A Muslim's Guide to Mauritius's Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

By Amina Fukeerbucus | 16, Mar, 2018
A Muslim's Guide to Mauritius's Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

The Sir Seewoosagur International Airport of Mauritius is the only airport on the island. Managed by the ATOL company (Airport Terminal Operations Limited), the building accommodates up to 4 million passengers yearly. Having a very diversified clientele, the airport offers many services and facilities in order to ensure the well being of its passengers.

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Restaurants

The Sir Seewoosagur International Airport of Mauritius is equipped to welcome foreigners in the best possible way. As a great deal of Muslims visit the country all throughout the year, the airport has been renovated in order to meet the expectations of foreign Muslim tourists. Among the many facilities improved, food is one of the main concerns. Most of the restaurants are, however, not Halal, but offer vegetarian as well as vegan options.

1. Café LUX*

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Trademark of the Lux hotel, offers a plethora of sweet and sour menus, along with a wide selection of coffee and cold beverages. Ideal for a snack or tea time break, the Lux café also proposes a colorful variety of house-made flavoured ice-cream.

Cuisine: French / pastry
Location: Level 1, International Check-In Hall A, Near Gate 14
Website: http://www.cafelux.mu/ 

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2. Subway

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Renowned throughout the world, the American franchise can be found at the Airport of Mauritius. Though the menus are not halal, vegetarian options are offered to ensure the well-being of all customers, where they can choose from a wide variety of salads.

Cuisine: sandwich/ salads
Location: Level 1, International Departure, Boarding Area, Near Gate 25
Website: http://www.subway.com/en-mu/ 

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3. Paul

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The International French baking franchise outlet in the airport offers a broad dessert menu, including vegan and gluten-free products, as well as a varied selection of hot and cold beverages.

Cuisine: French / pastry
Location: Level 1, International Departure, Boarding Area, Between Gates 23 and 24
Website: http://www.paul-bakeries.com/en/

Prayer Room

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The airport has a prayer room, which is available for passengers to fulfill their religious duties.

Location: Level 1, International Departure, Boarding Area, Near Gate 22

 

Shopping

Several shopping outlets are present at the Airport, from bookstores to clothing outlets and souvenir shops, your shopping experience is promised to be unforgettable. Local crafts, as well as international brands, can be found in the different stores.

Mauritius Duty-free paradise

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The most common stores are the duty-free shops, which offer products at affordable prices. The Mauritius Duty-Free Paradise shops offer a large number of items at affordable prices. Shoppers can browse among clothing items, electronic gadgets as well as cosmetics and accessories. It's basically the one-stop-shop of the airport.

Location: Level 1, International Departure, Boarding Area, Main Walk-through Shop after Security / Level 0, Arrival, Baggage Reclaim Hall, Opposite Belt 5

 

Lounges

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With the renovations brought to the airport in 2013, two new lounges have been incorporated within the premises, where passengers can relax while waiting for their flight.

The Nénuphar lounge and the Amédée Maingard lounge offer a number of services to the passengers for a fixed tariff, which can be paid by cash or credit card. Passengers are welcomed into the lounge with Wi-Fi facilities, relaxation areas, as well as a number of local and international newspapers and magazines to keep them busy.

 

Banking Facilities

Banking facilities are provided to travellers from all around the world. With four different bank branches and five currency exchange service providers present on the grounds of the airport, passengers won't have any difficulty in converting their foreign currencies into local ones.

ATMs

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MCB
Location: Level 0, Tour Operators Parking (Left Wing), Near Gate 04

HSBC
Location: Level 0, Tour Operators Parking (Left Wing), Near Gate 04

SBM
Location: Level 0, Tour Operators Parking (Right Wing), Near Gate 07

 

Currency Exchange

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Change Express
Location: Level 0, Tour Operators Hall, Counter No 01

Thomas Cook
Location: Level 0, Tour Operators Hall, Counter No 0

MCB
Location:Level 00, Tour Operators Hall, Counter No 03

Shibani Finance
Location:Level 0, Tour Operators Hall, Counter No 04

SBM
Location:Level 0, Tour Operators Hall, Counter No 05

BA EXCHANGE
Location: Level 0, Tour Operators Hall, Counter No 06

Banque des Mascareignes
Location : Level 0, Tour Operators Hall ,Counter No 07

 

Medical Aid

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Besides the comfort and food services, the airport also has a medical unit which is present in the airport, situated at Level 1, International Departure, Boarding Area, after Security Control on the right.

Upon your arrival in Mauritius, you might feel a bit lost in the airport due to the huge crowd moving about, but signboards and air hostesses will ensure that you make your way safely to your hotel.

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