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  • Travel News Wrap: 9 November Week

    Singapore and Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble to start from 22 November Image Credit: Unknown Wong on Unsplash After much discussion between the two, Singapore and Hong Kong have decided to start the Air Travel Bubble for the residences of both territories. This air travel bubble will make traveling for leisure possible for the two territories. The Air Travel bubble is set to start from 22 November 2020 onwards. Travelers interested in traveling in this air travel bubble must travel using specific flights that have been designated for this air travel bubble. The flight numbers include SQ890, SQ891, CX734, and CX759. As of 22 November, the arrangement will be one flight a day capped with 200 passengers in the flights. However, starting from 7 December, when all the flights are active, the frequency will be increased to 2 flights a day into each territory, still capped at 200 passengers per flight. To be eligible to travel within this air travel bubble, passengers will have to have remained in Singapore or Hong Kong for the last 14 days, consecutively. Work Permit and S-Pass holders in the construction, marine shipyard or process sectors in Singapore will not be eligible for travel in this Air Travel Bubble.  Further safety measures are in place to cater to this air travel bubble, with COVID-19 tests required before departure from both territories. Please refer to the authorities for the latest and in-depth details on the Air Travel Bubble and the requirements for travel.   Australia plans to reopen its borders by Christmas 2020 Image Credit: Nicholas Doherty on Unsplash More options are surfacing in the world of travel as Australia has announced plans to reopen its borders for all states and territories by Christmas this year. After allowing travel with New Zealand a few weeks earlier, Australia is working on ways to allow for travel in and out of Australia this year. The Australian Government is looking to expand the travel bubble to include countries that they deem to have managed the spread of COVID-19 effectively. These countries are focused on the APAC region with the inclusion of; Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, China, and Japan.  Currently, there are no details or dates set in stone as to when the plans will be implemented but several news sources have reported that the negotiations between Australia and these countries are still in its infancy and are still said to be exploratory. Please refer to the authorities for the latest and in-depth details on the requirements for travel.   South Africa lifts some restrictions on International Travel Image Credit: Tim Johnson on Unsplash Recently announced, South Africa has also lifted travel bans for visitors from selected countries from the high-risk countries from the United Kingdom. However, Britain in particular is not in this list of selected countries. Even with the lift of the travel ban, there are still entry restrictions in place. These include Evidence of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken 72 hours prior to the departure to South Africa. The situation is somewhat complicated with the two nations as South Africa is still one of the United Kingdom's travel ban list. Currently, only essential travel is allowed for travelers from the United Kingdom to South Africa.   United Kingdom Quarantine List Update Image Credit: Susan Yin on Unsplash There have been some developments recently on the Quarantine List of the United Kingdom. Recently 8 destinations have been added to England's quarantine free corridor list. These destinations include Chile, Cambodia, Laos, UAE including Dubai, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Iceland, Bahrain, and Qatar.  In this same announcement, mainland Greece has also been removed from the safe travel list but the 5 Greek islands; Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos, and Kos is still under the safe travel list. Please refer to the authorities for the latest and in-depth details on the requirements for travel. Unrelated but... Check out The Halal Travel Podcast hosted by Hazirah, Nurul and Raudha as they talk candidly about travel, food, life and everything else in between and sometimes with awesome guests! Listen now! ...

  • Stay With The Mandela Rhodes Place Suite & Hotel When You're In Cape Town (& It's Muslim-Friendly!)

    If you have made plans to visit South Africa why not book a stay at the unique Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel. via GIPHY Located in the bustling capital of Cape Town, you are sure to enjoy a fun, relaxing, Muslim-friendly stay at the 4-star hotel. A mix of old and the new, incorporating modernity with historic buildings, its charm will make you want to extend your vacation. Keep reading to find out what they have to offer. About the Hotel Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel features contemporary design with elegant interiors and friendly staff. If you are a fan of architecture, you will find certain design elements fascinating, such as the Nelson Mandela statue that greets you in the lobby. Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The hotel is located within the heart of Cape Town’s cultural hub, allowing you to explore the city’s cultural heritage whilst living in luxury. The hotel offers apartments and suites instead of usual hotel rooms, ensuring your stay is personal and luxurious. The hotel is great for family trips; it is also the perfect honeymoon hotel destination in Cape Town. Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place Due to the hotel’s location, you will find many places to meet, eat out, shop and relax close to the hotel, you will also be able to visit cultural landmarks quite easily. Since Mandela Rhodes Place is a 5-star hotel, they provide free wireless WiFi, and undercover parking (charges apply). You will find the Hotel’s swimming pool on their rooftop terrace offering an almost classic rooftop view of the street and surrounding city-scape. The Suites Made up of 4 historic buildings that have been fully restored and integrated with one modern highrise, The Suites provide guests with elegant, contemporary one and two-bedroom apartments and suites. The hotel has a total of 40 rooms (suites and apartments). Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place Each apartment offers spacious rooms with minimalist but classic interior décor and furnishings, all apartments come with an open-plan lounge and equipped with a fully functional kitchen allowing guests to entertain, eat or simply relax whilst enjoying the urban landscape. The Studio Apartment Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The apartment is the smallest from the range, it measures up to 52m2 and comes with one large double bed. The room is priced at R1550 per night. The Superior Apartments feature a separate lounge and bedroom area, it is 67m2 in size and costs R1750 per night. The Deluxe Apartments are spacious and includes an open-plan kitchen and dining area, it is 78m2 and costs R2050 a night. The Platinum and Superior Apartments Platinum Apartment Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place If you are traveling with a large family or group of friends, opt for the two-bedroom Platinum and Superior Apartments. The platinum apartment features an entrance hall, separate lounging and dining areas, 2 bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a private balcony with amazing views of Cape Town. One bedroom includes 2 single beds and a queen-sized bed, whilst the other has two queen-sized beds. The apartment is 140m2 and costs R3050 a night. Superior Apartment Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The two-bedroom Superior Apartment is similar to the Platinum one but does not feature a hall and balcony. It has the same bedroom setup as the Platinum Apartment. The Superior Apartment is 110m2 and costs R2350 a night. All apartments feature the following amenities: Air conditioning Heating Flat-screen TV Satellite Channels DVD Player Telephone Wake Up Service / Alarm Clock Safety Deposit Box Desk Sofa Seating Area Dining Area Kitchen Refrigerator Microwave Oven Electric Kettle Toast Kitchenware Tea/Coffee Maker Washing Machine Ironing Facilities Hairdryer Linen & Towels Provided Complimentary Amenities (Soap, Body Wash, Conditioning Shampoo) Daily Housekeeping Service Laundry Facilities Room Service Cots Available on Request Also, note that the bathrooms are fitted with a bidet. Halal Services Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The best part about the hotel is that it is Muslim-friendly, and the staff has been trained on Muslim requirements. The Hotel also offers the following prayer facilities: prayer mats can be provided list of nearby mosques can be provided on request male and female prayer rooms can be made available on request prayer timetable available at front desk or room Mosques Cape Town is a multicultural city and you can easily find Mosques close to the hotel. Here’s a list of Mosques you can visit whilst in Cape Town: Noor El Hamdedia Mosque (1 min drive / 3 min walk) Palm Tree Mosque (2 min drive / 4 min walk) Auwal Masjid (3 min drive / 7 min walk) Nurul Islam Mosque (3 min drive / 6 min walk) Masjid Boorhaanol Mosque (4 min drive / 8 min walk) Halal Food Also Read: GOLD Restaurant | Seriously The Ultimate Halal Restaurant In Cape Town Food being an important part of any trip, you must be worried about being able to find Halal food. Cape Town has a variety of Halal restaurants and eateries which you can easily find through a quick Google search or on the Halal Trip app! There are Halal restaurants within walking distance from the hotel, and you will find more scattered around the city. You can even get a list of Halal restaurants from the front desk on request. Some of the restaurants closest to the Hotel are listed below: Mariam's Kitchen (2 min) Saray Restaurant (4 min) Bo-Kaap Kombuis (5 min) Gold Restaurant (6 min) Mesopotamia (5 min) Non-Halal Activities Hotel does not have a discotheque Hotel does not have a bar No adult TV channels in the room Hotel is not part of a gambling resort However, the hotel does serve alcohol. Tips & Bonus! via GIPHY Children under the age of 11 stay for free – check the website for more details. You can get 20% off if you are booking on the same day as your arrival, it excludes breakfast, is non-refundable and full payment is required. Contact the hotel for more details. Hotel rating: 4-Star Address: Cnr Wale & Burg Street, Cape Town, 8001Contact No.: +27 (0) 21 481 4000 (Tel) | +27 (0) 21 481 4001 (Fax) Website | Facebook | Instagram | Email  ...

  • GOLD Restaurant | Seriously The Ultimate Halal Restaurant In Cape Town

    Welcome to Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa.  via GIPHY Affectionately known for its beautiful Table Mountain landscape, the city has more than just its scenery to offer. Despite modernization, Cape Town still breathes its rich culture. This town is brimming with vibrant colors, traditional African music, festivals and the joyous laughter of its people. Experience the city's warmth through its impeccable local cuisines including the African and Cape Malay cuisine. Nestled in Cape Town’s Soho, Green Point, the GOLD Restaurant is the ultimate restaurant to visit when you’re in Cape Town. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, GOLD is all about bringing the African culture to life. From the delightful African and Cape Malay food spread to the bips and bops of African music, GOLD is set to give you the best dining experience possible. Seriously, we’re not kidding. Be greeted by the passionate staff of GOLD as they embrace your visit with African music. Dressed in traditional African garments, they will welcome you like royals. Get right in the mood and have your face painted to fully embrace the culture! Groove along to the Marimba Percussion and you might even learn a couple of moves from the performers themselves! What better way to embrace Central African music than to dance along with the locals. Don’t leave GOLD till you've experienced what it’s like to be behind the Djembe drum. Get yourself on stage and join the performance in an interactive Djembe drum session. Experience playing the West African traditional instrument first hand from locals themselves. Though this will come at an extra cost, it’s worth every penny. Image Credit: GOLD Restaurant on Facebook Next on the list is an elaborated play about an Archetype African Story that highlights human philosophy and traits. Get an exclusive peep into the authentic African culture and their history.  Then dive into the traditional Mali Puppetry show. In the past, the Mali Puppetry is a form of expression to tell the tales of sacrificing rituals of animals, however, after the influence of Islam, the cultural expression is now used to entertain and educate. Think it’s about time we talk about the food now! via GIPHY From Halal-certified meat or poultry to gluten-free or nut-free, vegetarian or vegan dishes, GOLD Restaurant has it all. With an overall 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor and an A Rating by CrescentRating, it’s not a surprise that GOLD Restaurant is ranked #19 amongst the thousands of restaurants in Cape Town. The restaurant also avoids using industrial materials in their kitchens and replace them with the colorful traditional pots. Soak in the full African tradition in a 14-dish tasting menu that can either be in an individual or shared portion. Listen up for the waitresses as they give a brief explanation of the dishes’ origin, seasonings, and cooking technique.  Travel through the cities of Africa by just indulging in the food, highlighting the cuisines from Kenya, Namibia, Morocco, Ethiopia, Zambia, Cameroon, and Zanzibar. Along with the impeccable range of cuisines, you’ll also get a taste of the Cape Malay Cuisine. A cuisine that was evolved back in the days when the Dutch East Indies, now commonly known as Indonesia, slaves by fusing English, Flemish, and Dutch recipes. The community of slaves that were brought by the Dutch to South Africa now called the Cape Malays. Must-Try! Casablanca Grilled Vegetable Cous Cous and Cape Malay Boeber If there is one word that would describe GOLD Restaurant, it'll definitely be Festive. Illuminate the Africa in you and don’t miss the chance to join in the vibrant, joyous, diverse culture and heritage of Africa.          Address: 15 Bennett Street, Green Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa Opening Hours: Daily 6.30PM to 11PMContact No.: +27 (0) 21 421 4653 (Tel) | +27 (0) 82 414 9663 (Cell)Cost: R395 for dinner and R99 for Djembe drumming session Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram ...

  • All You Need to Know Before Moving to a New Country

    People move overseas for various reasons - travel, work, studies or simply for a better lifestyle. Moving to a foreign land can be an amazing experience, yet a very daunting one as well. Prior to moving, there are many things that you should take into account such as the time spent on packing and cost of living.  To help ease your worries, here are a list of 5 tips that'll help you be fully prepared when you're moving abroad.   1. Housing Photo by Binyamin Mellish from Pexels The number one priority for anyone planning to migrate overseas is housing. Yes, this may seem troublesome to settle but it is the most essential step in your moving process. Rather than stay in an Airbnb apartment or hostel, you should opt for something more permanent. It's also important that you do thorough research on whether you would have access to necessities like water, electricity and the Internet. You should also take note of the steps in purchasing your new home such as having to sign a lease for which the first month of pay or or having to pay a security deposit up front. Remember to use reputable sites to check for houses up for rent. It would be an additional bonus if you seek your information from a local or someone from your hometown that has moved to the country which you're intending to move to. In addition to assisting you, they will be especially helpful in overcoming any language barriers which you may encounter during your move. On the other hand, you may also find suitable accomodation the old fashioned way, which is by getting in touch with a real estate agent, reading the Classified section on the newspaper or even by talking to an expat – their recommendations would be the best as you can get an idea of what you want and where to find the right housing based on their experiences.   2. Cost of living Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels The cost of living in a country is one of the most important factors that you should consider before moving to a new country. Some cities have a very high cost of living while others have a more affordable cost of living. It is so important that you do your research on which country is most suitable for you because a low cost of living may mean that the city may is not very well-developed and safe. A good way to approximate which cost of living is suitable for you is by basing it on your income. Real estate and food prices go up if the city is a capital. One tip I would give you is that you should find housing in the suburbs where cost of living is usually more affordable than places located near the centre of the city.   3. Job market Photo by Lukas from Pexels When you're deciding which country you're moving to, you should always make it a point to check the job market of the particular city that you're moving to and also base your decision on the type of job you're looking for. Be sure to do your thorough research on whether the country has well-developed industries and has jobs available for you. More so, you could also look into niche jobs, as some city job markets may be saturated. Always check if you have the right requirements and then apply for a job before leaving a country, so that at least you can feel at ease knowing you have your means of income secured.   4. Co-work and co-living spaces Photo by Visual Tag Mx from Pexels If you are someone who is always on the move and loves experiencing new things constantly, opting for a co-working and co-living space is best. A lot of digital nomads are going for this trend these days, where you live and work in the same place and meet other digital nomads and entrepreneurs. Some of the best places to stay at are Sun and Co in Spain, Mokrin House in Northern Serbia, Unsettled located at Barcelona, Tuscany, Bali and Cape town, Roam located at Tokyo, Miami, Bali and San Francisco.   5. Learn the language Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay  If the country you're moving to has a national language that you're unfamiliar with, it is best that you sign up for language classes so you ease your worries of encountering language barriers in your new country. Indeed, communication is essential when moving abroad and this will ensure that you don't feel alienated upon your arrival. Some countries may even require you to have a language qualification. Thus, you should do some background research on whether the visa you're applying for requires any sort of qualification.   All in all, these points should cover most of the essentials that you should take into account before moving abroad. Hopefully, these points will make you feel prepared and reduce your worries when you're moving. Good luck and have fun!...

  • 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!...



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