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  • 10 Best Places to Visit in Egypt For A Holiday for First-Timers

    The first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions “Egypt” is the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Nile. In any case, with over 7,000 years of unique history, legacy, and culture, there are numerous other amazing attractions in Egypt to justify its title as a tourist hotspot. With an intriguing history that spans back to the beginning of human civilization, Egypt is known to be a very popular tourist destination. Pharaohs being synonymous with this destination, Egypt is an amazing country to visit to explore ancient tombs, pyramids and attractions which will leave you in awe. An ideal place for adventurers, explorers and history buffs alike. Egypt is an allrounder for travelers looking for a blend of activities rich in tradition, gaining memorable experiences, and simply looking to let loose. Here are 10 Best Places to Visit in Egypt that should be on the top of your itinerary and bucket list when you finally decide to make a trip to this delightful nation. via GIPHY   Giza Image Credit: Photo by Pradeep Gopal on Unsplash Giza is presently known as one of the most renowned spots in Egypt where tourists often visit. Giza is filled with leading hotel chains, famous boutiques, cafés and large shopping centers. Near the hustle and bustle of the city lies the famous Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. You can't say you have been to Egypt without visiting and seeing these monuments first-hand. The extraordinary Pyramids at Giza are famously known for being one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and in addition to that, it is also undoubtedly one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Giza's pyramid complex has awed voyagers down through the ages. An unquestionable feature of any trip to Egypt, Giza's pyramids ought not to be missed. A large portion of the touring destinations at Giza is situated on the plateau aptly named the Giza Plateau, where the Great Sphinx and Great Pyramid stand tall. Don’t forget to snap some pictures of you riding a camel while soaking in the magnificence of the ancient pyramids (Indiana Jones-esque). The pyramids of Giza will definitely be the gem in any trip to Egypt.   Luxor Image Credit: Photo by Lea Kobal on Unsplash Luxor, also known as Thebes in Ancient times, is situated on the east bank of the Nile River in southern Egypt. At its peak, it was the ruling capital of the Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom of Egypt. Luxor is also famously called the world’s greatest open-air museum. With iconic structures, temples, and historical museums, the city is a significant destination in Egypt. The essential touring destinations of the Luxor are not situated in the city itself but on the other side of the Nile in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. The Valley of the Kings is a burial spot of the Pharaohs of Thebes, this valley comprises of several burial places portraying the life of ancient Egyptians through the engravings inscribed on the walls and the roofs of the burial spots. The Valley of the Queens is likewise a burial location that contains close to 57 tombs including the breathtaking and remarkable burial place of Queen Nefertari. The vast majority of the Luxor attractions are found either on the East Bank or the West Bank of the Nile. Popular features on the East Bank incorporate Karnak Temple, an exceptional sanctuary city that took more than 2,000 years to develop and it is also known to be one of the largest religious places on the planet. The flawlessly lit up Luxor Temple is a jaw-dropping temple to visit at night. Some other attractions to check out in Luxor are the Luxor Museum and the Colossi of Memnon.   Cairo Image Credit: Photo by Dario Morandotti on Unsplash Cairo the capital of Egypt has a rich history of Islamic, Christian and Jewish culture. The 2000-year-old city is additionally the biggest city in Middle-East, Africa and the Arab world. Do not miss out on the opportunity to shop at Khan el-Khalili bazaar where coppersmiths continue to craft their wares despite having small workshops. Vendors are loaded with a variety of products such as ceramics, textiles, spice, perfume, collectibles, souvenirs, and jewelry. Khan el-Khalili is one of Cairo's must-visits with eateries, cafés and street food merchants scattered around the market adding to the appeal of the bazaar. The significant mosques in Cairo are the mosque of Amr Ibn Al-Aas (Al-Fustat), Mosque of Ahmed Ibn Tulun, Mosque of Al-Azhar, Mosque of Sultan Hassan (which is wonderfully lit up in the evening), Mosque of Al-Refai, The Blue Mosque and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Additionally, other Islamic sites are the Salah El-Din Citadel, House of Gamal-Al-Din and the Museum of Islamic Art (Bab Al-Khalq). At the widely acclaimed Egyptian Museum of Tahrir Square, guests can get a better perspective on Tutankhamun along with mummies and different antiquities from Egypt's Ancient past.   Aswan Image Credit: Photo by Mo Gabrail on Unsplash Aswan is the third biggest city in Egypt and is situated on the eastern bank of the Nile River. Aswan is the name given to this city by Arabs, the prior name of the city was "Suno" which translates to 'The Market'. Aswan gives one of the most delightful perspectives of Egypt with the eye-catching views of the town on the eastern bank. Aswan is likewise a bonus for guests as it is flooding with brilliant markets, aromas, Pharaonic and roman remains and artifacts from the ancient spot of Nubia. The two most amazing destinations of Aswan town are the two principle islands-Kitchener which is a botanical garden and Elephantine which is a site having vestiges of ancient structures and a museum. Elephantine and Kitchener Island are worth the time and money spent on exploring these islands. The Elephantine Islands are the ideal escape to loosen up. The vivid Nubian towns in the focal point of the island are unique Egypt vacation spots and make for an incredible night walk. It is also recommended to take the boat to Angelika Island to study the Temple of Philae which is from the Ptolemaic and Roman era. The biggest landmark of the island is the sanctuary of Isis which takes up around one-fourth of the island. Aswan is currently known for its amazing views on the desert dunes and the Nile stream. Some other essential attractions are Aga Khan Mausoleum, Tombs of the Nobles and the Temple of Philae.   Abu Simbel Image Credit: Photo by AussieActive on Unsplash Abu Simbel comprises of two enormous stone temples made out of appreciation for the powerful King Ramses II. Cut out of the mountainside, the sanctuaries are enduring energy of Ramesses II and Nefertari. The temple is the most remarkable temple of all ancient Egypt. Indeed, even in a nation brimming with temples and tombs, Abu Simbel is something uncommon. This is Ramses II's extraordinary sanctuary, embellished with enormous sculpture placed outside, and with an inside luxuriously finished with artistic creations on the wall. The stone impressions of the lord and the lady seated on their thrones is a notable aspect of ancient Egypt. The temple was shifted elsewhere as a result of the rising waters of the lake during the 60s and this attraction creates a flow of tourists throughout.   White Desert Image Credit: Photo by Mariam Soliman on Unsplash Prepare to be stunned by the extraordinary white-hued rock arrangements of the White Desert, the Bedouin national park north of Farafra. This exceptional natural wonder consists of strangely molded chalk mountains with colossal arrangements of chalk running from snow white to cream in color, which likewise includes the sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea and the cliffs of the Farafra Depression. The white rocks have been molded by wind disintegration for a few centuries. The landscapes here look nothing short of magical, with white stones and chunks. For desert fans and travelers, this would be your ideal setting, while at the same time basking in the regular landscape. With its stunning natural beauty, it is among the most delightful spots to visit in Egypt. PS – Lookout for the Rhim and Dorcas gazelle, the latter of which roams the landscape at the White Desert.   Siwa Oasis Image Credit: Photo by Flo P on Unsplash This dazzling oasis, encompassed by date palm ranches and various freshwater springs, is one of the Western Desert's most pleasant spots. The town is based on the remnants of an immense mud-block fortress that ruled the view. This is the best spot to slow down and rejuvenate for a couple of days. Vacationers go to the city to appreciate the town's numerous freshwater springs, walk around sections of land of palm forests and to explore antiquated mud-fabricated fortifications and leftovers of Siwa's Greco-Roman past. Gurgling springs are in bounty here. One of the most famous is a stone pool known as Cleopatra's Bath. A segregated and more private pool is situated on an island in Lake Siwa. An outing to the nearby commercial center offers guests the chance to tour the city's rich culture and soak up the uniqueness the place has to offer.   Alexandria Image Credit: Photo by Peter Nicola on Unsplash Situated on the Northern Coast of Egypt, Alexandria or known as the "Pearl of the Mediterranean" or the "Social Capital of Egypt" is an ancient city in Egypt which is viewed as a significant tourist point of Egypt, the second biggest city of Egypt and furthermore a bustling trade port. Alexandria is enhanced with numerous sublime Greek landmarks, offering incredible touring chances to all and worth a visit for its numerous social attractions which provides deeper insights into its past. The city is definitely a standout amongst other Egypt destinations which would allow you to unwind and relax stress-free. Well known touring spots in Alexandria are Fort Qait Bey, Bibliotheca Alexandrina (one of the largest and most significant library in the ancient world) and Pompey's Pillar Alexandria which is a decent spot to chill with your friends and walk around the boulevards which are loaded up with cafés.   Sinai Image Credit: Photo by Irina Nakonechnaya on Unsplash Egypt's focal point for seashore fun is the South Sinai which is on the Sinai Peninsula. Sharm el-Sheik or, more than likely known as the City of Peace is a European-style resort brimming with lavish lodgings, universally known eateries, and a plethora of activities to offer. Sharm el-Sheik is one of the most well-known retreat towns in Egypt, situated at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula. With its warm, dark blue waters and extraordinary brilliant seashores, it would be hard to eliminate such a spot from your itinerary. Try not to pass up on the opportunity to snorkel or dive into the phenomenal reefs around Tiran Island and Ras Mohammed National Park, home to some incredibly vivid marine life. Sharm el-Sheik gives access into the desert, where you can visit Bedouin camps and climb Mount Sinai, an ancient biblical spot famously known for its optimal view of the sunrise.   Dahab Image Credit: Photo by Nassim Wahba on Unsplash Dahab is a serene budget beach town that goes easy on your bank account. Dahab, which implies gold in English, is one of the most-visited urban communities by travelers and Egyptians in Southeast Sinai. It is otherwise called Sinai's most-cherished diving spot, which makes it a go-to spot for diving or swimming enthusiasts. Any place you pick in the South Sinai will have an association with diving. The Red Sea is one of the top diving destinations on the planet. Apart from being the most celebrated national park inside Egypt, Ras Muhammad National Park also happens to be one of the most well-known diving sites. This attraction is tucked in the midst of the beautiful coral reefs and mangroves of the Red Sea just along with the inland desert of Sinai. It has completely clear waters that permit divers and swimming lovers to effectively view the dynamic corals and aquatic life. If you decide to take a boat for a ride further into the sea, you might even get to spot some dolphins, including Risso's Dolphin.   Nile Cruising Image Credit: Photo by Lea Kobal on Unsplash You can never be finished with a trip to Egypt without going on a journey on the Nile River. Regardless of whether you take it toward the beginning of the day or around evening time, in a boat or a felucca, the appeal of the Nile will blow your mind. For some guests, a multi-day voyage upon this much-admired Nile is a noteworthy feature of their Egypt trip. Cruising the Nile is likewise the most loosening up approach to see the sanctuaries that stud the banks of the waterway on the course among Luxor and Aswan. The two celebrated sights on a Nile Cruise are the Temple of Kom Ombo and Edfu's Temple of Horus, where all the large cruise ships make a halt. You can also opt to voyage the Nile by felucca which is Egypt's conventional wooden boat. Boats and cruises leave from both Luxor and Aswan, yet feluccas must be boarded for trips from Aswan. Egypt offers the most intriguing encounters to tourists and such an experience that cannot be compared to any other place else on the planet. Everything about Egypt leaves its visitors in amazement.THE PS – It is advisable to wear full-length clothing in Egypt, to regard the traditions and save yourself from some serious sunburn.   via GIPHY...

  • Traveling in the Philippines - A Muslim-Friendly Guide

    The Philippines, an archipelago in Southeast Asia, known for being made up of over 7000 islands, colonial towns, sandy beaches, volcanoes, lush rice fields, fascinating wildlife, tantalizing food and friendly people, is a country that has long been attracting visitors from across the world. Influenced by a variety of cultures – Malay, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese and American - visitors to the Philippines are sure to blend in, no matter where they are from. Islam may not be a widely practiced religion in the country, but a good percentage of the population is Muslim, and therefore some mosques and Halal restaurants can be found. Because the Philippines offers a plethora of must-sees and must-dos, the aim of this guide is to pick out some of the best attractions for Muslims. . Manila The first stop every visitor to the Philippines must make is in wonderfully chaotic Manila. The capital of the Philippines, Manila is home to a variety of attractions that will interest individuals of all ages. While here, a visit to the iconic Rizal Park is a must, and so is tour of the historic walled city Intramuros. Families are sure to have fun at the Manila Ocean Park and the Manila Zoo, and they must also make it a point to visit Malacañang Palace and to enjoy a cruise down Manila Bay. While Filipino food is a mix of a variety of cultures, tourists are sure to enjoy the combination of salty, sweet and sour. Muslims will definitely be able to try out Filipino cuisine, as many dishes are vegetarian while others consist of seafood. Tourists are also sure to find numerous Halal restaurants in Manila, serving authentic local dishes, as well as those offering Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern cuisine. Halo-halo; a mixture of evaporated milk, beans, fruits, jellies, caramel and shaved ice, is a must-try Pinoy dessert. Mosques can be found throughout Manila. The Blue Mosque, Masjid Al-Dahab, and the Greenhills Mosque are just a few prayer facilities in Manila.   Click here for a Muslim-friendly city guide to Manila: https://www.halaltrip.com/city-guide-details/63/manila/ . Tagaytay The city of Tagaytay is another popular destination amongst locals and international visitors. Highlights of the city include Tagaytay Picnic Grove; ideal for adventure-seekers, Sky Ranch Theme Park, Taal Volcano; which is probably Tagaytay’s most popular natural attraction, and Taal Lake. Although there are no known mosques or Halal restaurants in the city, Muslim visitors will find restaurants serving vegetarian and seafood dishes. . Click here for a Muslim-friendly city guide to Tagaytay: https://www.halaltrip.com/city-guide-details/59/tagaytay/ . Boracay The small island of Boracay is known for being home to some of the most picture-perfect, award-wining, white sand beaches in the country. While these beaches – especially White Beach - are what draw in tourists, Boracay also offers fantastic shopping opportunities, and a variety of adventure sports. The Bat Cave found on the island is another popular spot amongst tourists; especially those looking for adventure, and photographers. Muslims will be able to find one mosques on the island, as well as a couple of Halal eateries. They will also be able to find numerous restaurants serving a variety of fresh and delicious seafood. . Click here for a Muslim-friendly city guide to Boracay: https://www.halaltrip.com/city-guide-details/64/boracay/ . Banaue A trip to the Philippines is most certainly not complete without a visit to the enchanting Rice Terraces in Banaue; which were carved into the hillside by the Ifugao tribes over 2000 to 3000 years ago, without the use of any modern tools. Visitors can hike this magnificent engineering feat, enjoy a picnic or take a guided tour. At the foot of the terraces reside some tribes, who tourists can also pay a visit. Banaue is not the ideal destination for Muslims, since there are no known mosques or Halal restaurants, but Muslim tourists will be able to find vegetarian and seafood items at local restaurants. . Also worthy of a visit are the iconic Chocolate Hills of the island of Bohol, the coastal town of Puerto Galera, the beautiful Puerto Princesa Subterranean River in Puerto Princesa, the island of Luzon’s Mayon Volcano, and lastly the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. ....

  • The Best Beach Destinations For Your Next Holiday

    A beach vacation is the perfect way to enjoy a bit of blissful relaxation under the sunny skies and warm sunshine. It offers the perfect getaway for families and can provide heaps of enjoyment and create cherished moments with your loved ones. To assist travel planning, a few beaches for your next holiday have been suggested below. When talking about Halal-friendly beaches, Turkey is perhaps the first destination that comes to mind. Known for being a destination that caters towards the specific needs of Muslim travellers, Turkey offers stunning beaches coupled with a wealth of facilities for Muslim travellers. "Sun, Sea and Halal!" is a popular phrase that reflects the essence of a beach holiday in the country. Some of the best beaches in Turkey include the Oludeniz (Blue) Lagoon located on the Turquoise coast of southwest Turkey and the Iztuzu Beach on Turkey’s southwest coast. Indonesia’s beaches – which are considered to be some of the best beaches in the world – are also ideal for a relaxing vacation with the family. With over 17,000 tropical islands scattered across two different oceans, it is rather difficult to select a few beaches from the several on offer. Some of the best beaches in Indonesia include the Pulau Derawan Beach, Canggu Beach in Bali and the Nihiwatu Beach in Sumba. Thailand is home to several of the top-ranked beaches in the world and is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Due to the sizable Muslim population in most areas of the country, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find access to Halal restaurants and prayer facilities. Phra Nang Beach in Railay, Sunrise Beach in Koh Lipe and Maya Bay in Ko Phi Phi are considered to be amongst the best beaches in Thailand. Nor far from Thailand, Malaysia is also home to a fair share of beautiful beaches. With Malaysia being the number one destination for Muslim travellers, travellers will never face difficulty finding access to facilities. Some of the best beaches in Malaysia are considered to be Tanjung Rhu in Langkawi, Juara Beach at Tioman Island and Pulau Pangkor. Maldives is a beautiful palm-fringed paradise home to some of the most magnificent beaches in the world. Famed for its white-sand shores and glittery turquoise waters, the beaches in Maldives will offer a tropical haven to beach lovers. Some of the most popular beaches in the Maldives include the beaches at The Rethi Rah, Nalaguraidhoo Island, Veligandu Island, Kunfunadhoo Island and Ihuru Island. Moving away from Asia, another popular destination amongst Muslim travellers is Egypt. In addition to Dahab and Hurghada on the Red Sea - which are extremely popular amongst tourists - travellers could head further south to the Marsa Alam beaches which offer the perfect tranquil atmosphere as well as an abundance of exotic marine life to delight travellers. Morocco is yet another excellent beach destination for Muslim travellers. Though most of the beaches in Morocco tend to get overcrowded, beaches such as the Paradise Beach located south of Asilah are ideal for travellers who desire blissful quietude. Those who do not mind larger crowds could visit Saidia Blue Pearl Beach at Bekane, which is a popular tourist resort in the country. Muslim travellers are sure to enjoy some of the beaches at the United Arab Emirates, with Dubai in particular being home to a few splendid beaches and some hidden treasures. Though most of the beaches belong to hotels, several public beaches are also available, such as the Mamzer Beach Park, Jumeirah Beach Park, Russian Beach, Kite Beach and Burj Beach. The relaxing and family-friendly atmosphere of the beaches is ideal for a family beach holiday. Home to over 1,700 kilometres of coastline, Oman offers some of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in the Arabian Peninsula. Khalouf Beach, Mughsayl Beach, Bandar Jissah, Tiwi and Ras al Hadd are considered to be some of Oman's best beaches and offer a truly blissful ambience. Last but not least are the dazzling beaches of Australia's Gold Coast. Being one of the most prominent attractions in the country, Gold Coast has also been ranked as one of the best destinations in the world for Halal-conscious travellers. Gold Coast has it all - a wealth of prayer rooms and Halal restaurants, as well as stunning beaches and other attractions to satisfy any type of traveller. In addition to the beach destinations suggested above, there are numerous other beaches around the world that Muslim travellers are sure to love. The choices are endless for beach lovers....

  • Top 10 Halal Friendly Destinations

    Deciding on the ideal Halal-friendly holiday destination can prove to be a meticulous process. The planning process would need to involve checking up on several aspects of travel and accommodation in order to ensure that the needs of Muslim travelers are catered to. The availability of Halal food, access to prayer room facilities and mosques in the area are all factors that would be needed to be taken into consideration during the planning process. Certain destinations tend to be more capable of catering to Halal conscious travelers than others. Two separate country rankings - one for OIC destinations and another for non-OIC destinations - have been prepared and listed below. The ranks were determined after judging each country on its overall Halal friendliness, taking into account the facilities, services and amenities that it offers Muslim travellers as well as its suitability for family travel.   Top 10 OIC Halal Friendly Destinations: 10) Egypt Egypt - the land of pyramids, pharaohs and glittering dynasties - is an immensely popular tourist destination for Halal conscious travelers. Must-visit locations in Egypt include Hurghada, Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor, Dahab, Alexandria and Aswan.   9) Tunisia Offering rich culture and numerous spectacular sights, Tunisia is ranked 9th amongst the top Halal friendly destinations belonging to the OIC. The most popular destinations in Tunisia include Tunis - the capital city - as well as Sousse, Sfax and Gabès.   8) Qatar The richest country in the world is also one of the best options when it comes to Halal travel. Qatar offers visitors a number of fascinating attractions in addition to popular destinations such as the capital city of Doha, Al-Khor, Rayyan and Wakra.   7) Jordan A country known for its long history and many civilizations, Jordan is home to a population of close to 6.4 million residents and offers plenty to Muslim travellers. Amman, Aqaba, Ajlun, Irbid, Jerash and Petra are amongst its most-visited destinations.   6) Morocco Morocco offers genuine warm hospitality and a rich Islamic history to captivate Muslim travelers and to make them feel at home. Tangier - the hometown of Ibn Battuta - as well as Rabat, Fez, Marrakech, Al Hoceima and Ouarzazate are destinations that must not be missed.   5) Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia being included amongst the best destinations for Muslim travellers perhaps comes by no surprise. In addition to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, other much visited cities include Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Tabuk and Taif.   4) Indonesia Indonesia offer a bit of everything - breathtaking beaches, natural wonders, historic attractions...as well as an abundance of facilities and amenities for Muslim travelers. Must-visit destinations in the country include Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Ubud City, Bandung, Medan, Lombok and Bali Island.   3) Turkey Turkey offers stunning natural splendor with centuries of history and is a fantastic holiday destination for Muslim travelers. The cities of Antalya, Istanbul, Izmir, Ani, Oludeniz and Konya are a few of the most visited destinations and are definitely worth seeing.   2) United Arab Emirates With seven emirates to explore, the United Arab Emirates will dazzle and amaze every traveler with its pure brilliance and magnificence. Must-visit locations include Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Hatta, Khor Fakkan, Sharjah and Umm al Quwain.   1) Malaysia The best Halal-friendly country in the world is none other than beautiful Malaysia. Known for its exotic yet delectable cuisine and numerous attractions, Malaysia caters to the needs of Muslim travelers with ease. Visitors should not miss out on popular destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown, Johor Bahru and Melaka.   In addition to the above mentioned OIC countries, non-OIC countries were also ranked on their Halal-friendliness. Singapore topped the list, with South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom, Bosnia & Herzegovina, India, Hong Kong, Germany, Australia and Tanzania claiming the other ranks respectively. ...



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