increase in Muslim millennial travellers, there is no doubt that the Muslim Travel Market is continuing to evolve due to new trends that are shaping and changing Halal travel. Muslims who love to travel and seek amazing, yet authentic travel experiences are well aware of the common issues that arise while they travel to certain destinations. Looking at the results of the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI 2018) by Mastercard-CrescentRating, some of the top non-OIC travel destinations have also recognised the rapid rise in Muslim travellers and are aiming towards improving Muslim-friendly travel. This latest report goes into detail on how the availability of Halal food, prayer facilities and other requirements can make destinations more Muslim-friendly. Most non-OIC destinations have higher scored than in the previous years, as they have started to understand the Muslim Travel Market better and improve their services accordingly. So, if you are stuck wondering where you can have Muslim-friendly holidays, don’t miss out on these non-OIC destinations listed below. Book a Halal hotel with us! Singapore With numerous options when it comes to Halal food, prayer facilities and even Halal-friendly hotels, it’s no surprise that Singapore is at the top of the list of Muslim-friendly holiday destinations for families and millennials. Not only is Singapore a popular shopping destination, but it’s also a great place to try out a variety of cuisines both local and international alike – and there are wonderful Halal food options available too. According to the GMTI 2018 report, Singapore is at the top of the list of destinations that create a supportive environment for Muslim travellers. Additionally, Singapore is within the top five destinations when it comes to good communication according to the report. Thailand Thailand also makes it to the list of top Muslim-friendly non-OIC destinations according to the GMTI 2018 report. You don’t need to postpone that exotic trip to Thailand just yet – Muslim travellers no longer have to struggle when it comes to locating Halal food, prayer facilities or mosques in Thailand. The city’s capital Bangkok has plenty of Halal restaurants where travellers can sample the excellent local cuisines and will also find many mosques as well. From breathtakingly beautiful islands framed by the turquoise ocean to the fascinating local culture, Thailand is undoubtedly an interesting place to visit. United Kingdom With a growing Muslim population, the United Kingdom is another destination to add to your travel list especially, if you are looking for Muslim-friendly cities in Europe. Muslim travellers will be able to find Halal restaurants and prayer facilities quite easily in most towns, and the United Kingdom has always been a popular travel destination. There are many interesting historical landmarks, attractions as well as famous places that you simply must not miss out on, and most main cities are just great for Halal holidays in Europe. Cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool or Manchester just to name a few, are especially Muslim-friendly with a number of Muslims dwelling in these areas. Japan Japan is another fascinating destination that is worth visiting, and that makes it onto the list of Muslim-friendly non-OIC destinations. While most Muslim travellers will say that locating Halal food might be challenging, there has been an increase in the number of Halal restaurants in cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Kobe. Additionally, there has been a rise in Muslim-friendly facilities as well, due to the growth of the Muslim population, and including an increase in Muslim travellers to Japan. So,you can still enjoy Muslim-friendly holidays and take in the sights and sound of Japan. Taiwan Most Muslim visitors to Taiwan will face a few issues when it comes to locating Halal food or ensuring a Muslim-friendly experience, however, there is no need to reconsider your travel plans. The main city of Taipei has become much more Muslim-friendly with a small but growing Muslim population and there is an increase in Halal restaurants as well. When it comes to prayer facilities, travellers can visit the Taipei Grand Mosque which is a historical landmark, and the other option is the Taipei Cultural Mosque. Hong Kong There has been a noticeable rise in Muslim travellers to Hong Kong, which is on the list of top non-OIC destinations according to GMTI 2018. While Muslim travellers need to be aware that Halal restaurants or outlets are limited, the increase in Muslim travellers has prompted the need to create more Muslim-friendly options. Hong Kong’s Muslim population is growing as well, and that comes with an increase in Halal restaurants and Muslim-friendly facilities too. You will also find more Halal products in stores than in previous times. South Africa Despite being a non-OIC destination, South Africa has become a major favourite among Muslim travelers, especially Cape Town where there is significant Muslim population. It’s one of the more ideal holiday destinations for Muslim families with a very interesting culture and unique places for nature lovers too. Muslim travelers won’t face major issues when looking for prayer facilities or Halal restaurants especially in Cape Town and Johannesburg. But overall, Muslim travelers will be able to enjoy a Muslim-friendly holiday in South Africa. Germany Germany is another excellent place to visit, especially if you prefer to visit more Muslim-friendly cities in Europe, which will include Berlin, Dusseldorf and Munich to name a few. Germany has an intriguing history as well as many interesting sights and monuments – which are some great reasons to go on a Halal tour where you can learn more about this destination. Additionally, Muslim travellers will be able to locate mosques and places that serve Halal food quite easily since there is growing Muslim population in Germany. According to the GMTI 2018, Germany is in the top ten list of destinations that are more accessible. France France is another great non-OIC destination that you can add to your travel list, which is known for excellent cuisine, culture and interesting history. Referring to the GMTI 2018, this destination also falls in the top ten accessible countries. There are plenty of Halal restaurants in Paris due to the increasing Muslim population, and this is where you will get to sample a variety of international and local cuisines. Due to ethnic diversity, France has some of the mot Muslim-friendly cities in Europe and there will be no shortage of prayer facilities as there are several mosques in the main cities such as Paris and Lyon.s Australia Although Australia is a non-OIC destination, there is a great variety of Halal dining options around the country – especially in Sydney, Brisbane and Queensland. With the rise in Muslim travellers to the continent, there has been an increase in Muslim-friendly facilities and Halal restaurants too. There are plenty of interesting activities and amazing places to see in Australia, especially when it comes to wildlife. Mosques and prayer places are easily accessible in the main cities too. Australia is also one of the best holiday destinations for Muslim families as there is something for everyone to enjoy. Go on a Halal Trip with us! Check out our City Guides!...
A new year brings new beginnings and opportunities – and a reason to create a new travel bucket list with dream destinations to visit. There is nothing more exciting than exploring a fascinating destination and experiencing a new culture. These perfect destinations to visit for each month of the year are not only ideal for Halal holidays, but for unforgettable travel experiences too. Top Muslim Holiday Destinations – Halal holidays 2018 January – Cape Town Kick off the new year in Cape Town, South Africa! The Cape Town summer is ideal for fun activities such as swimming and to spend a day at the beach as well, so don’t miss out on Camps Bay or Boulder’s Beach. January is also very lively with festivities that include music festivals and outdoor cinemas – so you won’t be bored at all. Don’t forget to take a cable car ride up Table Mountain and appreciate the region’s magnificent scenery either. Cape Town is one of the best holiday destinations for Muslim families too, with numerous Halal eateries and cuisines – and entertainment for everyone too. Find nearby Halal food places in Cape town Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Cape town February – Maldives White sandy beaches framed by the sparkling blue-green ocean and fine weather – these are just some of the reasons to visit Maldives in February. You can enjoy the best of water sports, snorkeling, diving and island hopping to name few thrilling activities. The Maldives is also ideal for big Muslim travel groups where you can stay at gorgeous Halal-friendly accommodation with amazing ocean scenery – and easily find Halal food near you. Find nearby Halal food places in Maldives Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Maldives March – Morocco Travelers can enjoy the warm sunshine and chilly nights in Marrakesh or the cooler climate in Casablanca during spring in Morocco. Marrakesh is an interesting cultural hub where you can marvel at some beautiful architecture. Some top attractions to see include Jardin Majorelle and Koutoubia Mosque, and don’t forget to drop by the souks in Medina either. If you visit Casablanca, do explore the museums and galleries, including interesting historical places such as the Hassan II Mosque and La Corniche. Morocco is a great destination for Halal holiday vacations, and where you can easily locate Halal restaurants –the local cuisine is amazing too. Find nearby Halal food places in Maldives Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Maldives April – The Netherlands What could be more beautiful than tulips in the springtime? Visit the Keukenhof in Lisse to experience this truly spectacular scene in April. Whether you spend all day walking through the winding streets or decide to take a canal cruise and admire the old buildings – you will appreciate this charming, colourful city soon enough. Do visit the famous historical spots such as the Anne Frank Museum or the famous Rijksmuseum research library. Another intriguing city to visit is Rotterdam, where you can see Erasmus Bridge and the famous Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Finally, you can locate Halal eateries with no issues in the main cities, and the country is home to different cultures too. Find nearby Halal food places in Netherlands Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Netherlands May – France There is nothing like spending spring in Paris where you stroll through the streets visiting famous galleries, museums and fascinating historical landmarks. Paris is also a shopaholic’s haven too. From The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral to the Arce de Triomphe – France has a rich history. The cities of Nice, Lyon and Bordeaux are worth a visit too. France does have some of the most Muslim friendly cities in Europe including Paris where there is no shortage of delicious Halal eateries to try out. Find nearby Halal food places in France Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in France June – Sweden Atrip to Sweden in June is when you can enjoy the wonderful Swedish summer, during which the sun shines for 12 hours – the longest days of year for the country. Sweden is breathtakingly beautiful with lakes, lush green scenery framed by mountains and is also famous for the reindeer herds in the Lapland regions. Nature lovers can take a ferry ride to Djurgården Park to experience the Swedish landscape. The capital city, Stockholm has a rich history with interesting tourist attractions and museums to visit – don’t miss Drottningholm Palace and the Vasa Musuem. Some of the most Muslim friendly cities in Europe are in Sweden, where you can easily find prayer places and mosques near you –including Halal restaurants as well. Find nearby Halal food places in France Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in France July – Kenya If exciting adventure is your thing, visiting Kenya in July is just perfect. Nature lovers will get the opportunity to see wildebeest and zebras crossing over from Tanzania – so going on a safari for amazing wildlife encounters is the best thing to do. You can also observe all kinds wildlife gathering around watering holes and visiting places such as the Nairobi National Park is a rewarding experience. The colder climate is perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking too. Kenya quite Muslim-friendly and it won’t be hard to find Halal food near you or mosques either. Find nearby Halal food places in France Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Kenya August – Malaysia The fine weather during this time is perfect for outdoor activities and island hopping – ideal to plan beach getaways to Tioman Island, Redang Island or maybe a trip to Borneo. Langkawi is another fascinating place to visit for nature and wildlife lovers. Kuala Lumpur is also a great spot for shopping and it’s a great time to take a city tour to explore the famous attractions of the city. The famous Batu Caves is also another famous attraction that you cannot miss. Malaysia is an ideal budget travel destination in 2018 and is also perfect for Halal holiday vacations – locating Halal restaurants and prayer facilities is quite easy especially in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru. Find nearby Halal food places in Malaysia Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Malaysia September – Germany Travelers who would like to have Halal holidays in Europe should consider an exciting trip to Germany. This is where you can explore Muslim friendly cities in Europe such as Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. But Germany has many interesting attractions and historical landmarks that you cannot miss – Brandenburg Gate, Neuschwanstein Castle, Cologne Cathedral and so much more. Autumn starts around September, so the cities and countryside look especially beautiful where tourists can enjoy the pleasant weather too. Find nearby Halal food places in Germany Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Germany October – United States This travel destination is one of the best places to enjoy autumn – especially in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. You can also find Halal and Muslim-owned restaurants in these states as well. When in New York, do visit Central Park or drop by the Statue of Liberty or if you prefer to visit San Francisco, don’t miss out on Chinatown and the Golden Gate Bridge. Chicago is just as interesting with the Field Museum of Natural History and many galleries that are worth checking out Find nearby Halal food places in the United States Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in the United States November – Japan The fall season in Japan is when you will get to see beautiful autumn foliage and enjoy cool-crisp weather. Visit parks or gardens in Tokyo and other main citiess to take nature’s beauty – or even take hike in Kamakura. But Japan also has some major attractions you cannot miss such the 17th century Tokyo Imperial Palace or the Shinjuku National Garden. Shopaholic should also drop by Ginza and Akihabara where you can get almost anything. There are a fair amount of Halal eateries in the main cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. But if unsure, always inquire if Halal food is served or if non-Halal ingredients are used before placing orders. Find nearby Halal food places in Japan Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Japan December – Dubai Dubai is exceptionally festive during December with so many events taking place, with the city getting ready for Christmas. People are also looking forward to the New Year celebrations and the impressive fireworks displays that start at midnight. Dubai has been among the most popular holiday destinations for Muslim families. Experience everything from thrilling amusement parks such as Aquaventure Waterpark to the observation deck of Burj Khalifa. You can shop until you drop in Dubai since the city is a shopaholic’s haven with spots such as The Dubai Mall and Mall Of The Emirates. Travelers can also taste a variety of cuisines at numerous Halal cafés and restaurants – finding Halal food and prayer facilities is very easy too. Find nearby Halal food places in Dubai Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Dubai For a more Muslim-friendly experience during your exciting travels, have a look at some excellent Halal-holiday holiday packages or book Halal Hotels for a hassle-free vacation. ...
As Muslims, when we look for holiday destinations for Muslim families or the best city breaks for couples, we tend to gear towards Asia and the Middle East. This is because we perceive them to be the most Muslim-friendly places to visit, and at times that can be true. But what that means is that we're missing out on a chunk of the world that is full of amazing experiences, incredible places, and extremely friendly people. Yes, we're talking about Europe. Maybe 100 years ago, there might not have been enough Muslim-friendly facilities to make you feel comfortable on a Halal holiday in Europe. But it's about to be 2018, and that's no more! There are plenty of Muslim-friendly cities in Europe, where you will have the time of your life! These places also offer plenty of Halal food and prayer options. Here are 9 of the best Muslim-friendly city breaks in Europe for 2018: credit-giphy.com 1. London, England Visit famous landmarks, fill your tummies with delicious food, stroll through beautiful gardens, or shop till you drop in London! London is one of the most famous cities in the world, and has got to be on the bucket list of any travel bug! This beautiful metropolis gives off an elegance that is unmatchable. With iconic buildings like the Big Ben and the Buckingham Palace nestled innocuously amongst modern buildings, high-tech facilities and a diverse mix of people, it's a place that you cannot miss! London is also one of the most Muslim-friendly cities in Europe. With over a million Muslims living in the city, there is no shortage of Halal food for whatever cuisine or price range you're in the mood for. There are also plenty of mosques in the city, including the famous London Central Mosque. Find nearby Halal food places in London Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in London 2. Vienna, Austria Vienna is a European city that draws it's visitors in with a sort of old world charm that is hard to find in this day and age. If you're looking for the best city breaks for couples, you cannot go wrong with this delightful city because it allows you to slow down and spend some quality time with your loved one. Take long walks through the elegant parks and gardens, enjoy your evenings in cosy coffee shops, immerse yourself into the culture, enjoy delicious Halal food, or go shopping – in Vienna, you'll live the good life. You won't have too much trouble finding Halal food near you in Vienna as there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Vienna is also home to a number of mosques; Islamic Center Vienna and Kuba Mosque are two of them. Some hotels are also very Muslim-friendly, offering facilities like qibla direction and prayer mats. Find nearby Halal food places in Vienna Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Vienna 3. Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul is the biggest city in Turkey, one of the only Muslim-majority countries in Europe. But that's not the only reason why Istanbul is one of the top tourist destinations in the world for 2018! In Istanbul, there is a sort of magic in the air that captivates it's visitors and leaves them feeling like just one visit is not enough. It is a place like no other, with a perfect mix of East and West; in fact, it is the only city in the world that lies in two continents – Europe and Asia! Istanbul is full of amazing architecture like the historic Hagia Sophia. As a Muslim country, you won't have any trouble finding nearby Halal food, which is definitely a good thing because Turkish food is definitely something that would be a shame to miss! There are also lots of mosques in Istanbul to explore, and they are as magnificent as the rest of the city's architecture. Find nearby Halal food places in Istanbul Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Istanbul 4. Rome, Italy The capital of Italy is one of the top travel destinations in 2018 for a Halal holiday in Europe. Rome takes you back to the ancient days with iconic attractions like the Colosseum and the Vatican (a city inside a city!). There are so many other places to visit, like ancient ruins, fountains & parks, museums, and more. You'll have plenty to do while there. Shopping is also something you cannot miss in Rome, with Italy being one of the top fashion capitals in the world! There are plenty of Halal food restaurants available in Rome; although they might also serve alcohol on the side so be cautious. You can also find quite a few places specializes in the Halal versions of the famous gelato – so don't miss out on them! As for prayer places in Rome, you've got an abundance of options as there are numerous mosques in the city. Note: Although wearing the hijab (headscarf) is permissible and people are not bothered about it, wearing the niqab (face cover) is against the law. You might also be required to remove your hijab for security purposes at times (you could request to get checked by a female officer in a private area). Find nearby Halal food places in Rome Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Rome 5. Paris, France The city of love is a great European honeymoon vacation for couples, but also an amazing holiday destination for Muslim families. Paris is one of the most famous cities in the world and has some of the most recognizable attractions in the world like the Eiffel Tower or Louvre Museum. You can also stroll through the captivating streets, brunch at chic cafes, and shop in swanky boutiques. Paris will have you spoiled for choice when it comes to Halal food – with over a 100 Halal restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual. That's definitely good for us because another thing Paris is famous for is the food! Mosques are also amply scattered all over the city; the grandest of them all: the Grand Mosque of Paris! Find nearby Halal food places in Paris Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Paris 6. Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, a country in northwestern Europe. Amsterdam is one of the top travel destinations for Muslim travellers in 2018, because not only are there sufficient Halal-friendly facilities, but also an abundance of unforgettable experiences. Visit renowned locations like the Anne Frank Museum and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, stroll through charming streets and waterways, go shopping in street markets, take your picture at the famous “I Amsterdam” letters, and enjoy delicious food! With a population of 4% Muslims, Islam is the second largest religion in the Netherlands. As such, there is an abundance of Halal-certified and Halal-friendly restaurants to dine in, as well as a number of mosques all over the city. Find nearby Halal food places in Amsterdam Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Amsterdam 7. Munich, Germany Munich is the capital of the German state of Bavaria. Germany is a country that is extremely accommodating to Muslims, with around 5 million of them living there. Apart from Berlin and Frankfurt, Munich is a great place for a Halal holiday in Europe. There are more than enough Halal restaurants in Munich, as well as plenty of mosques – the Penzberg Mosque is absolutely gorgeous and something you definitely cannot miss! What also makes Munich one of the best places to travel to in 208 is that there's plenty of stuff to do and see, whether you're travelling alone or are on holiday with your family. You can explore the city's magnificent architecture, historic buildings, the Tierpark Hellabrunn (the largest zoo in the world!), the remarkable Englischer Garten with its natural swimming pools, and so much more. Find nearby Halal food places in Munich Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Munich 8. Oslo, Norway Oslo is one of the best Scandinavian cities you can visit on a Halal friendly trip to Europe in 2018! It is the capital of Norway and offers visitors a unique mix of undeniable nature, majestic mountains and sparkling seas, an eclectic culture, warm people, and plenty of exciting opportunities. To sum it all up, a trip to Oslo spells fun! The best time to visit Oslo would be during the months of winter when you can take to the slopes and participate in other winter activities. Oslo also has a variety of Halal food restaurants to choose from, and also quite a few mosques. Find nearby Halal food places in Oslo Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Oslo 9. Barcelona, Spain The first thing that comes to mind when you hear Barcelona might be football, but the Catalonian capital brings so much more to the plate. It is also a great Muslim-friendly place to visit. In Barcelona, you can explore the famous buildings of renowned architect Antoni Gaudi, immerse yourself into the street life at La Rambla, spend relaxing evenings in gorgeous parks, and fill yourself to the brim with amazing tapas! If you're there in the summer, don't forget to visit the spectacular beaches and participate in the number of summer activities like volleyball, hiking, etc. And of course, whether you're a die-hard football fan or not, how can you miss out on the world famous Barcelona F.C. Stadium? When it comes to Halal food, there's no need to worry because Barcelona has many Halal restaurants serving cuisines from all around the world, from local and Mediterranean, to Asian, Middle Eastern, and more. There are also a few mosques in Barcelona, including the Masjid Tarek ibn Zayed and Barcelona's Central Mosque. Find nearby Halal food places in Barcelona Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Barcelona ...