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Fes is a comparatively traditional city with a beautiful old city area or the medina. For those who wish to observe the traditional culture of Morocco should visit Fes, as it is often named as the cultural capital of the country. The Al-Karaouiyine University is said to be the oldest university in the world and is a beautiful place to visit and learn about the history of the region. There are quite a few museums in the city like the Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts and the Dar Batha Museum which preserve the traditional Moroccan art and craft. \r\n Fes is also popular for its leather work and if interested visitors can visit the tanneries in the city. The Dar al-Magana spreads over 198 acres and is built in the surroundings of beautifully manicured gardens. The Dar al-Magana also houses the famous water clock. In the old city there are two fortresses from where visitors can get a complete view of the city; these are the Borj Nord and the Borj Sud. The Bab Fettouh and the Bab Guissa are two major landmarks in the city. \r\n Fes offers an extraordinary shopping experience. The city is popular for its leather goods, handicrafts, jewelry, pottery, woven cushion covers, copperware and brassware. There are several clothing shops around the Kissaria. Antique shops can be found around the Derb Sidi Moussa. Rue el-Attarine is famous for herbs, spices and cosmetics. Visitors can also walk through the different souks in the city to get some good deals on rugs and leather items. ...more

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Fes is a comparatively traditional city with a beautiful old city area or the medina. For those who wish to observe the traditional culture of Morocco should visit Fes, as it is often named as the cultural capital of the country. The Al-Karaouiyine University is said to be the oldest university in the world and is a beautiful place to visit and learn about the history of the region. There are quite a few museums in the city like the Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts and the Dar Batha Museum which preserve the traditional Moroccan art and craft.

Fes is also popular for its leather work and if interested visitors can visit the tanneries in the city. The Dar al-Magana spreads over 198 acres and is built in the surroundings of beautifully manicured gardens. The Dar al-Magana also houses the famous water clock. In the old city there are two fortresses from where visitors can get a complete view of the city; these are the Borj Nord and the Borj Sud. The Bab Fettouh and the Bab Guissa are two major landmarks in the city.

Fes offers an extraordinary shopping experience. The city is popular for its leather goods, handicrafts, jewelry, pottery, woven cushion covers, copperware and brassware. There are several clothing shops around the Kissaria. Antique shops can be found around the Derb Sidi Moussa. Rue el-Attarine is famous for herbs, spices and cosmetics. Visitors can also walk through the different souks in the city to get some good deals on rugs and leather items.

Nearby Airports

Fes is served by the Saiss Airport, which is one of the major airports in the Fes-Boulemane region in Morocco. The airport caters to domestic and international flights and is located about 15Km from the city center. From the airport visitors can take the airport shuttle to the city which costs about 20dh for a one-way trip and leaves every 30minutes from the airport. Local buses also serve the airport. Taxis are also available from the airport. There is a fixed price for taxis to the city center; a one-way trip costs 120dh.

Halal Restaurants

Fes offers a wide range of halal restaurants. The best halal restaurants in Fes include Snack Omar,Le Kasbah, Café Medina,L'Ambre, Café Clock, Palais des Merinides, Dar Saada Restaurant, San Remo, etc.

Mosques

There are several mosques in Fes. Some of the prominent masjid in Fes includesKaraouine Mosque, Bou Inania Mosque, At Arrahma Mosque, Charbliyine Mosque, Akhawayn Mosque, etc.

Things to Do and See in Fès

  • Bou Inania Madersa
  • El Attarine Madersa
  • Merenid Tombs
  • University of al-Karaouine
  • Medina (Old City)
  • Dar al-Magana
  • Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts
  • Tanneries
  • Dar Batha Museum
  • Borj Nord
  • Borj Sud
  • Bab Fettouh
  • Bab Guissa
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  • No Halal dish found.
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Image Credit: Terengganu State Museum on Malaysia.travel After all that fun, drive to Kuala Terengganu for a heritage tour. Visit the Terengganu State Museum to learn about the history and culture of this place. Don't forget to also visit Pantai Batu Burok to enjoy the scenic beach view. 8. Bukit Tinggi to Kuala Selangor Image Credit: Berjaya Hills on visitmalaysia.info Another two locations that are off the beaten track should be on your list if you want to have a unique experience. It takes a 1.5-hour drive to get you to Kuala Selangor from Bukit Tinggi. The Japanese Tea House in Bukit Tinggi, also known as Berjaya Hills, offers you a soulful retreat. Explore the French-themed Colmar Tropicale and the zen-inspired Japanese garden. The rabbit farm is a must-visit for families; you can play and feed the cute little furry friends. Image Credit: Mount Melawati on The Star Next, drive to Kuala Selangor which takes about 1.5 hours. 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  • Eid 2020 | 5 Tips To Have A Healthy Eid This Year

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Our typical drinks consist of:  Teh Tarik Coffee  Carbonated drinks Syrup drinks  After a month of fasting, it is important to be kind to your stomach by not over-indulging this Eid even though the food is just too irresistible. Here are some tips on how to have a healthy Eid this year!  via GIPHY 1. Exercise Portion Control Image Credit: Natalia Y on Unsplash Controlling your food portion is of utmost importance as it helps to keep your weight in check. Remember, it is not about being skinny but it is definitely about staying healthy (you could check whether you are in a healthy range here). Image Credit: My Healthy Plate by Health Hub SG You could follow this simple My Healthy Plate guide to see how much food and which kind to put onto your plate for that healthy meal.  Additionally, chewing your food many times slowly can reduce your overall food intake. Take smaller bites so that you do not feel pressured to chew extremely quickly and even swallow before you are done chewing properly. This helps to ensure you have proper digestion and that you could get the nutrients from the food you had just eaten.  2. Add Fruits and Vegetables to your Meal  Image Credit: Stefano Alemani on Unsplash Instead of just adding fruits and vegetables to your menu, be sure to start your meal with fruits and vegetables. This would allow you to consume food that is high in fiber and low in calories. After consuming fresh fruits and vegetables, you are less likely to overeat. On top of that, fruits and vegetables would provide you with natural sugar content that would make you crave the sweet treats lesser (and stay healthier). 3. Drink Water  Image Credit: Jana Sabeth on Unsplash Instead of drinking Teh Tarik or Coffee (caffeinated drinks), carbonated drinks, syrup drinks, and all the other sweet drinks, drink water after your Eid meals. It would be good if you could drink alkaline water (like Zam Zam water) so as to reduce acid reflux. Drinking water is much preferred to drinking all of those drinks mentioned above. Some benefits of drinking water include: Drinking water before, during, and after a meal will help your body break down the food you eat more easily (effective digestion) Water also helps dissolve vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from your food Drinking more water can help you lose some weight too It is important to keep ourselves hydrated during this festive day. If we decide to do some vigorous activity or exercises, remember to drink more water. 4. Exercise Regularly  Image Credit: Kari Shea on Unsplash Even though you are mostly at home on Eid, you could still spend some time to exercise. One such way is to do simple exercises like sit-ups, jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups, and so on. Remember to do warm-up and cool-down stretches so that your muscles are ready to work (after warming up) and cools down well before you hit the showers.  Image Credit: The Ultimate 20 Minutes Workout by Health Hub SG Even doing house chores could be like a simple workout for you. Remember, even prior to doing house chores, you need to warm up your muscles and cool down once you are done.  Another important thing to note is to ensure that you do not sleep right after a meal as this may cause you to feel more tired. Wait for the food to fully digest first which typically takes about 4 hours before it is fully digested. Additionally, do not exercise immediately after your meal as this could cause to either vomit or be too exhausted to move your muscles.  5. Substitution for a Healthier Choice  Image Credit: amoon ra on Unsplash So how to stay awake right after a meal? You could start by looking at the food that you eat. Try to replace the usual ingredients with healthier ones as well as changing some of your usual cooking methods.  Replace Usual Ingredients with Healthier Ones It is good to replace the usual white rice that we consume with brown rice. Brown rice has vitamin B which aids in converting nutrients into energy.  As for Eid dishes, there are also some ingredients used that could be replaced with healthier ones. In lontong, rendang and some other Eid dishes, we would usually use coconut milk to give that creamy taste (which adds the extra tasty flavour). Instead, we could replace the coconut milk with fiber creme (non-dairy) or fresh milk or even a healthier choice of coconut milk (less creamy hence lesser cholesterol). Image Credit: Maksim Shutov on Unsplash Also, instead of eating deep-fried keropok, we could replace such snacks with nuts. Some examples of healthy nuts include almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts. Image Credit: Yulia Khlebnikova on Unsplash As for drinks, we could use fresh milk instead of sweeteners in our hot drinks for a healthier cup of hot Teh Tarik or coffee. Also, we could drink fruit juice instead of carbonated or syrup drinks. One of our highly recommended juices is pomegranate juice. Pomegranate juice has a lot of benefits; it is high in vitamin C, improves digestion, has high antioxidants, and many more.  As for our awesome readers who bake their own sweet/savory Eid treats (salute!), you could replace white sugar in your sweet treats with natural sweeteners (such as honey and stevia). You could also replace butter (which is high in cholesterol) in your cookies with natural oil (like vegetable or olive oil).  Change some Cooking Methods Apart from replacing the usual ingredients with healthier ones, you could also change some cooking methods. Instead of deep-frying, you could switch to air frying. Air fryers require only a fraction of oil that deep fryers require. Therefore, people can have a healthier meal that has similar flavors and textures. This is desirable as air frying lowers a person’s oil intake.    We hope with these simple tips, you could enjoy not just a memorable Eid but also a healthier Eid. Stay home, stay safe, and stay healthy. Eid Mubarak! via GIPHY   ...



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