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Newcastle, Australia’s sixth largest city is located on the New South Wales coast and is situated north of Sydney. It is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a lively arts culture, rich maritime history and famous restaurants. The city was known in the past as the Steel City due to its important role in the states steel industry. However since its decline, Newcastle has taken on a different vibe and has become one of the liveliest cities in Australia. Surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful beaches, this harbor city is well known for its amazing surf breaks and it even hosts one of the most professional surfing contests annually. Visitors to the city of Newcastle will not be bored as the city has many fun activities to enjoy and places to visit. Muslim tourists will be able to find Muslim-friendly facilities in Newcastle. There are a few Halal restaurants and mosques in Newcastle that will make Muslim visitors feel at home.    Perched between a working harbor and spectacular beaches, Newcastle offers visitors great surf beaches and coastal walks to explore. Nobbys Beach is popular with family groups and is the city’s high profile beach. However, the best way to explore and discover the city is by taking a long walk on Newcastle Bathers Way, which is a scenic coastal walk stretching from the lighthouse at Nobbys headland to the coastal wilderness of Glenrock Reserve. There are yellow information signs along the trail that tell the story of Newcastle’s interesting past. Newcastle, the second oldest city in Australia is rich in architectural heritage and fascinating historical sites. The best place to start is at Fort Scratchley. This national historic landmark is a must-visit when in Newcastle. Visitors could enjoy a stroll around the site or take a guided tour and learn about its history and discover the underground tunnels. They could also enjoy fabulous views and dolphin and whale watching when in Fort Scratchley. Bogey Hole, at Newcastle Beach located nearby; is also worth a visit as it is an ocean rock pool carved out of a cliff by convicts in the 19th century. It is now popular with those looking for a quiet place to swim. For those who enjoy exploring local art galleries and museums, there is plenty to experience in Newcastle. A good place to start is the Newcastle Art Gallery, which is home to the second largest art collection in New South Wales and is definitely worth a visit. Newcastle Museum is also worth a visit as it houses a permanent collection of art relating to the city’s historical past. It also has a hands on science center for kids....more

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Newcastle, Australia’s sixth largest city is located on the New South Wales coast and is situated north of Sydney. It is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a lively arts culture, rich maritime history and famous restaurants. The city was known in the past as the Steel City due to its important role in the states steel industry. However since its decline, Newcastle has taken on a different vibe and has become one of the liveliest cities in Australia. Surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful beaches, this harbor city is well known for its amazing surf breaks and it even hosts one of the most professional surfing contests annually. Visitors to the city of Newcastle will not be bored as the city has many fun activities to enjoy and places to visit. Muslim tourists will be able to find Muslim-friendly facilities in Newcastle. There are a few Halal restaurants and mosques in Newcastle that will make Muslim visitors feel at home.   

Perched between a working harbor and spectacular beaches, Newcastle offers visitors great surf beaches and coastal walks to explore. Nobbys Beach is popular with family groups and is the city’s high profile beach. However, the best way to explore and discover the city is by taking a long walk on Newcastle Bathers Way, which is a scenic coastal walk stretching from the lighthouse at Nobbys headland to the coastal wilderness of Glenrock Reserve. There are yellow information signs along the trail that tell the story of Newcastle’s interesting past.

Newcastle, the second oldest city in Australia is rich in architectural heritage and fascinating historical sites. The best place to start is at Fort Scratchley. This national historic landmark is a must-visit when in Newcastle. Visitors could enjoy a stroll around the site or take a guided tour and learn about its history and discover the underground tunnels. They could also enjoy fabulous views and dolphin and whale watching when in Fort Scratchley. Bogey Hole, at Newcastle Beach located nearby; is also worth a visit as it is an ocean rock pool carved out of a cliff by convicts in the 19th century. It is now popular with those looking for a quiet place to swim.

For those who enjoy exploring local art galleries and museums, there is plenty to experience in Newcastle. A good place to start is the Newcastle Art Gallery, which is home to the second largest art collection in New South Wales and is definitely worth a visit. Newcastle Museum is also worth a visit as it houses a permanent collection of art relating to the city’s historical past. It also has a hands on science center for kids.

Nearby Airports

The closest airport to the city of Newcastle is the Newcastle Airport, which is located approximately 24 kilometers from the city centre. It is the 12th busiest airport in the country and its terminal is easily accessible by road. Travelers can use the bus shuttle, taxi or rent a car to get to their destination.

Halal Restaurants

There are a few Halal restaurants in Newcastle which cater to the local Muslim community as well as its visitors. Darby Raj, Raj’s Corner and Indiana Raj are the restaurants that are said to serve Halal food in Newcastle. Muslim travelers should however check on the Halal status of the restaurants prior to dining. The city also has numerous kebab shops. Diners will have to confirm the Halal status of the food before dining at these outlets as well. Muslim travelers could also make inquiries regarding Halal food at the masjids in Newcastle.  

Mosques

Muslim travelers will be able to locate mosques in Newcastle as the city is known to have two mosques, namely the Islamic Center of Newcastle in Mayfield and the Metcalfe Street Mosque in Wallsend. Muslim tourists can also make inquiries regarding other prayer facilities in Newcastle, while at either of the mosques. 

Things to Do and See in Newcastle

  • Fort Scratchley
  • Glenrock Lagoon
  • Stockton Beach
  • Broughton Island
  • Werakata National Park
  • Tuggerah Lake
  • Karuah River
  • Nelson Head Light
  • Hunter Region
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Take a boat ride on the Thames, or spend the day as a family at the Strawberry Hill House, Orleans House Gallery, or WWT London Wetland Centre if you want something to do. Shopping stops across the three areas include Golden Court and Paved Court in Richmond, Westfield Stratford City, Stratford City and Indoor Market, and Queen’s Market at Upton Park in Newham, and Brent Cross Shopping Centre and Queens Parade in Brent. Take your pick of cuisines and restaurants from Pod, Chicken Cottage, Wrap it up!, Cinnamon Kitchen, Labeneats, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Ned’s Noodle Bar and more. There are over 420 mosques in London, London Muslim Mosque and London Central Mosque included.   Manchester – Manchester City Stadium is hosting just one match, but don’t miss out on taking advantage of the city while you’re there! Soak in the culture at The Whitworth and HOME – for art, culture, and theatre; head to the Manchester Museum, Chester Zoo, and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester with the kids; explore the countryside at Tatton Park, The Peak District, or on a steam railway journey with East Lancashire Railway; or go shopping on Market Street, Manchester Arndale, or Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Eat at Archie’s, Steak ‘n’ Shakes, Tampopo, Paan House, The Grill, Taste Masters, and more. Manchester Mosque and Makki Masjid Manchester are the central mosques and learning centres.   Milton Keynes – If you’re in Milton Keynes for the games at Stadium MK, set aside time to have an adventure with the many attractions on offer. Spend time with the wildlife at Woburn Safari Park, entertain yourself with extreme sports, leisure and food at Xscape, bounce off the walls at Bounce, or keep the kids occupied at Gulliver’s Land or Snozone. Shop at intu MK, eat at Nando’s, Sizzling Grillz, or Subway, and pray at Masjid Al-Rawdha or Jamee Masjid.   Newcastle – Home of the world’s only tilting bridge, the Gateshead Millenium Bridge is a must see. Check out the art in The Angel of the North, or take a selfie with the Tyne Bridge, emblazoned with the Rugby World Cup 2015 brand. Explore Newcastle Castle – where it gets its name from, Hadrian’s Wall, and Alnwick Castle and Gardens that feature in the Harry Potter movies. Stimulate your brain at the Life Science Centre, and Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books. Shop at intu Metrocentre, Grainger Town and Fenwick; eat at Subway, Nando’s, and KFC, or the now-familiar Chicken Cottage and more. Newcastle Central Mosque is one of the few mosques in the city.   Rugby – This town in Warwickshire is not hosting any games, but while you’re in the country, it’s worth a visit to find out more about the sport at its birthplace. Make sure you put Rugby School, Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum, and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on your list of educational stops. Visit Warwick Castle, home to spellbinding history, battles, myths and knights; and Drayton Manor for a day of fun at the theme park. King of Tandoor, Gyro Café, Bahar Masala and India Place are amongst other restaurants that serve Halal food. Stop by Rugby Mosque for your prayers.   With all the information available here, make your trip easier by downloading the HalalTrip App to locate various Halal eating places, and masjids around you, as well as attractions close to you. Be sure to add new locations on the app so that others can benefit from it too!    ...

  • UK Airports – What they can offer Muslim Travellers

    UK airports are some of the busiest airports in the world and serve millions of passengers throughout the year - including large numbers of Muslim travellers. Several airports do offer specific facilities for Muslim passengers such as Halal food and prayer facilities. Read on to find out which of UK's airports are best-suited for Muslim travellers. The largest airport of the United Kingdom is the London Heathrow Airport in West London, England. The airport features five terminals with a multi-faith prayer room available in each terminal. These prayer rooms cater to both male and female worshippers and adequate facilities for washing feet might not be available. However, a few prayer rooms do offer Wudu Stones that make Tayammum (dry abolution) possible. Halal food options at London Heathrow Airport will not be as plentiful as some of other major International airports around the world. However, several Halal restaurant will be available a few minutes away from the airport. London Gatwick Airport is another prominent UK airport. Serving over 24 million passengers annually, it offers chapel & prayer rooms for passengers of all faith at both the North and South Terminal of the airport. Both prayer rooms are open 24 hours daily and are located on the third floor of the South Terminal and the ground floor of the North Terminal. For Halal food, Muslim travellers may visit Comptoir Libanais – a Lebanese restaurant located at the North Terminal of the airport. In addition to a wide range of Halal cuisine, the restaurant also offers an array of vegetarian dishes as well as special children's menus. Often named the Best Major UK Airport, Manchester Airport has won several awards in the past for the extensive range of services and facilities it provides its passengers. Prayer facilities for Muslim passengers at Manchester Airport comprise two multi-faith prayer rooms located at Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Jumuah prayers are conducted in the Terminal 3 prayer room and both prayer rooms are available 24 hours a day and offer Wudu facilities. Muslim passengers will also be able to find Halal food at SPAR (Terminal 2), Broderick's (T2 transit) and AM Express (T2 Arrivals). Other major airports in the UK include London Luton Airport, Birmingham Airport, Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow Airport and Newcastle Airport. Prayer facilities for Muslim travellers will be available at each of these airports but Halal food options might not be many in number. However, vegetarian cuisine will be widely available in the case of unavailability of Halal food. Airports in the United Kingdom serve large numbers of Muslim travellers throughout the year so airport staff are no stranger to Muslim-specific requests or requirements. In any case, sufficient facilities are bound to be available at almost every airport to ensure a comfortable stay....



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