Rustic venue for Turkish coffees & light meals, with a traditional menu including kebabs & sweets.

Moscow, Russia



Rustic venue for Turkish coffees & light meals, with a traditional menu including kebabs & sweets.


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Cafe, Turkish, Middle Eastern

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ul. Maroseyka, 6/8 стр. 1, Moskva, Russia, 101000



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  • Why are These 10 Travel Destinations Unusual?

    Everyone wants to go to France, Maldives or the US for a vacation but if you would like to experience something slightly different from touristy destinations, we've collated quite a few amazing places that you could explore! Pristine, secluded beaches, historically rich cities, and a diverse range of terrains in one place – this list has got it all! Keep reading to find out what are the 10 most unusual travel destinations off the beaten path.   1. Red Beach, Panjin, China Credit: Wikipedia Yes, you read that right – Red Beach – also referred to as “ Red Carpet Beach” by locals. The Red Beach national corridor is one part of the Liaodong coastline extending for 118kms. It garners more than 2 million tourists annually, so why not be one of that 2 million and enjoy the absolute splendour of this magical landscape. The vibrant red colour is given by the seep weed which grows from summer to autumn. Panjin is a coastal town with a lot to offer to travellers – beautiful countryside, hot springs and ancient towns offer much for sight seeing and leisure. You can get to this scenic coastal town by a long distance bus. You can even take a train from Beijing to Panjin. There are a few halal restaurants within the province such as Ming Mings Dumplings, Yifeng Moslam park and many more. Check the China foreigners guide for more restaurants.   2. Popeye Village, Malta Credit: @popeyemalta on Facebook This fun, quirky town was originally a film set for the famed “Popey” Musical starring the ever wonderful Robin Williams. So, this should be one of the top destinations to visit on your list! Located next to the turquoise sea, this colourful town is for the young at heart, especially for all you Popeye the Sailor-man fans. The town hosts many events throughout the year and has many guided tours. You can find accommodation at Melliha, there are many hotels and getting from there to Popeye village is very easy, you could just walk the 2Km distance or take a bus from there. The bus routes tend to change in Malta so refer the Malta Transport website for all the information you need. There are many Halal restaurants scattered around the islands and it is very easy travel in Malta, since the islands are small and the distances aren’t that long. There are many Turkish restaurants and a few Indian restaurants which are Halal friendly.   3. Pamukkale, Turkey Credit: @Pamukkale.Hierapolis on Facebook Located in the picturesque southwest of Turkey, this pristine white locale is the stuff of dreams. From the white terraces to the crystalline green pools, Pamukkale, Turkeyis a dreamscape worth experiencing. Pamukkale translates to “Cotton Castle” and rightly so, it is also the home of the well preserved ancient Graeco-Roman city of Hieropolis. An all in one location with its travertine limestone formations, hot springs, ancient temples, bathouses and necropolis all rolled in to one, this is a definite once in a lifetime adventure you should take. Bathe in the beautiful warm pools like the Romans once did, and explore the remains of a once great spa city. The easiest way to get there is to board a flight from Istanbul to Denizli Cardak Airport, Turkish Airlines offers flights to Denizli. Denizli is 65km away from Pamukkale, you can opt for an airport shuttle, or you can get a bus from the Denizli bus station – the ride is 40mins. There are many hotels in the city that suit all budgets, as well as many Halal friendly restaurants in the area, so you can easily find food without having to worry about Halal authenticity. Some of the best restaurants are Mhemet’s Heaven, Cadde Grill House and Yildiz restaurant; you can do a quick Google search and find many Halal friendly restaurants easily.   4. Giethoorn, Netherlands Image by Michel van der Vegt from Pixabay Beautiful, serene, quiet, green, these are a few words that describe Giethoorn, a water village also referred to as ‘Dutch Venice’, however minus the crowds and commercialisation. It is an idyllic village setting, with fewer roads and more canals, most areas are not accessible by car – it is either by foot or by boat. The canals are lined with pretty, traditional Dutch thatched roofed houses and almost each house has their own boat, even the mail man uses a boat! It is best explored by joining a canal cruise or by opting for a guided tour with the help of local skippers. You can get to Giethoorn from Amsterdam in one and half hours if you are going by car, you can opt to hire a cab or rent a car and drive by yourself. There is no direct way you could get to the village by public transport, if you really want to however, you could get the train from Amsterdam to Steenwijk, and then catch a bus from Steenwijck to Giethoorn – this trip will take two hours. Accommodation wise, there are a number of hotels within the village, or you could even opt to stay just outside the village. It may be a little difficult to find Halal friendly places in this area, however, there are a few restaurants scattered around the Overjissel province where Giethoorn is located.   5. Socotra, Yemen Image by danielshimmin0 from Pixabay  An island that is a part of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, a surreal, alien landscape that is sure to leave you mesmerised. It was recognised by UNESCO as a world heriatage site in 2008, and is referred to as “the most alien looking place on Earth”. It is so isolated that it’s wildlife is unique to the island and have evolved to adapt to its dessert environment, it is home to a very distinct species of tree known as the Dragon’s Blood Tree, aptly named as it oozes blood red sap. The Bottle Tree is a quirky tree that looks like the foot of an elephant with pink flowers on the top, referred to as desert rose. The island has its own version of birds, such as the Socotra Sunbird, Socotra starling and Socotra grosbeak. The only native mammal on the island is the bat. It is best to book a tour to better explore the island and get more insight. You can reach the Island via Sanaa, the capital of Yemen; get a flight to the Sanaa Airport and from there a get flight to Socotra. You could even go for a direct flight to the island through the Arab Emirates, Felix Airways has scheduled flights from Sharjah to Socotra and back. Don’t expect luxurious resorts and hotels here, it is mostly eco-friendly and you will find five hotels, one eco lodge and many eco-camp sites. Since the island belongs to Yemen, their cuisine is mainly Halal, so you don’t have to worry about trying to find authentic Halal fare.   6. Taha’a, French Polynesia Credit: Tahaa Whilst Bora Bora garners most of the crowd, Taha’a is almost overlooked, but that doesn’t mean this flower shaped island has nothing to offer. If you are looking for a romantic escape or just a few days of pampering, Taha’a will definitely fulfil your dreams. A true island paradise with rolling hills, and valleys covered with banana, watermelon and coconut groves. It is the home of the world’s most priced Tahitian Vanilla, making up for 80% of the export from French Polynesia. The whole island is intoxicated by the scent of vanilla and will draw you in with its white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and absolute seclusion. The only way to access Taha’a is by boat from her sister island Raiatea. You will have to take a flight which may have stop overs at Paris, Auckland, or Los Angeles, from where you’ll fly to an airport closest to Taha’a depending on the airlines. There are many resorts and hotels to stay at in Taha’a, the more reputed hotels can be on the pricier end of the spectrum. It may be difficult to find Halal food in Taha’a, however, their cuisine mostly comprises of fruits of the sea and fruits of the land, therefore most of the food are Halal friendly.   7. Isle of Skye, Scotland Credit: @IsleofSkyeScotland on Facebook The mystical Isle of Skye which translates to “Cloud Island” from ancient Norse, it is the second largest of Scotland’s islands and the most beautiful! Magical and mysterious, the island boasts deep lochs, towering cliffs and moors, as well as incredible wildlife – a nature lovers dream! Rich in history and culture Skye is a great place to explore, with places like the Mealt Waterfall and Kilt Rock, the Old Man Storr, the Fairy Pools of Glenbrittle, Dinosaur footprints at Staffin Beach, Dunvegan Castle and many more. The closest airports are the Glasgow Airport and the Inverness Airport, from which you can opt to drive to Isle of Skye or take a bus. There is no railway on the island; instead it offers buses and local coaches. The island is full of quaint little cottages that you can rent out; some offer self catering whilst others offer bed and breakfast. The town of Portree is where most tourists stay at; it is the capital of the island and has many hotels, cafes and supermarkets. If you really want to experience Skye, then opt for camping. It is fairly easy to find Halal food in the Island as there is a population of Indians and Pakistanis who live there. They are quite a few good Indian and Pakistani restaurants, as well as some Bangladeshi ones.   8. Bagan, Myanmar Credit: @WonderBaganMyanmar on Facebook This Buddhist temple city was once the capital of an ancient Kingdom, however, now it is an important archaeological zone. Bagan is often compared to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and may even be a rival to Machu Pichu, however, this ancient city has a charm of its own. Witness the majesty of the golden stupas in the temple plain and catch the sunset over the Irrawaddy River. You can witness the beauty of Bagan by Hot Air ballon, the ancient city is a sight to behold 2000 feet up in the air. You can even get more close and personal by biking it on the ground, exercise and a view! Don’t forget to check a local market as well, and get as many souvenirs as you want, also add local festivals to your itinerary as you will be able to taste the best of Burmese hawker food. Flights arrive at the Nyaung-U Airport and it is a 10min taxi ride to Nyaung-U town centre, whilst it’s a 20 minute ride to Old Bagan or New Bagan. When travelling to Bagan it is advisable to go through a travel agent, as they will make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience. However, if you do want to travel independently, do a though search on travel requirements and hotels. The more luxurious hotels and resorts are located in Old Bagan, whilst more mid range and budget hotels are found in Nyaung-U and New Bagan. Nyaung-U is Bagan’s largest town, this is where you will find most of the restaurants and hotels, however, it tends to get quite crowded. There are few high end restaurants that serve Halal food, whilst other restaurants will be willing to serve Halal food on request. Most stalls or small restaurants may not have the regular Arabic Halal sign but instead will indicate the availability of Halal food by the number “786” (this is a substitute used within South Asia), therefore look for this sign when looking for Halal eateries.   9. Lake Baikal, Russia Credit: @baikalia on Facebook Known as the “Pearl of Siberia”, Lake Baikal is a crescent shaped lake which is a whopping 1637 metres deep and contains a fifth of the world’s water! It is the world’s deepest lake, and is bigger than Belgium. Due to these properties it has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Summer is the best time to visit Lake Baikal, you will be able to see its natural beauty in all its glory, with the lake’s clear blue waters, and the mountains. Some areas have remained the same since the ancient times – almost untouched or changed by weather. During the winter the lake turns into an expanse of powder white ice and snow, you can enjoy a fun dog sledge ride over its hard surface. You can get to Lake Baikal by flying to Moscow and then boarding a plane to Irkutsk which is 65km away from Lake Baikal or Ulan-Ude which is 150km away from the lake. If you want to have a more interesting journey, you can use the Trans-Siberian Railway and hop on a train from Moscow to Irkutsk which is 3 days, Beijing to Irkutsk which is 2 days, or the train from Vladivostok which is 2.5 days. After which you will have to board a bus from Irkutsk bus station to Lake Baikal, the journey takes 10mins. The best route to take is Mosco -Slyudyanka, it takes 4 days and you will be dropped off right at the shoreline of Lake Baikal. You can stay at the hotels and hostels located around the shoreline of the lake or even camp out or stay on a boat. Finding Halal food may be difficult especially if you are travelling by train; therefore it is better if you pack your own, like instant noodles and other small snacks. When booking a room make sure they provide a stove or small kitchen as you can prepare your own meals that way. You can get grocery shopping done at nearby cities like Irkutsk, which is just a 10min bus ride away from Lake Baikal.   10. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan Photo by Satoshi Hirayama from Pexels Located in Kyoto, the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is a must see place before you die, photographed multiple times, but you have to really be there to experience it’s green mystique. The bamboo grove is a great spot for a quiet walk or bike ride, rows of bamboo swaying in the light breeze is not a sight to be missed. Absolutely beautiful and pure, it should be a must visit when in Kyoto. The best way to get to Kyoto is by Kansai Airport, afterwards you can board a train to Arashiyama. You can use the Japan Railways, Keifuku Railways, or Hankyu Railways. There are many hotels and guest houses in Arashiyama, and they are available for every budget. There are quite a few Halal restaurants scattered around Arashiyama, as well as shops. You can find a full Halal menu at the Yoshiya restaurant just 10mins away from the Japan Railway Saga-Arashiyama train station. They introduced this Halal menu in 2018, and have served Japanese Halal food since.   Book your flight and pack your bags, your unusual adventure awaits you!...

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    Jorge Luis Borges said it right, “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” A library is a whole universe full of magic, wonder, hope, and happiness. Books take you into a different realm and drown you in a fantasy land from which you can never recover. As a book lover myself, I can tell the immense joy I feel when I enter a library and search through the countless aisles for the perfect adventure I'd embark on. Now, you dear readers and bibliophiles, I've got something more special for you. Let me show you the top destinations you need to visit that will definitely live up to your expectations. Ready? Escape... El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Bueno Aires Picture Credit: Tematika Ranked as one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world, El Ateneo Grand Splendid was a theater back in the 1920s which have been converted to a bookshop in the year 2000. Home to art and literature, the setting will surely lure you and make you feel like you've jumped into some magical dimension. Book and Bed, Tokyo Picture Credit: BOOK and BED TOKYO Facebook What a better place to read a book than in bed, right? Well, Book and Bed in Tokyo will definitely swoon you with its cozy atmosphere and books. And the best part of it? Book and Bed allow you to stay up all night long to read and dream of impossible worlds and adventures. And now, in order to accommodate more people and books, Book and Bed have opened in Kyoto and Fukuoka. Trinity College, Dublin Picture Credit: Alex Block on Unsplash If you're among those who are curious and want to unlock every secret of the world, then the Trinity College Library is where you need to go. Delve into the antique world full of mysteries, manuscripts, and archives. Its baroque style and very The Trinity college library will definitely seduce you with its voluminous collection of books displayed in a 200 feet long corridor. Livraria Lello et Irmao, Porto Portugal Picture Credit: Livraria Lello Facebook Potter-heads behold! You will now enter into the magical world you've been earnestly dreaming about. Livraria Lello et Irmao is believed to have inspired J.K.Rowling in writing her most famous book. Ranked among the most beautiful bookshops , the architecture and setting of the bookshop have played a crucial role in shaping some aspects of the magical world of the young wizard. Its unique architecture and its crimson twisting staircase will definitely give you the Harry Potter feels. Shakespeare and Company, Paris Picture Credit: Shakespeare and Company Facebook If you're a fan of Hamlet or Romeo & Juliet, this is the place to be. Launched in the 1920's, it was a meeting place for American writers. It's now been converted into a bookshop full of classical English books. You will get to enjoy the coziness of a small bookshop while feasting your eyes from the writings of great authors. Café Pushkin, Moscow Picture Credit: Cafe Pushkin If you've ever dreamt to marry The Beast and have his library, we have the solution. And you won't have to marry The Beast. Café Pushkin in Moscow is a baroque style mansion which welcomes its visitors into a world full of books and antique features that will make you travel back in time. Enjoy a steamy cup of coffee while reading a good book and enjoying the cozy atmosphere. The world of books and libraries will never cease to amaze bibliophiles. Next time you want to go on holidays , make sure you drop by these places and satisfy your book craving while feasting your eyes and mind from the aisles full of books and ceiling decked with the most elaborate paintings. Who knows... You might be the next J.K Rowling. You simply need a little bit of inspiration (:...

  • World Cup 2018: We've Got Just The Deets For Your Trip To Russia This Season Part 2

    Alright! So this is Part 2 of the Muslim Travel Guide to Russia. If you haven't seen the World Cup 2018: We've Got Just The Deets For Your Trip To Russia This Season Part 1 article, go check it out now! Then come back! 6. Rostov-on-Don Picture Credit: Rostov-on-don Guide 2018 What You Need To Know Rostov-on-Don is slightly warmer than the other cities so sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are advisable.  Sights To See Picture Credit: Pinterest H2O Aquapark is the biggest water park in the city and is definitely great value for money. In addition to pools and slides, they also have a spa area where you can have a fancy ethnic bath – Russian, Roman, Turkish, Austrian, Scandinavian, salt bath, and many more – as well as cafés to take a breather and get a shot of caffeine. KidBurg allows children a peek into the life of an adult by letting them try different professions all in one area. It piques their interest, gives them responsibility and lets them play at real life. They will be occupied for hours here! Don River rafting is a beautiful way to see the city and life around its banks as well as put those arms to work. There are a dozen rafting routes to choose from, the standard one taking 5 days. Before the journey, travellers will be assisted in picking their equipment and gear. Schepkinsky Forest is best explored on bicycle. It has a peaceful setting that lets you be one with nature, and if you’re lucky, you might spot some wildlife like wild ducks, pheasants, hares, foxes and wild boars.  Halal Food Country Chicken Picture Credit - Euro Gunzel Note that this restaurant seves beer. Cuisine: Fast food, burgers, chicken, wrapsAddress:Prospekt Siversa, 1А, Rostov, Rostovskaya oblast', Russia, 344082Operating Hours: 8AM to 10PM (Everyday)Contact: +7 918 513-51-35 Prayer Facilities Rostov-on-don Cathedral Mosque Picture Credit: Russia For Me Address: Russia, Rostov-on-Don, Furmanovskaya Ulitsa, 131Contact: 8(863)264-05-20, 8 (863) 264-31-11Website: Transportation Picture Credit: Railway Gazette Cabs, buses, marshrutkas and trolleybuses can take you from the airport around town, while buses and marshrutkas are your best bet around the city, the tram and trolleybus might be a cheaper option. You can also use the electric train to get about as it covers the entire city including the suburbs, with the exception of the northern side. 7. Kazan What You Need To Know Kazan is no stranger to international sports. The city has hosted four different international sporting events prior to FIFA. It is the perfect multi-ethnic pot housing Muslims, Christians and Jews in harmony. This compatibility attracts tourists to all the festivals celebrated here as the happiest city in Russia. Sights To See Kazan Kremlin is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a symbol of the city. Built in the 16th century on the ruins of a fortress, it houses the Kul Sharif mosque as well as the Christian Orthodox Annunciation Cathedral nearby. Immerse yourself in history taking in the Taynitskaya Towers, Museum of Islamic Cultural, the Governor’s and Artillery Courtyards, and the remains of the khan palace, mosque and tombs of the Kazan khans. The Kremlin also offers spectacular views of the rivers Volga and Kazanka. The Kul Sharif Mosque requires a visit in itself. Burnt to the ground in 1552, the new structure took eight years to build – from 1997 to 2005. It has a stunning structure and the monsque shows an insight into Islamic architecture. Not just a place to pray, the mosque also houses the Islamic Culture Museum. The Islamic Cultural Museum features the Islamic religion, going back more than 1000 years ago. Visitors are educated about the religion and women’s struggles in the area. Visitors are allowed to interact with the Holy Qur’an – especially the self-flipping one – which gives them more insight into the sacred text, and can see versions of the manuscript as well. Another place you should visit is the Suyumbike Tower. The tower is as iconic to Kazan as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris or the Tower of London. Ideal for families with children, the Kazan Circus and the Forsazh Karting Centre are two places you should definitely visit. The Kazan Circus is not just a circus, it is also a school for children who want to learn circus acts. Four of its alumni participate in Cirque du Soleil which speaks for itself when it comes to standard.   Halal Food SofraKebab (aka Kebabso) Picture Credit: Kebab Sofra Cuisine: TurkishAddress: Ul. Chistopol, 61 A, / tel. 203-34-34               Ul. Bauman 51 TC GUM (3rd floor) / tel. 248-69-55               Ul.Prospekt Pobedy 91 Shopping Center Yuzhny (2nd floor) / tel. 248-69-56               Ul. Etc. Yamasheva, d. 97 TC "XL" (4th floor) / tel. 239-36-16Contact: 203-34-34, 89274777481 Website: Vkontakte | Instagram Pizza House Picture Credit: Pizza Kazan Address: Russia, Kazan, prospekt Ibragimova, 61Contact: +7 (843) 212-22-10 / +7 (843) 523-47-77Website: Vkontakte | Instagram Roll-House Picture Credit: Halal Eda Address: Russia, Kazan, Gvardeyskaya ulitsa, 42Tel: +7 (927) 039-10-59, +7 (843) 258-58-18Website: Vkontakte | Instagram SushiShok Picture Credit: Sushi Shok Address: Chistopolskaya ulitsa 55, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, 420124Operating Hours: 10AM to 11PM Vkontakte Chak-Chak Picture Credit: The Global Hobos Cuisine: Tatar family cafeAddress: Bauman St, 7/10, Kazan, Respublika Tatarstan, Russia, 420111Tel.: +7 843 292-51-41Operating hours: 9AM to 9PM Tatarskaya Usabda Picture Credit: Deborah Norman Soprano Cuisine: Tatar and European cuisineAddress: Russia, Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan, ul. Shigabutdin Mardjani, 8Tel.: +7 (987) 225-04-33Operating hours: 11AM to 12AMWebsite: Vkontakte | Facebook | Instagram Dom Tatarskoi Kulinarii Picture Credit: House Of Tatar Cooking Cuisine: TatarAddress: Bauman St, 31/12, Kazan, Respublika Tatarstan, Russia, 420111Opening Hours: 11AM to 11PMTel. : +7 (843) 292-70-70 / +7 (987) 297-77-29Website: Vkontakte | Instagram Prayer Facilities Qolşärif Mosque Picture Credit: Photo by Daniil Silantev on Unsplash Kazan is home to the most mosques in a Russian city so you don’t have a problem when looking for a place to pray. Qolşärif Mosque was one of the largest mosques in Russia and Europe at the time of its construction. Äcem Mosque, Anniversary Mosque, Bornay Mosque, Bulgar Mosque, Iske Tash Mosque, Märcani Mosque, Nurulla Mosque and Sultan Mosque making it nine prayer places in total. Transportation Picture Credit: Rusmania You can take the bus or Aeroexpress train from one of the finest airports in Europe, but note that the Aeroexpress timings are rather far apart. The bus is the most convenient way to travel as it covers the entire city, but trolleybuses, electric trains, commuter trains and the tram are also options. You can also take a riverboat to get about or simply for sightseeing purposes. Anytime other than a Sunday evening is better as it is most crowded at that time. 8. Ekaterinburg Picture Credit: Audley Travel What You Need To Know Also known as Yekaterinburg, the city is known to produce rain frequently so carry an umbrella. It is named one of twelve ideal cities by UNESCO which perfectly mirrors its natural treasure trove of oil, gas, gold mines, and Europe’s largest emerald deposit. Downtown Ekaterinburg is surrounded by woodland parks that turn into forests at the edge of the city. Sights To See Picture Credit: Welcome 2018 Mayakovsky Central Park of Culture and Leisure hosts concerts and cuisine festivals in the summer, and has a railway for children and amusement rides to keep them busy. The scenic beauty makes for a lovely picnic spot. Kharitonov Garden Kharitonov Garden is a beautiful place to take a walk and appreciate nature. A pond lies at the centre of the garden with an artificial island in the middle of the pond, a suspension bridge connecting the garden to the island. A great place to stroll and take pictures to fill your Instagram feed! Dzerzhinsky Club Building or Urals History and Archaeology Museum is worth a visit even if you are not a fan of history. What is most appealing is the spiral staircase inside the building with its vertical windows that is built anti-clockwise and makes for great pictures. In the centre of the staircase from the roof is a five-point star that can be seen if you look up while climbing. Halal Food Café Zam Zam Address: Ekaterinburg, Avenue of Cosmonauts, 102к1Opening Hours: 8AM to 11PM Café at the Ramazan Mosque Address: Dimitrova street, 15, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk oblast, Russia, 620010Opening Hours: 10AM to 11PM Halal Café on the Minometchikov Address: Ulitsa Minometchikov, 1 korpus 1, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya oblast', Rossiya, 620050   Prayer Facilities Rahman Mosque Address: Prospekt Kosmonavtov, 182, Ekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk oblast, Russia, 620058 Mawlid Mosque Address: Voronezhskiy pereulok, 34, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk oblast, Russia, 620146 Ramadan Mosque Address: Dimitrova, 15, Yekaterinburg 620010, Russia Transportation Picture Credit: Pinterest The tram, trolleybus and bus routes cover the entire downtown area with only buses and marshrutkas reaching the outskirts. You can also use the electric train or metro to get about. 9. Sochi Picture Credit: Yachting Lifestyle 365 What You Need To Know Sochi is not just a city, but a whole region. Greater Sochi consists of mountains and coastal villages that lay by the sea, and due to the excellent infrastructure, connecting it to the rest of the region. Sochi has hosted plenty of summer and winter games in the past three years, allowing the city to develop beautifully. It also offers a range of gastronomical delights. Sights To See Agura Waterfall Picture Credit: Sochi If you’re looking for a peaceful trip, head to Sochi’s waterfalls. Agura Waterfall is the most popular, with Orekhovsky Waterfall and Zmeykovskiye Waterfall stunning beauties too. Sochi Park Picture Credit: Sochi Park Sochi Park is Russia’s version of Disneyland. Compared to international standards, it is pretty small, but according to Russian standards, it is fantastic. Children will be occupied with the rides offered. The fact that the Black Sea is 3 minutes away means you can enjoy a glorious sunset at the end. Sochi Discovery World Aquarium takes up 6000 square metres and holds up to 5 million litres of water spread across 30 aquariums. Take your family and yourselves to another world and discover the weird and wonderful things that share our planet. Halal restaurants Café Halal House Address: Ostrovskogo str, 27/2, Central SochiContact: 89181241919Opening Hours: 10AM to 2AM Café Uzgen Address: Street Makarenko, 32, Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, RussiaContact: 89631614309Opening Hours: 9AM to 12AM Café Lebanon House Address: Novaya Zarya str., 7, Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, RussiaContact: 89284597522Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM Humus  Address: Donskaya str, 3, SochiContact: +7-862-291-2425Opening Hours: 10AM to 11PM   Prayer Facilities Tkhagapsh Mosque  Picture Credit: Welcome 2018 Address: Rovnaya Ulitsa, 30, Tkhagapsh Village, Lazarevskoye District Transportation Picture Credit: Russian Rail High-speed electric trains, also called Lastochka trains, are the most affordable way to travel between the districts of Sochi quickly. Since they stop at major districts only, they might skip a few stops so be sure to enquire about that beforehand. Since there are no trolleybuses, tram or metro lines in Sochi due to the mountainous terrain, bus and marshrutka are the only way to get about. Since the marshrutkas follow a fixed route too, ask the driver if he can stop where you need to get off as it is not allowed to stop at some places. 10. Saint Petersburg What You Need To Know Saint Petersburg’s weather has a mind of its own, so even though the days are generally cooler in the summer, rains and wind are unpredictable. Come prepared with sunscreen, sunglasses, a jacket, umbrella, and shoes fit for the rain. The second largest city in Russia maintains a vintage look which makes it a delight to walk through, and is called the cultural capital of Russia with its plentiful offerings of art, history and more. It was also known to be the best destination for tourism in Europe in 2016, and its nearly 100 water bodies are just a tip of the iceberg of what Saint Petersburg has to offer. Sights To See Nevsky Prospekt Picture Credit: Saint Petersburg If you want to get a taste of Saint Petersburg, just stroll along Nevsky Prospekt. It is the main street of Saint Petersburg and was planned to be the beginning of the road to Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow. The hub of the city now, most of its life happens right off the Prospekt. People sporting the latest fashion, expensive cars, shopping stores, aged architecture, music and culture are all melded here to be enjoyed. State Russian Museum Picture Credit: Saint Petersburg Walking along the Nevsky Prospekt will give you an insight to Saint Petersburg’s history and bring you to many buildings that have remained that way for centuries. Kotomin House, Stroganov Palace which is now a branch of the Russian Museum, Mertens Trade House, St Peter’s School – also known as Petrischule – who had a famous architect and composer amongst its graduates, and the Meteorological Weather Pavilion are just some of the wonders. City Duma Tower was a five-tiered tower that was used as fire tower from the 18th century. Colour coded balloons would be hung on a metal frame fastened to its roof so that firefighters would know which parts of the city were on fire. Eliseyev Emporium was built in 1903 and has all its original fittings and interiors restored, with the detail in aging done to perfection. Walking into it is like walking into another era. Picture Credit: Welcome 2018 PitStop Chain of Go-Cart Clubs has four outlets in several districts in Saint Petersburg, while Grand Prix Carting Club is also a good option for your go-carting needs. Halal Food Teahouse Khan Address: Sofiyskaya Ulitsa, 54, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 192241Contact: +7 812 380-16-16Opening Hours: 8AM to 10PM (Mon-Thu), 9AM to 12AM (Fri-Sun) Obedov Address: 19 K 2 Kashirskoe sh 142, Moscow 115230, RussiaContact: +7 495 775-47-44 Khalal kafe Address: Tamanskaya St., 55V, Vozrozhdeniye, RussiaContact: +7 928 255-55-22Opening Hours: 9AM to 11.30PM Alo Teahouse Address: 52 neberezhnaya kanala Griboyedova, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia 190031Contact: +7 (952) 353 50 12Opening Hours: 24/7 Navruz Address: Leninskiy Ave., 125, St. Petersburg 198216, RussiaContact: +7 812 372-11-21  Brat Cafe Address: 31 Mytninskaya Ulitsa, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia 191144Contact: +7 (921) 977 33 77Opening Hours: 10AM to 12AM Café Bistro Address: 13 Malaya Balkanskaya Ulitsa, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia 192281Contact: +7 (812) 953 50 33Opening Hours: 11AM to 9PM   Prayer Facilities Saint Petersburg Mosque Saint Petersburg Mosque is the only mosque in the city. It was the largest mosque in Europe (not counting Turkey) when it opened in 1913, accommodating up to 5000 worshippers. It is a sight in itself with its beautiful architecture. Transportation Picture Credit: St Petersburg Smart Free Tour Metro stations in St Petersburg are clearly marked with an “M”. Announcements are made in Russian while stop signs are marked in Russian and English, so keep your eyes peeled if you take the metro. Marshrutkas can be taken to metro stations and stop on request. Buses, trolleybuses and trams run through the city and have clear designated stops. You can also call a cab to get about. It is safer to call a taxi or hire them through an app than to hail them off the street. Meteors are the form of river transport that is quite popular with locals and tourists. Boats leave every half hour during the high season and every hour during the low season. Tickets are cheaper when bought as a roundtrip. The bridges across the river open every night so keep that in mind if you are out late. The sight is spectacular, and you can take a boat to get across the river if you need to. 11. Moscow What You Need To Know Temperatures in Moscow differ greatly between day and night, so light clothing is advisable with layers for the night. Moscow is the largest city in Russia and the hub for many festivals, exhibitions and fairs to inspire people of all passions – as the capital should be. Sights To See Moscow Kremlin Picture Credit: ArchiGeek The Moscow Kremlin is the heart of the city and one of Russia’s main attractions. A Kremlin is a fortress where life was concentrated in centuries ago, which is why it is home to many historical sites. Explore the Kremlin and learn the history of this capital city. It is also currently the residence of the President of Russia, which is why the public does not have complete access to it. Tsar Bell Picture Credit: Sputnik News The Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon are two major tourist attractions even though the reason why Empress Anna Ioannovna ordered its making is unsure. The bell weighs 200 tonnes and is 6 metres high and took 18 months to make, in addition to the 2 years it took chisellers to carve a design onto it. Soon after, a big fire caused it to fall into the pit it was standing on and a large part to break off it, which is where it spent the next 100 years before engineers could figure out how to get it out. The bell and cannon are purely structures as their size makes it impossible for them to be used. The barrel of the cannon has a diameter of 4 feet, and the cannon balls seen next to it don’t actually fit inside. Halal Food Tajj Mahal Address: Ulitsa Arbat, 6/2, Moskva, Russia, 119019Contact: +7 495 107-91-70Opening Hours: 10AM to 5AM Bardak Address: ул. Маросейка, 6/8 стр. 1, Moskva, Russia, 101000Contact: +7 495 624-88-78Opening Hours: 12PM to 11AM Mister Livanets Address: Glinishchevskiy Pereulok, 3, Moskva, Russia, 125009Contact: +7 495 692-99-23Opening Hours: 12PM to 12AM (Sun-Thu), 12PM to 2AM (Fri-Sat) Farsi Address: Kutuzovsky Ave, 2/1, Moskva, Russia, 121248Contact: +7 499 243-20-20 Vai Me! Address: Мясницкая ул., 11, Moskva, Russia, 101000Contact: +7 495 646-02-20Opening Hours: 10AM to 11PM   Prayer Facilities Moscow Cathedral Mosque and Old Mosque Moscow are the two mosques in the city. Transportation Picture Credit: The Atlantic The Moscow Metro is organised into rings and lines to familiarise yourself with the route before hopping onto a train. Announcements are made in Russian and English to make it easier for tourists to get about. The Monorail is more like a landmark than an actual mode of transport, but you can use your same metro pass to transfer onto the monorail without having to pay extra, as it is a part of the metro. Commuter trains link the major cities or districts in Moscow, while buses, trolleybuses and trams are a better way of getting around in the city. The 2018 FIFA Russia World Cup makes it the best time to visit this vast country with its varying landscape and rich culture. Check out the World Cup ticket categories, book your tickets, plan a Muslim-friendly trip to Russia, and enjoy the season. The Muslim population in the country makes for a fairly easy Halal trip to Russia, especially with places like Moscow and Kazan, the latter having plenty of prayer places in Russia that you can locate. You might want to read up on basic cultural ethics and tourist phrases in the local dialect before you travel to Russia....

  • World Cup 2018: Here's Where You Can Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 At Almost No Cost At All In SG

    Once in 4 years, we get to witness the best in the world of football. Russia is hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup from the glory of Moscow bling city to dreary location that recalls Soviet days. Whether you are following your favourite team, rooting for favourite players or want to join the soccer crowd in an atmosphere other than a sports bar or a pub – we got it covered for you. Note that you may need to at least pay for a meal or drink if you choose to watch in a restaurant or coffee shop. 1. McDonald’s Picture Credit: Photo by Niver Vega on Unsplash Catch the live screening of FIFA World Cup at all 22 McDonald's outlets islandwide while enjoying the World Cup menu specials. Enjoy your dinner, supper or early dawn meal during the live games. Enjoy the game with some Sausage McMuffin, or even the new Chicken Pizza Kicks. Alternatively, if you are sharing a meal with friends, don't miss out on the Happy Sharing Box FIFA World Cup Edition. You'll get a whole box filled with 12 pieces of Chicken Pizza Kicks and 8 delightful pieces of McWings. Check out their website for franchise details. Website: 2. Enak Enak Hong Kong Tea House Picture Credit: Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash This Halal dim sum establishment in East Coast Park is not only open for 24 hours but also provide their customers with a free live screening of FIFA World Cup. If you don’t feel like dining, a dollar can buy you a cup of coffee, allowing you 'access' to join the football craze . No schedule available - simply pop by or call in for reservations. Address: 1202 East Coast Parkway, #01-01 East Coast Seafood Centre, 449881, SingaporeContact: 6876 5911Website: 3. OCBC Square - Singapore Sports Hub Picture Credit: Singapore Sports Hub The OCBC Square features Festival of Football (till 30th July) where most matches including all knockout stage matches as well as the final will be screened live on a mega 66sqm LED screen. Meet local football heroes, or simply soak up the live entertainment, music performances, and food stalls. Activities related to football will definitely keep you occupied. Plenty of Halal eateries in nearby Kallang Mall for your pre and post matches. Check out the screening schedule on the Facebook page. Address: Stadium Boulevard, Kallang, Singapore 271003Contact: 6653 8900Website: 4. The People Association – Community Centres Picture Credit: PA Frenz Facebook Unite as one at your nearest community centre because there are no excuses not to watch the matches when the 55 community clubs return this year to showcase the live screenings of 2018 FIFA World Cup. Updates on schedules can be referred to Facebook and Instagram (PAFrenz). Website: 5. SAFRA Country Clubs Picture Credit: SAFRA Facebook Head to one of the 6 SAFRA Country Club in Jurong, Mount Faber, Punggol, Tampines, Yishun, and Toa Payoh for free FIFA live screenings where you can enjoy the excitement - even if you are not a SAFRA member. For members, you will entitle for special seating upon registration, perks, and exclusive fan packs including prizes to be won for Football Bonanza Draw. Each registered member can bring up to 2 guests into the exclusive member’s area. Activities such as football carnival and clinics are added features you don’t want to miss. Plenty of Halal eatery in SAFRA country club for you to fill in the tummy pre or post matches. Refer to the website for the schedule of the games. Website: 6. Changi Airport Picture Credit:Changi Airport Facebook Be delighted with an interactive football experience as you watch the World Cup for free at the world’s best airport in a comfortable setting. For visitors, catch the live screening at the public area in Terminal 3, Departure Hall North (near Skytrain station to Terminal 1). Before each screening on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, if you guess the right winning team you can stand a chance to win Changi Gift Cards of up to $300 (or $1,000 at the finals!). Plenty of Halal outlets at Changi Airport where you can dine between 6 pm and 9 pm to redeem 2 hours of free parking. Check out the broadcast schedule on the website. Address: Airport BlvdContact: 6595 6868Website: 7. Downtown East Mall – Level 2, Event Square Picture Credit: APACTix Join the fun at Downtown East mall in Pasir Ris for free live screening. Come for the final match and redeem a $5 Downtown East voucher with every $30 spent. Wait, there’s more - the first 30 people to spend $30 at any F&B outlet will receive a limited edition World Cup Russian doll set. Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, 519599Contact: 6589 1688Website: 8. Velocity Novena Mall Picture Credit: Choo Yut Shing on Flickr From 26th July, Velocity Novena scheduled important matches where you can watch at the Wing Atrium (near New Balance). Check out their website for selected games screening. Address: 238 Thomson Road, 307683Contact: 6358 0700Website: 9. ION Orchard Picture Credit: CapitaLand Witness the Football Fiesta in the heart of Orchard Road this coming July. Not only you can watch the World Cup third-place and final match on the big screen, ION Station will also gather local fare of foodie delights for you to savour. On top of that, football fans are entertained by live soccer performances from the Urban Street Team, an international freestyle football team. Address: B4 ION Station, 2, Orchard Turn, 238801 SingaporeDate: From 13th July to 15th July 2018Website: 10. JCube Mall - Level 5, JStage Picture Credit: Bandwagon SG If you are in Jurong, head down to JCube to catch live screening of the third playoff and the finals. Free goodies bag (worth $30) could be yours if you are among the first 250 customers that day or you could also stand a chance to win iPhone X free giveaway when you catch the final game. Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731Date: From 14th July to 15th July 2018Website: 11. FIFA’s Digital Coverage Picture Credit: Be closer to action via FIFA’s Social Media platform and download the newly renovated FIFA app so you are not missing out on the exclusive update of your favourite team. The Live Blog also bring exclusive coverage for each match in real-time. Check out exciting competitions in Social Media – you could still win a ticket for the semi-finals and final. Website: 12. Stream your own World Cup live via Express VPN Option Now, we know this is not free but this is so worth a try! For 13 US dollars (equivalent to 18 Singapore dollars), you can purchase an express VPN that gives the option for cancellation within 30 days with no questions asked. With this VPN, you can stream live the 2018 World Cup for FREE on (i) BBC or ITV, or (ii) The World Game. This way, you can watch matches in the comfort of your own home. Website: Have a wonderful football World Cup season. Do share your favourite places to watch the FIFA World Cup for free in Singapore or if you have anything else to add to the list, we love to hear from you....

  • How To Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 On Malaysian Channels

    The 2018 World Cup in Russia presents a unique opportunity to visit the largest country on earth while it is in a celebratory mood, hosting the biggest sporting event on the planet. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is happening right now in Russia. The Russian cities and towns where the matches of FIFA World Cup 2018 will take place are St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhniy Novgorod, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Samara, Rostov-On-Don, Saransk. This is definitely the biggest sporting event of the year that should not to be missed! Malaysians, don't panic if you cannot be in Russia. We have made a list of free-to-air channels and the paid channels in Malaysia to watch the FIFA World Cup. There are two types of broadcasting rights for the tournament – Free-To-Air rights or FTA and Pay TV. Astro, as the official broadcaster, is taking it to the next level, bringing World Cup experience on all screens and in VR. Free-to-Air (FTA) Picture Credit: Wikipedia FTA rights are given to TV networks, such as RTM. Malaysians can watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup for free on Malaysia RTM Mobile App – RTM Mobile App Fixtures, Schedule, Matches And Timing.  RTM will broadcast 41 out of 64 matches for free. 27 matches will be shown live while 14 matches will be delayed. If you’re not near a TV, you can also watch the World Cup live on your smartphone without any paid subscription. Here’s all you need to do. Head over to Google Play or the App Store and download the free RTM Mobile app. Once the download is complete, fire up the app and click on TV2. The stream quality is not bad and it can go up to HD 720p resolution. No registration is required and you can tune in to TV1 or TV2 immediately to start watching. Pay TV Picture Credit: Wikipedia Pay TV operator Astro, meanwhile, has obtained the full broadcasting rights from football governing body FIFA, allowing it to air all 64 matches live. It is also offering the broadcast both in standard and high definition resolutions, and there’s even a standalone app that lets you watch the matches in virtual reality with the Stadium Astro VR app – the first time Astro has done so for the World Cup. Astro customers who are already subscribed to the Sports Pack, SuperPack, or SuperPack Plus packages will automatically get access to the dedicated World Cup 2018 channels for free. Other Astro subscribers and NJOI prepaid customers can purchase the World Cup Channel Pass for RM100. Finally, non-Astro customers can purchase this pass for RM120, and can watch the matches via Astro GO, which can be accessed via its website and its Android and iOS apps. On top of that, Astro provides accurate real-time match team stats and results directly from FIFA If you are a Maxis or Hotlink subscriber, it makes perfect sense to purchase these passes compared to buying a World Cup Channel Pass from Astro, which costs RM100 for non-Sports Pack customers and RM120 for non-Astro subscribers. Astro's World Cup Channel Pass offers 24-hour access to its dedicated World Cup 2018 channels, which airs highlights and other exclusive content in between matches. Details of Passes for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Astro GO: World Cup Channel Pass RM100(Astro)RM120(Non-Astro)              Enjoy all 64 LIVE matches on Astro GO via two dedicated FIFA World Cup channels. Knockout Stage Pass RM30 Watch all matches in the Round of 16, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals, 3rd Place Match and Finals Group Pass RM24 Gain access to LIVE matches of one selected Group Match Pass RM6 Pass to watch one LIVE match   Watch with a crowd If the idea of sitting in your living room hearing yourself cheer does not sound like much fun, check out mamak shops or even your favorite restaurant may be showing the World Cup matches on TV (sometimes on the big screen!) for football fans. Different football fans have different ways of enjoying the beautiful game. With the many options available, and thanks to the generous contribution of sponsors, all Malaysians will be able to enjoy World Cup 2018.​...

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