Visiting the Marché Centrale or the Central Market when in Casablanca is an absolute must. This bustling market offers tourists an authentic taste of the city's Franco-Moorish past. Taking place on Boulevard Muhammad V, Monday to Saturday, from morning to evening, the Central Market offers a wealth of the finest Moroccan produce ranging from everyday grocery items, fresh fruits and vegetables, spices and flowers to handicrafts and Morocco's famous slippers. The Central Market is a must-visit for all tourists as it is a great place to observe the locals and to see them carrying out their day to day activities, as well as for finding special deals and something truly Moroccan....more

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Visiting the Marché Centrale or the Central Market when in Casablanca is an absolute must. This bustling market offers tourists an authentic taste of the city's Franco-Moorish past. Taking place on Boulevard Muhammad V, Monday to Saturday, from morning to evening, the Central Market offers a wealth of the finest Moroccan produce ranging from everyday grocery items, fresh fruits and vegetables, spices and flowers to handicrafts and Morocco's famous slippers. The Central Market is a must-visit for all tourists as it is a great place to observe the locals and to see them carrying out their day to day activities, as well as for finding special deals and something truly Moroccan.

Ticket Price

Not applicable

Opening Hour

Monday to Saturday: 0900-1800

Recommended Visit Duration

Around 1 hour or more

Suitable For

Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children

Must See

All the colorful stalls, especially the souvenir and handicraft ones

Prayer Facilities

Casablanca is a Muslim city, which means that Muslim visitor will definitely be able to find prayer facilities throughout. Muslim tourists must make it a point to offer at least one prayer at the Hassan II Mosque. This mosque is not only popular in Morocco, it is actually world renowned. Said to be the second largest mosque in the world, the Hassan II Mosque can accommodate 2,500 worshippers inside and 80,000 in its courtyard.

Halal Food

Visitors to Casablanca’s Central Market can either purchase food items at the market, or they can dine at one of the numerous restaurants surrounding it. Since Casablanca is a Muslim city, almost all restaurants in the city are sure to be Halal. When at the Central Market, visitors must make it a point to dine on fresh seafood from the Atlantic, served at one of the several restaurants in the area.

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  • Never Go Hungry in Hong Kong With These Halal Food Places

    Is finding Halal food places to dine in at Hong Kong a worry for you? Believe it or not, it is not that tedious to find Halal eateries in Hong Kong. With almost 50 over restaurants scattered around Hong Kong, you will definitely be awed by the choices ranging from Chinese to Western and Middle Eastern. Don't starve yourself when you go to Hong Kong because we have you all covered with these Halal eateries. via GIPHY Halal Eateries in Hong Kong Island 1. Islamic Center Canteen Image Credit: Islamic Center Canteen on Coconuts As cliche as it sounds, no matter what your itinerary is when you are visiting Hong Kong, it is a must to dine in at Islamic Center Canteen. Located on the 5th floor of the Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Center, the food here is definitely affordable with Dim Sum dishes starting at HKD13 (SGD2.30).Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: 5/F, Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, 40 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong IslandOpening Hours: 10am-9pm 2. Dong Fang Gong Lanzhou Beef Noodles Image Credit: Dong Fang G0ong Lanzhou Beef Noodles on OpenRice  Just about 2 minutes walk from Causeway Bay Station, you can find a restaurant called Oriental Palace Lanzhou Beef Ramen. This restaurant serves mainly beef noodle (as the name suggests) and what's special about it is that the noodles are made on the spot! A small bowl of Lanzhou Beef Noodles cost HKD58 (SGD10) and if you can't get enough of beef, order a side dish of beef for HKD22 (SGD4).Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: Shop C, G/F, Shining Building, 477 - 481 Jaffe Road, Causeway BayOpening Hours: 11am - 10pm 3. Mingcha Limited Image Credit: Mingcha Limited on Facebook Calling all tea lovers! Mingcha Limited is a company specialized in premium Chinese Tea. If you have some time to spare in Hong Kong and want to experience tea tasting, you may join some of their workshops. Either you are buying it for yourself or as a souvenir, Mingcha Limited is top-notch in the world of teas. A mini bottle of tea starts from HKD99 (SGD17).Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: RM 901-902, 9/F, Cheung Tat Centre, 18 Cheung Lee Street, Chai WanOpening Hours: 10am - 7pm (Closed on Sundays and public holidays)Website | Facebook 4. Wai Kee Image Credit: Wai Kee on ET Food Voyage Wai Kee is another recommended Muslim-owned eatery that you need to visit when you are in Hong Kong. This is the place for you to get your roasted duck rice fix (and of course, it is Halal!) Top on the must-try list is the well-marinated tender duck meat. And! You need to savor the crispy duck skin. While you’re there, try their very own wanton noodles and juicy wanton. Halal status: Muslim-ownedAddress: Stall #5 Bowrington Cooked Food Centre 1/F Bowrington Road Market, 23 Bowrington Road, Wan Chai, Hong KongOpening Hours: 10am - 6pm 5. Big Pizza Image Credit: Big Pizza On some nights, you just need some fast food and getting a Halal on can be a little tricky when you’re in Hong Kong. Well thankfully, Big Pizza is the place to go to get some good ol’ Halal pizza. The best part is, it opens all night long. Check out the timings below and be sure to have this eatery at the top of your mind when you need some pizza. A slice of pizza cost you HKD25 (SGD5) or you can settle for the pasta combo which comes with a drink at HKD52 (SGD10). Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: Shop No. 5, G/F Wan Chai Central Building, 89 Lockhard Road, Wan Chai, Hong KongOpening Hours: 10:30am - 6amWebsite 6. 27 Kebab House Image Credit: 27 Kebab House on Facebook On some nights, you just need some fast food and getting a Halal on can be a little tricky when you’re in Hong Kong. Well thankfully, Big Pizza is the place to go to get some good ol’ Halal pizza. The best part is, it opens all night long. Check out the timings below and be sure to have this eatery at the top of your mind when you need some pizza. A slice of pizza cost you HKD25 (SGD5) or you can settle for the pasta combo which comes with a drink at HKD52 (SGD10).Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: Shop D-E, 27 Hollywood Road, Soho, Central, Hong KongOpening Hours: 10am - 6am 7. Bombay Dreams HK Ltd Image Credit: Dining Concepts on Facebook Bombay Dreams is the perfect place to satisfy your daily Naan cravings. Listed on Michelin Guide’s Bid Gourmand, Bombay Dreams is a fine dining restaurant that serves the most authentic Indian cuisine. You can choose from various dishes to be eaten with Basmati rice or Naan. Prices start from HKD78 (SGD14).Halal status: Halal-Certified, Alcohol is served in the restaurantAddress: 4/F, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong KongOpening Hours: 12pm - 11pmWebsite  8. Chrisly Café Image Credit: Chrisly Cafe on Facebook Chrisly Cafe isn’t entirely Halal, but they have several branches that have Halal-certified bakeries like this one. When you’re in Hong Kong, you should never give this cafe a miss. Their iconic egg tarts, and pineapple bun, perfect for breakfast and tea time, are sure to leave you wanting for more. Halal status: Halal-Certified (Selected bakeries only)Address: Shop 3018, 3/F, Shun Tak Centre, 168-200 Connaught Road Central, Hong KongOpening Hours: 7am - 7pmWebsite | Facebook | Instagram 9.Warung Malang Image Credit: Warung Malang on Facebook If you’re looking to try something new, Warung Malang is the place to go. Not only do they serve delicious Indonesian food, but it also comes at an affordable price. If you need to get some rice fix, a plate of Nasi Campur costs HKD50 (SGD9), with 4 different dishes to choose from. Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: 2/F, B-2, Dragon Rise Building, 9-11 Pennington Street, Causeway Bay, Hong KongOpening Hours: 10am - 10pmFacebook   10. Masala Train  Image Credit: Masala Train on Facebook After a long and hot day spent exploring the streets of Hong Kong, why not dine at Masala Train? You can get a taste of authentic Indian food at this restaurant to satisfy your cravings. Over at this restaurant, you can try their meal box Chicken Tikka Masala from HKD 58 (SGD 11) as well as their Paneer Tikka Roll from HKD 58 (SGD 11). Halal status: Halal-certifiedAddress: G/F, Yue On Building, 146 Lockhart Road and 2A O'Brien Road, Wan ChaiOpening Hours: 11.30am to 10pm Website | Facebook Halal Eateries in Kowloon 1. Ma’s Restaurant Image Credit: Ma's Restaurant by KiKiPangHK on OpenRice Your trip to Hong Kong will be never complete if you don’t try their famous Chinese delights. Having difficulty finding the right restaurant? Look no further as Ma's Restaurant specializes in local Xinjiang cuisine. This restaurant is famous for its authentic braised beef brisket noodle for HKD50 (SGD19) and also their Veal Goulash which costs about HKD42 (SGD7). We highly recommend coming to this restaurant as it is sure to leave you spoilt for choices with its wide variety of food on the menu. Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: Shop A, 21-25 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po, Hong KongOpening Hours: 11:30am - 11pm 2. Islam Food Image Credit: Islam Food Islam food has been serving local cuisine and it should be one of the eateries you should try. The Pan Fried Beef Bun which is one of their signature dishes or if you are quite adventurous to try a cold dish, you can try the Chicken with Sesame Oil Sauce for HKD78 (SGD14).Halal status: Halal ingredient usedAddress: G/F, No. 1 Lung Kong Rd, Kowloon City, KowloonOpening Hours: 11am - 11pmWebsite  3. Casablanca Restaurant & Café Image Credit: Casablanca Restaurant on Facebook Casablanca Restaurant serves Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine. Either you choose to eat pita or Tagine (a Moroccon dish cooked in an earthenware pot), you can make it a set during lunch. Starting from HKD58 (SGD10), each set comes with a drink to complete your meal.Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: 6/F, Ashley Centre, 23-25 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong KongOpening Hours: 12pm - 11pmFacebook 4. Authentic Lanzhou Beef Noodles Image Credit: Authentic Lanzhou Beef Noodles on OpenRice This restaurant serves the popular authentic Lanzhou beef noodles for those of you who want to try out this popular Hong Kong local dish. As the portions for some of the food items in their menu can be quite big, we recommend sharing some of the dishes you order.  Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress:  Room 5-8 G/F, Park Hotel, 61-65 Chatham Road South, TSTOpening Hours: 11am - 11pm Website 5. Anjappar Image Credit: Anjappar on Facebook Anjappar is a restaurant serving Chettinad Indian cuisine and has been branching out worldwide. Try their signature special Anjappar Chicken Dry/Masala for HKD110 (SGD19) with Mutton Biryani HKD90 (SGD16). Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: Unit-202, Multifield Plaza, No.3-5 Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong KongOpening Hours: 11am - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm (Monday to Friday), 11am - 11pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)Website | Facebook | Instagram 6. Bismillah Kebab House Image Credit: Bismillah Kebab House on Facebook Bismillah Kebab House has 2 outlets in Chung King Mansion, one of which was at 1/F. Apart from serving Kebab doner, you can also try their BBQ fish and chips for HKD45 (SGD8) or the Lamb Chop Biryani for HKD55 (SGD10).Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: Shop No., 68A, G/F, Chung King Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, KowloonOpening Hours: 9am - 11pmFacebook 7. Istanbul Kebab Image Credit: Istanbul Kebab Tucked in Tsim Sha Tsui, Istanbul Kebab doesn't only serve kebab but you can find other Turkish dishes. Try the Shrimp Roll for HKD78 (SGD14) if you're a big fan of shrimp or the Doner Pizza Special from HKD88 (SGD15.50).Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: Shop 1A, Tsim Sha Tsui Mansion, 36-50 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong KongOpening Hours: 12pm - 11:30pmWebsite  8. Bombay Kitchen  Image Credit: Bombay Kitchen Bombay Kitchen serves various dishes from India. This restaurant is committed to providing the most authentic Indian foods. If you want to have a hearty meal, you can opt for the Butter Chicken HKD75 (SGD 13) and their Cheese Naan HKD25 (SGD 4)  or Garlic Naan HKD20 (SGD 3).  Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: G/F, 72-74 South Wall Road, Kowloon City Opening Hours: Lunch: Mon - Sun: 11:30am - 3pm Dinner: Mon - Thu: 6pm - 11pm Friday - Sunday 5:30pm - 11pm Website | Facebook | Instagram  9. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Image Credit: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on Facebook Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen offers various options on the menu with the crispy fried chicken as one of the more popular items on the menu. You can find the 2 piece chicken meal from HKD 48 (SGD 9) and the mushroom gravy rice from HKD 48 (SGD 9) if you’re looking for something more filling.  Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: Chefs' Society, B/F, T.O.P This is Our Place, 700 Nathan Road, Mong KokOpening Hours: 11am - 10.30pm Website | Facebook   10. La Scala Image Credit: La Scala La Scala is a restaurant located in the Royal Plaza Hotel. Available for all-day dine-in, La Scala serves Halal International cuisine. Their main course such as Bechamel Chicken Spaghetti starts at HKD218 (SGD39) and if you have some room for dessert, try the Vanilla Creme Brulee with Fresh Berries.Halal status: Halal menu availableAddress: 193 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon, Hong KongOpening Hours: 6am - 11pmWebsite Halal Eateries in New Territories   1. Ebeneezer’s Kebab & Pizzeria Image Credit: Ebeneezer's Kebab & Pizzeria  Ebeneezer's is one of the successful kebab chains in Hong Kong. You can also find them in Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon area. The choices of food are endless here, from kebabs which cost HKD85 (SGD15) to pizza which costs HKD98 (SGD17) and even Biryani and Tandoori.Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: Shop no. 9A, G/F, Ngong Ping Theme Village, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong KongOpening Hours: 10:30pm - 6pm (Monday - Friday), 9:30am - 6:30pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holiday)Website 2. Kimos Image Credit: Kimos  Kimos is a restaurant that serves Indian and Turkish cuisines. This restaurant is very close to the airport so you may want to consider dining in here before catching your flight. Try the meat lover plate from HKD105 (SGD19) where you can choose rice or fries as your side or their homemade chicken burger HKD95 (SGD17).Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: Shop L, Ground Floor, Retail Seaview Crescent, No. 8, Tung Chung Waterfront Road, Tung ChungOpening Hours: 11am - 11pmWebsite 3. Curry Lounge Image Credit: Curry Lounge on Facebook Another restaurant that is near the airport is Curry Lounge, serving Indian cuisine. Try their signature dish Lamb Chop Masala for HKD158 (SGD28) or if you don't fancy lamb, they have several dishes with chicken and seafood. Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: Shop S G/F, SeaView Crescent, 8 Tung Chung, Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, New Territories, Hong Kong.Opening Hours: 11:30am - 11pmWebsite | Facebook | Instagram 4. Old Town White Coffee Image Credit: Old Town White Coffee on OpenRice Another restaurant that is near the airport is Curry Lounge, serving Indian cuisine. Try their signature dish Lamb Chop Masala for HKD158 (SGD28) or if you don't fancy lamb, they have several dishes with chicken and seafood.Halal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: [Restricted Area] East to West Food Market, Departures West Hall, Level 6, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau Island, Hong KongOpening Hours: 24 hours 5. SkyCity Bistro Image Credit: Club Marriot SkyCity Bistro is a restaurant in Hong Kong SkyCity Marriot Hotel. Serving international cuisine, SkyCity Bistro provides an all-day Halal dining menu. You can choose from an appetizer like Norwegian Smoked Salmon Platter for HKD188 (SGD33) or you can dive in straight into the main course like Grilled Beef Tenderloin for HKD348 (SGD62).Halal status: Halal Menu available. Alcohol is served in the restaurant.Address: 1 Sky City Road East, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau IslandOpening Hours: 6:30am - 11am, 12pm - 2:30pm, 6pm - 10pmWebsite   There you have it, Halal food places in Hong Kong! With all of these Halal food places, you'll never go hungry in Hong Kong again. Also, you can check out the list of Halal-certified restaurants in Hong Kong here! This article is brought to you by Hong Kong Tourism Board. via GIPHY...

  • GOLD Restaurant | Seriously The Ultimate Halal Restaurant In Cape Town

    Welcome to Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa.  via GIPHY Affectionately known for its beautiful Table Mountain landscape, the city has more than just its scenery to offer. Despite modernization, Cape Town still breathes its rich culture. This town is brimming with vibrant colors, traditional African music, festivals and the joyous laughter of its people. Experience the city's warmth through its impeccable local cuisines including the African and Cape Malay cuisine. Nestled in Cape Town’s Soho, Green Point, the GOLD Restaurant is the ultimate restaurant to visit when you’re in Cape Town. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, GOLD is all about bringing the African culture to life. From the delightful African and Cape Malay food spread to the bips and bops of African music, GOLD is set to give you the best dining experience possible. Seriously, we’re not kidding. Be greeted by the passionate staff of GOLD as they embrace your visit with African music. Dressed in traditional African garments, they will welcome you like royals. Get right in the mood and have your face painted to fully embrace the culture! Groove along to the Marimba Percussion and you might even learn a couple of moves from the performers themselves! What better way to embrace Central African music than to dance along with the locals. Don’t leave GOLD till you've experienced what it’s like to be behind the Djembe drum. Get yourself on stage and join the performance in an interactive Djembe drum session. Experience playing the West African traditional instrument first hand from locals themselves. Though this will come at an extra cost, it’s worth every penny. Image Credit: GOLD Restaurant on Facebook Next on the list is an elaborated play about an Archetype African Story that highlights human philosophy and traits. Get an exclusive peep into the authentic African culture and their history.  Then dive into the traditional Mali Puppetry show. In the past, the Mali Puppetry is a form of expression to tell the tales of sacrificing rituals of animals, however, after the influence of Islam, the cultural expression is now used to entertain and educate. Think it’s about time we talk about the food now! via GIPHY From Halal-certified meat or poultry to gluten-free or nut-free, vegetarian or vegan dishes, GOLD Restaurant has it all. With an overall 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor and an A Rating by CrescentRating, it’s not a surprise that GOLD Restaurant is ranked #19 amongst the thousands of restaurants in Cape Town. The restaurant also avoids using industrial materials in their kitchens and replace them with the colorful traditional pots. Soak in the full African tradition in a 14-dish tasting menu that can either be in an individual or shared portion. Listen up for the waitresses as they give a brief explanation of the dishes’ origin, seasonings, and cooking technique.  Travel through the cities of Africa by just indulging in the food, highlighting the cuisines from Kenya, Namibia, Morocco, Ethiopia, Zambia, Cameroon, and Zanzibar. Along with the impeccable range of cuisines, you’ll also get a taste of the Cape Malay Cuisine. A cuisine that was evolved back in the days when the Dutch East Indies, now commonly known as Indonesia, slaves by fusing English, Flemish, and Dutch recipes. The community of slaves that were brought by the Dutch to South Africa now called the Cape Malays. Must-Try! Casablanca Grilled Vegetable Cous Cous and Cape Malay Boeber If there is one word that would describe GOLD Restaurant, it'll definitely be Festive. Illuminate the Africa in you and don’t miss the chance to join in the vibrant, joyous, diverse culture and heritage of Africa.          Address: 15 Bennett Street, Green Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa Opening Hours: Daily 6.30PM to 11PMContact No.: +27 (0) 21 421 4653 (Tel) | +27 (0) 82 414 9663 (Cell)Cost: R395 for dinner and R99 for Djembe drumming session Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram ...

  • Shah Faisal Mosque: Get To Know Islamabad's Grand National Mosque

    Located in the city of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, Faisal Mosque (also known as Shah Faisal Mosque) is set in front of a stunning backdrop of the magnificent Margalla Hills. It also functions as the National Mosque of Pakistan. This iconic building is not just a famous landmark in Pakistan as it dominates the Islamabad skyline, but an important one in the Islamic world, religiously and architecturally.​ Construction of Faisal Mosque Picture Credit: Pakistan Tours Guide The building of the mosque was completed over a period of 10 years from 1976 to 1986. The total cost of construction amounted to about US $120 million dollars, most of which was funded by King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, whose name was later given to the mosque.​ The mosque was built on an elevated piece of land and has been planned strategically that is can be viewed from most places in the city. But, one has to be up-close to truly take in the beauty and magnificence of Faisal Mosque, which is why a Halal trip to Pakistan will not be complete without a visit here!​ The Architecture of Faisal Mosque Picture Credit: ProPakistani An international competition was held to select the design for the mosque, which received over 40 applications from 17 different countries. It was Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay's design that was ultimately chosen. His unconventional design was inspired by the Bedouin tent in the middle of the desert. As such, the main structure of the mosque is shaped with sharp angles, like a tent, and not the traditional domed structures of Islamic architecture that most mosques around the world follow.​ The outside of the mosque is made up of 8 sides and consists of 4 sharp minarets that border its corners, each of them standing at 88 meters tall. Each of these minarets is known to be the tallest in South Asia. A popular myth states that the ever-paranoid American CIA wanted to inspect them in fear that they were disguised missiles – which, of course, they weren't.​ The roof on the interior of Faisal mosque is about 40 meters high, giving the already massive hall a feeling of endlessness. Faint sounds of the Qur'an being recited echo off the walls of white marble and mosaics. These walls are adorned with golden calligraphy by famous Pakistani artist Sadequain, with large chandeliers hanging from the ceiling (a massive Turkish gold-colored one hangs in the main hall). The ceiling itself is a piece of art, designed with sharp lines and grooves.​ Designer Vedat Dalokay was presented the Agah Khan Award for Architecture on his exceptional and unique design of Faisal Mosque. It is revered as one of the best examples of modern Islamic architecture in the world.​ A Later Addition When General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, the former president of Pakistan, passed away in 1988, his funeral, which was one of the largest in Pakistani history, was held at Faisal Mosque. A mausoleum dedicated to him was then installed at the site adjacent to the mosque. People can stop by and offer prayers for the dead here.​ The Largest Mosque in the World Picture Credit: Prelo At the time of completion, Faisal Mosque was the largest mosque in the world, covering an area of about 54,000 square feet. The main hall of the mosque is said to have the capacity to accommodate 100,000 worshipers, and 200,000 can pray in the areas including the surrounding courtyards and porticoes.​ Faisal Mosque held this title until 1993, when it was overtaken by other mosques in size and capacity, namely by the two main mosques in Saudi Arabia (Masjid-Al-Haram, and Masjid-An-Nabawi), and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.​ Today, it still remains as the largest mosque in South Asia, as well as the fourth largest in the world.​ Visiting Faisal Mosque Picture Credit: Trover Faisal Mosque is one of Pakistan's most popular tourist attractions, and visitors both Muslim and non-Muslim are welcome here. There is no entrance fee (except to store shoes and other valuables), but guests are welcome to donate as much or as little as they want to the mosque's fund.​ Of course, as this is a religious building first and foremost, there are certain rules that visitors must adhere to. You must make sure to remove your footwear before entering, and that you are dressed well (long, loose-fitting clothes, and a head cover for women).​ Eating inside the mosque is prohibited, but not explicitly so in the courtyard and surrounding open areas. You should also be on your best behavior, and refrain from making loud noises or acting inappropriately. The main prayer hall is only open during prayer times and is the only area closed to non-Muslims. It is also the only place where photography is frowned upon.​ There is a separate prayer hall for women, which is decorated with zebra marble imported from Greece. Other than the prayer halls, the mosque houses a large ablution area, lecture hall, library, cafe, museum, and a small gift shop near the entrance. There is also a university here, educating about 700 students.​ The areas surrounding the main structure consist of courtyards and porticoes. The entrance has a circular pond, which then leads to a larger pond and fountains, as well as the stairs that lead to the main prayer hall. The entire area is surrounded by lush greenery, and of course, the Margalla hills stand tall and proud behind.​ Getting to Faisal Mosque The Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad is located at Shah Faisal Ave, E-8, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan. Public transport is available from most parts of the city to Faisal Mosque. If you are traveling from outside the city, you can take an intercity bus to 8th avenue in Islamabad, and then take another bus or a taxi to the mosque. Taxi rates are pretty inexpensive, the fare would be roughly Rs. 80 from the Blue Area.​...

  • 13 Best Halal Food Places near you in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is a well-known global Asian hub with a beautiful harbor that attracts many visitors. Due to increasing numbers of Muslim tourists, the Hong Kong Tourism Board began recognizing Muslim needs, playing an important role in creating a hospitable Muslim-friendly environment. While we know the Hong Kong dining scene is alive and recognised at the forefront of culinary standards worldwide, Halal food places are rather limited.  However, in spite of this, the few restaurants available are not lacking behind in terms of taste and flavour. Despite being a predominantly Chinese city, Islam has been practiced in Hong Kong for more than 175 years since the British Hong Kong era. Today, about 300,000 Muslims live in Hong Kong, coming from a diverse background including Muslims from south of Mainland China, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, especially Indonesian Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) in particular. Muslim travelers can explore the delicious cuisine in areas where Halal food is commonly available such as around where mosques are situated (Wan Chai, Nathan Road in Kowloon) and where Muslim ethnic groups in Hong Kong reside. The Hong Kong Halal food and restaurant guide below covers eateries in the Hong Kong Island, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Mongkok, Hong Kong Airport, and tourist attractions such as Disneyland. This guide excludes Kebab House and Ebeneezer chains which scatter around Hong Kong, as well as Indian & Pakistani shops. In this guide, finding Halal food in multi-ethnic Hong Kong means you can explore not just Halal Canton cooking, but also Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Indonesian cuisine. Alternatively, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan joints such as cafes, Buddhist and Indian restaurants which can be found there, other than the recommendations below. As a note, please be advised that major international food chains in Hong Kong (KFC, McDonald's) are not Halal certified. Be mindful that you need to know the unspoken rule of dining out in Hong Kong - be prepared to share tables if you happen to dine in the local outlets. Knowing a few Cantonese phrases, such as Ngóh m̀h'sihk jyū (I don’t eat pork) or Ngóh jihnghaih sihk chīngjān yéh (I only eat Halal food) may come handy! Find a Halal Restaurant near you in Hong Kong   via GIPHY   Halal Chinese Food – Hong Kong Island. 1. Islamic Centre Canteen Picture Credit: Islamic Centre Canteen opened in 1981 and is situated on the 5th floor of a local mosque or Islamic centre (you are advised to dress appropriately). Take the lift, or the stairs for a pre-meal exercise, and then you will be seated in one of the roundtables. Open from breakfast till dinner, do come early and avoid coming after 2.30pm for a good selection of dim sum. It is known for being ‘the only place for Halal Cantonese cuisine in town’. Order any dim sum you fancy (we love the steamed glutinous rice with chicken in lotus leaf), and other rice, noodles or Canton stir-fried dishes. via GIPHY This joint is reserved for Muslims only from Friday to Sunday, and Public Holidays. Address: 5/F, Masjid Ammar And Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, 40 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Yat Sin St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.Website: 2. LockCha Tea House LockCha Tea House is a charming place where you can experience some tranquility in the heart of the busy city while enjoying freshly-made vegetarian dim sum. The dim sum comes in a small size from a rather small menu selection - so it’s easy to choose from. via GIPHY LockCha Tea House provides a hundred teas for you to choose to soothe yourself. Aimed to revive the traditional canton-style teahouse, here at LockCha you will lock yourself away from worldly matters, and even be entertained by live Chinese music - if you come on Sunday during tea time (4:30 - 6:30 p.m). Address: Ground Floor, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong.Website: 3. Wai Kee Picture credit - Wai Kee is a hidden gem inside a local-affair food centre. It is said that you cannot leave Hong Kong without tasting its roast duck delicacy, therefore this unpretentious joint is a real delicacy to savour. via GIPHY Enter by the side, then take the lift or stairs to the food centre from the first floor. Order the popular roast duck with rice or noodle. The tender mutton curry will also not disappoint you. Address: Shop 5, Bowrington Rd, Cooked Food Centre, 1/F, Bowrington Rd Market, 21 Bowrington Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. 4. Warung Malang Drop by at this humble Warung Malang if you feel like having a different dining experience from the local Chinese cuisine. Indonesian expats flock to this joint because the menu is authentic and fresh. From satay to soup-based dishes (soto, rawon); a variety of snacks and colourful desserts, Warung Malang will not disappoint you. via GIPHY Address: 2/F, Dragon Rise, 9-11 Pennington St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.Website: Halal Chinese Food in Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok. 5. Ma’s Restaurant Photo credit - Ma is a Halal certified restaurant that is well-established. Popular among locals and tourists alike – it is high on the list of the top Halal eateries in Hong Kong, and could be the closest thing to Xinjiang Muslim cooking in Hong Kong that you can find. via GIPHY The set lunch menu is a good value where you pick a side, and a main dish, together with a choice of drink. Very well-known for its tender curry beef brisket with rice and veal goulash pastry. Don’t hesitate to try Shanghainese fried noodle with mutton as it is uncommon elsewhere in Hong Kong. Good meal portion, so do arrive with a big appetite. Address: G/F, 21-25 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong. 6. Hung's Chinese Restaurant Picture Credit - A Hazet, Hung’s Chinese Restaurant is a small joint inside Chungkin Mansion, not far from the Kowloon Mosque. With an impressive array of Chinese cuisine on the menu, you can dine while enjoying the free Wi-fi service. via GIPHY Their special stir-fry dishes includes distinguished Chinese caterpillar fungus flowers, stir-fried with chicken and fish maw mushroom & vegetables.  Embark on a Chinese culinary adventure! Address: G/F, Shop 14, Chungking Mansion, No.36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. 7. Islam Food Picture Credit - Islam Food is an old establishment since the 1950s which began when owner Old Mr. Ma sold beefcakes, fried dumplings, and salted soya drinks. Credit goes to Old Mr. Ma’s who learnt how to make a Pakistani curry while working at Police Station No.7 in Sheung Wan for Muslim Police Officers back in the 1930s, thanks to whom we can now enjoy delicious curry in Hong Kong. via GIPHY Its popularity among locals is evident from its various local food awards. Their signature dish may look similar to other Halal Chinese restaurants (such as veal goulash and curry lamb chop), but their hot & sour soup and cold cut platter (spiced beef shank, tripe, tendon, chicken, jellyfish/ox-tongue) may also interest the adventurous foodie. Be sure to try the succulent xiao long bau (steamed beef dumpling). This restaurant has two outlets. Address:G/F, No. 1 Lung Kong Rd, Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong.G/F, No. 33-35 Tak Ku Ling Rd, Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong.Website:   Other Halal Food in Tsim Sha Tsui 8. Istanbul Kebab Picture Credit - Istanbul Kebab invites you into a small joint, but you will feast over a delicious range of well-marinated kebabs from Adana to Istanbul. via GIPHY Kebabs aside, this joint also serves the classic Turkish dishes with flair, such as stuffed cabbage, stuffed grape leaves and stuffed eggplant. Your craving for Mediterranean cuisine will surely be satisfied at Istanbul Kebab. Address: Shop 1A, G/F, Tsim Sha Tsui Mansion 36-50 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.Website:  9. Casablanca Restaurant & Café Photo credit - Casablanca Restaurant & Café provides you with dining in a relaxed and comfortable environment. A beautifully decorated shop that represents exotic Morocco and Southern Spain, you don’t need to take another North Africa getaway just yet. via GIPHY You will discover their specialties such as a variety of tagines and seafood paella among other kebab dishes.Address: Floor 6, Ashley Center, 23-25 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Website:   Halal Food in Disneyland There are 3 Halal-certified outlets at Hong Kong Disneyland Park, of which 2 are listed below (Main Street Market is another one). 10. Tahitian Terrace Picture Credit - As it name suggests, expect a tropical Polynesia ambiance where you can dine in an open-air veranda or green courtyard, but don’t be surprised that Tahitian Terrace offers Asian specialties – Indian, Singaporean, Thai and Malaysian cuisine under one roof. via GIPHY Here you can rest your tired legs and pick from any combo dishes such as tandoori chicken, lemongrass chicken steak, chicken satay, laksa rice noodle soup, green curry or roast chicken with tomato sauce. Address: Adventureland, Hong Kong Disneyland Park, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Website:  11. Explorer’s Club Restaurant Explorer’s Club Restaurant invites you to embark on 4 international cuisines in 5 rooms themed to exotic locales - Indonesian, Korean, South East Asian and Japan. via GIPHY Encounter abundance of great foods from bento box to shabu-shabu, biryani rice to chicken rice. This restaurant will satisfy any of your tantalized taste buds, and fuel you well to continue on your Disneyland adventure. Address: Mystic Point, Hong Kong Disneyland Park, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.Website:   Halal Food - Hong Kong International Airport There are 2 Halal certified eateries at the airport; of which Malaysian popular household name Old Town White Coffee is one of them. Other than these, there are 2 nearby airport hotels with restaurants that provide Halal certified meals; SkyCity Bistro, Marriot Hotel (ala carte all day dining) and Regala Café & Dessert Bar, Regal Airport Hotel (selected Halal menu at the buffet). 12. Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits Photo credit - While KFC is not Halal-certified in Hong Kong, you will appreciate that the Popeyes joint satisfies a quick pre-departure bite. via GIPHY This international chain is the world’s second largest quick-service chicken concept, capitalizing on its cajun culinary heritage cooked in its unique New Orleans style. Address: 7E161, Level 7, Departures Level, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport Restricted Area.Website:  13. Old Town White Coffee Photo credit - This popular outlet needs no detailed introduction! via GIPHY Old Town serves authentic South East Asian food from simple toast, to a delicious range of bowl noodle dishes; Ipoh chicken hor fun, curry noodle, Javanese noodle, and prawn noodle - all you can enjoy at the Hong Kong Airport. Address: Food Court near Gate 40-80, Departures Level 6, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport Restricted Area.Website:  Go on a Halal Trip with us to Hong Kong Find a Mosque near you in Hong Kong...

  • Best Muslim-Friendly Places to Travel in 2018 by Month

    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.       ...

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