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  • The Establishment Of Prayer Rooms For Muslim Visitors In Uzbekistan

    Uzbekistan is home to some of the most well-preserved mosques and Islamic sites. This beautiful country, situated in Central Asia, is also the birthplace of many renowned Muslim clerics and scholars namely Imam Al Bukhari, Ibnu Sina, alBeruni, and many more. There has been increasing attention given to developing Uzbekistan's tourism potential, with the development of a new form of tourism, “Ziyarah tourism” which was a term coined by Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan. For the past two years, Uzbekistan has been investing in building and improving infrastructures, hotels and visa-free entry for 86 countries and over 50 countries with e-visa facilities - highlighting its commitment to developing tourism in the country. One of the initiatives to make Uzbekistan a Muslim-friendly destination includes the establishment of prayer rooms in shopping and entertainment centers in "Mega Planet" and "Afsona" in Tashkent.  Initiatives To Make Uzbekistan A Muslim-Friendly Destination Image Credit: Baqbergen Atabayev on Unsplash Uzbekistan has also come up with several initiatives to provide Muslim-friendly services in the country. Initiatives by the Uzbekistan State Committee for Tourism Development to provide Muslim-friendly services and facilities are now being implemented by state and private organizations. Prayer facilities are offered for Muslims in all international airports and main railway stations in the provinces.  Image Credit: Mega Planet Tashkent on Facebook Recently, shopping and entertainment centers like “Mega Planet” and “Afsona” in the capital city of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, have established their first prayer rooms for Muslim visitors. With these Muslim-friendly facilities made available, tourists no longer need to worry about prayers while spending their time in the shopping malls. Why You Should Visit Uzbekistan Image Credit: Darrell Chaddock on Unsplash; Bukhara, a must-visit city in Uzbekistan, with well-preserved historical sites and Islamic architecture  If you are planning for your next travel post-COVID-19, Uzbekistan is highly recommended as your next destination! As travel restrictions slowly ease out, service providers in Uzbekistan will provide facilities that will increase Muslim traveller experience across the country. This makes Uzbekistan a travel destination that should not be missed as Muslim travellers can travel with ease, without worrying about Muslim-friendly amenities since they would be readily available by the time it is safe to travel again. Image Credit: JK Baseer on Unsplash; Samarkand, Uzbekistan.  Not only that, this beautiful country, which is one of the cradles of Islamic knowledge, boasts a great collection of historical monuments and architecture - with strong links to the history of the Silk Road. It is no wonder that Uzbekistan is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Popular cites like Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara are definitely a must-visit for first-timers; you get to explore the different palaces, mosques, historical monuments, and many more, which could definitely help you in understanding the rich history and development of Islam in this country. ...

  • Ibn Sina on Quarantine, Medicine and Pandemics

    Covid-19 represents one of the greatest challenges mankind has faced in the 21st century. Over 10 centuries ago, Ibn Sina, the father of modern medicine and polymath, unlocked the nature of epidemics. He discussed this in his seminal book "The Canon of Medicine". Once, Ibn Sina, who was born in Bukhara, visited another polymath named Al-Biruni at his Urganch academy in Khwarezm. This movie/documentary, released in 1956 by the Tashkent Production Studio in Uzbek, includes a conversation between them on Ibn Sina's views on how to overcome epidemics, how to quarantine, and how to keep the population safe at the time. In this movie clip, we could see how certain measures in place to overcome Covid-19 today, were already emphasized by Ibn Sina over 10 centuries ago. Ibn Sina, also known as Avicenna, is regarded as the father of early modern medicine. He was also one of the most significant physicians, astronomers, thinkers, inventors, and writers of the time. Al-Biruni was well versed in physics, mathematics, astronomy, and natural sciences. He also distinguished himself as a historian, chronological, and linguist. Al-Biruni spent the first twenty-five years of his life in Khwarezm, in the current day Uzbekistan, and made most of his findings in the Urganch Academy.  Both these scientists were the product of the Golden Age of Science in the Muslim lands of that time. The period where exchange and preservation of knowledge flourished. With Muslims discovering paper making technology from China, they revolutionized the transfer of know-how, by writing voluminous books.  Ibn Sina's book "The Canon of Medicine" (القانون في الطب‎) was a multi-volume encyclopedia of medicine used as one of the primary books in the universities up until the 17th century. He wrote the book in Arabic, which was the lingua-franca of the time. This video was produced by HalalTrip in partnership with Uzbekistan Tourism. The movie footage was used with the permission of Uzbekistan Tourism. For more content on Dua(s), Halal food places, and travel ideas, subscribe to our YouTube channel: Also, you can visit us on our website or social media platforms for more updates: Website | Facebook | Instagram  Download the HalalTrip app on Google Play or App Store now! ...

  • Uzbekistan Ziyarah Tourism Week

    The Uzbekistan Ziyarah Tourism Week, which was supposed to be held on the 12-16 March 2020, has been postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Taking into consideration the safety and comfort of all participants and travellers, we have decided to postpone this event until October 2020.  This is an unfortunate situation and we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused. Let us pray that the situation gets better and May Allah grant us His mercy and help us to overcome this difficult time. Uniting top-notch specialists from everywhere throughout the world for seven days of occasions planned for empowering the Halal business in the region, Central Asia presents the Uzbekistan's Ziyarah Tourism Week which is the biggest event of the region. Islamic researchers, scholastics and the Halal industry specialists will talk about and enlighten the audience on subjects of the Islamic legacy, the travel industry, finance, architecture, food, modest-fashion style and associated segments at events and sessions in Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent, facilitated by the Government of Uzbekistan.The renowned speakers hosting the different sessions and conferences come from more than 30 different nations. The gathering will include religious scholars and representatives from driving establishments of the Islamic world, higher educational organizations, scholarly circles, and travel organizations. Some of the esteemed participants attending are Aziz Abdukhakimov who is the Deputy Prime Minister, Sheikh Usmonkhon Alimov who is the Chairman of the Muslim Board, Fazal Bahardeen who holds the CEO post at CrescentRating and Hon. Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin who is the Mufti of Perlis in Malaysia.Photo Credit: Ziyarah Tourism Week   Key Aspects of The Week Halal Tourism Experts: Significant universal and local specialists will talk about and dig deeper into the advancement in the Halal travel industry and the Halal business. Blueprint for Destinations: The Uzbekistan's Ziyarah Tourism Week that is panned out for seven days will build up a pathway for destinations and feature their Islamic history which will enhance their culture to the Muslim world. Sector Immersion Training: Travel agent representatives, hotel directors and the travel industry partners will be given an increase significant market mindfulness on the Halal travel segment and learn basic client care prerequisites of the Muslim travelers in the travel industry sector. Halal Chef World: This program is intended to be an ability building and enhancing experience and learning venture that provides organized content throughout the course. Schedule for the Uzbekistan’s Ziyarah Tourism Week  Halal Tourism Immersion Training For all experts hoping to dig deeper, comprehend and focus on the developing Muslim travel industry and be guaranteed by the world's driving expert on Halal Travel, CR Academy is the way to go! This institute gives quality preparing and accreditation programs to experts looking to more readily focus on the developing Muslim Travel Market and obtain certifications from the world's driving expert on Halal Travel.  Travel specialists, hotel supervisors and the travel industry partners and stakeholders will increase significant market awareness of the Halal travel segment, learn fundamental client support necessities for Muslim explorers, and get accreditation. Join worldwide specialists in far reaching programs that will furnish you with driving experiences and get you accreditation on Halal travel.Presenters - Fazal Bahardeen (CEO, CrescentRating) who will touch upon the Overview of Muslim Travel Market and Muslim-Friendly Services. Nisha, (Elevated Consultancy) who will speak about Essentials of Customer Service Requirements of Muslim Travelers. Address: Sahid-Zarafshon Hotel Bukhara Salat Ul-Jumu'ah in the Grand Mosque of Bukhara Photo Credit: falco on Pixabay  Tune in to the adhan given from Bukhara's notable Kalan minaret. This is trailed by the Salat-ul-Jumu'ah at the remarkable mosque of Bukhara – Masjidi Kalan.Address: Grand Mosque of Bukhara, Masjidi Kalan International Ziyarah Tourism Forum 2.0 Photo Credit: Ziyarah Tourism Week This is the official opening ceremony of the Uzbekistan Ziyarah Tourism Week. With attendees from across 30 different nations, the conference will include respected religious scholars and researchers, along with representatives from driving associations of the Islamic world, higher educational establishments, scholarly circles, and travel organizations. These famous worldwide and local specialists will talk about and explore the improvement and advancement in the Halal travel industry and the Halal sector in Uzbekistan. Address: Sahid-Zarafshon Hotel Bukhara Islamic Heritage Conference Photo Credit: Rachid Oucharia on Unsplash Since of late, there has been a developing enthusiasm among Muslims in rekindling the rich Islamic legacy of nations across the globe. Central Asia, or Mawarannahr, as it was known as in medieval periods, was once home to thriving focuses of information and knowledge for the Islamic world. Muslim researchers contributed in the fields of science, humanities, medicine, space science and astronomy, and that's only the tip of the iceberg! This would extraordinarily add to human advancement. At the Uzbekistan Ziyarah Tourism Week, respected Islamic researchers from around the globe will lead panel sessions to talk about Uzbekistan's Islamic history and how to properly elevate and promote destinations that are religious sites. Address: Sahid-Zarafshon Hotel Bukhara Halal in Travel Conference Photo Credit: falco on Pixabay  CrescentRating, post 2016, has composed a few Halal In Travel gatherings around the globe. Industry experts and suited partners have increased and gained priceless bits of knowledge on how they can reinforce their situation and current standpoint in a segment that is at present worth billions of dollars.At the Uzbekistan Ziyarah Tourism Week, travel specialists and bloggers will share their perspectives on current patterns in the Halal travel industry. Travel influencers will recount and narrate their encounters and understandings that they have gained while travelling in Uzbekistan. The conversations and suggestions will concentrate on making travel around Uzbekistan open, and particularly catered to Muslim explorers. Address: Sahid-Zarafshon Hotel Bukhara Islamic Architecture and Art Conference Photo Credit: Baqbergen Atabayev on Unsplash  The significant aspects of this conference feature the implication of Islamic engineering and craftsmanship to the world and investigate its impact across various districts. Researchers, students, architects and engineers will examine the subject of how present-day society can profit by traditional Islamic urban architecture and design. Modest-Fashion Show Photo Credit: Raden Prasetya on Unsplash  The Modest Fashion Show segment is where creators, brands, influencers, and purchasers can see the most recent patterns and trends and offer bits of knowledge related to the industry. Tashkent, the capital city, will play host to an energizing blend of developing and well-known fashion designers, in the company of global media, a platform where their hard work can be showcased. Address: The Capital City, Tashkent Halal Chef World Photo Credit: Rene Asmussen on Pexels  Halal Chef World is intended to be a capacity strengthening program for the catering industry. Culinary specialists who complete the evaluation will be granted CrescentRating accreditation in Halal Gourmet Dining. There is an immense range of points of interest for culinary specialists as well. They are given the chance to become familiar with the accepted procedures in Halal culinary aptitudes, recognize Halal ingredients and Halal substitutes along with share and combine recipes from prestigious worldwide gourmet experts. Photo Credit: Fabrizio Magoni on Unsplash  Lodgings and Restaurants get to widen their reach to Muslim voyagers comprehensively and be better furnished with the correct information when considering the needs of a Muslim traveler. They also get an opportunity to carry out branding endeavors and increase exposure of their establishments. Address: Citizen Hotel Tashkent Check out the latest updates for the Uzbekistan Ziyarah Tourism Week here. ...

  • Perform Your Prayers At These Mosques in Uzbekistan!

    Welcome to the land of tranquility and peace, Uzbekistan. Located in Central Asia, Uzbekistan has the most amazing desert oasis. Not to mention, its cultural and architectural heritage is also amazing and well preserved. This country is perfect for those of you who crave to experience a journey of the Islamic faith. You can explore its historic mosques, where you can view its beautiful design elements, embrace its heritage and pray in a peaceful serene ambiance. So now, let's take a sneak peek into 6 of the most beautiful mosques in Uzbekistan that you should visit and perform your prayers at:   1) Baland Mosque Image by: dsch1978 on FlickrRegistered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Baland Mosque is a historic mosque located in the city of Bukhara. Bukhara city is a jewel of Uzbekistan where hundreds of historical sites and buildings are protected by UNESCO. Baland Mosque was built in the 16th century and still stands sturdily today. When you arrive at the mosque, you will be greeted with an aesthetic gate. Going further inside the mosque, you will see beautifully decorated mihrabs, interior mosaics, and frescoes. What is nice about this mosque is the fact that it is equipped with two praying rooms adjusted for two seasons; winter and summer. Iman prayers would have the most serene ambiance for their dua and salah in Baland Mosque.   2) Bibi-Khanym Mosque Credit: @yakdm on Instagram Located in Samarkand, Bibi-Khanym Mosque remains as one of the biggest heritage mosques in Central Asia. This enormous mosque was built by a Turco-Mongol Persian conqueror named Timur during his invasion in 1399 to show his love to his wife. Timur then named the mosque after his wife’s name: Bibi-Khanym. In the sahn (courtyard) of the mosque, there are carved verses of the Al-Qur'an on a stone pedestal crafted from ornate marble blocks. There are two tall cylindrical towers (minarets) in the right and left of the main building. The main dome that has a rhombic geometric pattern is dominant with the blue color resembling the surface of a seashell. Adorned with beautiful blue calligraphy streaks on the walls the buildings, Bibi-Khanym Mosque represents the cultural identity of Turkish-Mongol Islam.   3) Chor Minor Credit: @alwayssherr on Instagram Also known as the Niyaz-Kul Khalif Madrasa, Chor Minor is a historical mosque located in the ancient city of Bukhara. This mosque has a unique bizarre architecture design. It was built by a Turkmenistan merchant called Khalif Niyaz-Kul in the 19th century, during the Janid Dynasty. The name of Chor Minor itself comes from the Persian language and it translates to “Four Minarets”, referring to its four unusual blue dome minarets. The elements of its design, architecture and four minarets are believed to be philosophically representative of four religions. The main room of Chor Minor has acoustic properties and the cupola above it makes it perfect for dhikr. It is believed that this mosque is a place where the Sufi perform their ritualized dhikr, singing and recitation, all accompanied by soothing, instrumental music.   4) Kalyan Mosque Credit: @andympics on Instagram The Kalyan Mosque is located inside Po-i-Kalyan complex in Bukhara. Po-i-Kalyan which means “The Foot of the Great” is a complex that was built in the 15th century. Heading back to long before it was built, right during the pre-Islamic era, the complex was a fire worshiper’s central cathedral. Later on in 1514, the governor of Bukhara at that time built this majestic mosque there to compete Bibi-Khanym Mosque. The mosque and the courtyard are separated by a grand rectangular hall called iwan that is beautifully decorated with blue tiles. Kalyan mosque is famous for its peaceful ambiance and size. The whole building itself has 208 pillars and 288 domes, much proof of its grandeur. The most eye-catching part of the complex is its brick minaret, Minâra-i Kalân, also known as the tower of death. This is a place where centuries ago, the criminals were thrown out from the top.   5) Bolo Haouz Mosque Credit: Daniel Mennerich on Flickr Built in 1712 by Abu'l Fayud Khan, Bolo Haouz Mosque is perched on the opposite side of the citadel of Ark, Registan district, Bukhara. The entrance and ceiling of Bolo Haouz are painted and carved with geometric motifs. What makes this historic mosque unique is that it has beautifully carved 40-thin wood pillars. Also, their pillars are 12-meters tall! The pillars hold the summer prayers’ room firmly and it is where tourists usually spend their time praying and take refuge from the heat. Not only does it have a summer praying room, there is also winter praying room in this mosque. There is a pool located just in front of Bolo Haouz which gives it a unique touch. The pool is actually where the name of the mosque was originally derived from because Bolo Haouz which means children’s pool.   6) Juma Mosque Credit: @biguy9431 on Instagram Though this last mosque is widely known as Juma Mosque, its actual name is Khoja Ahror Valiy. This beautiful ancient mosque is located in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It was established in 819 at the highest point of the Shakhristan Center. The mosque was built by Sheikh Ubaydullo Khoja Akhror and it was named after him. Despite having to go through many huge restorations in the past, this mosque still stands as the third biggest mosque in Uzbekistan, after Bibi-Khanym and Po-i-Kalyan. Three huge domes are painted in soft blue color and are located above the building. If you stand on Juma Mosque’s land, you can view city skyscrapers!    So there you have it! Those are 6 of the most beautiful mosques in Uzbekistan that you should visit and perform your prayers at. Start planning your trip now and visit Uzbekistan, a country of Islamic heritage....

  • World Cup 2018: We've Got Just The Deets For Your Trip To Russia This Season Part 1

    Are you getting ready for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia? The quadrennial international football tournament, the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be hosted across eleven cities in Russia. Whether you were already planning your next trip to Russia or it’s a fairly new addition to your travel list, there's nothing like World Cup fever to accompany you on your travels there. Plan your Halal tour to Russia, where from the 14th of June to the 15th of July 2018, you can experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Russia in their pleasant summer temperatures of 18 to 23 degrees Celsius. Check World Cup 2018 schedule dates so that you can prepare for travelling between host cities, where intercity buses are the most affordable option with bus rides taking 6-12 hours, or you could travel by train, or by aeroplane. Read the Ultimate Muslim Traveller's Guide to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Stadiums 5 Interesting Facts about the FIFA World Cup Here is our ultimate tourist's guide to the 2018 FIFA World Cup host cities, what you can do there besides attend the games, how to get around within the city, how to find mosques and prayer places near you in Russia, and of course, how to find Halal food near you in Russia: 1. Kaliningrad What You Need To Know Summer in Kaliningrad is pleasant with temperatures ranging between 15 to 18°C. A light jacket is handy for the occasional rains and general windy climate. Sights To See Faraway Kingdom Amusement Centre is an indoor game centre for children whose painted walls take them to another world like the jungle, under the sea or even a princess’s palace. They offer video games, video simulators, a creative studio, a cinema and more to keep your child entertained all day. The Yunost Park is also a great way to see the most scenic part of Kaliningrad from the top of a Ferris wheel. It also has a go-karting centre, a boat station, an Upside-Down house and a labyrinth of mirrors, in addition to great picnic spots. If you are a beach lover, don't miss a chance to check out the Yantarny Town! Amber Castle Museum is a must-visit as Kaliningrad used to be a major amber mine, and still holds a lot of that history. However, there's a lot more to discover than just the amber mining process at the museum - Amber Lake, formerly known as Walter Mine, used to be an amber mine, and is now an artificial lake. There is a diving centre there where beginners can go for test dives with instructors and view a world that once was – with the mining machinery, railroad tracks and more – now submerged. Halal Restaurants The Teahouse Kaliningrad – Tashkent is assured to be Halal by the staff. They currently have 2 branches. They offer main dishes and beverages like soup, kebab, tea and coffee.  Teatralnaya branch Photo credit - Chaihana Cuisine: UzbekAddress: Teatralnaya street, 21, Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad oblast, Russia, 236006Operating Hours: Sun - Thu 9am to 2am / Friday to Sat - 10am to 6amContact:  39 99 39Website:  Ul'yany Branch Photo credit - Chaihana Address: Ulitsa Ul'yany Gromovoy, 4А, Konigsberg, Kaliningradskaya oblast', Russia, 236011Operating Hours: Sun - Thurs 10am to 12am / Friday - Saturday 10am to 2amContact: 33-78-82Website:  Facebook Prayer facilities While there is no mosque yet in Kaliningrad, there is a 100, 000 strong Muslim community whose help you should be able to avail yourself of, in locating a place to offer your prayers. Transportation Trams are concentrated in the centre of town, while trolleybuses get you to the outskirts. Buses and marshrutkas (minibuses or shuttle taxis) cover the entire city. 2. Volgograd What you need to know Bring a hat and sunglasses if you’re going to Volgograd, as it can get quite sunny. Volgograd is place with unique ecosystems, so nature lovers will appreciate the protected sanctuary that is home to many species of birds and animals. Sights to see The Volga-Akhtuba Catchment Route is an amazingly beautiful nature park that has a microclimate which allows it to breed multiple types of plants, birds and animals. One day is not enough to spend exploring this region, and know that there are still some parts of it that have not been seen by man. There are plenty of campsites for you to truly immerse yourself in its glory and take a breather. Also check out the Tsaritsyn Synagogue Former Building. The first stone synagogue to be built in Tsaritsyn and is now a cultural landmark. It has undergone restoration works since it miraculously survived the Battle of Stalingrad, and is now a piece of history. Prayer facilities Sahabah Mosque Picture Credit: Halal Guide Address: Lavrovaya Ulitsa, 16, Volgograd, Volgogradskaya oblast', Russia, 400023 Volgograd mosque Picture Credit: Welcome 2018 Address: Povorinskaya Ulitsa, 22, Volgograd, Volgogradskaya oblast', Russia, 400120 Transportation You can reach the airport by cab, train or bus.  To get around the city, take the Metro Tram, trolleybus or bus, or an electric train in the south of the city where the Metro Tram does not run. Buses are the most convenient and cheap option, however. You can also cycle around if you prefer, as it isn't uncommon in Volgograd. 3. Saransk Picture Credit: Russia IC What you need to know Saransk is home to a lot of museums, which is the best way to learn about the city's rich history. Sights to see Forever With Russia monument and fountain is one of the many fountains present in Saransk. An impressive 20 metres in height, the monument symbolises the fertility of Mordovian soil, and the fountain complex covers twenty thousand square meters. It is also a spectacular sight at night, all lit up. Millennium Square hosts musical shows in the evenings when the weather is warm outside. It is also home to Zvezda Mordovii (Star or Mordovia) fountain, so called because of the eight-point star at the heart of the fountain, the base of the fountain spanning 60 meters in diameter. Enjoy the musical shows at Millenium Square itself, or enjoy the view of the fountain from a height. The roof of the National Library is a great vantage point where you can see not just the fountain, but also the Tree of Life – a bronze sculptural composition which resembles an oak tree, weighs 30 tonnes, and has Mordovia’s map etched onto its base. Take a walk around the picturesque town of Saransk and see the many places of worship – church, cathedral, temple, chapel, Mordovian Erzia Museum of Visual Arts, Mineralogy Museum and National History Museum. Halal Restaurants Burger Boom Picture Credit: Halal Guide Cuisine: BurgersAddress: площадь 1000-летия., ul. Bogdana Khmelnitskogo, Saransk, Respublika Mordoviya, Russia, 430000Operating Hours: 24 hoursContact: +7 927 275-31-52 Halal Food Café Picture Credit: Halal Guide Cuisine: Pizza Address:  ul. B. Khmelnitsky 28, Ogarev Plaza Operating Hours: 10am to 9.30pm Contact: +7(951)054-02-02 Website: Prayer facilities Aal Mansour Mosque Picture Credit: Таковар, Live Internet Address: Ulitsa Titova, 5/1, Saransk, Respublika Mordoviya, Russia, 430011Contact: +7 (8342) 55 58 17 Uskudar Mosque Picture Credit: Turizmrm Address: Prospekt 60 Let Oktyabrya, 4, Saransk, Respublika Mordoviya, Russia, 430023 Contact: +7 927 183-64-63 Transportation Buses, marshrutkas and trolleybuses cover the city limits, while buses and marshrutkas reach the suburbs. There are four stops for the electric train within the city as well. 4. Samara Picture Credit - What You Need To Know Due to the sunny skies and sometimes rainy days, a hat, sunglasses and umbrella are advisable. The esplanade – the banks of the Volga in Samara – showcases local culture in all its splendour in the summer. It is a great spot to swim, sunbathe, or enjoy a boat ride along the river. Sights To See Galileo Edutainment Park is just as its name states: A fun way for children to learn, experiment and explore. Tarzania Rope Park focuses on the physical aspect of challenging children in a safe environment with different games and obstacle courses based on their age and height. They even have something for adults, making it a great place for some family fun. Park Druzhby has the only roller coaster in Samara, so adrenalin junkies will surely head for it. It also has a children’s playing area, electric cars, trampolines, and grounds to play football and basketball, as well as an equestrian club. Nikolay Shchors Childrens’ Park offers plenty of amusement for children, as well as a serene place for adults to picnic or take a walk, as does Park Pobedy or Victory Park, the latter sporting fountains, playgrounds, cafés and a Ferris wheel. Halal Restaurants Chaykhana ‘Dolina’ Khalyal, Tea House, Tubatay, Lagmannaya and Shawarma in the Volga are some of the Halal food places. Chaykhana 'Dolina' Khalyal Picture Credit: Halal Guide Cuisine: Tea House Address: ul. Buyanova, 135Б, Samara, Samarskaya oblast', Russia, 443030 Operating Hours: 8am to 11pm Contact: +7 947 114-00-19 Lagmannaya Picture Credit: Otzyv Cuisine: Russian and Uzbek cuisineAddress: Rossiya, Samara, Nekrasovskaya ulitsa, 48Operating Hours: 8am to 7pmTel.: +7 (960) 830-29-02Website: Prayer facilities Samara Cathedral Mosque Picture Credit: Beautiful Mosque Address: Ulitsa Stara-Zagora, 54, Samara, Samarskaya oblast,'Russia, 443081Contact: (846) 951-95-53Website: Transportation Samara’s Metro system is a single line with ten stations, and can be reached by trolleybuses. Buses, trams or trolleybuses can be used within the city. Electric trains are used to reach the more remote parts of Samara. 5. Nizhny Novgorod Picture Credit: Rukaba, What You Need To Know Nizhny Novgorod is the closest city to Moscow being only 3.5 hours away by train. It is also the third largest city in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg. Sights To See The Strelka (or “Spit”) is where the rivers Oka and Volga meet each other and is one of the most scenic natural observation decks. Besides the fact that you can see the distinct difference between the two rivers on a clear day, the Strelka is a land rich in historical significance. Its area is so great that it was once like a town itself inside Nizhny Novgorod. The FIFA World Cup match in Nizhny Novgorod will be played in Strelka, not to mention that the new metro station opening up right next to it will bear the name proudly, too. Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin is the most important landmark in the city. The founder of the city built it high on the banks of the Volga – for the view and security reasons – and today it serves as a landmark for every resident’s life. They come there after weddings to celebrate love, they bring their children there for New Year’s parties, and more. The Kremlin has 13 towers, none of which are built alike, which is an interesting architectural point for those who wish to see the difference. Picture Credit: Wikimedia Commons If you feel like you’re missing out your regular workout while on holiday, you can always head for Chkalov Staircase – an impressive figure 8-shaped staircase – and sprint up its 560-plus stairs. It was built to honour a local hero, and is a monument in itself. Nizhny Novgorod Fair Exhibition Complex is an important place because the city made its name through its fairs and trading. The saying goes: “St. Petersburg is Russia’s head, Moscow is its heart, and Nizhny [Novgorod] is its pocket.” Viewing such a location is to be a immersed in a part of history. The Metro Bridge only opened in 2009, but what is under it, a mill complex that belonged to the wealthiest family in the city, is a picturesque site that many filmmakers favour, and feature in their films. There are a number of museums and religious places to be seen too, for those with an interest. Halal Restaurants Halal Café Uzbechka Halal Café Uzbechka's halal status was confirmed by the staff. The cafe usually opens from 8am to 11pm. Patrons mostly come in for lunch that the cafe offers. The cafe centralises on the Uzbek cuisine such as the Mampar Soup, Lyulya Kebab and a variety of salad to choose from. If you're popping by this cafe, give the Pilav Tashkent a try. The dish consist of traditional Uzbek rice and lamb, topped with carrots and chickpeas. Prayer Facilities Cathedral Mosque Picture Credit - Daryal, Address: Kazanskaya naberezhnaya 6, Nizhny Novgorod 603024, RussiaOperating Hours: Mon to Sun, 8am to 8pm Contact: +7 (831) 436 00 39 Taub Mosque Picture Credit: Inspirock Address: ul. Melnikova 7, Nizhny Novgorod 603053, RussiaContact: +7 831 253-36-33 Transportation The best way to travel around is by bus, marshrutka, tram or trolleybus as Nizhny Novgorod was the first place in Russia to get tram service. They cover almost all the parts of the city, while the metro has 14 stations should you wish to visit near them, and the electric train is mostly used to get to the suburbs. The Nizhny Novgorod Cableway is the perfect way to get to the town of Bor from downtown Nizhny Novgorod, and it's also a great way to sightsee over the river. Find Mosques and Prayer Places Near You in RussiaFind Halal Food Near You in Russia...

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