GMTI 2024: Top 10 Non-OIC Destinations You Must Visit

By HalalTrip | 10, Jul, 2024
 GMTI 2024: Top 10 Non-OIC Destinations You Must Visit

Several countries across the globe are striving to be more inclusive to diverse communities and religions. Recognising and understanding the importance of Muslim-friendly facilities and experiences, they cater to a key segment of the travel market. The Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2024 showcases a promising number of trends that accommodate faith-based travellers and positively redefine their travel experience. The report further highlights the unwavering support for Muslim tourists by meeting their needs efficiently. 

We covered the list of OIC destinations , now lets take a look at the non-OIC Destinations. This year's ranking indicates a positive trend in the performance of non-OIC destinations, with the average score of the top 20 increasing by over 6%. This improvement highlights the continuous efforts of these destinations to improve their attractiveness and services, catering to the preferences of Muslim travellers. Here are the top ten non-OIC destinations based on the GMTI 2024 report.

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Singapore stands out as the only non-OIC destination that has consistently maintained a position in the top 10 of the GMTI since its inception. This notable achievement emphasises Singapore’s resilience and its holistic approach to accommodating the needs of Muslim travellers. Known for its cosmopolitan allure, Singapore offers a wealth of attractions and activities for everyone to enjoy. From exploring the National Museum and Peranakan Museum to experiencing the modern marvels of Marina Bay and the serene beauty of MacRitchie Nature Trail and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, there's something for every interest. 

Singapore's vibrant atmosphere and inclusivity make it an inviting destination, complemented by numerous halal dining options and over 70 mosques—the major ones being Masjid Sultan, Masjid An-Nahdhah, Masjid Malabar, and Masjid Abdul Gaffoor—spread across the city. 


United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom has become one of the top destinations for Muslim travelers, with significant Muslim populations in cities like London, Birmingham, and Manchester. The UK offers a growing number of Muslim-friendly services, especially in urban centers where Halal food is widely accessible, including great Indian and Pakistani cuisine. London, in particular, is renowned for its diverse Halal food scene, ranging from street food to high-end dining. Must-see attractions in London include Buckingham Palace, St. James Park, the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, the River Thames, Tower Bridge, London Eye, the Natural History Museum, Hyde Park, and London Bridge.

Prayer facilities are also widely available, with major mosques including London Central Mosque, Cambridge Central Mosque, Green Lane Masjid, and Glasgow Central Mosque. The UK's appeal for faith-based travellers lies in its robust amenities and services for Muslims along with rich historical and cultural heritage, featuring splendid iconic landmarks, museums, castles, and scenic countryside.



Taiwan has rapidly climbed the ranks as a must-visit destination. This rise is thanks to its strategic promotional campaigns, improved Halal certification processes, and dedicated efforts to develop Muslim-friendly infrastructure. The country's commitment to safety and a welcoming environment is evident, making it a top choice for travellers. The bustling capital, Taipei, serves as a gateway to the island's rich tapestry of cultures, with several tourist attractions that cannot be missed. It has a variety of halal food options too. 

For wildlife lovers, Yangmingshan National Park is a paradise. Its lush landscapes and diverse flora and fauna provide a serene escape from urban life. History buffs, on the other hand, will find the National Palace Museum interesting. Housing a vast collection of Chinese art and artefacts, it offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. Taipei 101, once the tallest building in the world, offers stunning views of the cityscape. Sun Moon Lake, with its spectacular scenery, is ideal for a tranquil getaway. The Taroko Gorge, with its marble cliffs and winding trails, is a hiker’s dream. Don't miss the Maokong Gondola, which provides a scenic ride over tea plantations and rolling green hills, offering a unique perspective of Taiwan's natural beauty. 


Hong Kong

Hong Kong is rapidly becoming a favorite among Muslim travelers due to its increased focus on offering Muslim-friendly amenities. Hong Kong’s unique blend of a modern skyline, traditional markets, and lush landscapes provides a rich travel experience—from kids to adults, everyone is bound to be smitten by it. The city’s efforts to incorporate Muslim-friendly services make it especially appealing for travelers from Southeast Asia and the GCC. There are many muslim-friendly spots to visit when in Hong Kong but the must-visit spots include Victoria Peak for panoramic views, the bustling Ladies’ Market, and the serene Nan Lian Garden. Yes, yes, Hong Kong Disneyland too! 

The availability of Halal food in Hong Kong has significantly increased. Major international fast-food chains have obtained Halal certification, expanding dining options for Muslim visitors. This commitment to accommodating dietary needs highlights Hong Kong's dedication to creating a welcoming environment.


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Gorgeous beaches, majestic mountains, amazing food, thrilling water sports, budget-friendly accommodations as well as luxurious resorts, friendly people, and shopper’s delight—Thailand is a multifaceted destination. It lures visitors from around the globe every year. Thailand has actively catered to Muslim travellers by offering Halal food options; Bangkok, Phuket, and Krabi are renowned for their abundant Halal restaurants and street food, catering to diverse tastes. 

Thailand's natural beauty is a major draw, with must-visit spots including the stunning beaches of Phuket and Krabi, the pristine islands of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, the lush jungles and waterfalls of Khao Sok National Park, the scenic viewpoints of Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai, the turquoise waters and limestone cliffs of Railay Beach, and the picturesque Erawan Waterfalls in Kanchanaburi. These natural attractions offer die-hard nature fans opportunities for relaxation, adventure, and unforgettable experiences in Thailand's diverse landscapes.



Spain is actively enhancing its appeal as a Muslim-friendly destination, especially in regions like Andalusia, home to cities such as Malaga and Cordoba rich in Islamic heritage. Initiatives like developing Muslim visitor guides for Malaga, Andalusia, and Cordoba highlight Spain's commitment to welcoming Muslim travelers. 

Spain boasts a treasure trove of architecural marvels. Spain’s iconic sites like the Alhambra in Granada, the Alcazar of Seville, and the Plaza De Espana in Seville cannot be missed. Park Güell in Barcelona and La Viñuela in Malaga provide serene escapes. The Great Mosque of Cordoba is a testament to Spain's historical ties with Islam. Halal food options are plentiful in these regions. Exploring these landmarks and enjoying halal cuisine enriches the cultural experience, showcasing Spain's deep historical connections with Islamic civilization.



Georgia, a gem at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, warmly invites Muslim travellers with its friendly atmosphere and breathtaking landscapes. The GMTI 2024 report reveals that the country continues to show consistent efforts to simplify and streamline visa processes, making it easier for visitors to explore.

Must-visit places include the majestic Kazbegi, the ancient Narikala Fortress overlooking the capital, and the peaceful Batumi Mosque on the Black Sea coast. Explore the cave city of Vardzia, marvel at the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, and unwind in the picturesque surroundings of Lake Ritsa. Halal food options are available in major cities like Tbilisi and Batumi, ensuring Muslim travellers can enjoy delicious meals while immersing themselves in Georgia's rich traditions and warm hospitality.



Australia, a land of stunning natural beauty and vibrant cities, is an exciting destination for Muslim travellers. Whether you're exploring the bustling cities or the serene landscapes, Australia promises a memorable experience.

Must-visit places include the iconic Sydney Opera House, the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef, and the scenic Blue Mountains. Don't miss the vibrant Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne and the stunning beaches of the Gold Coast. For a touch of nature, visit Kakadu National Park. In major cities like Sydney and Melbourne, you'll find many mosques and Halal restaurants, making it easy to enjoy delicious meals while exploring. 



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Germany, with its rich history and modern allure, beckons Muslim travelers for an extraordinary journey. Its vibrant cities, stunning landscapes, and deep cultural roots promise an unforgettable adventure. With many mosques and Halal food options, Germany ensures a comfortable and enriching experience for Muslim visitors.

Explore the iconic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, marvel at the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle, and stroll through the historic streets of Heidelberg. Don't miss the beautiful Rhine Valley, the bustling Marienplatz in Munich, and the serene Black Forest. Cities like Berlin and Frankfurt boast numerous mosques and Halal restaurants, making it easy to enjoy your travels.



Ireland, with its lush landscapes and charming cities, is an enchanting destination for Muslim travelers. The country is not only stunning but also welcoming, offering mosques, Halal food options, and a friendly environment for Muslim women.

Must-visit places include the stunning Cliffs of Moher, offering breathtaking ocean views, and the vibrant streets of Dublin, home to historic Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Rock of Cashel provides a glimpse into Ireland’s medieval past, while the serene Killarney National Park, with its beautiful lakes and mountains is perfect for nature lovers. Don’t miss the ancient Giant’s Causeway with its unique rock formations. In cities like Cork and Dublin, you'll find mosques and Halal restaurants, ensuring a comfortable stay. Ireland’s blend of natural beauty, rich history, and warm hospitality makes it a must-visit for Muslim travelers. 


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