The large city of Tijuana is located along the Baja California peninsula - a peninsula in northwestern Mexico. Stretching across an area of over 600 square kilometres, Tijuana is home to a population of over a million inhabitants comprising a global populace of a number of ethnicities, including significant numbers of immigrants from other countries. Most migrants and immigrants living in Tijuana are individuals who have decided to move into the city in order to avoid the higher costs of living associated with some of the larger cities in Mexico. r\n
Tijuana is one of the most rapidly developing cities in Mexico and it is considered to be an important industrial and financial hub in the country. Its history dates back to 1542 when the first European explorers discovered the area and settlements slowly began to take place. At present the city features a modern cityscape, with most skyscrapers and buildings in the city having been constructed fairly recently. r\n
Tijuana is divided into nine administrative regions - Centenario, Centro, Cerro Colorado, La Mesa, La Presa, Mesa de Otay, Playas de Tijuana, San Antonio de los Buenos and Sánchez Taboada. Each region is further divided into smaller neighborhoods known as colonias or ejidos.
The main airport serving the city of Tijuana is the Tijuana International Airport, located about 10 kilometres east of the city, parallel to the border line of USA-Mexico. It is the fifth busiest airport in Mexico and serves numerous airlines and millions of passengers every year. Also known as the General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport, the airport was opened in 1958 and was named after a former president of Mexico - General Abelardo L. Rodríguez.
Although no known Halal restaurants in Tijuana are available for Muslim travellers, it is best that you enquire with the local mosques about the availability of Halal food in Tijuana. Muslim travellers should note that though vegetarian options are offered at several restaurants, most dishes make use of animal fat during the preparation of food and talking to the restaurant owner prior to dining is highly recommended.
Unlike some of the other cities on Mexico, a few mosques in Tijuana are available for Muslim travellers. Mosques in Tijuana include the Masjid Al Islam located at Paseo Playas de Tijuana 3470 and the Masjid Omar located at Paseo Ensenada #1562, Playas De Tijuana, Baja California 22504. The Masjid Al Islam offers separate prayer facilities for ladies and Arabic is the main language used. Masjid Omar was established fairly recently and offers daily prayers as well as Quranic studies.