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  • How To Get Around Hong Kong

    Hong Kong not only offers a lot of cheap and reasonably priced items to buy, it also has incredible attractions like the famous Hong Kong Disneyland, and Victoria Peak, where you can spend romantic moments with your loving partners. Imagine spending the best quality time and experiencing an adventure you've always dreamed of here in Hong Kong.  via GIPHY Other than Disneyland and Victoria Peak there are a bunch of interesting places to visit depending on your preference. The Hong Kong Museum of History and Madame Tussauds are must-visit places. You can also visit the Dragon’s Back, Lion Rock or Lantau Peak. There you can see Hong Kong from various perspectives. If you crave for something more challenging, then you should take The Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Ngong Ping 360 or The Peak Tram. For those of you who desire a unique travelling experience, you should definitely check out Lamma Island which is rated as the most indie island in Hong Kong.  Now with all of those interesting places listed, the most important question you should ask yourself right now is, how do I get there? Here, we present you a list of how you can get around Hong Kong! via GIPHY  1. MTR Credit Image: MTR Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is one of the cleanest, fastest and safest modes of transportation in Hong Kong. It includes Heavy Rail, Light Rail, Rapid Transit Service and Feeder Bus service with rapid transit network that connects urban areas of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories. MTR offers Adult Tourist Day Pass and Child Tourist Day Pass. The Adult Tourist Day Pass costs HK$65 and the Child Tourist Day Pass costs HK$30. The good news is, this Tourist Day Pass could be used for a full single day of unlimited travel using MTR, Light Rail and MTR Bus only (Airport Express, East Rail Line First Class and travel to/from Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau Station are not included).  Or, you could purchase an Octopus Card, an e-money card-like to exclusively purchase types of transportation tickets. There are prepaid or postpaid types of Octopus card. You can get this card at any MTR (subway) station, including the Airport Express station at Hong Kong International Airport. It costs for HK$150 with an initial HK$100 credit and a refundable HK$50 deposit A useful tip for you if you decide to take the MTR to get around Hong Kong is that it is best if you avoid the MTR rush hours which is between 7.30am to 9.30am and 5pm to 7pm on weekdays. To save time, you can buy the Day Pass online from the MTR official website, here. You can also find information on routes, timetables and MTR fares on the MTR website.    Heavy/Commuter Line There are a total 4 heavy rail lines available which are East Rail line, West Rail line, Tuen Ma line Phase 1, Tung Chung line. Among them is the East Rail line. It starts at Hung Hom station in Kowloon and branches in the north at Sheung Shui to terminate at Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau stations and stops at 14 stations. The second line which is the West Rail line starts from Tuen Mun to Hung Hom and stops at a total of 12 stations. The Tuen Ma Line Phase 1 runs from Kai Tak to Wu Kai Sia while the Tung Chung line links Tung Chung with Hong Kong Island. Rapid Transit Service There are 6 Rapid Transit Services available, namely the Kwun Tong line, Tseun Wan line, Island Line, Tseung Kwan O line, Disneyland Resort line and the South Island line. You can make use of the convenient MTR to get to one of Hong Kong's most popular tourist attractions, the Hong Kong Disneyland by taking the MTR to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.  Airport Express Airport Express links the principal urban areas and starts from Hong Kong station and end in AsiaWorld-Expo, on the northeast corner of Chek Lap Kok. This island is where Hong Kong International Airport is located. The fare depends on which station you start your journey with and the type of tickets you hold. For example, with Smart Ticket, it costs HK$115 for adults and HK$57.5 for child from Hong Kong station as your starting point. With the Octopus ticket, it costs HK$110 for adults and HK$55 for child. Light Rail Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a modern, air-conditioned version of the trams in Hong Kong, but it is way faster. It runs in the northwestern New Territories. Light Rail operates from 5.30AM to 12.15AM. You can buy an LRT ticket for HK$4 to HK$6.5 based on the travel distance. Light Rail is perfect for those of you who want to roam around the city comfortably while still maintaining a good budget. Here, you can enjoy the city's view from the train's windows. Website | Facebook | Instagram  2. Hong Kong Tramways Credit Image: Hong Kong Tramways on Facebook Hong Kong Tramways is one of the oldest modes of transportation in Hong Kong. It was established in 1904 and has been the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation in Hong Kong. One interesting fact about this tramcar is that it is the only on-land vehicle in the city which emits zero roadside emissions!  This retro transportation operates everyday connecting Kennedy Town and Shau Kei Wan and brings you to 120 stations. You could either buy an Octopus Card or pay in cash upon entering the tram’s front exit. Just prepare some coins in your pockets. Traveling by tram is very cheap, it costs only HK$2.60 for adults and half price for Children under 12. For senior citizens, it costs only HK$1.20. If you want to save even more money, there’s a 4-Day Pass which you can get that costs only HK$34. For more information about the schedule and fare of the tramcar, you can visit the website here.  Website | Facebook | Instagram    3. Buses & Minibuses  Buses Credit Image: Jeanne Rose Gomez on Unsplash  There are a total of 5 bus companies in Hong Kong which travels to various routes. Most of them are air-conditioned and comfortable. The popular ones are the double-decker buses, in which if you sit at the top deck, you can get a great view of the city. The double-decker bus tickets in Hong Kong costs around HK$4 to HK$46 depending on the destinations, For night buses, it costs around HK$7 to HK$32. You can either pay the exact amount in cash or with an Octopus card. For more information, you may visit the Citybus website, which is one of the bus companies in Hong Kong.  Minibuses Credit Image: Carles Martinez on Unsplash  Minibuses or Public Light Bus are vans with around 16 seats only. They come in two varieties: Red Minibus (RMB) and Green Minibus (GMB). The Green Minibuses cost around HK$4 to HK$24. The Green Minibuses have designated stops and have fixed fares. Prepare the exact change in your pockets as you must give the exact fare in the cash box, or you can always use the Octopus card. The Red Minibuses operate in a more flexible manner where passengers can hail these minibuses and be alighted at the fixed routes or the non-restricted areas. The best place to grab a minibus on Hong Kong Island is the Exchange square and along Queen’s Road East. Most of the minibuses have their destinations displayed in English but some may not provide them. As the drivers do not speak English, it is better if you know your routes and destinations well, or you might end up lost. Visit the website for more information here. Website    4. Star Ferry Credit Image: Star Ferry on Facebook Being aboard Star Ferry can be a very exciting and romantic experience. Star Ferry has been rated first in the "Top 10 Most Exciting Ferry Rides” by the Society of American Travel Writers in 2009. It carries passengers across Victoria Harbor, between Hong Kong Island, and Kowloon. The adult fare for the Nighttime tour is HK$200 and HK$175 for children, senior and disabled (Concessionary). For A Symphony of Light Tour, it costs HK$230 for adults and concessionary fare for HK$200. Website | Facebook 5. Taxi Credit Image: Thomas Patrick on Unsplash  Hong Kong Taxi provides taxi services for travelers and the taxis they provide are clean and air-conditioned. Its rate ranges from HK$19 to HK$24 for the first 2 km, depending on the location and the taxi colors (Red, Green, and Blue). This mode of transportation is perfect for those of you who prefer an easy, private and simple transportation. Visit the website for more information, here.  Website    6. E-hailing Cars Credit Image: Uber on Facebook E-hailing car services are indeed a trend now and this trend continues to grow all over the world. There are e-hailing car services in Hong Kong such as the Uber service. Uber’s total minimum fare is HK$45. After that fare, Uber will charge you HK$6 per km and HK$1 per minute. E-hailing car services like Uber is highly recommended in Hong Kong for those of you who prefer to travel around the country in comfort and with convenience. Simply download the Uber App and you're all set to use it to get to your next destination. Website | Facebook | Instagram   via GIPHY With this guide, we hope that our readers have a better idea of how to get around Hong Kong. You have no excuse now not to visit such an amazing city like Hong Kong! For a modern big city like Hong Kong, their transportation fares are relatively reasonable and economical. We recommend you to visit the city and make use of these convenient modes of transport to get around the city. By now, you are more than ready to travel to Hong Kong. We hope you have a safe and fun travel to Hong Kong, dear travelers!...

  • Toronto: These 5 Halal Eateries Are Absolute Must-Try(s) When You're in Toronto, Canada

    Food is the answer to everything. You can't just visit a country without going into its finest restaurants or discovering the different cuisines they serve. If you're passing by Toronto and looking for some great place to have a meal, check out these 5 Must-Try Halal Eateries in Toronto! 1. Top Gun Steak Picture Credit: Top Gun Steak and Burgers Facebook Fresh ingredients, lavish flavors and chewy salads, Top Gun Steak & Burger is a burger house which proposes big burgers with beef patties, seasoned with aromatic herbs and served with some good warm fries. The burger house also offers chicken burgers as well as vegetarian burgers on its menu. On top of that, you can choose between a number of extras that you can add on top of your meal and drinks to accompany your monster feast. And what is a loaded meal without some crunchy and spicy sides to top it all off? Top Gun Steak and Burger redefines the traditional sides by adding some spices and meat to the fries. Address: 251 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ON M5T 2L8Contact: (416) 593-2777Website: 2. Burger Factory Picture Credit: Burger Factory Facebook Now, who doesn't love having a big bold burger with fries on its side? The Burger Factory in Toronto is a utopia for burger lovers who will get to choose from a wide range of burgers, made with fresh ingredients all seasoned with the finest herbs and spices for a delicious and mouthwatering taste. Also, you can choose between a number of sides and combos as well as funnel cakes. If you're a fan of huge burgers towered with cheese, lettuce, and meat then this haven will definitely satisfy your cravings. You surely don't want to miss this huge burger franchise while being in Toronto. Address: 265 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z4.Contact: 416-263-9009Opening hours: 11AM to 10PM (Mon-Sun)Website: 3. Xawaash Picture Credit: Xawaash Restaurant Specialized in Somalian cuisine, Xawaash will let you experience all the goodness that traditional Somalian cuisine has to offer. These meals are prepared with fresh ingredients that will suit your mood and wallet. Xawassh proposes an alluring menu filled with grilled meat and chicken kebabs, as well as Falafel & Hummus for its vegetarian clients. You can also choose from a number of pita wraps and salads from the menu and conclude your meal with a sweet treat. If you're just looking for some hot coffee, you will find a delectable choice of espressos, lattes, and chai at Xawaash. Address: 130 QUEENS PLATE DRIVE #1, ETOBICOKE, ON M9W 0B4, CANADAContact: (416) 747-7222Opening hours: 11AM to 10PM (Mon-Thu)                         11AM to 11PM (Sat)                         12PM to 10PM (Sun)Website: 4. Mr. Pide Picture Credit: Khurram Shaz Facebook If you're tired of Italian pizzas and want to try something new while being in Toronto, then Mr. Pide is the place to drop by. Known for its Turkish pizza style, Mr. Pide offers a twist in the art of making this Italian dish. Each pizza is seasoned and accompanied with lamb or beef, depending on your choice. You can choose from 21 different pizzas and seasonings that will definitely bring the feels of being in Turkey. Address: 800 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4J 1L6Contact: (647) 351-7433Opening hours: 11AM to 10PM (Mon-Thu)11AM to 11PM (Fri-Sat)11 AM to 9PM (Sun)Website: 5. Kabul Express Picture Credit: Kabul Express Specialized in Afghan, Indian and Pakistani cuisine, Kabul Express is a must-visit for foodies who enjoy spicy and hot meals. Kabul Express offers a large variety of dishes, sides, and dinner. You can choose from a variety of Dall, chicken curries and naans. As for those who enjoy marinated fish or chicken, will definitely satisfy their cravings with the Tandoori Meals, prepared with selected spices and herbs. Address: 126 Dundas St East, Toronto, ON, M5B 1E2, CanadaContact: 647-351-1111Opening hours: 11AM to 2AM (Mon-Sun)Website:

  • Finding Mosques Near You in Toronto

    Toronto, the beautiful capital of the province of Ontario, is one of Canada’s most mesmerising cities. The eclectic city is underrated, and we have no idea why! Home to some of the most incredible attractions and sites in the country, it's highly doubtful that you'd run out of things to do and see in Toronto. Muslims that plan to travel to Toronto will feel more than welcome due to the sizeable Muslim population that can be found here, especially in the Greater Toronto Area. There are numerous Halal restaurants and mosques in the city, so if you’re worried about finding Halal food in Toronto, or where to pray in Toronto, you don’t have to be! Find a Mosque near you in Toronto Find a Halal Restaurant near you in Toronto This guide on where to find mosques and prayer places in Toronto may only have some of the city’s most prominent masjids, but there are in fact countless other mosques and prayer places in Toronto.  The city even houses some of the oldest masjids in the country! Read on to discover some of the most popular and beautiful mosques in the city of Toronto!   1. Jami Mosque Picture Credit - Located in the Greater Toronto Area, Jami Mosque, also known as the “Mother of all mosques in Toronto," is the oldest Islamic centre in Toronto and a well-known place of worship. Initially a Presbyterian church, the building was turned into a mosque. Jami Mosque today is visited by the Muslim community of the area for the five daily prayers, Friday Jumu’ah prayers and other occasions such as Eid, as well as several Islamic classes. The mosque also has prayer and wudhu facilities for women. Address: 56 Boustead Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 1Y9, CanadaOpening Times: Open throughout the dayContact: +1 416 769 1192   2. Muslim Association of Canada - Masjid Toronto Picture Credit - Masjid Toronto is one of the city’s busiest mosques due to its great location in the heart of downtown Toronto. It serves Toronto’s diverse Muslim community, with students, tourists and those who work in the area making use of its facilities on a daily basis. Hundreds of people visit the mosque weekly to perform the five daily prayers as well as Jumu’ah on Fridays. The masjid has prayer and wudhu facilities for men and women, and also hosts a variety of religious class for men and women, young and old. Masjid Toronto has two locations, with the second one being Masjid Toronto at Adelaide. Address: 168 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1C6, CanadaOpening Times: Fajr: Open for 1 hourMonday to Thursday and Saturday to Sunday: Opens 1 hour before Dhuhr and closes 1 hour after IshaFriday: Opens at 11am and closes 1 hour after IshaContact: +1 416 596 0507Website:   3. Masjid Toronto at Adelaide Picture Credit - Masjid Toronto at Adelaide is the second downtown location of Masjid Toronto. Also conveniently located in close proximity to a number of the city’s busy districts, Masjid Toronto at Adelaide sees hundreds of worshippers each week. Like its first location, this masjid also hosts the five daily prayers and congregational Friday prayers as well as a few religious talks. This facility also has an area for women to take ablution and perform their prayers. Address: 86 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1K6, CanadaOpening Times: Open for 1 hourMonday to Thursday and Saturday to Sunday: Opens 1 hour before Dhuhr and closes 1 hour after IshaFriday: Opens at 11am and closes 1 hour after IshaContact: +1 647 748 4756Website:   4. Masjid El Noor Picture Credit - Masjid El Noor is another of Toronto’s oldest Muslim organizations. While today the mosque serves the city’s Muslim community, the building was once used as a church. It has all five daily prayers and Jumu’ah, and has separate facilities for men and women. The masjid also offers Islamic classes, and hosts religious lectures after certain prayers. Address: 277 Scott Rd, Toronto, ON M6M 3V3, CanadaOpening Times: Open throughout the dayContact: +1 416 658 6667Website: Facebook | Twitter   5. TARIC Islamic Centre Picture Credit - The Toronto and Region Islamic Congregation or better known as the TARIC Islamic Centre is one of Toronto’s largest and oldest Islamic centres, serving thousands. Due to its great location at one of the city’s busiest intersections, and due to its beautiful, eye-catching exterior, it is also one of the most recognised landmarks of Toronto. The current facility houses prayer facilities for men and women, as well as a library and gymnasium. In addition to the five daily prayers and Friday prayers, the centre also hosts numerous Islamic classes and other religious programs for the community. Address: 99 Beverly Hills Dr, North York, ON M3L 1A2, CanadaOpening Times: Open throughout the dayContact: +1 416 245 5675 Facebook   6. Masjid Omar Bin Khatab Picture Credit  - Established in 1992 in the downtown Toronto area, Masjid Omar Bin Khatab is well known for serving one of the largest youth populations in the area. The masjid has all five daily prayers and Jumu’ah prayers in addition to various youth programs and religious classes. Address: 234 Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 3N6, CanadaOpening Times: Open throughout the dayContact: +1 416-861-9288Website:  Facebook   7. Madinah Masjid Picture credit - Located in the heart of Toronto, Madinah Masjid has long been welcoming the city’s large and diverse Muslim population with open arms. The beautiful mosque is not only one of the city’s oldest but also one of its biggest. The masjid has prayer halls for men and women, and holds the five daily prayers, Friday prayers, Eid prayers and more. Madinah Masjid also has an Islamic school and hosts a variety of religious programs, for those on Hifz (Qur'anic memorisation), to even Da'wah programs. Address: 1015 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1M1, CanadaOpening Times: Open throughout the dayContact: +1 416-465-7833Website: Facebook | Instagram On your next Halal trip to Canada, the HalalTrip Mobile app is the only app you need! It’ll help you find mosques and prayer places in Toronto near you, in addition to pointing out some of the best Halal restaurants in the city. The app will also assist you in narrowing down the top places to visit if you’re only in the city for a short while, making sure you cover the best of the best of what Toronto has to offer. More on Halal food in Toronto More on Canada...

  • The Top 7 Reasons to Visit Canada

    Canada is often a place that tourists tend to skip over when picking vacation spots, but those people are missing out on a trip of a lifetime! Canada is a massive country with everything you could want to see and do on vacation, be it adventure or thrill-seeking opportunities, or relaxing in charming countrysides or on even on magnificent beaches. There are also many reasons why Muslims love to travel to Canada, namely, the availability of Muslim-friendly facilities and the feeling of being welcomed. Islam is the second largest religion in Canada, standing at 3.2% of the population, after Christianity. This means that there's no shortage of anything you could need to fulfil your requirements without compromising your faith Here are the top reasons to visit Canada in 2018:   1. It Has Incredible Nature & Wildlife Canada is one of the best places to witness the elegance and beauty of nature – and revel in the magnificence of Allah's creations. With brooding snow-capped mountains, incredible road trails, and craggy beaches around the country, it is any nature lover's dream come true and there is no shortage of things to do and see in Canada. Enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains that serve as a backdrop for the city of Banff, or kick back and relax on the stunning beaches of British Columbia. And let's not forget the renowned Niagara Falls in Ontario, something you definitely cannot miss on your Halal travel to Canada. And you can even see the famous natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights straight from the backyard of a home in Albert! Canada is also home to some of the world's most incredible wildlife. The vast, sprawling environments of these animals that remain unaffected by humans gives these animals a chance to thrive in their natural habitats. You can spot grizzly bears in the Great Bear Nature Tours in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, snorkel with beluga whales in Churchill, see Walruses in the Community of Hall Beach in the Arctic, and so much more!   2. There Are Festivals Galore Picture Credit - Not only are there amazing natural landscapes, wildlife tours, and incredible shopping in Canada, there are also plenty of fascinating festivals that take place around the country throughout the year. Taking part in these festivities gives you a chance to mingle with the locals and learn a little bit more about the culture and traditions of this fascinating country. Picture Credit: Carnaval De Quebec From comedy and art to food, children's festivals, and county fairs, there's something happening somewhere to suit your personal interests. Some of the most famous events to take place in Canada include the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Winterlude Festival in Ottawa, the Celebration of Light festival in Vancouver, the Quebec Winter Carnival in Quebec, and so much more. Check out the local listings in the particular cities you plan to visit to see what festivals are taking place during your time of visit.   3. It Is Full of Heritage and Culture History or culture isn't exactly what a tourist think of when they think Canada, but the country has a deep a rich heritage that you can explore on your travels. The amazing part about each city in Canada is that they are all distinct and offer entirely different opportunities to explore, activities, adventure, and more. In today's world of artificially created attractions that can take away the authenticity of experiences to be had, this is truly a breath of fresh air. Explore the charm of French-speaking Quebec, which seems like a quaint town in rural France, or head to Toronto to live it up amongst the city folk. You can also experience the history of Canada by visiting these ancient Canadian attractions that have been gazetted as National Historic Sites such as Fort York and Dundurn Castle in Hamilton, Ontario, the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, Canada, Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and more. There are also many places where you can take yourself back to the olden days and participate in activities like being a soldier for a day at the Halifax Citadel National Historical Site in Nova Scotia, or experience the culture and heritage of the Anishinaabe people at the Pukashwa National Park in Northern Ontario.   4. The Locals are Friendly The friendliness and hospitality of Canadians is often a popular theme in pop culture and TV shows, but the best part is that this theory is actually rooted in reality! Canadians are some of the most welcoming people in the world, and who better to represent this than their prime minister Justin Trudeau, who not only allowed refugees into the country but welcomed them at the airport by saying “You are home”. Not only does Canada have an incredible infrastructure, it is also one of the safest countries to travel with a relatively low crime rate. As Muslim travelers, you would not have to feel out of place because of the significant Islamic population who live here as well. You can allow yourself to be completely yourself on your Halal holiday in Canada!   5. There's Amazing Halal Food With a large population of Muslims scattered all over the country, there is no doubt that you will be able to find amazing Halal food all across the country. Obviously, there will be more options in cities with a dense population of Muslims like Ontario, but you should have a few choices no matter where you go. You can find a range of cuisines from local food to Middle Eastern, Asian, and more at food trucks to fine dining in Canada. Make sure to try the unique dish “Poutine”, which has even been touted to be the National dish of Canada, although not officially. Here are some of the top Halal restaurants in Canada:   Affy's Premium GrillTry their premium grills and steaks, and also their non-alcoholic daiquiris and coladas.(Address: 2200 Brock Rd C2, Pickering, ON L1X 2R2, Canada. Phone: +1 905-239-5415, Website: BachirA Lebanese restaurant raving reviews for their delicious shawarmas, falafel, and Middle Eastern desserts.(Address: 54 Boulevard René-Lévesque O, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 2A4, Canada. Phone: +1 418-523-8383) Chinese Halal Restaurant This charming Chinese restaurant is known for its delicious Halal Chinese food in Canada. Make sure to try their lamb dishes!(Address: 101 Ravel Rd, North York, ON M2H 1T1, Canada. Phone: +1 416-498-9800) Al-Watan Tandoori Halal Restaurant This simple restaurant in Vancouver might seem unassuming, but is one of the best Halal eateries in Canada serving amazing Indian and Pakistani cuisines.(Address: 6084 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5X 3T3, Canada. Phone: +1 604-324-6378) 7 Peppers GrillThis is a Syrian Halal restaurant in Nova Scotia has incredibly friendly service and even better food!(Address: 6290 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A5, Canada. Phone: +1 902-431-2727) Get more information on Halal food in Canada through the website:   6. You'll Have Plenty of Places to Pray Picture Credit - As we've already mentioned, Islam is the largest minority in the country, which means there are plenty of prayer places in Canada. Not only are there many mosques scattered all over the country, many places also accommodate Muslims by having prayer rooms and even specially designed restrooms to suit the needs of Muslims. Here are some of the most famous mosques in Canada: Baitun Nur Mosque Address: 4353 54 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T3J 4L3, Canada. Contact: +1 403-243-1600 Jami Omar Mosque(Address: 3990 Old Richmond Rd, Nepean, ON K2H 8R5, Canada. Phone: +1 613-828-2222) Outaouais Islamic Centre (Address: 4 Rue Lois, Gatineau, QC J8Y 3R1, Canada. Phone: +1 819-776-1831) Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque (Address: 3810 Eastgate Dr, Regina, SK S4Z 1A5, Canada. Phone: +1 306-359-1713)   7. Maple Syrup! Ask a random person anywhere in the world what Canada is most famous for and chances are, they'll tell you its maple syrup! This popular sweet condiment is made from the xylem sap of various types of maple trees. Canada is the largest manufacturer and exporter of maple syrup in the world (most of it concentrated in Quebec), which shouldn't come as a shock to anyone. There's no doubt that Canadians love maple syrup, I mean, the maple leaf is even on their national flag! Anywhere you go, you should be able to find maple syrup-themed goodies and treats, from cookies and cakes to maple-treated meats, and so much more. Make sure to try them all, and maybe even stock up on a few of them to bring back as souvenirs! For more destination ideas on where to travel in 2018, check out our travel blog or download the Halaltrip Islamic Travel App to find locations of halal restaurants and mosques near you....

  • 5 Best Muslim-Friendly Cities to Travel in January

    The world is getting more and more diverse, cultures are now interacting with each other more than they ever did before, idea sharing has become common. The world is now open to all. The Muslim Travel market is already booming, more and more cities are now becoming Muslim friendly. January is the best time to visit certain cities such as Sarajevo because of its winter festivities, Lucknow for its lower smog density and Singapore because of its relatively warm weather. When it comes to openness than you might think of Chicago or London or maybe New York City but if you want to find Muslim friendly cities and countries than your radar is a bit off. Below are some of the best places to enjoy a 'Halal Holiday'.    1. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia is a diverse and tolerant country and an emerging tourist destination in Europe but some people may ask "is it safe for Muslims to visit Europe?", the answer to that question is, of course, Europe has political issues just like other regions of the world but it's completely safe for Muslims or any other group of people to visit Europe particularly Bosnia. If you want to see the examples of religious coexistence you should go to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo is famous for its tradition of coexistence and is often dubbed as 'Jerusalem of Europe'. Furthermore, finding Muslim specific things like Halal food won't be an issue since a lot of locals are Muslim. Sarajevo has a humid continental climate and remains generally cool throughout the year. The best time to visit Sarajevo is in January since winter is Sarajevo's main attraction and by the way, Sarajevo also got the honour of hosting the 1984 Winter Olympics. If you're into architecture than you can visit the Emperor's Mosque or the Sacred Heart Cathedral, if you like history then you should give the Bijela Tabija Castle in the east of Sarajevo a visit or if you're interested in nature than remember that there are tons of parks in and around the city. Find nearby Halal food places in Sarajevo  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Sarajevo    2. Almaty, Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan is a Central Asian country surrounded by land from almost all sides. The city of Almaty is located near the border with Kyrgyzstan. Just like Sarajevo Almaty is famous for its winters, so consider visiting it in January. Almaty consists of ski resorts, lakes and majestic mountains. Most of the population of Almaty follow Islam, with Christianity being the second largest religion. Almaty was always an important City even during the Soviet times, it was then known as Alma-ata and was a famous gathering place for USSR’s decision making bodies. The Kok Tobe Hill is one of the most famous tourist spots in Almaty, accessible by an aerial tramway which provides visitors with mesmerising views of the city and adjoining areas. Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Almaty   3. Singapore City, Singapore: Singapore is a city-state located at the tip of Malaysia. Singapore is located in a strategic spot near many major tourist destinations thus the Singapore Changi airport is one of the busiest in the world. Travelers travelling to Thailand or Malaysia often make stopovers at Singapore. Luckily, Singapore is one of the best holiday destinations in the world. Singapore has a lot to offer, from beautiful parks to sky touching buildings, furthermore, Singapore has been rated as one of the greenest and cleanest cities in Asia. Why should you visit Singapore? If you're a person living Russia or Canada you might already be fed up with the persisting cold winters at your home so why not make a change? Singapore remains mostly warm throughout the year, even in January the temperature remains in the upper 20's and mid-30s (Celsius scale). The most famous part of Singapore is probably the Marina Bay with its famous three towers of the Marina Bay Sands Hotels. Singapore hosts a large Malay population and was once part of Malaysia.  Hence, you will find Muslim clothing, lifestyle and food prevalent in parts of the city-state. Halal food in Singapore can be found very easily,  Click here for more information on Singapore Find nearby Halal food places in Singapore  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Singapore   4. Toronto, Canada: Canada is already a very diverse country. Toronto is its multicultural utopia. Toronto has had a long history of acceptance and tolerance, it’s even present in the city’s coat of arms “Diversity, our strength”. This North American city is located in the Ontario province of Canada at the shore of Lake Ontario. A large number of different religious and ethnic communities coexist within the city and political violence is rarely seen as compared to the major North American cities. Toronto in January is fairly cold but that’s when it's best to visit as Toronto is famous for its winter decoration and markets, the city manages to keep its splendour intact even when it’s almost a month since Christmas. Now, let’s come to the food part, there are plenty of Halal food restaurants in Toronto and you will find everything be it Lebanese, Arabian, Indian, Singaporean or Malaysian. Click Here for more information on Toronto Find nearby Halal food places in Toronto,Canada Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Toronto   5. Lucknow, India: Picture Credit Lucknow City is the capital of Uttar Pradesh province of India. It is nicknamed as the ‘City of Nawabs (royals)’. Lucknow is rich with Muslim history consisting of magnificent mosques, mausoleums, parks etc. Several royals from the Mughal family are buried in the city. Apart from the history and culture, Lucknow’s Aminabad Bazar is famous for shopping. Halal food can be found easily, most Halal food shops will have Urdu languages written in their logo.  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Lucknow For more ideas on where to travel in 2018 check out our travel blog or top travel destinations 2018 page...