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  • Beautiful Mosques of the UAE

    The United Arab Emirates is famous for its towering skyscrapers and amazing architecture. Known for their grand vision, ‘think big’ attitude and pushing the limits, the UAE applies this approach not just to modern goals but to balance the old and new. The presence of its culture and heritage is visible everywhere around the country, and it does a good job of creating mosques that stand out in design or blend into the surrounding area very well. Whether you are trying to find prayer places and mosques near you in UAE or make it a goal to visit the most beautiful mosques to see in UAE, here are some of the ones you cannot miss.   Abu Dhabi   1) Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi Of course, we would start with this one! Iconic in its own right and a major tourist attraction, some people visit Abu Dhabi just to take a look at this mosque. One of the biggest mosques in the UAE, it is also the National Mosque and where the previous ruler of the country, Sheikh Zayed’s resting place can be found. It is open to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, as long as they are decently covered. Traditional abayas and shawls are provided at the entrance to those who require it. The multiple domes, exquisite symmetry and intricate detailing all seem like something out of a movie (think Chamber-of Secrets-like bathrooms). Click here for more information on the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque    2) Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Mosque at Mohammed bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi  Picture Credit - One of the more unique mosques in the UAE, this mosque is worth a visit simply for its slightly futuristic look and non-traditional architecture. Opened in 2011 and built to accommodate over 5000 people, its spiralling dome and minaret make it one of the most unique mosques in the UAE. Click here for more information on the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak   3) Al Aziz Mosque in Marina Square on Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi Picture Credit - Truly a breath-taking sight to behold, especially at night, Al Aziz Mosque is a must-visit. Very different from the traditional mosques, it was built to fit in with its surroundings, yet it also stands out. During the day, Al Aziz Mosque showcases its triangular-cut minaret, glass fittings and walls carved with the Names of Allah in Arabic calligraphy. At night, however, light plays a major role in transforming the space. The minaret and dome are lit up in a unique way, and the calligraphy inscribed on the outside walls is also illuminated. Using optical fibres that transmit light through the stone – or light transmitting concrete – the walls come to life. The incredible outside invites worshippers to enter another world and leave this one behind when it the time for prayer comes. The mosque is as good inside as it is outside as it makes the most of natural light during the day, it recycles wastewater, uses energy efficient bulbs, and has an effective waste management system.   4) Masjid Bani Hashim, Abu Dhabi  Picture Credit - If you want to be transported to another place and time, look no further than Masjid Bani Hashim, close to Shangri-La Hotel, in Abu Dhabi. An exact slightly miniature replica of the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem – down to the ruined pillars outside – the mosque has gained popularity since its opening in 2011 but its fame has been overshadowed by the likes of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is why it still remains to be fairly unknown. Away from the main roads and its noise, it offers a quiet spot to pray and reflect, while imagining being in Jerusalem. Click here for more information on the Abdul Rahman Siddique Mosque   Dubai   5) Al Salam Mosque, Al Barsha Picture Credit - Located right behind Mall of the Emirates, you can take your prayer stop there instead of at a prayer room at the mall. It is a stunning building that stands out from afar – in structure as well as due to its reddish-pink exterior – and is a mix of Emirati, Andalusian and Ottoman architecture.   6) Abdul-Rahman Siddique Mosque on The Palm, Jumeirah Picture Credit -  Only in touring the mosques in this country can you realise how different a basic structure with a dome and minaret can look. The challenge when designing this mosque on the Palm Island was to create a modern look that matched its surroundings. It achieved that with its slightly futuristic appearance made with glass, steel and stone, but it doesn’t take away from the peace worshippers find within. Click here for more information on the Abdul Rahman Siddique Mosque   7) Masjid Al Rahim, Dubai Marina Picture Credit - The only mosque in the Dubai Marina, Masjid Al Rahim seems regular enough with its warm beige exteriors. It sports a unique feature, however, in the form of a stand-alone piece with the words “There is no God but Allah” in Arabic cut out in block letters – not the usual calligraphy – at the side of the mosque. The interiors are exquisite in their white and gold detailing; with the chandeliers even being inscribed with Arabic calligraphy along the outside edges. Click here for more information on the Masjid Al Rahim   8) Al Farooq Omar bin Al Khattab Mosque, Al Safa Picture Credit - Inaugurated in 2011, Al Farooq Omar bin Al Khattab mosque became the third mosque in the UAE to open its doors to non-Muslims. Also known as the Blue Mosque due to its similarity to the Blue Mosque in Turkey, it takes design cues and interior detailing from Turkish and Andalusian architecture. Rather like a castle out of Disney from afar, the mosque’s many minarets stand out like spires. Al Farooq Omar bin Al Khattab Mosque was established in 1988 and expanded in 2003 until it was finally rebuilt in 2011 and can now hold 2000 people. Click here for more information on the Al Farooq Omar bin Al Khattab Mosque   9) Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Picture Credit - One of the most iconic mosques in the Emirates, it was the first one to be opened to non-Muslims as well, that allowed them a tour through the religious place. It was also the mosque used for the Adhan (call to prayer) on TV years ago, bringing it its fame. Before the introduction of the grand mosques visible in the UAE today, Jumeirah Mosque, built in the late 1970s, was one of the most photographed mosques. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, the Jumeirah Mosque is one of the attractions in UAE. Click here for more information on the Jumeirah Mosque   10) Iranian Mosque, Bur Dubai Picture Credit - The only Iranian mosque in UAE, you cannot miss this mosque located a short distance from the Jumeirah Mosque. Its Persian influences are clearly visible in the mosaic-patterned exterior that stands out in all its colourful glory, blue being the dominant hue. It also includes a library with over 14,000 books and has weekly tours run by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for non-Muslims. Click here for more information on the Iranian Mosque   Sharjah   11) Al Noor Mosque, Sharjah Picture Credit - Built at the Sharjah Corniche, Al Noor Mosque also opens its doors to non-Muslims. It stands out with its 34 domes and Turkish Ottoman architecture and can accommodate over 2000 worshippers. At night, it lights up like a party. Click here for more information on the Al Noor Mosque   12) King Faisal Mosque, Sharjah Picture Credit - One of Sharjah’s largest mosques, King Faisal Mosque can host up to 17,000 people. Constructed in the 1980s, it has a unique style not visible in the more modern places of worship. The architect, hailing from Saudi Arabia, was determined to keep the design as simple as possible so as to not distract worshippers. The large courtyard inside the walls of the mosque sports plenty of pillars on all four sides to help the people praying to maintain straight rows. Until the opening of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, King Faisal Mosque was the largest one in the UAE. Click here for more information on the King Faisal Mosque   13) Salem Al Mutawa Mosque, Khor Fakkan Picture Credit - The second-oldest mosque in the UAE, Salem Al Mutawwa Mosque is famous for being the mosque that appears on the 5 Dirham banknote. Talk about a landmark. Built over 200 years ago, it is very simple in its architecture and named after a local resident who never missed a prayer at the mosque.   Fujairah 14) Masjid Al Badiyah, Fujairah Picture Credit - You cannot visit the UAE and not make a trip to Fujairah if only to see the oldest mosque in the country. It was constructed during the Ottoman period in 1446 and, compared to the mosques of today, it resembles a mud hut. It still stands though and is still in use by worshippers. Click here for more information on the Al Badiyah Mosque This is not, by far, a complete list of mosques in the United Arab Emirates. There are many incredible and photogenic mosques in the UAE, as well as those with plenty of history, and if you happen to visit any of them outside the ones mentioned here, do update us via the HalalTrip App. The Dubai mosque list, in particular, can have plenty more added to it. You don’t just have to be looking for a place to pray when you vacation in UAE to visit these mosques, but you could make it part of your itinerary to cover all these and more in your travel to UAE. Pictures don’t do justice to the breath-taking beauty that is visible here....

  • Top 10 Summer Destinations for Muslim Travellers

    Summer is the perfect time of year to pack your bags and set off on a relaxing holiday to take a break from the strenuous routines of daily life. To aid travel planning and to decide on which destination should be picked, some of the best summer destinations for Muslim travellers have been listed below. 1) Turkey Turkey is a fantastic summer destination, offering endless stretches of pristine beaches and glittery seas for travellers. In addition to its beautiful beaches, Turkey also offers the perfect summer climate as well as a laid-back atmosphere for travellers to sit back and relax. Some of the best beaches include Oludeniz (Blue) Lagoon and the Iztuzu Beach located on the southwest coast of Turkey.   2) Egypt Heading to Egypt during summer may very well be an excellent travel decision. Egypt is an incredible travel destination for Muslim travellers – offering a wealth of sight-seeing opportunities, beautiful sandy beaches, as well as plenty of facilities for Muslim travellers. Explore the land of ancient the Pyramids and Pharaohs and give in to an unforgettable vacation.   3) Morocco Muslim travellers may also choose to travel to Morocco, which is an ideal summer destination for Muslim travellers. Beach lovers will love Morocco and though many beaches in the country tend to get visited by large crowds during summer, there are a few quiet beaches such as the Paradise Beach located south of Asilah which will be paradise for travellers seeking relaxation.   4) Lebanon Lebanon is a spectacular country to visit during summer. Its verdant valleys, beautiful beaches and amazing climate offer the perfect atmosphere for a holiday vacation. Facilities such as mosques and Halal restaurants will be available in abundance, allowing Muslim travellers to explore the country without any hassle or inconvenience.   5) Malaysia The best destination in the world for Muslim travellers is perfect for a summer vacation. In addition to an abundance of attractions, accommodation options and shopping opportunities, travellers will be offered plenty of facilities to ensure a convenient stay.   6) UAE The United Arab Emirates caters to the needs of Muslim travelers with ease. With seven emirates to explore, travellers will find plenty to do – be it shopping, sight-seeing or simply sitting back and relaxing. Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Hatta, Khor Fakkan, Sharjah and Umm al Quwain are amongst some of its popular destinations.   7) Oman With some of the most beautiful and private beaches in the Arabian Peninsula, Oman offers endless pristine beaches as well as a plethora of facilities for Muslim travellers to ensure an enjoyable summer vacation. Travellers could head down to the Khalouf Beach, Mughsayl Beach, Bandar Jissah, Tiwi and Ras al Hadd beaches, which are considered to be some of the best in the country.   8) Thailand Thailand is one of the most popular summer destinations amongst travellers around the world. Offering a wealth of attractions as well as plenty of shopping opportunities, Thailand also offers sufficient facilities for Muslim travellers – including quite a number of mosques and several restaurants that serve Halal food.   9) Indonesia Beautiful Indonesia can dazzle guests by offering a bit of everything – sun-kissed beaches, natural wonders as well as historic places-of-interest. An abundance of facilities including mosques, prayer facilities and Halal food will be available across the country and Muslim travellers will be able to enjoy a fantastic summer holiday with peace of mind.   10) Jordan Jordan offers travellers rich history and culture and is a fantastic summer destination for Muslim travellers. Some of the must-visit places while travelling in the country include Amman, Aqaba, Ajlun, Irbid, Jerash and Petra. Muslim travellers will face no shortage of facilities in Jordan....

  • 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 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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