The third largest city in Mexico - Monterrey - is a prominent commercial hub of the country and is located towards the north of the country, in the northeastern Nuevo Leó state. It has some of the highest standards of living in the country and is an important commercial and industrial hub in Mexico. It is divided into nine districts - Zona Rose, Garden District, North Central, Northwest, South, Apodaca, Escobedo, Guadalupe, San Nicolás de los Garza, San Pedro Garza Garcia and Santa Catarina. r\n
The history of Monterrey dates back to 1596 when it was founded by Diego de Montemayor - a Spanish explorer and former governor of Nuevo Reino de León. In its early years, Monterrey was a small village home to a population of around a hundred inhabitants. At present, the city is home to over a million residents and various multi-national companies such as Sony, Toyota, Dell and Boeing. r\n
Though it is a highly modern city, Monterrey offers a wealth of cultural sights and attractions. Several fascinating colonial places-of-interest can be witnessed in the city and key attractions in the city include - Cerro de la Silla mountain, Cerro del Obispado historical site, the central plaza of Macroplaza, Puente de la Unidad San Pedro futuristic suspension bridge, Safari Parque Estrella and the areas of Cascadas Cola de Caballo and Presa de la Boca.
There are two airports serving Monterrey - General Mariano Escobedo International Airport and the Del Norte Airport. The General Mariano Escobedo International Airport is the main airport in Monterrey and is considered to be one of the most modern airports in the North American continent, serving around 5 million passengers every year. The Del Norte Airport is the smaller airport and is generally used by private and cargo carriers.
Though no prominent Halal restaurants in Monterrey are known, it is possible to get more information about the availability of Halal food in Monterrey at the Centro Cultural Islámico de Monterrey. Muslim travellers should note that though vegetarian cuisine is available at restaurants, most dishes require the use of animal fat during preparation and it is highly recommended that you talk to the restaurant owner about how food is prepared, prior to dining.
There are a few mosques in Monterrey available for Muslim travellers including the Centro Cultural Islámico de Monterrey, which Muslim travellers could visit for prayer facilities in Monterey. Arabic is the main language used and separate prayer facilities for ladies are also available.