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Canberra, the capital city of Australia is located in the Australian Capital Territory in the south east of New South Wales. This planned city, built around manmade lakes is home to a number of national monuments, museums and galleries and is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors, as Canberra offers its visitors a plethora of outdoor activities. Canberra is the city to visit to discover the history of Australia and has attractions and activities to suit all ages,  making it the ideal destination to visit with family. Muslim visitors will be able to locate Muslim-friendly facilities such as halal restaurants and prayer facilities in Canberra. Visitors to Canberra will find an endless choice of great things to do in the city. There is no better place to discover the Australian story than in the capital city of Australia. With visits to the city’s many museums, monuments and galleries, visitors will be able to learn more about the country’s history and culture. Visits to the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia and the Australia War Memorial are a must. The National Art Gallery is home to Australia’s national art collection while the museum houses an extensive collection of exhibits. Pay a visit to the Parliament House to learn more about the political past of the country, as well as its modern democracy. Questacon, the national science and technology centre is another must-visit when in Canberra. With eight galleries of over 200 interactive exhibits specially designed to excite curious minds of all ages, it is a fun place to visit with the whole family. Cockington Green Gardens is another must do when visiting the city with kids. Children can enjoy a ride in the steam train and see the miniature versions of famous buildings from around the world in the miniature village found here. Visitors could also enjoy a picnic lunch in the well maintained garden. When in Gold Creek, tourists must also make it a point to visit other exciting attractions like the Dinosaur Museum and the Canberra Reptile Zoo. This city is famous for its lakes, parkland and native bush land. Visitors should not miss out on the fantastic outdoor activities the city has to offer. Lake Burley Griffin is the ideal place to relax with the family. Kayaks, canoes and paddle boats are available for those wanting to venture into the lake. For those who would rather stay on land, there are bikes available for hire. Tourists can take and ride around the lake and see many of the city’s famous attractions. Visit the Black Mountain Tower located in the Black Mountain for breathtaking views of Canberra. Canberra has many popular markets where visitors can find an array of things; from fresh produce to designer pieces. It is a must to explore at least one of them. The old bus depot markets are popular among locals and visitors alike. Here, visitors will be able to find a variety of things like handicrafts, jewelry, art, clothing, toys and much more.  ...more

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Canberra, the capital city of Australia is located in the Australian Capital Territory in the south east of New South Wales. This planned city, built around manmade lakes is home to a number of national monuments, museums and galleries and is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors, as Canberra offers its visitors a plethora of outdoor activities. Canberra is the city to visit to discover the history of Australia and has attractions and activities to suit all ages,  making it the ideal destination to visit with family. Muslim visitors will be able to locate Muslim-friendly facilities such as halal restaurants and prayer facilities in Canberra.

Visitors to Canberra will find an endless choice of great things to do in the city. There is no better place to discover the Australian story than in the capital city of Australia. With visits to the city’s many museums, monuments and galleries, visitors will be able to learn more about the country’s history and culture. Visits to the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia and the Australia War Memorial are a must. The National Art Gallery is home to Australia’s national art collection while the museum houses an extensive collection of exhibits. Pay a visit to the Parliament House to learn more about the political past of the country, as well as its modern democracy.

Questacon, the national science and technology centre is another must-visit when in Canberra. With eight galleries of over 200 interactive exhibits specially designed to excite curious minds of all ages, it is a fun place to visit with the whole family.

Cockington Green Gardens is another must do when visiting the city with kids. Children can enjoy a ride in the steam train and see the miniature versions of famous buildings from around the world in the miniature village found here. Visitors could also enjoy a picnic lunch in the well maintained garden. When in Gold Creek, tourists must also make it a point to visit other exciting attractions like the Dinosaur Museum and the Canberra Reptile Zoo.

This city is famous for its lakes, parkland and native bush land. Visitors should not miss out on the fantastic outdoor activities the city has to offer. Lake Burley Griffin is the ideal place to relax with the family. Kayaks, canoes and paddle boats are available for those wanting to venture into the lake. For those who would rather stay on land, there are bikes available for hire. Tourists can take and ride around the lake and see many of the city’s famous attractions. Visit the Black Mountain Tower located in the Black Mountain for breathtaking views of Canberra.

Canberra has many popular markets where visitors can find an array of things; from fresh produce to designer pieces. It is a must to explore at least one of them. The old bus depot markets are popular among locals and visitors alike. Here, visitors will be able to find a variety of things like handicrafts, jewelry, art, clothing, toys and much more.  

Nearby Airports

Canberra International Airport, now known as Canberra Airport is the airport serving the city of Canberra. Located approximately 6.6 kilometers from the city center, this airport was designated by the Australian government as an international airport; however there are no scheduled international flights currently. Travelers can use the airport shuttle bus or the taxi service to get to their destination.    

Halal Restaurants

Muslim travelers will be able to find numerous Halal restaurants in Canberra. Jewel of India, Taze, Turkish Pide, Taj Agra, Fig and Olive Turkish Cuisine, Flavors of India, Turkish Halal Pide House, Kushi Restaurant and Harem Turkish Restaurant are some of the many restaurants serving halal cuisine in Canberra. Muslim visitors should however confirm the Halal status of these restaurants before dining at any of them. They also need to be aware that some of these restaurants may serve alcohol.   

Mosques

Locating prayer facilities in Canberra is possible as the city is known to have a couple of mosques. Canberra Mosque and Canberra Islamic Centre are mosques that locals as well as visitors can use when necessary. Muslim tourists can also make inquiries at the above masjids regarding other mosques in Canberra.

Things to Do and See in Canberra

  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  •  The Australian War Memorial
  • National Museum  
  • Parliament House
  • National Gallery
  • Australian National Botanic Gardens  
  • National Dinosaur Museum
  •  National Zoo  
  • Cockington Green  
  • Lake Burley Griffin  
  • Old Bus Depot Markets
  • Poacher's Way
  • Lonsdale Street
  • Royal Australian Mint  
  • Black Mountain Tower  
  • Big Splash Water Park  
  • Questacon
  • Hot air ballooning 
  • Travel News Wrap: 14 September Week

    Cover Image Credit: Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash This week has been filled with travel related news. Here's a summary for this week: SIA Flight to Nowhere Set to Launch in October 2020 Image Credit: Photo by Goh Rhy Yan on Unsplash Singapore Airlines (SIA) is planning to launch flights to nowhere this October. Jumping on the flycation trend, following the footsteps of similar flights from All Nippon Airways, EVA Air Air, and Qantas, albeit the later is flying over Antarctica. The decision to hold this three-hour flights to nowhere came after the news of Singapore Airlines Group cutting 4300 jobs due to the brunt of COVID-19. The flights are set for domestic passengers to take off from Changi Airport and land again at the same airport. SIA decided to launch this initiative after they found that 75% of 308 people surveyed were willing to pay for such flights. In addition to this, SIA is also exploring a partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board, Hotels, and other partners to value-add to this service. Objectively, SIA is hoping to pump the business back into the industries to mitigate the COVID-19 fallout. The decision to go through with this plan has made a lot of buzz on social media and environmental groups, with many expressing concerns about the environmental impact that the flights will have. The concern is justified though, as it has been proven to be a big contributor to the global carbon footprint. SIA does share its environmental efforts on their website, but currently, at the time of writing, there are no developments to their story or decision.   Mexico Reopening Tourist Site after 5 Months Image Credit: Photo by Jezael Melgoza on Unsplash COVID-19 has affected Mexico as badly as it has affected the rest of the world. The travel restrictions, closing of facilities in order to keep people safe, many have had their livelihoods affected by the pandemic. To help boost the country’s economy and help those affected by it, Mexico has decided to reopen the country’s archaeological site such as the pyramids of Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a popular tourist spot. Not forgetting that COVID-19 is still a threat, the reopening does come with additional safety measures. The main archeological zone is limited to only 3,000 visitors per day, temperature checks and masks are required at the site as well. After 5 months of closure, the reopening was very well received by the general public.   Singapore - Hong Kong Green Lane Update Image Credit: Photo by Ryan McManimie on Unsplash Singapore and Hong Kong are starting to show interest in talks of gradual resumption of cross-border travel between the two. Citing strong business and social ties, the resumption will be beneficial for both.  Currently, Hong Kong is already in talks with Japan and Thailand, to set up for a similar arrangement. In addition to Japan and Thailand, Hong Kong has also expressed interest in a travel bubble with 11 countries, among them is Singapore.  Currently, Singapore has travel arrangements with China, Malaysia, Brunei, New Zealand, South Korea, and Japan Read more on the Reciprocal Green Lanes on our blog “Everything you need to know about Singapore's Green Lanes Travel Arrangement”.   Hawaii Tentative Reopening Image Credit: Photo by Luke McKeown on Unsplash Hawaii has been playing with the idea of opening its borders for a few months now. Recently, due to the change in leadership, it has been reported that Hawaii is set to begin a testing program to let incoming passengers avoid quarantine if they are tested no earlier than 72 hours before arriving to the island state. Travelers will have to also have an FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) done and have to show proof of their negative COVID test from a CLIA certified laboratory. Currently, the pre-travel COVID-19 test is targeted that the new scheme will be in place by 15 October this year. Tourism is a big part of Hawaii’s economy but with the uncertainty of COVID-19, the number of cases can directly impact whether this tentative reopening will start according to the target date. For more information on this scheme, please check with Hawaiian authorities.   Singapore & Thailand Added to England and Scotland’s Quarantine-free list Image Credit: Photo by Heidi Fin on Unsplash Carrying on with the ‘Quarantine-Free’ travel theme, Singapore and Thailand have been added onto England and Scotland’s Quarantine-free list. Starting from 4 AM, 19 September 2020, travelers from Singapore and Thailand will not have to self-isolate or quarantine themselves upon arrival in England or Scotland. The prerequisite of this is that the traveler must not have been in or transited through any other non-exempt countries in the preceding 14 days. To learn more about this, please check with the travel advisories from the authorities of the respective countries.   P&O Cruises Cancel All Cruises until 2021 Image Credit: Photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash Cruise company P&O will be extending its suspension of all sailing until 2021. Earlier on, it was planned that they will be resuming it from mid-November, but with the evolving restrictions on travel from the UK, they have decided to extend the suspension. Guests who have booked on canceled cruises will be reached out by the company with refunds available. This comes in line with their parent company, Carnival Corporation’s announcement to sell off 12% of their fleet and after the news that P&O is planning to cut 450 jobs across the cruises to keep the company afloat.   Vietnam Resumes International Flights Image Credit: Photo by Tony Pham on Unsplash Vietnam is set to resume international commercial flights to multiple Asian destinations starting from Friday, 18 September 2020. This arrangement, however, is reserved for Vietnamese nationals, diplomats, experts, managers, skilled workers, investors, and their families. In general, this arrangement is reserved for business and official travel only and does not include tourists. The countries included in these flights are South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Cambodia, and Laos. As with other flights during this time, travelers are required to have a negative COVID-19 test certificate and travelers will be tested upon arrival and kept in quarantine if required. Please check with the respective authorities for more details on the travel arrangement.   SIA Suspends Flights to Canberra & Wellington Image Credit: Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash Singapore Airlines announced that they will no longer be flying direct from Singapore to Canberra, as reported by ABC news. This was decided based on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation industry pushing them to make this decision along with the laying off of over 4,300 staff from their workforce.  Currently, Singapore Airlines will suspend services to Canberra, Dusseldorf, Stockholm, and Wellington from their network of flights.   U.S. Airlines Are Getting Rid of Change Fees Image Credit: Photo by Miguel Ángel Sanz on Unsplash A few weeks ago, it was reported that United Airlines has made the decision to get rid of their change fees. Now, other airlines in the United States are following suit. All of the airlines, except for JetBlue, have eliminated the change fees which has been a costly fee associated with domestic flights. This will affect the fees of not only domestic flights but will also affect some short-haul flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada for some airlines. There you have it, you are now caught up with the latest and most prominent travel news this week! Happy Weekend and Stay Safe!...

  • Planning To Travel After Covid-19? Here Are 10 Best Road Trips in Australia You Need To Check Out

    Planning a getaway to restart your life after the pandemic? Great idea! Why not plan for a road trip, especially in Australia since it has some spectacular routes and scenic drives as you traverse this large island continent? A road trip will also give you an opportunity to revive long-standing relationships with friends whom you have been social distancing from recently. And, you can do this while taking in the awe-inspiring scenes, hidden natural wonders, and some out-of-the-way places which can only be reached via a road! What is more, a road trip does away with the tedious tasks of extreme budgeting, applying for visas, considering travel restrictions, and embarking on a long flight to reach your destination. It allows you to travel at your own pace, it can nicely work out on a limited budget, and there is no fuss on what to wear – comfort-wear is the way to go! Most importantly, it enables you to create your own unique route while traveling.  Road trips are a convenient way for you to travel with your friends after Covid-19 and it is expected to rise with domestic travel will begin to recover first. To help you plan for your next road trip, here are 10 best road trips in Australia!  via GIPHY  1. The Great Ocean Road, Victoria Image Credit: Mateusz Glogowski on Unsplash This is one famed road trip route taking you across the southern coast of Australia from between Torquay and Warrnambool, Allansford, or a little further to Port Fairy in Victoria. The Great Ocean Road, completed in 1932 as a First World War memorial, showcases breath-taking clifftop vistas, wildlife, shipwrecks, and the never-ending coastlines while passing through quaint towns and rain forest. Things to do and see: Bells Beach, 12 Apostles, Erskine Falls, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell National Park, Loch Ard Gorge, the Island Archway, the cliff-face Gibson Steps, Cape Otway lighthouse, Great Otway National Park, Lorne, Anglesea, Peterborough, the historic fishing village of Port Fairy, and many delicious eateries along the way. Time frame: The route is about 9.5 hours (approximately a 250-kilometre drive). So, a day-trip is possible and done often if you want to enjoy only the passing scenery. But the best way to take in all the sights and sounds and venture further afield is a three to four-day road trip along these most famous road trip routes. 2. The Great Beach Drive, Queensland Image Credit: Tim Foster on Unsplash; You can get a nice view of the beautiful sunrise at Hervey Bay while on this route. For those of you living in Queensland, you need not go too far to catch some scenic views and some of the best routes for a road trip. The Great Beach Drive is the famed road trip on some of the Sunshine Coast’s most stunning beaches leading to Fraser Island and the Fraser Coast while meandering through UNESCO Heritage sites, national parks, and many historically significant landscapes. While traversing this most wonderful of road routes, you will be privy to whale, dolphin, turtle, platypus, kangaroo, and rare bird sightings. Don't miss out on the Hervey Bay; you can get a nice view of the beautiful sunrise and sunset here! Things to do and see: Noosa Biosphere, Great Sandy Biosphere, wildlife sightings, picnics, camping inside national parks, off-road driving, Double Island Point lighthouse, Hervey Bay, Teewah beach, Rainbow beach, surfing, kayaking, swimming, Great Barrier Reef, hiking and trekking, and Fraser Island - the largest sand island in the world. Time frame: The route is about 168 hours (a 380-kilometre drive). Take a three to seven-day road trip along the Great Beach Drive or even longer, depending on how long you want your getaway trip to be and what you want to explore with your friends. 3. The Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales Image Credit: Mara Page on Unsplash; The Grand Pacific Drive will lead you to some of the iconic places in Australia such as the whitest sand beach, Hyams beach at Jervis Bay. For those in New South Wales, the Grand Pacific Drive will lead you along some of the territory’s most memorable places and coastal scenes through a 140-kilometre bitumen road. Things to do and see: Sydney’s Royal National Park, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Sea Cliff Bridge, booming blowholes at Kiama, Austinmer Beach, Nan Tien Temple, hang-gliding, paragliding Minamurra Rainforest, whitest sand beaches in the world at Jervis Bay, and Jamberoo Action Park. Timeframe: The route is just a few hours (approximately a 140-kilometre drive) and an ideal one-day road trip for anyone from Sydney, Canberra, or other neighboring areas. However, there is nothing to stop you from making this road trip a longer vacation by staying over in any one of the towns or reserves along the way. 4. Great Alpine Road, Victoria Image Credit: Linda Xu on Unsplash; Experience the beauty of lush mountains at Mount Buffalo National Park  Another scenic drive starts off at Wangaratta in Victoria and traverses through the Victorian High Country and ends at Metung in the Gippsland Lakes region. The Great Alpine road trip will stun you with its fabulous Alpine scenes, mountain ranges, deep valleys, wine country, and sparkling waterways. This route will let you revel in the beauty of the mountains while enjoying some relaxation time with close friends whether you live in New South Wales or in Victoria! Things to do and see: Be inspired and rejuvenated by the lush mountains and rain forests, Mount Buffalo National Park, Gorge Lookout at Mt Buffalo, unique rock formations, and waterfalls. You can also try activities like mountain biking, trekking, and horse riding with your friends. Drive through Victoria’s highest alpine village, and view the 1,750 meter above sea-level Mt Hotham. Don't forget to visit towns such as Beechworth, Bright, and Omeo to experience the local hospitality.  Time frame: The road trip is approximately 500 kilometres and best enjoyed through a week where you can take in the scenes and enjoy the local hospitality. 5. Cairns to Cape York Peninsula, Queensland Image Credit: Photo by Pierre-Henry de Soria on Unsplash; Drop by the Palm Cove while on this route, and spend some time with your friends, catching up.  A Sunshine Coast epic journey is the road trip starting from Cairns and ending at the Cape York Peninsula. While this route is not common, unlike the Cairns to Cape Tribulations road trip, it will take you through the World Heritage-listed, Great Barrier Reef to the ancient World Heritage Daintree National Park across red sand, rain forests, many national parks, indigenous history and culture, and scenic views like no other. While the drive is said to be bumpy and does not boast much comfort, it is a once in a lifetime adventure and a chance to experience a simple lifestyle! Things to do and see: Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Daintree National Park, river crossings, ancient rock art at The Quinkan Galleries at Laura, rainforests, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, camping, Lakefield National Park, traverse the Old Telegraph Track, and walk to The Tip – the northern most point of Australia. Time frame: The route is about 14 hours (approximately a 1,000-kilometre one-way drive). Considering the dirt roads, raw terrain, and the need to do a round trip while exploring places and experiences the region, a minimum two-week road trip is called for. If you really are short on time, consider a one-way drive and return by air. 6. Gibb River Road, Western Australia Image Credit: jancolaco from Pixabay; Enjoy the Kimberley gorges on the Gibb River Road.  Western Australia’s Gibb River Road is another epic Australian road trip route for the adventurous. This route beginning and ending from Derby to Wyndham, or vice versa, will take you through the Kimberley region. Traveling through the outback on dusty roads will require a four-wheel drive, but the journey will take you through national parks, waterfalls, plateaus, gorges, natural wonders and lets you soak in the 50 to 60 thousand-year-old indigenous Australian culture. Things to do and see: Crocodile sighting; Windjana Gorge National Park; Mitchell Falls and Mitchell Plateau; El Questro; ziplining; King Leopold Ranges; visit outback cattle stations; compare and contrast between the Adcock, Manning, Galvans, Leonard, and Bell Gorges; Zebedee Springs; and Tunnel Creek. Time frame: Approximately a 660-kilometre route with only two roadhouses along the way – at Imintji and Mt Barnett. An ideal road trip would be a week-long, and more if you plan to stay and visit some out of the way places. Be prepared with extra fuel which can be expensive to purchase. 7. Red Centre Way, Northern Territory Image Credit: Philippe Wuyts on Unsplash; Kings Canyon, a must-visit to enjoy spectacular views!  The Northern Territory’s Red Centre Way is another epic and very cliched Australian road trip over sealed and unsealed roads. The route takes you through several mountain ranges, red earth deserts, isolated rocks, fresh swimming holes, ancient Aboriginal rock art sites, and historic towns. So, get ready for one epic Australian outback road trip experience! Things to do and see: Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, and West MacDonnell ranges; walking and hiking; Finke Gorge National Park; Watarrka National Park, the only place to see the red cabbage palm; the spirited lands of mulga forest; and the spinifex. Time frame: A loop route of about 1,135 kilometres starting at Alice Springs and taking you through Uluru and Kings Canyon is a 5 to 6-day road trip. 8. The Nullarbor Plain, South Australia to Western Australia Image Credits: Simon Maisch on Unsplash; Create unforgettable memories with your friends here at Nullarbor, South Australia If you are living somewhere in South or Western Australia, consider taking the Nullarbor Plain road trip which stretches across Ceduna/Adelaide in South Australia and Perth in Western Australia. While quite remote, the desert highway is an easy route meandering through the goldfields of Western Australia and the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. If you enjoy off-road driving, then use a four-wheel drive to ride through wide-open spaces, sand dunes, and wooded hills while re-hashing some legendary UFO stories and old-time myths with friends.  Things to do and see: Bragging rights to having seen and driven on the largest piece of limestone on earth; strange landscapes which the Nullarbor Plain is renowned for; wildlife such as giant wedge-tailed eagles, emus, kangaroos, dingoes, and camels; whale watching beneath the world's longest line of sea cliffs; the world’s longest golf course; unique caves; riding over sand dunes; ruins of Eucla Telegraph Station built in the 1870s; and camping under the starlit skies. Time frame: An ideal 6-day road trip of 1,256 kilometres which requires some preparation due to it being remote. So, carry enough fuel, water, and other essential supplies. 9. Heritage Highway, Tasmania Image Credit: Samuel Scrimshaw on Unsplash; Rural Building at Tasmania, Australia.  Living in Tasmania? No worries… This little island has quite a few road trips on offer from the Tassie Loop, to the route from Hobart to Freycinet, and of course the famed Heritage Highway. The Heritage highway which runs between Hobart and Launceston is a 200-year-old road built by convict road gangs in the 1800s. The highway meanders through some scenic views of farmlands, Georgian villages, grand rural estates and the authentic scenes of Tasmania’s historic midlands. Things to do and see: Visit the towns of Oatlands, Longford, Evandale, Cressy, and Perth; enjoy some gourmet food; Heritage Highway Museum and Visitors Centre in Campbell Town; Shene Estate & Distillery; and the Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary. Time frame: A short 2 to 3 days road trip of approximately 200 kilometres. 10. The Big Lap, Australia Image Credit: Martyna Bober on Unsplash; Visit the Bondi Beach at Sydney, one of the most famous beach destinations.  Last but certainly not the least… we have “The Big Lap”, a spectacular adventure around the entire country. Try this fabulous road trip of 15,000 kilometres using Highway One around the edge of Australia as you take in the changing scenes and landscapes of the country’s diverse territories and mixed natural environs. The big lap route will take you through seven capital cities, ride through rain forests and the red earth deserts, cruise along the coastline, and enjoy the vast emptiness of the outback. Things to do and see: Everything and anything that you fancy from the coastline between Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Esperance, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Hobart. Time frame: To truly experience the big lap, you will need at least six months, so, consider this a final hurrah kind of road trip adventure!   In ending this article, let me say that depending on the amount of time you have for a vacation, some of these road trip routes can be combined with some fun activities to make it a super adventure. So, take this chance; do not agonize about limited overseas travel, but instead, make the most of exploring your own country and enjoying a relaxing, fun-filled time with your friends! Don't forget to download the HalalTrip App, here, for more travel tips, prayer times and Qibla Direction, and many more!    via GIPHY...

  • 10 Unique Dining Experiences Around The World

    One of the best parts of travelling around the world is getting to experience new and amazing food, from grubbing it with the street foodies or to the more elegant fine dining experiences. And then there are some unique restaurant ideas where not only is the food amazing, the concept itself is so weird, exciting, cool, bizarre, etc., that you're not likely to find something similar anywhere else.   Here are 10 of the world's most unique dining experiences!   1. Dining in the Dark   Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like! You might have stumbled around the dark when one of those midnight cravings hits you, but this is a whole other ball game. Dining in the dark is a concept that removes one of the senses that we use most – especially when it comes to food – our sight and heightens the rest of them to make one of the world's most unique dining experiences. Here are a couple places where you can find this cool Halal food experience around the world:   - Dialogue in the Dark – Pan India   Website: http://www.dialogueinthedarkindia.com/   *Note: They are not Halal-certified, but most outlets make assurances of Halal food only being used. There is also no alcohol or pork involved in the preparation (*again, most outlets). Please do find the closest outlet to you and contact them directly for more information. They also have a vegetarian menu.Click here for more information about Dialogue in the Dark – Pan India   - Dining in The Dark KL     *Note: They are also not Halal-certified, but serve Muslim-friendly food, which means they use Halal meat and refrain from pork or alcohol. However, alcohol is served on the side. Click here for more information about Dining in The Dark KL Address: 50A Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Phone: +603 2110 0431 / +603 2110 3099Website: http://dininginthedarkkl.com   2. Dining in the Air   - Dinner in the Sky Website: http://dinnerinthesky.com/   Dinner in the Sky is a company that brings to you one of the world's most unique dining experiences – having a gorgeous meal with a gorgeous view below you as you float in the air! This amazing concept was brought to life first in Belgium but has since been expanded to over 40 countries, including Malaysia, Dubai, Australia, India, United States, Canada, and more.   *Note: Certain countries have Halal-certified menus, like Malaysia and Dubai, but please do check with the branch in your country. You can find the contact information through their website.   3. Dining with Pets   If you're a pet lover, you might be interested in the bizarre yet unique restaurant concept of eating in a pseudo-pet shop, because that's exactly what pet cafes are! That's right, you'll get to enjoy tea and snacks while sitting amongst cute, domestic furries like cats and rabbits, watch birds flutter around, or even have a live snake slither around on your table. Tokyo is famous for this unique dining concept, and there are various animal cafes you can find, depending on your pet preferences. Check out this article for a list of the best animal cafes in Tokyo. But here are a couple others:   - Ra.a.g.f Rabbit Café Picture Credit - www.connietsangphotos.com   Bunnies all around!Click here for more information about Ra.a.g.f Rabbit Café Address: Japan, 150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, shrine 6-chome 14-15.Phone: +81 3-6805-0328   - Hagu Cafe Picture Credit - www.tabelog.com Play with and feed cute little hedgehogs and degus!   *Note: Food served may not be Halal, although most cafes have tea and coffee as well. Please check with the staff before ordering.Click here for more information about Hagu Cafe Address: Japan, 1-2 chome Kabukicho Shinjuku-ku, 160-0021 Tokyo KK Building 4F. Phone: +81 3-6233-9390     4. Dining in an Ice Castle   - The Snow Castle   Picture Credit - www.finedininglovers.com   Website: http://www.visitkemi.fi/en/   Imagine a building -nay, a castle- made entirely out of ice. We bet you're thinking of Queen Elsa's ice castle from 'Frozen'; so are we! Well, how would you like to be in actual real-life snow castle and have a meal there?   If that sounds interesting to you, get your gloves and sweaters ready because you can! If you're near the city of Kemi in Finland, it's totally worth the trip because this is one of the world's most amazing restaurants. Built entirely out of snow and ice made of sea water, this ice castle is rebuilt every single year, and stands from January to April. Works have also begun to build an all-year-round Snow Castle. The Snow Castle also has accommodations, other attractions, and even a wedding chapel made wholly of ice!   *Note: Food is not Halal-certified, but there are vegetarian and vegan options available. Please talk to the staff in advance to arrange Muslim-friendly food.Click here for more information about The Snow Castle     5. Dining on a River Cruise   - Muslim History Tours Picture Credit - www.muslimtours.net   Imagine yourself rocking down the iconic River Thames in Britain while getting to experience amazing views of some of the most famous places in the city and learning about them through live commentary. And what's more, you'll also be enjoying some of the best Halal food in the city!   Well, that can be a reality if you're in Great Britain, through the Muslim History Tours River Cruises. They have lunch, dinner, and hi-tea cruises that start and end at different ports of the River Thames, and have different menus. You can get all the information and make reservations through their website above. Whichever one you choose, you're guaranteed to have one of the best Halal dining experiences ever!Click here for more information about Muslim History Tours   Address: Varies Phone: +44 (0) 20 7993 8595 Website: http://www.muslimhistorytours.com/en_GB     6. Dining on a Bus   - Bustronome Website: http://www.bustronome.com/   Bustronome is a unique dining experience of enjoying a meal while on board a luxury double-decker bus! Operating out of both London and Paris, the bus takes its passengers on a culinary journey and a literal journey around the city. You'll get to see some of the most iconic sights around the city, with a brief commentary about each place. If you've got just one day to explore the city and enjoy good food, this unique restaurant concept caters to your needs perfectly!   *Note: They do serve alcohol, and their dishes probably do include alcohol and non-Halal meat as well. However, they claim they are able to cater to any dietary requirement, so we suggest asking for vegan meals without alcohol. Also, special requirements need to be communicated well in advance.Click here for more information about Bustronome     7. Dining in a Zoo   - Jungle Breakfast With Wildlife   Picture Credit - www.weekendgowhere.sg This unique themed restaurant is set inside an actual zoo! You'll get to enjoy a delicious Halal breakfast buffet of local and international dishes, complete with tea and coffee. And while you're enjoying a hearty meal, there might be a few furry friends that swing by.   Click here for more information about Jungle Breakfast With Wildlife Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826, inside Singapore Zoo.Phone: (65) 6269 3411Website: www.zoo.com.sg   - Canberra National Zoo & Aquarium Picture Credit - www.visitcanberra.com.au   Although technically not a restaurant, the Canberra National Zoo & Aquarium has several picnic and BBQ areas within the zoo. These are situated close to animal exhibits, so you'll definitely have a few visitors looking upon you beyond glass walls during your meal. You can bring your own food and drink, so there's no worry about it being Halal.Click here for more information about Canberra National Zoo & Aquarium Address: Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT 261102. Phone: 6287 8400 Website: http://nationalzoo.com.au/visitor-information/facilities/     8. Dining in a Waterfall   - Labassin Waterfall Restaurant Picture Credit - www.unusualplaces.org   That's right, this “restaurant” is situated at the base of a man-made waterfall that actually powers a nearby cocoa plantation. This unique dining concept has the diner sitting in an actual waterfall, with their feet dipped into the cool rushing waters while enjoying simple, yet delicious local Filipino fare.   *Note: This restaurant is not Halal-certified, please talk to the staff in advance to prepare for your needs.Click here for more information about Labassin Waterfall Restaurant Address: Villa Escudero Plantations & Resort – Villa Escudero, Km 91, Tiaong, Quezon . Phone: +63 (02) 523-0392 Website: http://villaescudero.com/amenities-activities/     9. Dining at Sea   - Smith Marine How about having a meal literally above the sea? That's exactly what you get at Smith Marine, Singapore's first ever Halal kelong restaurant. This restaurant serves some of the best seafood dishes – and why not, they are literally in the sea – but the icing on the cake is the fact that you get to catch your own seafood! On top of all that, the amazing view and cool sea breeze make this a really cool food experience. Click here for more information about Smith Marine   Address: Johor Strait, Singapore. Phone: +65 9792 7609 Website: http://www.smithmarine.com.sg/   10. Dining Under the Sea   We've seen restaurants that were floating on the river, situated in the sea, and even in the sky, so what's left? Underwater restaurants, of course! Underwater dining is definitely of the coolest meal experiences you can have. This unique restaurant theme gives you the chance to have a meal inside a transparent bubble in the middle of the ocean, with all kinds of amazing corals and sea life all around you.   - Ithaa Undersea Restaurant   Address: Conrad Rangali Island 20077, Maldives. Phone: +960 668-0629 Website: http://conradhotels3.hilton.com   Click here for more information about Ithaa Undersea Restaurant   - Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara Address: Ground Floor, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Phone: +971 4 301 7600 Website: https://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/burj-al-arab/restaurant-at-burj-al-arab/al-mahara/ Click here for more information about Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara   - Sea Underwater Restaurant Address: Anantara Kihavah Villas. Phone: +960 660-1020 Website: https://kihavah-maldives.anantara.com/dining.aspx Click here for more information about Sea Underwater Restaurant   *Note: These restaurants are not Halal-certified, and serve food with alcohol. However, given that they are situated in Muslim-majority countries, they should be able to arrange special Muslim-friendly meals for you. Please do check with them in advance. ...

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