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The National Museum is located in the historical Rizal or Luneta Park and was established on 29th October 1901. The Museum is frequently visited by locals, tourists and students who are interested learning more about the history and culture of the Philippines. There are 6 main divisions that the museum handles which are anthropology, zoology, botany, geology, archaeology and the arts. You will find plenty of interesting historical artifacts, sculptures from renowned artists, different styles of artwork and various galleries that display with unique display themes. Various artifacts and sunken treasures that date back to ancient times that are a part of the rich culture of the Philippines including artifacts such as the Manunggul Burial Jar and a Calatagan Ritual Pot that date back to prehistoric time are displayed here. Visitors can also have a  at the artifacts found at the Leta Leta cave and a Tabon Skull Cap and mandible are the earliest evidence of human remains in Philippines....more

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The National Museum is located in the historical Rizal or Luneta Park and was established on 29th October 1901. The Museum is frequently visited by locals, tourists and students who are interested learning more about the history and culture of the Philippines. There are 6 main divisions that the museum handles which are anthropology, zoology, botany, geology, archaeology and the arts. You will find plenty of interesting historical artifacts, sculptures from renowned artists, different styles of artwork and various galleries that display with unique display themes. Various artifacts and sunken treasures that date back to ancient times that are a part of the rich culture of the Philippines including artifacts such as the Manunggul Burial Jar and a Calatagan Ritual Pot that date back to prehistoric time are displayed here. Visitors can also have a  at the artifacts found at the Leta Leta cave and a Tabon Skull Cap and mandible are the earliest evidence of human remains in Philippines.

Ticket Price

Free of charge

Opening Hour

10 AM – 5 PM

Recommended Visit Duration

More than than 2 hours

Suitable For

Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families or children

Must See

Manunggul Burial Jar, Calatagan Ritual Pot, sculptures, artwork

Prayer Facilities

Muslims travelers to the museum will not find prayer facilities at the park or building. Mosques near the location include the Amepa Mosque, the Ermita Mosque and the Abu Malik Mosque. 

Halal Food

It is advised to first ask the staff at any place if they serve Halal food at their restaurant. You can ask the locals to help guide you to Halal restaurants near the museum, but there are no Halal certified restaurants inside the premises.

  • SEAGames 2019: Where To Get Your Halal Food In Subic

    The SEA Games are nearly upon us, and as you prepare for your great adventure in the Philippines to coincide with the SEA Games 2019, a visit to Subic will no doubt be part of your travel itinerary. A coastal municipality situated northwest of Manila, Subic offers diverse sights and activities for different interests and passions. So, combine watching the SEA Games with lounging in sandy beaches along Subic Bay, diving to view shipwrecks and an array of coral species, a walkabout town to take in the splendors of 19th-century Spanish architecture to a game of golf, a fun time at the theme parks or a range of water sports. Subic has much to offer to ensure an active and action-packed holiday amidst the exhilaration of the SEA Games. So, while packing and getting ready for your unique adventure during this special season, here’s our contribution to your highly memorable holiday enabling you to follow your Islamic practices-- a list of halal and Muslim-friendly restaurants in Subic at a distance of 2-45-minutes’ drive from the SEA Games venues. However, do remember that during the period of the SEA Games, there is likely going to be increased traffic and many changes to accommodate the increased tourism in the area, so call ahead and check on availability and make bookings as needed. 1. Mr. Taste Restaurant Image Credit: Mr. Taste Halal Food & Restaurant on Facebook Claiming to be the first Halal-certified restaurant in the Subic Freeport Zone, Mr. Taste serves a range of Indian and Pakistani food. Halal Status: Halal-certifiedAddress: Building 1143, Rizal Highway Corner, Argonaut Highway,                  Subic Bay Freeport Zone 2222 Subic, Zambales, Philippines.Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday (10.00am to 10.00pm)Telephone: +63 906 463 6071 Facebook 2. Shan Biryani Kabab Halal Restaurant Image Credit: Shan Briyani Kebab Halal Restaurant Offering a typical Indian fare, this restaurant also has shawarma and a range of halal meats and sells groceries. Halal Status: Serves Halal food (Beef, Chicken & Mutton)Address: 20 Elicano St, Olongapo, 2200 Zambales, Philippines.Opening Hours: Sunday to Friday (10.30am to 9.00pm)                             Saturday (10.30am to 10.00pm)Phone: +63 917 134 9623 Website | Facebook 3. New Feng Huang Seafood Restaurant Image Credit: New Feng Huang Seafood Restaurant on Facebook Located inside the Subic Bay Diamond View Hotel on the 5th floor, New Feng offers a spectacular view of Subic Bay. Chinese and authentic Cantonese cuisine is their specialty, while they are well-known for serving fresh seafood. They also serve a range of Asian and vegetarian-friendly fare. Halal Status: Muslim-friendly seafood meals and serves halal chickenMeals: Breakfast | Brunch | Lunch | DinnerAddress: Block 2, 3 Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone,               Olongapo, 2200 Zambales, PhilippinesOpening Hours: Monday to Sunday (9.30am to 11.00pm)Phone: +63 47 252 9022 Facebook 4. Seafood By The Bay Image Credit: Seafood By The Bay on Facebook While not Halal certified, the restaurant serves a wide array of seafood dishes which they can customize for a Muslim-friendly meal. They do serve alcohol. Halal Status: Muslim-friendly seafood meals on requestMeals: Lunch | DinnerAddress: Block 1, Lot 5, Waterfront Road, Moonbay Marina,                  Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo, PhilippinesHours: Monday to Thursday (10.30am to 2.30pm & 5:30pm to 10.30pm)              Friday to Sunday (10.30am to 2.30pm & 5:30pm to 11.00pm)Phone: +63 47 252 8199 Facebook 5. Wild Herbs Restaurant Serves Asian, Thai, fusion and vegetarian-friendly food. While not Halal certified, an inquiry via Facebook Messenger revealed that they serve Halal food on special request, as long as the order is placed in advance. They do serve alcoholic drinks. Halal Status: Serves Halal food on special requestMeals: Lunch | DinnerAddress: #67 National Highway, Barretto 2200                  Olongapo, PhilippinesHours: Monday to Saturday (9.00am to 11.00pm)              Sunday ClosedPhone: +63 906 497 1499 Facebook 6. Shamboli's Pizza A dedicated pizza joint that claims to be vegetarian-friendly. Halal Status: UnsureMeals: Lunch | DinnerAddress: 57, RH 5, Subic Baraca National Highway,                  Olongapo, Zambales, PhilippinesHours: Monday & Tuesday (2.30pm to 2.30am)               Wednesday to Saturday (2.00pm to 2.30am)               Sunday (11.00am to 2.00 am)Phone: +63 928 635 5720 Facebook 7. Starbucks The famed Starbucks can be a quick stop for rest and relaxation between SEA Games events. Since it is located within a mall, it will also give you an excuse to indulge in some shopping. Halal Status: Unsure, however, the coffee, tea and other drinks should be Muslim-friendlyAddress: Rizal Highway, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales, Philippines                   (Located in Watsons Harbor Point Mall Subic)Hours: Sunday to Thursday (7.00am to 12 midnight)             Friday & Saturday (6.30am to 12 midnight)Phone: +63 47 2527439   Now, all that’s left is to enjoy your Muslim-friendly SEA Games 2019 adventure in Subic, Philippines....

  • SEAGames 2019: Where To Get Your Halal Food in Manila

    We Win As One! via GIPHY The SEAGames 2019 will be the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games and this year, it will be hosted by the Philippines. From 30th November to 11th December, Manila, Clark and Subic will serve as hubs throughout the games. If you are planning to fly in for the SEAGames but have setbacks due to food restriction, fret not because we are here to list it down for you. These list of Halal eateries are those you can find in Manila, Clark as well and Subic. It will definitely leave you spoiled for choices! via GIPHY 1. Al Batra Restaurant & Coffee Shop Image Credit: Al Batro Restaurant & Coffee Shop on Facebook Al Batra Restaurant is located in the heart of Makati. It serves an authentic Mediterranean, Arabian and Indian cuisine. Apart from this, the restaurant also serves fresh seafood. Take note that this restaurant offers shisha.Halal status: Halal menu served.Address: 2nd floor, A.M Flores Building, Makati Avenue corner Constellation Street, Makati, PhilippinesOpening Hours: 24 hoursFacebook 2. Pamanganan House of Malaysian Halal Foods Image Credit: Pamanganan House of Malaysian Halal Foods on FacebookPamanganan Restaurant is located in Manila Muslim Town. This is a place for you to dine at to get your craving for Malaysian food fixed, bringing you closer to home. Apart from that, you can also try their pizza with a variety of flavors to choose from.Halal Status: Halal menu served.Address: G/F Shaima 2 Hotel, 310-D Elizondo St., Quiapo ManilaOpening Hours: 8am – 11pmFacebook 3. Ababu Persian Kitchen Image Credit: Ababu Persian Kitchen on Facebook Ababu Persian Kitchen is another restaurant with few branches around the Philippines. It specialized in Middle Eastern and Persian cuisine, from Shawarma to Kebab and Hummus. The stated branch below is famous among students nearby as they can savor Persian cuisine without burning a hole in their pockets.Halal status: Halal menu served.Address: 75 Xavierville Ave. Loyola Heights Subd. QC, Quezon City, PhilippinesOpening Hours: 11am – 3am (Mon-Sat), 10am – 2am (Sun)Facebook   4. Martabak Cafe Image Credit: Martabak Cafe on Facebook Martabak Cafe is a halal restaurant located in the biggest mall in the Philippines. Getting its name from a Malay street food Murtabak, this restaurant serves Indon-Malay cuisines which will definitely cure you from being homesick.Halal status: Halal-certifiedAddress: Ground Floor, 131 North Parking Building, SM Mall of Asia,                Bay Boulevard 1308, PhilippinesOpening Hours: 10am – 10pmWebsite | Facebook | Instagram 5. Kashmir Image Credit: Kashmir on Facebook Kashmir is the first Indian restaurant that was established in Manila. With almost 40 years in business, Kashmir has extended its branch throughout Manila. With their dishes ranging from meat overload to vegetarian, dining at Kashmir will let you experience the best of what Northern Indian cuisine has to offer.Halal status: Halal-certifiedAddress: 816 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City, The PhilippinesOpening Hours: 11am – 10pmWebsite | Facebook | Instagram  6. Gilak by Hossein Image Credit: Gilak by Hossein on Facebook Another successful eatery that you should check out is Gilak by Hossein. Serving you with an authentic Persian and Mediterranean cuisine, you will be satisfied by its Shawarma and Kebab.Halal status: Halal menu served.Address: 2/F Greenbelt 3, Makati Avenue, Ayala Center,                Makati, National Capital Region 1223Opening Hours: 11am – 12mnWebsite | FacebookThe list doesn't stop here. Check out these Halal eateries too when you are in Manila. More Restaurants You can Lookout For 1. The Chicken Rice Shop in Robinson’s Place, ManilaServes: MalaysianHalal status: HalalAddress: G/F, Space 304, Robinsons Place Manila, Pedro Gil Cor. Adriatico Sts., Ermita, ManilaOpening Hours: 10am – 9:30pm (Sun – Thu), 10am – 10:30pm (Fri & Sat)Facebook2. Ziggurat in Makati CityServes: Indian, the Mediterranean, African, and the Middle EastHalal status: HalalAddress: Ground Floor Sunette Tower, Makati Ave Corner Durban St.Opening Hours: 24 hoursFacebook3. Potato CornerServes: SnacksHalal status: Halal ingredients usedAddress: Various locations around ManilaOpening Hours: Depends on the branchWebsite | Facebook | Instagram4. Hossein’s Persian KebabServes: Iranian, Arabian, Indian and MediterraneanHalal status: Halal-certifiedAddress: 2nd Floor 7857 LKV Building, Makati Avenue, right across Burgos Street, Makati CityOpening Hours: 11am – 11pmWebsite | Facebook4. Dulang Restaurant in Ermita, ManilaServes: Malaysian, Tausug (an ethnic group of the Philippines, Malaysian and Indonesia)Halal status: Muslim-ownedAddress: 1313 M. Adriatico St. cor Padre Faura, Ermita, ManilaOpening Hours: 9am – 9pmFacebook5. Garuda PhilippinesServes: IndonesianHalal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: 166 Salcedo Street Makati City, PhilippinesOpening Hours: 11am – 10pmWebsite | Facebook | Instagram6. Mister KababServes: Middle Eastern and MediterraneanHalal status: Halal menu served.Address: 31 West Avenue, Del Monte, Quezon CityOpening Hours: 24 hoursFacebook7. Shawarma Snack Center ManilaServes: Middle easternHalal status: Halal-certifiedAddress: 485 Salas St., Ermita, ManilaOpening Hours: 24 hoursFacebook8. Arya Persian Restaurant ManilaServes: Iranian and The MediterraneanHalal status: Halal ingredient used, alcohol is served.Address: Robinsons Place Manila, Level 1, Alfresco Wing, Ermita, Manila, 1000, Metro Manila, PhilippinesOpening Hours: 10am – 9pmWebsite | Facebook9. Feta MediterraneanServes: Turkish, Greek, MediterraneanHalal status: Halal meat used.Address: Ground Floor, Intrawest Center, 101 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan CityOpening Hours: 10am – 10pmFacebook10. El Prado at Berjaya Makati HotelServes: Local, Asian, InternationalHalal status: Halal-certifiedAddress: 7835 Makati Avenue Corner Eduque Street, Makati City, Philippines 1209Opening Hours: 24 hoursWebsite11. Kabab & CurryServes: Indian and PakistaniHalal status: Halal-certifiedAddress: 20 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati CityOpening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 12mnWebsite12. Hummus Elijah MakatiServes: MediterraneanHalal Status: Vegetarian and HalalAddress: 7850 Makati Avenue, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila, PhilippinesOpening Hours: 9am – 3amWebsite | Facebook13. Moud Halal RestaurantHalal status: Muslim-owned, Halal ingredients used.Address: 827 Globo de Oro Street, Quiapo, Manila, The PhilippinesOpening Hours: 11am – 10pmFacebook 14. Iza's Chicken CornerServes: WesternHalal Status: Halal menu served.Address: 873 P. Campa Street, Sampaloc, ManilaOpening Hours: 24 hoursFacebook15. The Marriott Cafe in Marriot Hotel ManilaHalal status: Halal menu available upon request.Address: Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay 1309, Metro Manila, PhilippinesOpening Hours: 6:30am – 10:30pmWebsite16. New Bombay RestaurantServes: Authentic Indian foodHalal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: G/F, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati CityOpening Hours: 11am – 11pm17. Rehan Halal Food HubServes: ArabianHalal Status: Halal menu served.Address: Food Court, Lower Ground Floor, Theatre Mall, Greenhills Shopping Centre, Greenhills, San Juan CityOpening Hours: 10am – 10pm So there you have it, a list of Halal eateries in Manila. Now that food is settled, what are you waiting for? Get your plan started for a trip to Manila!...

  • The Halal Guys - Meat Maestros

    How It All Began   The Halal Guys is a name that is known many places in America and around the world, offering a safe haven for locals and tourists looking for Muslim-friendly food in places where it might not be as widely available. In fact, that's exactly how they got their start all the way back in 1990. Starting as a humble American-style hot dog cart on the south-east corner of West 5th and 6th Avenue in New York City, the Muslim cab drivers in the city would seek this bright yellow food cart out to fulfil their pangs of hunger, and to get a taste of Halal-friendly American food.     Credit - giphy.com   What's The Special?   The Halal Guys might have begun as a simple hot dog cart, but today their most famous menu item is the chicken or gyro meat platter. Their food is unique because they’ve come up with their own distinctive recipes that take influences from American, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. They don't bother themselves with fancy plates or too many varieties of food; they just want to do what they do and make it the best!   Their signature platter consists of fragrant basmati rice soaked and cooked in spices, topped with delicious, tender chicken or lamb meat, fresh vegetables, crispy fried falafel, and pita bread. Apart from the Halal meat, their white (yoghurt based) and red (super spicy) sauces that come along are also a worldwide favourite, so make sure to grab some extra!   In NYC, their most famous outlet, The Halal Guys are the #1 Yelped business and the 3rd in all of USA! The New York Post has also said that they are “perhaps the city's most famous open-air dining destination”, and they're right because nowhere else can you see people lining up for many blocks just to get a plate of street food!   Where to Find The Halal Guys   26 years later, The Halal Guys have expanded and had further plans to expand on an impressive scale with over 200 franchise and restaurant locations all around America and the world. In 2014, they partnered with Fransmart, a franchise development company to launch restaurants all around America (California, Louisiana, Florida, Arizona, Los Angeles, etc.), in Canada, Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. They have also been certified Halal around the world by many Halal-governing bodies such as the International Halal Food Council.   These are some of the most famous The Halal Guys outlets in the world:   New York City   Although there are 3 different The Halal Guys outlets just in NYC, we chose to talk about this one because it is THE original stand; i.e. where it all began! You can guess that there's something special coming when you're walking towards the corner of West 53rd Street and 6th Avenue because you'll see a massive line of people waiting to grab their grub long before you see the simple red and yellow stands of the iconic street food stand. And you'll want to join in line (and wait however long it takes), for one of two reasons: a. you've had the food before and can't wait to try more, or b. you want to see what all the fuss is about. If you fit into that second category, we guarantee you'll be in the first pretty soon!   If you're a first-timer, here's some advice: the wait is worth it, but have your order ready (chicken, lamb, or combo), and load up on the delicious white sauce. As for the red sauce, you definitely don't want to miss it (cause yum!), but be wary because it sure is super, duper spicy!Click here for more information about The Halal Guys Address: W 53rd St 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019. Theater District, Midtown West. Phone: +1 347-527-1505   Seoul, South Korea   Walking from the Itaewon Station (Exit 2), the bright yellow brick building with the name spelt across the top in red is sure to catch your attention. With a menu that consists of the classic chicken gyro and rice platters as well as sandwich options, this is where you can find the simplest and most satisfying Halal food in South Korea. The platters come in three sizes (small, regular, and new york); go for the small if you want to have a regular meal, the regular if you want a filling meal, and the New York if you want to share with a friend and you're both really hungry! Click here for more information about The Halal Guys Address: 187 Itaewon-ro, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Phone: +82 2-794-8308   Montreal, Canada   Situated right next to Concordia University’s downtown campus on Mackay Street, this outlet that's been up and running only for a little more than a year is almost a clone of the famous New York City outlet. In fact, they get the special sauces down from NYC and even source their meat from the same places! And you know what, the incredibly long lines are also pretty similar to the original.   Click here for more information about The Halal Guys Address: 1448 Mackay St, Montreal, QC H3G 2H6, Canada.   Phone: +1 514-933-8225   Manila, Philippines   If you're in Mandaluyong City and looking for where to find Halal food, this is the place for you! Certified by the Halal Development Institute of the Philippines, this The Halal Guys outlet in SM Megamall is just as buzzing as all of their famous outlets. They source their Halal beef from the same supplier as the NY outlet in Chicago and season the locally-grown chicken to the same standards as the original. The only difference is the switch from basmati to jasmine rice, to cater to the local palate. The staff are also trained by the New York team as well, so you can be sure that there's no lack of authenticity. Click here for more information about The Halal Guys Address: 5L Mega Food Hall, SM Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Epifanio de Los Santos Ave, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines. Phone: +632 941-4158   Jakarta, Indonesia   The Halal Guys outlet in Jakarta probably has one of the most bearable queues, but they serve some of the best Halal food in Indonesia for sure. They also have a limited seating area, so you can enjoy your food right there! The menu here is typical to The Halal Guy outlets everywhere, with sandwich and rice platter options, and you can also get something to drink and finish the meal off with baklava for dessert! Click here for more information about The Halal Guys Address: Senayan City, Lantai 5, Jl. Asia Afrika, Senayan, Jakarta.   Phone: 021 72782270     These are just a few of the places where you can find the Halal Guys outlets around the world, but they are available in so many places. If you're in a city in America, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, etc. and are looking for some affordable, yet awesome Muslim-friendly food, all you have to do is log on to their website and put in your location, and you'll be directed to their nearest location.   If there isn't a The Halal Guys outlet near you, don't worry, because they are always expanding. Some of the cities where plans have been put in places for new outlets to open are Chicago (IL), Washington (DC), Austin (TX), Las vegas (NV), and more in the United States of America; and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Manila (Philipines), Toronto (Canada), and Jakarta (Indonesia) internationally.   They have no intention of stopping there, so watch out for The Halal Guys; there might be an outlet coming to a location close to you very soon!  ...

  • 10 of the World's Best Surfing Destinations for Muslims

    Hunting the best surfing destinations in the world? HalalTrip has made a list of some of the world's best surfing spots that you can head to as a Muslim traveler.     Surfing has become a trendy water sport over the last few decades and surfing enthusiasts have discovered some well-known as well as hidden surf destinations around the world. With the gaining popularity for surfing, there are a surfeit of surf destinations to choose from in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and America. Here is our list of the best surfing destinations in the world for Muslim travelers.    1) Jeffrey's Bay - South Africa   About: Jeffrey’s Bay often called J-Bay, is a popular tourist destination and is famous for its seashells and seafood restaurants, water sports, river logons and of course surfing! Voted as the second best of the ‘World’s 50 Best Surf Spots’ by CNN in 2013, it is an ideal surfing destination in Africa that has several Halal restaurants in the areas for Muslim travelers.   Surf: Jeffrey’s Bay which offers the best right hand point break in the world has waves that can measure up to 12 feet. With 10 different surfs to choose from, including Kitchen Windows, Magna Tubes, Boneyards and Supertubes, there are many options for all grades of surfers. Booties are a must when surfing at J-Bay and do keep an eye out for sharks!    Location: Situated on the Indian Ocean in a town located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa just off the N2 Highway, about 75 kilometers southwest of Port Elizabeth.   Peak Season: May to mid-September   2) Surfrider Beach - Malibu, California, USA     About: California has been a surfers’ destination for nearly 100 years. With its abundance of surfs, California may be considered one of the best surf destinations in America, while Surfrider Beach is a popular sandy beach and surfing spot often included in many lists of the world’s best surfing destinations. Malibu also offers many Halal restaurants for Muslim travelers.    Surf:  Surfrider Beach’s small, perfectly formed waves is a great place to longboard and surf Beach Boys-style.    Location: Situated between the Malibu Pier and the Malibu Lagoon, Surfrider Beach is part of the Malibu Lagoon State Beach which has separate designated surfing and swimming areas.    Peak Season: September to November     3) Honolua Bay - Maui, Hawaii, USA      About: Another renown top surf adventure destination in America is Hawaii. The first written reference of surfing at Hawaii was in the 18th century, and hence these islands are often considered the ‘home of surfing’. Although Waikiki, the North Shore and Oahu are known as surfing meccas, Maui also has its legendary surf spots. All in all, the Hawaiian Islands offer surfers of all grades and experience a surfing adventure like no other! Muslim travelers will also be able to find a couple of halal restaurants and a mosque in Maui.   Surf: The surf at Honolulu Bay is the most popular in Maui and yet difficult to find. But once you get on this right-hand point break, the feeling is fantastic. There is also a chance to spot whales while surfing!   Location: The beach at Honolua Bay is located under Maui’s rugged northwest shoulder. You can park on the bluffs overlooking the break and, walk down the trail to the water to Honolua Bay.   Peak Season: Winter is the best surf season,   4) Joe’s Point - Sur, Oman        About: Oman is still a very young and unexplored surfing destination. However, its long stretch of coast along the Indian Ocean does offer some interesting surf breaks that make Oman not only one of the best destinations to surf in the Middle East but also a very Muslim-friendly surf destination.   Surf: With a sand bar to the right and rock bottom to the left, Joe’s Point is suitable for both beginners and experts. Rides can last up to 40 seconds and the water temperature is usually warm.    Location: Joe’s Point situated on the Arabian Sea in the town of Sur in the Ash Sharqiyah Region of Oman can only be reached by car. It is located approximately four hours from Muscat along Highway 17.   Season: Due to Oman’s subtropical dry weather, surfers can surf at Joe’s Point all year through.   5) Arugam Bay - Sri Lanka   About: Sri Lanka is comparatively a newly discovered and affordable surfing destination, while Arugam Bay is regarded as the best surf spot in the country; attracting local surfing enthusiasts as well as international tourists. With the area’s predominantly Muslim population and seafood restaurants, Arugam Bay can be considered a Muslim-friendly surf destination.    Surf: Arugam Bay has quite a few quality surf breaks which are mostly right-hand peaks. The most popular being the Main Point located towards the south of the bay. Other breaks include Whiskey Point and Pottuvil Point to the north, and Elephant Rock, Peanut Farm and Okanda to the south.    Location: On the Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka's east coast, the bay is located 320 kilometers (200 miles) due east of Colombo, and approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) south of Pottuvil (Ullae).   Peak Season: May to November   6) Sultans - North Male, Maldives   About: Another Muslim-friendly surf destination in Asia is the Maldives. As an Islamic country, the availability of mosques and Halal food is not a concern for Muslim travelers and there many fine surf points to choose from among Maldives' 1,190 coral islands. Sultans is considered a famous surf destination in the Maldives and is ranked 11th in CNN’s 2013 list of ‘World’s 50 Best Surf Spots’.   Surf: The surf at Sultans is a consistent reef wave that's impressive in the spring and peaks at high tide, with a solid southeast swell. However, the rocks at Sultans can be dangerous and it is recommended to use a surf trip specialist outfit such as ‘Surfatoll’.    Location: On the Indian Ocean in the North Male Atoll.    Peak Season: March to October   7) Superbank - Gold Coast, Australia    About: The Gold Coast is considered the best surfing destination in Australia and the Superbank is a highly popular man-made stretch of beach ideal for surfing. The Superbank wave was created following the start of the dredging of sand away from the Tweed Rivermouth is formed by the stretch of sand along the southern points at Snapper Rocks – Kirra, Rainbow Bay and Greenmount. It is the site of the annual surfing competition. The Gold Coast with its abundance of Halal cafes and restaurants make this an ideal surf and beach destination for Muslim travelers.    Surf: The Superbank's break is one of the world’s best surf destinations for passionate surfers. The wave is a right-hand point break that regularly barrels and can produce heavy, hollow barrels only suited for the experienced surfer.    Location: Located in Coolangatta just north of the New South Wales/Queensland border.   Peak Season: January to April.   8) Hossegor - France   About: Dubbed as the "surfing capital of Europe", it is no wonder that Hossegor tops many lists of the best surf destinations in Europe. With such fame, Hossegor has become a must-visit surf destination that attracts not only surfing enthusiasts and pros, but also people who wish to watch the pros ride tubes, which can rival Hawaii for heavy walls breaking on an unnervingly shallow sandbank. Muslim travelers also luck out as Soorts-Hossegor does have some Halal restaurants.   Surf: Hossegor’s surf is mainly for experienced surfers. Considered some of the best waves in the world, Hossegor attracts world-class surfers with its world-class waves. Hossegor offers a series of world-class beach breaks including Les Estagnots, Les Culs Nuls, the mighty La Gravière (for tube-riding) and L’Epi Nord.   Location: Situated on the Atlantic in the South of France, Hossegor is a part of the little town of Soorts. It is a short drive from the towns of Biarritz and Capbreton and a couple hours from the Spanish border and the Basque country to the south.    Peak Season: March/April or September/October.   9) Cloud Nine - Siargao Island, Philippines   About: Siargao Island is affordable surf destination in Asia with several waves that can only be reached by boat. After being featured in a Surfer magazine nearly 25 years ago, this island has become even more popular as a low budget surf destination. Cloud Nine is one of the well-known surfing waves on Siargao and the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition.    Surf: The surf at Cloud Nine with its right-breaking reef wave has gained worldwide reputation for thick, hollow tubes. However, sharp reefs below the surf can be dangerous so do be careful!    Location: Situated in the Philippines Seas, Siargao Island is a tear-drop shaped island about 800 kilometers from Manila. Cloud Nine is the only wave on the Island that can be accessed without a boat.    Peak Season:  August to November when the prevailing wind is offshore.   10) Uluwatu - Bali, Indonesia   About: The island of Bali is considered a fabulous beach holiday destination that attracts holiday makers from across the globe and its popularity as one of the best beaches to surf on attracts surfers from beginners to professionals for an exotic surfing experience. The island of Bali offers a range of waves in clear waters all through the year, making it another go-to surf destination in Asia. Further, Muslim travelers will be able to enjoy their choice of halal food and restaurants.   Surf: Uluwatu which was discovered as a surfing destination in 1972 is known for its professional-grade waves, while the the 5-kilometer-long sandy stretch of Kuta which is clear of dangerous rocks and coral is the ideal surf for beginners.    Location: Uluwatu is situated on the southern tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali. This left reef is divided into sections - from top to bottom, they are Outside Temple, Bommies, Temple, Outside Corner, Racetracks and Peak.   Peak Season:  April to October.     Click here for more ideas for your next Muslim-friendly holiday!     ...

  • Are the Halal Guys Coming Near You?

    In 1990, the three Egyptian founders first introduced the Halal food truck – Halal Guys on 53rd street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan New York. Now the three founders who are Mohamed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka and Abdelbaset  Elsayed have seen their business expand,  with food carts located not only in New York and other states but even worldwide with a restaurant in the Philippines. The Halal Guys Food Truck The Halal Guys opened their first restaurant in 2014 at 14th Street in the East Village. Their business has been booming and it has become common to see a long line of people eagerly waiting for their meals. The Halal Guys food truck has also resulted in a less demand for the more traditional New York hotdogs. In fact the Halal Guys food truck first started out as a hotdog stand and later turned it into what it is well known for – chicken, gyro meat and falafel platters. There have also been several copycat versions that have opened up in the area with similar uniforms and food items as well. The Halal Guys Menu - Halal Meals on Food Trucks The Halal Guys food cart has always served platters that are made with gyro meat, chicken, or falafels drizzled with their special white sauce or red sauce and served with rice and pita bread. Their famous pita bread sandwich wraps also contain the same ingredients. The side dishes include fries, hummus or tahini with pita bread and extra sauce if needed. For dessert, there is baklava which consists of light flaky pastry filled with nuts and drizzled with honey and olive oil. The menu has remained the same at each outlet with the favorites from the original food truck now available at the restaurants as well. There are variations in the menu at the international outlets. For example, the Halal Guys branch in Manila contains a dish similar to Halal  snack pack but contains fried chicken and the rice that is used in the platters contains jasmine rice instead of basmati rice. The Halal Guys - New Locations The Halal Guys are already considering globally expanding their restaurants in other countries as well. However, while street food and small vendors are very popular in Singapore for their authenticity and flavor, there are a lower number of food trucks as there are several procedures to go through. Food trucks first need to get a license from the National Environment Agency (NEA) and apply for a venue permit from the government agency that owns the venue, which is quite tedious and they will have to stick to strict guidelines once the steps are taken. So there is no concrete plan as yet on whether there will be a Halal Guys food truck seen in Singapore, but maybe a restaurant instead. According to a company press release, there are plans to open 40 restaurants in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. However, only time will tell if there will be a Halal Guys restaurant in Singapore.   ...



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