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  • Planning To Travel After Covid-19? Here Are 10 Best Road Trips in Australia You Need To Check Out

    Planning a getaway to restart your life after the pandemic? Great idea! Why not plan for a road trip, especially in Australia since it has some spectacular routes and scenic drives as you traverse this large island continent? A road trip will also give you an opportunity to revive long-standing relationships with friends whom you have been social distancing from recently. And, you can do this while taking in the awe-inspiring scenes, hidden natural wonders, and some out-of-the-way places which can only be reached via a road! What is more, a road trip does away with the tedious tasks of extreme budgeting, applying for visas, considering travel restrictions, and embarking on a long flight to reach your destination. It allows you to travel at your own pace, it can nicely work out on a limited budget, and there is no fuss on what to wear – comfort-wear is the way to go! Most importantly, it enables you to create your own unique route while traveling.  Road trips are a convenient way for you to travel with your friends after Covid-19 and it is expected to rise with domestic travel will begin to recover first. To help you plan for your next road trip, here are 10 best road trips in Australia!  via GIPHY  1. The Great Ocean Road, Victoria Image Credit: Mateusz Glogowski on Unsplash This is one famed road trip route taking you across the southern coast of Australia from between Torquay and Warrnambool, Allansford, or a little further to Port Fairy in Victoria. The Great Ocean Road, completed in 1932 as a First World War memorial, showcases breath-taking clifftop vistas, wildlife, shipwrecks, and the never-ending coastlines while passing through quaint towns and rain forest. Things to do and see: Bells Beach, 12 Apostles, Erskine Falls, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell National Park, Loch Ard Gorge, the Island Archway, the cliff-face Gibson Steps, Cape Otway lighthouse, Great Otway National Park, Lorne, Anglesea, Peterborough, the historic fishing village of Port Fairy, and many delicious eateries along the way. Time frame: The route is about 9.5 hours (approximately a 250-kilometre drive). So, a day-trip is possible and done often if you want to enjoy only the passing scenery. But the best way to take in all the sights and sounds and venture further afield is a three to four-day road trip along these most famous road trip routes. 2. The Great Beach Drive, Queensland Image Credit: Tim Foster on Unsplash; You can get a nice view of the beautiful sunrise at Hervey Bay while on this route. For those of you living in Queensland, you need not go too far to catch some scenic views and some of the best routes for a road trip. The Great Beach Drive is the famed road trip on some of the Sunshine Coast’s most stunning beaches leading to Fraser Island and the Fraser Coast while meandering through UNESCO Heritage sites, national parks, and many historically significant landscapes. While traversing this most wonderful of road routes, you will be privy to whale, dolphin, turtle, platypus, kangaroo, and rare bird sightings. Don't miss out on the Hervey Bay; you can get a nice view of the beautiful sunrise and sunset here! Things to do and see: Noosa Biosphere, Great Sandy Biosphere, wildlife sightings, picnics, camping inside national parks, off-road driving, Double Island Point lighthouse, Hervey Bay, Teewah beach, Rainbow beach, surfing, kayaking, swimming, Great Barrier Reef, hiking and trekking, and Fraser Island - the largest sand island in the world. Time frame: The route is about 168 hours (a 380-kilometre drive). Take a three to seven-day road trip along the Great Beach Drive or even longer, depending on how long you want your getaway trip to be and what you want to explore with your friends. 3. The Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales Image Credit: Mara Page on Unsplash; The Grand Pacific Drive will lead you to some of the iconic places in Australia such as the whitest sand beach, Hyams beach at Jervis Bay. For those in New South Wales, the Grand Pacific Drive will lead you along some of the territory’s most memorable places and coastal scenes through a 140-kilometre bitumen road. Things to do and see: Sydney’s Royal National Park, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Sea Cliff Bridge, booming blowholes at Kiama, Austinmer Beach, Nan Tien Temple, hang-gliding, paragliding Minamurra Rainforest, whitest sand beaches in the world at Jervis Bay, and Jamberoo Action Park. Timeframe: The route is just a few hours (approximately a 140-kilometre drive) and an ideal one-day road trip for anyone from Sydney, Canberra, or other neighboring areas. However, there is nothing to stop you from making this road trip a longer vacation by staying over in any one of the towns or reserves along the way. 4. Great Alpine Road, Victoria Image Credit: Linda Xu on Unsplash; Experience the beauty of lush mountains at Mount Buffalo National Park  Another scenic drive starts off at Wangaratta in Victoria and traverses through the Victorian High Country and ends at Metung in the Gippsland Lakes region. The Great Alpine road trip will stun you with its fabulous Alpine scenes, mountain ranges, deep valleys, wine country, and sparkling waterways. This route will let you revel in the beauty of the mountains while enjoying some relaxation time with close friends whether you live in New South Wales or in Victoria! Things to do and see: Be inspired and rejuvenated by the lush mountains and rain forests, Mount Buffalo National Park, Gorge Lookout at Mt Buffalo, unique rock formations, and waterfalls. You can also try activities like mountain biking, trekking, and horse riding with your friends. Drive through Victoria’s highest alpine village, and view the 1,750 meter above sea-level Mt Hotham. Don't forget to visit towns such as Beechworth, Bright, and Omeo to experience the local hospitality.  Time frame: The road trip is approximately 500 kilometres and best enjoyed through a week where you can take in the scenes and enjoy the local hospitality. 5. Cairns to Cape York Peninsula, Queensland Image Credit: Photo by Pierre-Henry de Soria on Unsplash; Drop by the Palm Cove while on this route, and spend some time with your friends, catching up.  A Sunshine Coast epic journey is the road trip starting from Cairns and ending at the Cape York Peninsula. While this route is not common, unlike the Cairns to Cape Tribulations road trip, it will take you through the World Heritage-listed, Great Barrier Reef to the ancient World Heritage Daintree National Park across red sand, rain forests, many national parks, indigenous history and culture, and scenic views like no other. While the drive is said to be bumpy and does not boast much comfort, it is a once in a lifetime adventure and a chance to experience a simple lifestyle! Things to do and see: Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Daintree National Park, river crossings, ancient rock art at The Quinkan Galleries at Laura, rainforests, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, camping, Lakefield National Park, traverse the Old Telegraph Track, and walk to The Tip – the northern most point of Australia. Time frame: The route is about 14 hours (approximately a 1,000-kilometre one-way drive). Considering the dirt roads, raw terrain, and the need to do a round trip while exploring places and experiences the region, a minimum two-week road trip is called for. If you really are short on time, consider a one-way drive and return by air. 6. Gibb River Road, Western Australia Image Credit: jancolaco from Pixabay; Enjoy the Kimberley gorges on the Gibb River Road.  Western Australia’s Gibb River Road is another epic Australian road trip route for the adventurous. This route beginning and ending from Derby to Wyndham, or vice versa, will take you through the Kimberley region. Traveling through the outback on dusty roads will require a four-wheel drive, but the journey will take you through national parks, waterfalls, plateaus, gorges, natural wonders and lets you soak in the 50 to 60 thousand-year-old indigenous Australian culture. Things to do and see: Crocodile sighting; Windjana Gorge National Park; Mitchell Falls and Mitchell Plateau; El Questro; ziplining; King Leopold Ranges; visit outback cattle stations; compare and contrast between the Adcock, Manning, Galvans, Leonard, and Bell Gorges; Zebedee Springs; and Tunnel Creek. Time frame: Approximately a 660-kilometre route with only two roadhouses along the way – at Imintji and Mt Barnett. An ideal road trip would be a week-long, and more if you plan to stay and visit some out of the way places. Be prepared with extra fuel which can be expensive to purchase. 7. Red Centre Way, Northern Territory Image Credit: Philippe Wuyts on Unsplash; Kings Canyon, a must-visit to enjoy spectacular views!  The Northern Territory’s Red Centre Way is another epic and very cliched Australian road trip over sealed and unsealed roads. The route takes you through several mountain ranges, red earth deserts, isolated rocks, fresh swimming holes, ancient Aboriginal rock art sites, and historic towns. So, get ready for one epic Australian outback road trip experience! Things to do and see: Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, and West MacDonnell ranges; walking and hiking; Finke Gorge National Park; Watarrka National Park, the only place to see the red cabbage palm; the spirited lands of mulga forest; and the spinifex. Time frame: A loop route of about 1,135 kilometres starting at Alice Springs and taking you through Uluru and Kings Canyon is a 5 to 6-day road trip. 8. The Nullarbor Plain, South Australia to Western Australia Image Credits: Simon Maisch on Unsplash; Create unforgettable memories with your friends here at Nullarbor, South Australia If you are living somewhere in South or Western Australia, consider taking the Nullarbor Plain road trip which stretches across Ceduna/Adelaide in South Australia and Perth in Western Australia. While quite remote, the desert highway is an easy route meandering through the goldfields of Western Australia and the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. If you enjoy off-road driving, then use a four-wheel drive to ride through wide-open spaces, sand dunes, and wooded hills while re-hashing some legendary UFO stories and old-time myths with friends.  Things to do and see: Bragging rights to having seen and driven on the largest piece of limestone on earth; strange landscapes which the Nullarbor Plain is renowned for; wildlife such as giant wedge-tailed eagles, emus, kangaroos, dingoes, and camels; whale watching beneath the world's longest line of sea cliffs; the world’s longest golf course; unique caves; riding over sand dunes; ruins of Eucla Telegraph Station built in the 1870s; and camping under the starlit skies. Time frame: An ideal 6-day road trip of 1,256 kilometres which requires some preparation due to it being remote. So, carry enough fuel, water, and other essential supplies. 9. Heritage Highway, Tasmania Image Credit: Samuel Scrimshaw on Unsplash; Rural Building at Tasmania, Australia.  Living in Tasmania? No worries… This little island has quite a few road trips on offer from the Tassie Loop, to the route from Hobart to Freycinet, and of course the famed Heritage Highway. The Heritage highway which runs between Hobart and Launceston is a 200-year-old road built by convict road gangs in the 1800s. The highway meanders through some scenic views of farmlands, Georgian villages, grand rural estates and the authentic scenes of Tasmania’s historic midlands. Things to do and see: Visit the towns of Oatlands, Longford, Evandale, Cressy, and Perth; enjoy some gourmet food; Heritage Highway Museum and Visitors Centre in Campbell Town; Shene Estate & Distillery; and the Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary. Time frame: A short 2 to 3 days road trip of approximately 200 kilometres. 10. The Big Lap, Australia Image Credit: Martyna Bober on Unsplash; Visit the Bondi Beach at Sydney, one of the most famous beach destinations.  Last but certainly not the least… we have “The Big Lap”, a spectacular adventure around the entire country. Try this fabulous road trip of 15,000 kilometres using Highway One around the edge of Australia as you take in the changing scenes and landscapes of the country’s diverse territories and mixed natural environs. The big lap route will take you through seven capital cities, ride through rain forests and the red earth deserts, cruise along the coastline, and enjoy the vast emptiness of the outback. Things to do and see: Everything and anything that you fancy from the coastline between Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Esperance, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Hobart. Time frame: To truly experience the big lap, you will need at least six months, so, consider this a final hurrah kind of road trip adventure!   In ending this article, let me say that depending on the amount of time you have for a vacation, some of these road trip routes can be combined with some fun activities to make it a super adventure. So, take this chance; do not agonize about limited overseas travel, but instead, make the most of exploring your own country and enjoying a relaxing, fun-filled time with your friends! Don't forget to download the HalalTrip App, here, for more travel tips, prayer times and Qibla Direction, and many more!    via GIPHY...

  • The Year Is Coming To An End! Here are 10 Muslim-friendly Destinations To Visit in 2019!

    2019 is just around the corner! It’s time for you to start planning your upcoming holiday to an exotic country where you and your loved ones can have the time of your lives. With the growth of globalization, it is now easy for Muslims to enjoy a Muslim-friendly vacation almost anywhere in the world. Spoilt for choice and finding it hard to pick your next holiday destination? No worries! Below is a guide to some spots that will aid you in making your decision more smoothly and efficiently. Check out our travel packages and tours 1. Japan Japan being one of the most kid-friendly countries, I wouldn't hesitate to say that parents can worry less about stumbling upon dangers or hardships with the little ones. Not only does Japan provide its tourists with a rich culture and unique experience with its different traditions, but there is also a great number of hot-spots you can list down in your itinerary. These include the natural sightseeing locations like Mount Fuji and the Osaka Aquarium. For nature lovers, the Japanese-style garden, Kenroku-en, is a must visit. Another famous spot to head to would be Tokyo Disneyland, a dream destination for those traveling with the children. 2. Spain You haven’t entirely lived your life if you haven’t paid a visit to Spain. From the vast amount of places to tour, its history and its culture to the Muslim-friendly hotels and restaurants, Spain is an ideal destination for your summer holidays. Even if you are a person with toddlers or just too tired to lag around the little ones, Spain has plenty of parks to pick from for a relaxed picnic under the shade with your loved ones. One such park would be Park Güell due to its distinctive features brimming with unique structural designs and monuments. If you are in Madrid, do not leave without visiting the public square - Puertadel Sol. When in Barcelona, The Magic Fountain Show is proved to be a super hit with the small ones. You might also want to drop by to the La Rambla Street for some scrumptious gelato while you are there. 3. Switzerland What better place to take your family and friends to than a place that lets them build a snowman? If you’re visiting from a country which only revolve around the sun and rain, your group will surely be so elated with this change of ambience. Not only does Switzerland offer the greatest quality of chocolates, but parents can also encourage their children to pick up learning opportunities with regards to the different types of languages spoken or ethnicities present. There are quite a few sightseeing spots that you and your family can visit but some of the top ones would be the Zurich Zoo, the Kapellbrüke (also known as the Chapel Bridge), the Rhine Falls, and let’s not forget the Alps! 4. Australia Ah, the Land Down Under! Australia is a go-to spot for not only adrenaline junkies looking to spend their time doing blood-rushing adventures but it is also one of the best ideal spots for someone who wishes to opt for a more relaxed vacation. It is guaranteed that your itinerary for a place like Aussie will be nothing short of fun and enjoyment. Thanks to the country’s terrific weather, this serves as a plus point for those looking to enjoy strolls or picnics on beaches like Cape Conran in Victoria and Frangipani Beach in Queensland. Sydney should be a definite go-to location on your list. The Royal Botanic Garden by the Sydney Harbor is a beauty you must witness before your very eyes. As a treat for your kids, you can hop onto a ferry from Circular Quay and head towards the Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House and the Luna Park. 5. Maldives Generally, when someone says they hope to visit Maldives, people presume that it’s for a honeymoon or for a romantic getaway with their significant other. However, it’s not just for the lovebirds. Maldives is also considered as a great Muslim-friendly vacation spot for trips with family or friends. Unlike what many believe, Maldives does not have to be a destination that creates a dent in your wallet. If pre-planned carefully, you can tour the Maldives as a budget-friendly holiday. The Maldives does not only offer white sand beaches and a whole load of coral reef. The Maldives is best known for their water sports and snorkeling activities. You can even take the kids for dolphin watching and sandbank swimming at Kaashidhoo where the water is so clear you will be left amazed. 6. Singapore Having a proportion of 15% of its population as Muslims, Singapore thrives on Muslim-friendly locations and eateries where a huge number of their cafes and restaurants are HALAL certified. If you wish to cover all famous landmarks in Singapore, make sure you have a few days in hand. Some of the best few to visit with your children would be Sentosa Island, Universal Studios, the Singapore Zoo and Marina Bay. Gardens by the Bay is also recommended as it enables your kids to learn and witness a vast variety of lush greenery and exotic plants in a beautiful and one-of-a-kind setting (let’s not forget the Instagram-worthy photos that you can take). 7. Germany If you wish to go back in time and have major throwbacks of the Islamic heritage and culture back in the day, Berlin and Munich are the places to be when in Germany. The two cities have the highest proportion of the Muslim population so you need not worry when it comes to being on the lookout for Halal restaurants or Muslim-friendly attractions due to the abundance present. If you are looking to visit historical hot-spots, the Berlin Wall, the Berlin Mosque and the Brandenburg Gate can be included into your itinerary. In terms of Halal food, the Baraka for Moroccan food, and the Yarok Fine Syrian Food for Mediterranean food are the places you would love to dine at. 8. Turkey Previously being the home to the Ottoman Caliphate, Turkey is a country constructed of Islamic structures. Turkey brims with Islamic heritage and culture which can be deemed as pleasant for tourists, some of which are showcased in the Topkapi Palace and the Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Do drop by Istanbul and visit the blue mosque for a feel of true Islamic architecture. You will also find a large amount of `bazaars` at reasonable prices to shop from. A city to visit in Turkey with your family is Alanya. The Alanya Castle is a great spot which will give you a holistic view of the entire city from the top. One attraction which will be a hit for your children would be the Pirate Ship Cave Tour. After a tiresome day of sightseeing, you can grab some delicious Halal food from Mezze Grill Ocakbasi Restaurant if you are in the mood for some pizza or seafood. Summertime comes off as a busy time for Turkey, so be sure to plan well ahead to avoid disappointment when it comes to hotels and tours. 9. Morocco Distinguished for it’s out-of-the-ordinary culture, Morocco amalgamates influences from Europe and Islam and is overflowing with modern depictions of customary Islam. Karaouine Mosque in Morocco is considered a tourist magnet and it’s the largest mosque in Africa, spacious enough to fit 22,000 people at once. You can choose to wander through the lively blue streets of Chefchaouen and devour delectable Moroccan cuisines from famous restaurants like Restaurant Dar Hatim and Les Saveurs de Riad Fes Maya. Along with over 400 mosques, you and your family can also tour their museums such as Dar Batha and Nejjarine Museum in Fez. PS: While you wander around the streets of Morocco, you can treat yourself to pure leather merchandise and Moroccan slippers at one of the souks in Fez like Souk Serrajine. 10. France France is the ultimate spot to be during summer. You can never get bored rigid in such a place taking into account the large number of attractions and activities that this stunning country has in store for tourists. Disneyland Paris is an obvious choice if you are traveling with your children, along with the countless popular attractions and sightseeing spots like the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and Jardin du Luxembourg Garden. You can also visit the Grande Mosquee de Paris, a beautiful mosque in Paris. France also has no shortage of Halal restaurants. You can find various cuisines in multiple eateries, Turkish food at the Sizin Restaurant, Mexican food at Baili and if you desire authentic Halal French cuisine, Les GrandsEnfants should be number one on your list of places to dine at. There are a lot of great muslim-friendly spots that can be recommended for your vacation but it is imperative to take into account the wishes of your children as well if they are tagging along in order to have a successful trip where everyone is satisfied. Check out our Travel Blogs for more travel inspirations...

  • Running Out Of Ideas For Your Next Meal? Check Out These 7 Halal Food Bloggers!

    Connecting with fellow Muslim food lovers and cooking experts has changed with the rise of Halal food bloggers whose blogs feature their favourite recipes, restaurants and even interesting anecdotes. This is slowly making an impact when it comes to understanding why Halal food is important for Muslims as well. Referring to Halal food blogs can be pretty useful when you need to locate restaurants with delicious Halal food in different cities – especially if you are looking for reviews and recommendations. If you are a self-professed foodie who is always on the lookout for amazing Halal food restaurants or that perfect Eid dessert recipe to try, you should check out these Halal food blogs! Check out our blogs 1) My Halal Kitchen Picture: MyHalalKitchen American blogger Yvonne Maffei’s My Halal Kitchen is the ultimate blog for a foodie who loves cooking, especially if you are on the lookout for mouthwatering Halal versions of Mediterranean or Italian dishes. Yvonne also stresses the importance of using quality ingredients over processed items. She always talks about how she uses excellent Halal substitutes in her recipes. If you wish to hone your cooking skills or need some helpful tips to expand your Halal food knowledge, checking out My Halal Kitchen will certainly be useful for you. Website: MyHalalKitchen Facebook | Instagram 2) The London Haloodie Picture: TheLondonHaloodie Yes, fine dining can be expensive no matter where you live, but special gourmet delights do not come cheap since the experience is usually quite wonderful. The London Haloodie is a great guide that can help you out! It is run by a food lover based in London as the name suggests, who aims to show that Muslims can still have rewarding dining experiences that include Halal-friendly options. Even if your budget limits you from exploring fine dining restaurants, you can still enjoy some tantalizing food photos from various restaurants from around the world and check out her reviews. Be warned - your hunger pangs will kick in after a going through this blog! Website: TheLondonHaloodie Facebook | Instagram 3) Amanda's Plate Picture: AmandasPlate This blog is run by former Masterchef contestant Amanda Saab. Here, you can go through many delicious recipes from someone who is really passionate about food and culinary expertise. Amanda, being a Lebanese descent, also shares some of her more personal recipes of dishes that she enjoyed during her childhood along with her love for cooking. You will also find some great healthy recipes or posts here while sifting through the wonderful food photos on this blog. Website: AmandasPlate Facebook | Instagram 4) My Big Fat Halal Blog Picture: MyBigFatHalalBlog With My Big Fat Halal Blog, you can join Ayesha Razak on her travel experiences and her expedition to the best food joints in the United Kingdom – all with the intention to discover the latest spots foodies should not miss. Whether you are looking for the next best place for a juicy burger or street food treats, this blog is your yummy guide to the most appetizing places along with reviews as well. Ayesha also posts recipes that are worth checking out, paired with Instagram worthy photos that food lovers will certainly appreciate. Website: MyBigFatHalalBlog Facebook | Instagram 5) Steak and Teeth Picture: SteakAndTeeth This London-based blog complete with ratings and reviews is run by duo Tanim Rahman, a dentist, and Siddika Ahmed, a mental health nurse. Both of them are also avid food enthusiasts. They also post recipes on their blog that features a nice variety of cuisines, which will certainly come in handy during Eid or Ramadan. With entertaining yet in-depth reviews, Steak and Teeth is another great guide to the countless eateries around London especially when it comes to locating good Halal options in such a diverse setting. Website: SteakAndTeeth Facebook | Instagram 6) The Lebanese Plate Picture: TheLebanesePlate Sydney-based blogger, Lina, has created The Lebanese Plate by combining her love for Lebanese cuisine and enthusiasm for food photography. You will find a delicious range of recipes, along with some Lebanese-Australian fusion specialties that are all created with Halal ingredients. Lina has mentioned that the blog is her special way of connecting with her Lebanese heritage and sharing her passion for food photography. So if you are a fellow food lover who enjoys taking photos of all things related to food, you will certainly enjoy her blog! Website: TheLebanesePlate Facebook | Instagram 7) Chef In Disguise Picture: ChefInDisguise Sawsan Abu Farha is a Palestinian blogger residing in the UAE who runs Chef In Disguise. She writes about authentic Middle-Eastern recipes and other cuisines occasionally. She would also include the intriguing history behind most of her dishes which are pretty interesting to read, and usually paired with delectable photos of food. There is no doubt that you will definitely learn something new if you are interested in Middle-Eastern cuisines just by trying out some recipes from her blog. Website: ChefInDisguise Facebook | Instagram Explore our Website...

  • Top 10 Muslim-friendly Non-OIC Destinations

    Especially with the increase in Muslim millennial travellers, there is no doubt that the Muslim Travel Market is continuing to evolve due to new trends that are shaping and changing Halal travel. Muslims who love to travel and seek amazing, yet authentic travel experiences are well aware of the common issues that arise while they travel to certain destinations. Looking at the results of the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI 2018) by Mastercard-CrescentRating, some of the top non-OIC travel destinations have also recognised the rapid rise in Muslim travellers and are aiming towards improving Muslim-friendly travel. This latest report goes into detail on how the availability of Halal food, prayer facilities and other requirements can make destinations more Muslim-friendly. Most non-OIC destinations have higher scored than in the previous years, as they have started to understand the Muslim Travel Market better and improve their services accordingly. So, if you are stuck wondering where you can have Muslim-friendly holidays, don’t miss out on these non-OIC destinations listed below. Book a Halal hotel with us!   Singapore With numerous options when it comes to Halal food, prayer facilities and even Halal-friendly hotels, it’s no surprise that Singapore is at the top of the list of Muslim-friendly holiday destinations for families and millennials. Not only is Singapore a popular shopping destination, but it’s also a great place to try out a variety of cuisines both local and international alike – and there are wonderful Halal food options available too. According to the GMTI 2018 report, Singapore is at the top of the list of destinations that create a supportive environment for Muslim travellers. Additionally, Singapore is within the top five destinations when it comes to good communication according to the report.   Thailand Thailand also makes it to the list of top Muslim-friendly non-OIC destinations according to the GMTI 2018 report. You don’t need to postpone that exotic trip to Thailand just yet – Muslim travellers no longer have to struggle when it comes to locating Halal food, prayer facilities or mosques in Thailand. The city’s capital Bangkok has plenty of Halal restaurants where travellers can sample the excellent local cuisines and will also find many mosques as well. From breathtakingly beautiful islands framed by the turquoise ocean to the fascinating local culture, Thailand is undoubtedly an interesting place to visit. United Kingdom With a growing Muslim population, the United Kingdom is another destination to add to your travel list especially, if you are looking for Muslim-friendly cities in Europe. Muslim travellers will be able to find Halal restaurants and prayer facilities quite easily in most towns, and the United Kingdom has always been a popular travel destination. There are many interesting historical landmarks, attractions as well as famous places that you simply must not miss out on, and most main cities are just great for Halal holidays in Europe. Cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool or Manchester just to name a few, are especially Muslim-friendly with a number of Muslims dwelling in these areas.   Japan Japan is another fascinating destination that is worth visiting, and that makes it onto the list of Muslim-friendly non-OIC destinations. While most Muslim travellers will say that locating Halal food might be challenging, there has been an increase in the number of Halal restaurants in cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Kobe. Additionally, there has been a rise in Muslim-friendly facilities as well, due to the growth of the Muslim population, and including an increase in Muslim travellers to Japan. So,you can still enjoy Muslim-friendly holidays and take in the sights and sound of Japan.   Taiwan Most Muslim visitors to Taiwan will face a few issues when it comes to locating Halal food or ensuring a Muslim-friendly experience, however, there is no need to reconsider your travel plans. The main city of Taipei has become much more Muslim-friendly with a small but growing Muslim population and there is an increase in Halal restaurants as well. When it comes to prayer facilities, travellers can visit the Taipei Grand Mosque which is a historical landmark, and the other option is the Taipei Cultural Mosque.   Hong Kong There has been a noticeable rise in Muslim travellers to Hong Kong, which is on the list of top non-OIC destinations according to GMTI 2018. While Muslim travellers need to be aware that Halal restaurants or outlets are limited, the increase in Muslim travellers has prompted the need to create more Muslim-friendly options. Hong Kong’s Muslim population is growing as well, and that comes with an increase in Halal restaurants and Muslim-friendly facilities too. You will also find more Halal products in stores than in previous times.   South Africa Despite being a non-OIC destination, South Africa has become a major favourite among Muslim travelers, especially Cape Town where there is significant Muslim population. It’s one of the more ideal holiday destinations for Muslim families with a very interesting culture and unique places for nature lovers too. Muslim travelers won’t face major issues when looking for prayer facilities or Halal restaurants especially in Cape Town and Johannesburg. But overall, Muslim travelers will be able to enjoy a Muslim-friendly holiday in South Africa.   Germany Germany is another excellent place to visit, especially if you prefer to visit more Muslim-friendly cities in Europe, which will include Berlin, Dusseldorf and Munich to name a few. Germany has an intriguing history as well as many interesting sights and monuments – which are some great reasons to go on a Halal tour where you can learn more about this destination. Additionally, Muslim travellers will be able to locate mosques and places that serve Halal food quite easily since there is growing Muslim population in Germany. According to the GMTI 2018, Germany is in the top ten list of destinations that are more accessible.   France France is another great non-OIC destination that you can add to your travel list, which is known for excellent cuisine, culture and interesting history. Referring to the GMTI 2018, this destination also falls in the top ten accessible countries. There are plenty of Halal restaurants in Paris due to the increasing Muslim population, and this is where you will get to sample a variety of international and local cuisines. Due to ethnic diversity, France has some of the mot Muslim-friendly cities in Europe and there will be no shortage of prayer facilities as there are several mosques in the main cities such as Paris and Lyon.s   Australia Although Australia is a non-OIC destination, there is a great variety of Halal dining options around the country – especially in Sydney, Brisbane and Queensland. With the rise in Muslim travellers to the continent, there has been an increase in Muslim-friendly facilities and Halal restaurants too. There are plenty of interesting activities and amazing places to see in Australia, especially when it comes to wildlife. Mosques and prayer places are easily accessible in the main cities too. Australia is also one of the best holiday destinations for Muslim families as there is something for everyone to enjoy. Go on a Halal Trip with us! Check out our City Guides!...

  • Finding Mosques in Perth

    Perth, Western Australia’s capital, and known for its fabulous sunny weather, is a blend of urban life and the great outdoors. The gateway to Western Australia, Perth oozes charm. It is the perfect spot for a holiday, whether alone or with loved ones, and in our opinion, is a definite must-include on every travel addict's bucket list! Boasting countless must-visits and must-sees, from fascinating museums and galleries, to fantastic restaurants and cafés, great shopping spots, beautiful, picture-perfect white sandy beaches and pristine coastlines, renowned landmarks, iconic lush gardens, cute wildlife and stunning, legendary sunsets, the bustling city is a gem of a destination that will give you an experience that will leave you mesmerized and craving more. Perth's Best Shopping Spots Read our Guide to Western Australia     Muslims visiting the city will also be pleased to know that it’s quite Muslim-friendly! While the percentage of Muslims residing in Perth may not be as high as it is in other major cities in Australia, such as Melbourne and Sydney, Perth does have a sizeable Muslim population. So for those wondering if they’ll be able to find mosques and prayer places in Perth, the answer is YES! There are a number of mosques in Perth and in its suburbs that are used by its local Muslim community as well as tourists, in addition to a plethora of great Halal restaurants. While many of these mosques and prayer rooms may not be large or fancy, they serve their purpose well. So, if you’re planning a trip to the city, finding prayer places in Perth shouldn’t be a worry at all for you with the help of our list!   1. Perth Mosque Picture Credit - www.beautifulmosque.com Perth mosque is not only the city’s oldest mosque - built in 1901 - but also its most popular one. Located in the city center, on one of its busiest streets, this mosque is not only frequented by local Muslims belonging to a plethora of nationalities, but also by tourists from around the world, due to its central location. The mosque hosts all five daily prayers and Jumu’ah prayers on Fridays as well as Eid prayers. It has separate prayer and wudhu sections for both males and females. Address: 427 William Street, Northbridge, Perth WA 6000, AustraliaOpening Times: During prayer timesContact: +61 8 9328 8535   2. Perth City Musallah / Murray Street Musallah Picture Credit - anggo frizman, maps.google.com Located in London Court, a popular shopping arcade in Perth’s CBD, the Murray Street Musallah is mostly visited by worshippers working in the vicinity, as well as shoppers who happen to be in the area during prayer times. The Musallah has an area for men and women, but it's only open for Dhuhr and Asr prayers, and it doesn't have wudhu facilities. Those wanting to use the room will have to Press #3 then speaker to open the door. Address: Suite No. 3 101 Murray Street, Perth 6000, AustraliaOpening Times: Open only during Dhuhr and Asr prayersContact: +61 414 134 945Website: www.perthcitymusallah.org.au Twitter   3. Masjid Ibrahim Picture Credit - www.masjidibrahim.com.au Masjid Ibrahim is a mosque located in Southern River, a suburb of Perth. The purpose-built mosque not only offers prayer and wudhu facilities for men and women, but also hosts a variety of religious and educational classes, from Tajweed and Fiqh to Hadith and Islamic history. Masjid Ibrahim is mainly frequented by the Muslims residing in the area, thus making it the ideal place to visit for those looking to learn more about the Muslim community there, whether Muslim or non-Muslim. Address: 1526 Leslie St. Southern River, WA, AustraliaOpening Times: Open throughout the dayContact: +61 412 785 919Website: www.masjidibrahim.com.au Twitter   4. Harbour Town Musallah Picture Credit - gopray.com.au Located at a well-known specialty shopping spot, the Watertown Brand Outlet Centre, the Harbour Town Musallah is a convenient spot for Muslims visiting the shopping centre there to pray. The prayer room can be found near the Centre’s Management Office and the Tourist Information Lounge near the car park. Address: Watertown Brand Outlet Centre, 840 Wellington Street, West Perth WA 6005, AustraliaOpening Times: Open at prayer timesContact: +61 8 9321 2282   5. Canning Mosque/ Queens Park Mosque/ Perth Mosque Queens Park Picture Credit - beautifulmosque.com The Queens Park Mosque, also known as the Turkish Suleymaniye Masjid of Canning is located in another of Perth’s suburbs, Queens Park. Serving the neighbourhood’s Muslim community, the masjid hosts the five daily prayers as well as Jumu’ah prayers on Fridays, and offers prayer and ablution facilities for men and women. It also hosts Islamic classes for children. Address: 239 Welshpool Road, Queens Park WA 6107, AustraliaOpening Times: Open at prayer timesContact: +61 8 9358 6539Website: http://canningmosque.com/    6. Rivervale Mosque & Islamic Centre Picture Credit - islammaps.com Located in Rivervale; another suburb of Perth, is the city’s second oldest metropolitan Mosque, the Rivervale Mosque. The beautiful mosque and Islamic centre hosts the five daily prayers, Jumu’ah prayers on Fridays, as well as Eid prayers. It has separate prayer and wudhu sections for men and women, and a variety of religious classes, such as tafseer classes, and even one for new Muslims interested in furthering their knowledge. Address: 9 Rowe Ave, Rivervale WA 6103, AustraliaOpening Times: Open throughout the dayContact: +61 8 9362 2210Website: www.islamiccouncilwa.com.au   7. Ar Rukun Mosque Picture Credit - www.islammaps.com Opened in 1998, Ar Rukun Mosque in Rockingham, south-west of the Perth city centre, serves the increasing number of Muslims settling down in Rockingham and neighbouring areas. It hosts the five daily prayers as well as Jumu’ah prayers on Fridays, and offers facilities for men and women alike. Address: 4 Attwood Way, Rockingham WA 6168, AustraliaOpening Times: Open throughout the dayContact: +61 8 9527 8633Website: www.ar-rukunmosque.org.au Facebook   Mosques near me in Perth Halal Restaurants near me in Perth While we’ve only listed out 7 mosques here, there are plenty of other prayer places within the city and its suburbs. To make finding them easier, why not install the Halaltrip mobile app?. The app will also allow you to find Halal restaurants in Perth, must-see attractions, and much more! So, download the app today and make your Halal trip to Australia a fabulous one!...



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