This internationally known fast food restaurant serves up the most delicious and unique burgers, drinks and desserts for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This KFC outlet, located in Muscat, Oman is perfect for Muslims, since the food served is entirely Halal. ...more

Muscat, Oman



This internationally known fast food restaurant serves up the most
delicious and unique burgers, drinks and desserts for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This KFC outlet, located in Muscat, Oman is perfect for Muslims, since the food served is entirely Halal.


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  • Middle East | 6 Countries That'll Instantly Make You Not Want To Leave

    When it comes to Muslim-friendly destinations, there is no area more perfect than the Middle Eastern region, and the growing popularity of travelling to the Middle East makes it much easier for halal travel. Countries that are ruled by Muslim monarchs translates to abundant Muslim-friendly services like halal food, places to pray, and even segregation in areas like water parks, the metro, and public buses. It means that even though Middle Eastern destinations comprise of a large expat population, they are used to Islamic culture and attire, and religious biases are practically non-existent. If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday with little stress and more spontaneity, check out these top 6 Middle Eastern countries (in no particular order) that you should visit: 1) United Arab Emirates When it comes to where to travel in the Middle East, this is a no-brainer, as far as tourist destinations go, Dubai is on the map. But the UAE has made sure that the rest of the Emirates step up their game as well, and every place has something to offer. Whether it is living the fast life, big entertainment, touring the best mosques, or discovering Arab culture, UAE has it all. Attractions Abu Dhabi: Ferrari World, Yas Water WorldDubai: Wild Wadi, Ski Dubai, Sky Dive, Parasailing, Desert SafariAl Ain: Jabal al HafeetHatta: Hatta Kayak Must-Visit Architecture Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Zayed mosque; Dubai: Burj Khalifa, Burj al Arab, Atlantis, Bastakia in Bur Dubai, Souq;Sharjah: Blue Souq; Ras Al Khaimah: Al Jazirat Al Hamra (a spooky abandoned village rumoured to be haunted, it is also known as Ghost Town. It dates back to the 14th century and is a must-visit for history buffs and anyone who has wanted to visit the set of a horror movie); Fujairah: Al Bidyah Mosque (the oldest mosque in the UAE, built in 1446) Getting around Dubai with public transport is fairly easy thanks to the Dubai Metro. The cabin after Gold Class is ladies only, as well as the front section on public buses. Similarly, Wild Wadi has ladies night in the summer, and Jabal al Hafeet has segregated hot spring areas that you can bathe in. With masjids, every few feet or so, and prayer rooms in the malls, praying while you’re on the move is not an issue. Make the most of the halal food cuisine with every country’s food imaginable. All restaurants are halal certified (only hotel buffets might serve pork), so eating out is a breeze! UAE is considered to be a pricey destination, and that is true if you want to splurge on the big entertainment venues like theme parks and adventure sports. You can balance it out, however, by going to the beach, roaming around the souqs, taking a ride in the abra at the Creek which is the cheapest ride you’ll ever get in the country, and taking the time to soak up the culture. You can find cheaper accommodations as compared to the hotels like furnished apartments, and thanks to the Dubai Metro, you are connected to the rest of the city. 2) Saudi Arabia  We know that Saudi Arabia isn’t really known as a tourist destination – just one for Hajj and Umrah. Some people just go for the pilgrimage, while others take tour packages that show them the sites of Islamic history. Even though that is what Saudi is most famous for, it does have more to offer than just that. Attractions If you are in the vicinity of Makkah and Madinah, then you’re in the vicinity of Islamic historic sites. The battlefields of Badr and Uhud, the first masjid ever built there, Masjid Qiblatayn – the masjid with the two qiblahs, and so much more. If you are at all interested in Islamic history, it pays to put an image to the names. Durrat Al Arous Island north of Jeddah houses Albatoul Marine which is a fun place for adventure sports. Flyboarding is bit pricey here, but worth it if you’ve ever wanted to walk – no, fly – on water! Water jets are attached to your boots and up you go! Must-Visit Architecture Without a doubt, the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah and Masjid an-Nabawi in Madinah are mandatory. Not just because they are spectacular and places of such peace and tranquillity despite the hustle and bustle, but because they are also home to great reward. Any prayer offered here is multiplied immensely. Credit: Wikipedia Muslims visiting Saudi rarely leave without visiting one of these sites. What most people don’t make it to are the Madain Saleh and sites. Jubbah and Shuwaymus are the areas with rock carving show that there that is so much more to Saudi Arabian history that is yet to be explored. The carvings are in a different language and depict what life was like in those days, much like hieroglyphics. Madain Saleh is not just for history buffs. These fascinating structures built so many thousands of years ago still stand today, attesting to an era long gone but not entirely forgotten. The area used to have fresh water that attracted many settlers who then carved out structures. Today, it is completely dry but the buildings still stand. As with countries in the Middle East, certain attractions can be rather pricey. But when it comes to history, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. 3) Qatar  Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world, and its lifestyle reflects that. Just step into the airport and you are surrounded by brand names and items that seem like they belong in a dream. Despite all this modernity though, Qatar still maintains its heritage, and it is one of the best places to visit. Attractions Credit: Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara on Facebook Banana Island Resort by Anantara is truly a paradise. Even if you’re not staying at the luxury hotel, you can still enjoy the premises. Its tropical flora makes you forget you’re in the Middle East, and you are treated to a range of cuisines. Make the most of the beach and sea, go bowling or take a Segway ride on this almost-private island. Credit: Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) on Facebook In complete contrast is the Museum of Islamic Arts which houses the largest Islamic art collection in the world. Curated from three different continents, Qatar is proud of this gem not only because of what is within but because the structure itself is magnificent, designed by the architect of the Louvre Pyramid. On its own island with a palm-tree lined entrance, set amid a vast landscape and an impeccable view across the water, this place is worth the visit. Credit: Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) on Facebook There are guided tours in English and Arabic every Thursday at 2pm of the permanent collection housed on two floors. Unlike other museums, the Museum of Islamic Arts is organised in such a way that you get a feel of what Islamic art is truly like through the homogeneity of a single print used across various medium. Visitors are requested to avoid strappy and short clothing and you might be restricted from entering. Must-Visit Architecture While some prefer the air-conditioned climate of malls, others would rather take in the culture while roaming the souqs. Souq Waqif is one such place that you should not miss. Contradicting the high-end fashion and attire visible in the malls, the streets are where you get a taste of what Qatar is really like. Vibrant in its sights, smells and feels, Souq Waqif has beautiful traditional bukhoor, spices, and embroidered clothing. Credit: Katara It is also a testament to history as it is where Bedouins would come to trade their essentials too. Katara Cultural Village is a beautiful man-made location to soak up more heritage. From the architecture to the Greek-Islamic style amphitheatre, people flock there in the evenings when the weather gets cooler to enjoy the outdoors. There are restaurants, mosques, and a beach right with water sports and inflatable play complexes, making it the perfect family spot. Qatar is known to be a pricey location but the country is also very hospitable. If you want to live in the lap of luxury for a few days, this is the place for you. 4) Oman  Even though Oman is in the Middle East – and generally what comes to mind when one thinks of ‘Middle East’ is ‘desert’, Oman is one of the few countries that actually has a tropical oasis region. Laidback and serene, the country has plenty to offer tourists. Since a slice of Oman juts into the UAE, many residents of UAE take the opportunity on long weekends or holidays to avail the natural sites available. However, if you decide to stay there exclusively, there is so much more that you can do. Attractions As always, souqs are part of the Middle Eastern charm and Muttrah Souq is no exception. Go there to get your fix of gahwah or Arabic coffee, bargain for souvenirs, or simply to enjoy the feel of being in an Arab country. The beaches of Musandam are one of the areas that you will find people on day trips as it is separated from Oman by a piece of UAE land. Pristine white sands and clear blue waters make this a hot tourist spot. Credit: Richard Bartz on Wikipedia Oman believes in conserving their land and natural resources and this is evident at Ras al Jinz, a natural reserve for endangered green turtles, located on the east coast. Visitors can observe them laying their eggs, and even catch them hatching and returning to the sea. Wadi Bani Khalid is one of those areas that are striking and green as it has a spring that keeps running year round. Add those palm trees to the shades of red that the rocks are made of, and you have a very Instagrammable location. #prettyasapicture #nofilter Credit: Philipp Weigell on Wikipedia Salalah is the vacation spot inside your holiday. Tropical, cool and like a world of its own, this is a must-visit. If you want your holiday to include a bit of a workout, be sure to head to Jabal al Akhdar. Translating to The Green Mountain, it gets its name from the greenery spattered across it, but it is well known for its hiking trails. Another great spot is Jabal ash-Shams, or Mountain of the Sun, so called as it is believed to be the first point that the sun touches when it rises. It is the highest peak in the region and has some great views. Majlis al Jinn is for the rock climbers out there as it has the second largest cave chamber in the world. The Bimmah Sinkhole is a natural phenomenon caused by limestone that eroded below the surface leaving a spectacularly blue-green pool for swimming. Must-Visit Architecture Credit: World Architecture Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque has to be one of the staples on your list of sights to see. This Grand Mosque is one of the chain of Sultan Qaboos mosques built around the world. The high arches, golden domes, engraved walls and a beautiful interior should not be missed. The Royal Opera House sounds like it belongs in England, but this one is in Oman. Besides the various international performances that the venue is used for, you can tour the location that resembles a palace. Oman is like one of those shy kids standing in the back; only when you decide to look further do you realise the gems it has to offer. 5) Kuwait  Kuwait may not be a tourist hotspot, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t waiting to be explored. Like the UAE, Kuwait is known for its modernity and high rise buildings, but they also keep a strong hold on their roots and culture. Kuwait is one of the smaller Middle Eastern countries, but it is worth the trip. When travelling around the GCC, what is striking is that, even though they all appear to be the same on the outside, different aspects of heritage and culture stand out when you dig deep. Attractions Housing an Imax cinema, aquarium, dhow harbour, and a discovery palace, The Scientific Centre is the best place to take kids. The floor-to-ceiling shark and ray tanks are incredible to see, and getting your hands dirty in the Discovery Palace allows kids to get lost in the wonder of science. Credit: @aquaparkq8 on Instagram In addition to viewing the different regions present in the aquarium – the desert, coastal edge, and sea zone – you can also dive with sharks if you have a valid diving licence. The age for diving is 14 years and older. If you don’t want to swim with sharks, no problem! Head to Aqua Park, a major water theme park in Kuwait. Whether you are a child or an adult, Aqua Park has something for everyone. Fancy lazing around? Grab a tube and float on the Lazy River. Want an adrenalin shot? Try the Boomerango. There are cafes and restaurants inside the park which are all halal, but as food can be a bit pricey, take at least a bottle of water with you. Tuesdays are now reserved for ladies’ day, but even if you go with the family, there are separate changing areas for men and women and separate prayer areas. Bikinis are not allowed. Credit: Mirror House The Mirror House is definitely a must-see as, even though it is an art display, it is more like art in action. You will not be bored. Each room is explained by the Italian-Kuwaiti artist and took around 40 years to complete. Yes, 40 years! It better be good! With visual effect and getting the visitors to interact with the art, this is one thing you have to experience to understand. Falaika Island is where you can see true history. Take a ferry to the island that is now an open-air museum, depicting the war. Must-Visit Architecture As with all the Gulf countries, the local Grand Mosque is a must-visit. The architecture is unique to the country and its history, and Kuwait’s Grand Mosque is no exception. With the hustle and bustle of the city, head here to admire the structure and bask in the tranquility. Kuwait Towers are also an iconic part of the city. With a viewing platform and a restaurant, you can grab a bite while you cast your glance of a view over almost the entire country. Tareq Rajab Museum is another standout location to visit. Housing some of the most beautiful pieces in history – think jewels and garments fit for a princess – the collection of Arabic manuscripts is what rocks it to international standards. Mercifully, while the rest of the museum was being looted by Iraqi soldiers during the war, this area was left untouched thanks to the quick thinking of the local guards. The Kuwaiti Dinar is one of the strongest currencies in the world, so don’t be fooled by the small numbers. 6) Bahrain  If you’re looking for a totally laidback holiday, Bahrain is the place to go. As a small country that mostly keeps to itself, Bahrain isn’t on the map as a tourist destination. There are plenty of low-key things you can keep yourself occupied with though, so if this is you, keep reading. Attractions Camping in the desert might seem like a risky move – “What about the snakes and scorpions?” – but wait till you see the level of camping. With proper toilets, plasma TVs, and food in your tents, just think of it as a relocation of your hotel room. Camping is open from October 15th to March 31st. Head to Hawar Island off the coast of Qatar to bask in nature. It is a protected wildlife reserve that is under Qatar as well, and a beautiful place to get away from desert life. Explore the souqs for your regular souvenirs. Just walking around the souq will expose you to items that you wouldn’t even have thought of getting. The biggest thing that Bahrain is known for is hosting the Grand Prix, so be sure to time your holiday around then and grab some tickets! You can’t leave Bahrain without taking an authentic souvenir for yourself, and what better way to do that than to go pearl diving? If you’re finding it hard to decide between buying traditional keepsakes and regular ones, you can take your time exploring Al Jasra Handicraft Centre with displays work by local artisans, or going across to the Capital Mall. Must-Visit Architecture Were you expecting to visit a mosque? Don’t miss Al Fateh Grand Mosque! Muslims and non-Muslims alike are allowed to tour the impressive mosque on Open Day. Qal’at al Bahrain is the 16th century remains of a Bahrain or Portuguese fort that is free to look around. Going back in time a hundred years is the Arad Fort, a 15th century fort that initially guarded its own island before being joined to Muharraq Island. It differs from Qal’at al Bahrain by its Islamic architecture, as it was built before the Portuguese invaded Bahrain. The currency in Bahrain is also pretty strong compared to the other Gulf countries, so the prices can seem a bit steep at times. With the few things there are to do in Bahrain though, we think a few days is enough time to visit....

  • 8 Must-Visit Mosques in Singapore

    Singapore is melting pot of different people, cultures, religions, and races. But at the same time, each of them is allowed the freedom to maintain their individuality and to practice their religion without prejudice. This is what makes it one of the best places to live and travel, and what gives you a long list of what to do and see in Singapore.   Singapore is home to many gorgeous and iconic mosques, some have been around for centuries (and have been gazetted as national monuments) and some are brand new. Some hold a piece of history in place while others depict the beauty of modern architecture blended into culture and tradition. Either way. It is fascinating to visit them! Credits -   Here are 8 must-visit mosques in Singapore:   1. Sultan Mosque   Address: 3, Muscat Street, Singapore 198833. Phone: +65 6293 4405   How to Get There: Bus Services: 2, 7, 12, 32, 33, 51, 61, 62, 63, 80, 133, 145, 190, 197, 603, 851, 960, 961, 980 Nearest MRT Station: Bugis (EW12)   Masjid Sultan is a national monument and one of the first mosques to be built in Singapore (in 1824, during the colonial era). This iconic mosque has to be on top of your list of what to do and see in Singapore because it is a landmark, literally and figuratively. It is located in Central Singapore, which makes this one of the easy to locate mosques in Singapore. Check out the onion domes decorated with glass bottle ends (donated by the poor so the mosque will have a piece of them). They also have informative guided tours.   2. Masjid Hajjah Fatimah     Address: 4001 Beach Rd, Singapore 199584. Phone: +65 6297 2774   How to Get There: Bus Services: 7, 32, 51, 61, 63, 80, 82, 100, 107, 107X, 145, 197,  603, 851, 961, 980 Nearest MRT Station: Lavender (EW11)   Masjid Hajjah Fathima was constructed in 1846 using the funds donated by a wealthy lady, who ultimately ended up giving the mosque her name. The mosque was designed by colonial architect J.T. Thomson and bears a distinctive style of local and European architecture blended. If you're looking for nearby places to pray in the Central district, this charming mosque is a great place to pay a visit to.   3. Masjid Yusof Ishak   Picture Credit -   Address: 10 Woodlands Drive 17, Singapore 737740. Phone: +65 6893 0093   How To Get There: Nearest Bus Station: Bus Stop 46969, 46961, 47501, 46979. Nearest MRT Station: Admiralty (NS10)   As one of Singapore's newest mosques, Masjid Yusof Ishak – which only opened its doors in April of this year – is a gorgeous masterpiece of architecture. It blends the nuances of traditional mosques, elements of Nusantara heritage, and modern styling. It is named after Singapore's first president and uses influences from his own private residences as well as his favourite things, like Orchids carved onto the teak mimbar. The mosque has a capacity to host 4,500 people, and also houses an auditorium, a conference room, a roof terrace, seminar rooms, and a multipurpose hall. If you're looking for where to pray in Singapore, a visit to this brand-new mosque is well worth it!   4. Masjid Abdul Gaffoor   Picture Credit -   Address: 41 Dunlop St, Singapore 209369. Phone: +65 6295 4209   How To Get There: Bus Services: 64, 65, 67, 81, 85, 97, 103, 111, 130, 139, 857, 960, 980 Nearest MRT Station: Bugis (EW12)   This mosque is located in the area called “Little India” and was originally built as a prayer place in Singapore for South Indian businessman in the year 1846. In 1903, Shaik Abdul Gaffoor began the construction of a new mosque in the same area. Meanwhile, the old mosque was demolished. It later went through a major renovation in 2003, after being made a national monument in 1979. Even today, it continues to serve many South Indian Muslims, conducting madrasah services for children and frequent sermons in Tamil. You can also take a guided tour through the mosque to learn more about it.   5. Masjid Darul Aman Picture Credit -   Address: 1, Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419493. Phone: +65 6744 5544   How To Get There: Bus Services: 2, 7, 13, 15, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30, 51, 55, 61, 67,  93, 94, 154, 155, 352, 385, 853, 854 Nearest MRT Station: Eunos (EW7)   Masjid Darul Aman, built in 1986, is a must-visit mosque in Singapore because it is one of the best examples of Malay architecture and tropical architecture, making it one of the most unique mosques in Singapore. With roofs pitched high, a central hall with exposed roof beams, and minarets that are almost square in shape, it resembles buildings found in the Malay archipelago. It was, in fact, nominated for the prestigious Aga Khan Award in 1989 because of its authenticity.   6. Masjid An-Nahdhah Picture Credit -   Address: 9A Bishan Street 14, Singapore 579786. Phone: 6354 3138   How To Get There: Bus Services: 53 and 410 Nearest MRT Station: Bishan MRT Station   Located in Biswan, this mosque was inaugurated in 2006 and has the ability to accommodate over 4000 people. Masjid An-Nahdhah is said to be a “new generation mosque” that caters to “the religious and spiritual needs of the Muslim community”. The mosque building also houses MUIS's (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura – the governing body of all mosques in Singapore) Harmony Center that includes exhibits, artefacts and information, where visitors can learn about Islam and the Muslim community in Singapore. The mosque also deals with inter-faith understanding and similar issues faced in the modern world. Th building too seems non-traditional, looking more like a swanky office building, with a single high-reaching non-conventional minaret. It's uniqueness and the importance of it make this a must-visit mosque in Singapore.   7. Masjid Malabar     Address: 471, Victoria Street, Singapore 198370. Phone: +65 6294 3862   How To Get There: Bus Services: 2, 7, 12, 32, 33, 51, 61, 62, 63, 80, 107, 107X, 133, 145, 190, 197, 851, 960, 980 Nearest MRT Station: Lavender (EW11)   This is the only Malabar Muslim mosque in Singapore and is governed by the Malabar Muslim Jama'ath. It was constructed in 1927, by people from the south Indian state of Kerala who came to Singapore to set up businesses in the textile and jewellery industries. This mosque still plays a major role in the life of the average Keralan in Singapore and is a great place to witness their culture. Apart from this, what makes Masjid Malabar a must-visit mosque in Singapore is its beautiful exterior of blue-tiled walls and shiny gold domes.     8. Masjid Darul Ghufran (Upgrading in progress) Picture Credit -   Address: 503, Tampines Avenue 5, Singapore 529651 Phone: +65 6786 5545   How To Get There: Bus Services: 3, 10, 22, 23, 31, 65, 65M, 67, 69, 72, 291, 292, 293 Nearest MRT Station: Tampines (EW2)   Masjid Darul Ghufran, located in Tampines Avenue is a pretty popular mosque that can get pretty packed during Friday prayers, even though it has the ability to comfortably host 4500 worshipers at one time! It was built in 1990 and is the second largest mosque in Singapore. If you're in the Simei area and are looking to find nearby mosques in Singapore, Masjid Abdul Ghufran is your best option as there aren't any others in the town. Other than convenience, what makes this a must-visit mosque in Singapore is its unique architecture of brick-clad wall panels which gives it a unique appearance almost like an indoor ground, which is pretty fascinating! Currently, the mosque is undergoing a full-scale upgrade and is scheduled to be completed in the thrid quarter of 2018. ...

  • Where to Get Free bubur in Mosques in Singapore

    Rice porridge is a suhoor and iftar staple all over the world, although each culture and cuisine has its different version and with unique flavors, textures, and aromas.   Picture Credit -   Bubur Lambuk, also known as Bubur Masjid, is Singapore’s version of this famous dish. It is a soupy rice porridge that is made using meat (most commonly chicken), vegetables, cashew paste, raisins, spices, olive oil, and of course, rice! It is served all over Singapore during the month, and if you haven't tried bubur from mosques during Ramadan, you have to rectify that immediately!   Lucky for you, most mosques in Singapore distribute free Bubur for iftar every single day. Here’s a list of mosques where you can head to try some of the best bubur from mosques during Ramadan 2017.   1) Masjid Sultan   Location: 3, Muscat Street, Singapore 198833. Contact: 6293 4405   How to Get There: Bus Services: (SBS): 2, 7, 12, 32, 33, 51, 62, 63, 80, 133, 145, 197 (TIBS): 190, 61, 603, 61, 851, 960, 961, 980 Nearest MRT Station: Bugis (EW12)   This magnificent and iconic mosque is not only one of the largest and most popular mosques in Singapore, it is also a national monument. It was built during the colonial times in 1824, and rebuilt later in 1920. Masjid Sultan is one of the best places to get free Bubur during Ramadan, and it serves thousands of people every day!   2) Masjid Al-Mawaddah   Location: 151 Compassvale Bow, Singapore 544997. Contact: +65 6489 0224   How to Get There: Bus Services: Bus No. 109, 156, 159 and 161 (Al-Mawaddah Mosque Bus Stop) Bus No. 27 & 43 (Buangkok Bus Stop) Nearest MRT Stations: Buangkok MRT station (300m away), and Renjong LRT station (400m away).   Masjid Al-Mawaddah is a mosque that preaches a message of “family first”, aiming to bring families and communities together as one under Allah (sub) and to help the Muslim community grow develop in education, society, and more. Bubur Masjid distribution begins after Asr prayers, and if the long queues aren’t an indication for its deliciousness, we don’t know what is!   3) Masjid Ar-Raudhah Picture Credit -   Location: 30 Bukit Batok East Ave 2, Singapore 659919. Contact: +65 6899 5840   How to Get There: Nearest Bus Stop: Bus 653, 176 and 985 Nearest MRT Station: Bukit Batok MRT (NS2)   Masjid Ar-Raudhah was established in 1993, and is currently is one of the thirteen mosques in the South West Mosque Cluster (SWMC). The mosque is dedicated to serving the community, as well as conducting charity and dawah events. One such event is the distribution of suhoor meals and Bubur for iftar during Ramadan. Volunteers, including many kids, gather together to pack these meals. They even call these volunteers “Buburbots”!   4) Masjid Malabar   Location: 471 Victoria Street, Singapore 198370. Contact: +65 6294 3862   How to Get There: Nearest Bus Stop: Bus 61, NR7, 133, 2, 7, 12, 32, 33, 51, 63, 80, 107M, 107, 145, 175 and bus stop B01211 Nearest MRT Station: Lavender MRT (EW11)   Situated in the corner where Jalan Sultan meets Victoria Street is the only Malabar mosque in Singapore. It was constructed in 1962 and is governed by the Malabar Muslim Jama’th, a community of Muslims originating from the South Indian state Kerala. They also distribute Ramadan Bubur, following the tradition in Singapore and India. The Bubur tastes different from the traditional Singapore one as it is made according to the tastes and techniques of Keralan congee, which is mouthwateringly good and unique (as you won’t get it anywhere else in Singapore).   5) Masjid Hang Jebat Picture Credit -   Location: 100 Jln Hang Jebat, Singapore 139520. Contact: +65 6471 1912   How to Get There: Nearest Bus Stop: Bus 961#, 61, 855, 961, 51, 93, 100, 123, 147, 153, 196 and 198 and bus stop B11031 Nearest MRT Station: Queenstown MRT (EW19)   Constructed and opened in 1963, Masjid Hang Jebat is a mosque that revels in its rustic charm, happy to keep serving the community today as it did all those years ago. It is part of the Queenstown Heritage Trail and as one of the very few old-generation kampung mosques that still remain in Singapore, it is definitely worth a visit. And while you’re there, you can enjoy their awesome free Ramadan Bubur as well!   6) Masjid Al-Mukminin  Picture Credit - Location: 271 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 609603. Contact: +65 6567 7777   How to Get There: Bus Services: (SBS) 98, 105, 183, 502 (TIBS) 176, 187, 188 Nearest MRT Station: Jurong East MRT (NS1/EW24)   Masjid Al-Mukminin was built in 1987 and is financed by the Mosque Building Fund. Its four-storey building can accommodate up to 4,500 people. Along with regular prayers and Islamic lectures, this mosque also houses many other community service amenities like an auditorium, conference room, madrasah, kindergarten, and more. And let’s not forget their Bubur distribution during the month of Ramadan!   7) Masjid Jamae (Chulia) Picture Credit - Location: 218, South Bridge Road, Singapore 058767. Contact: 6221 4165   How to Get There: Bus Services: (SBS): 2, 12, 33, 54, 62, 63, 81, 103, 124, 143, 143M, 147, 147M, 166 (TIBS): 603, 608, 61, 851, 961 Nearest MRT Station: Chinatown (NE4)   Masjid Jamae, built in 1826 was a contribution by the Chulian community in Singapore. Its architecture resembles typical South-Indian style buildings and the mosque has a capacity of 1,500 people. Situated in one of the main parts of the island, the mosque plays host mainly to South Indian workers and families. Religious classes and lectures are conducted in Tamil. The mosque serves iftar including delightful south-Indian Bubur (congee) during Ramadan to over 600 people every day!   8) Masjid Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim   Locaion: 30 Telok Blangah Rd, Singapore 098827. Contact: +65 6273 6043   How to Get There: Bus Services: (SBS): 10, 30, 65, 80, 85, 97, 100, 131, 143, 143M, 145, 166, 507 (TIBS): 176, 188, 61, 855, 963 Nearest MRT Station: Harbour Front (NE1)   Built in 1890 and rebuilt in 1993, this mosque is situated in a central part of the island, which makes it easily accessible for many people. Although it might not stand out at first glance, it is always packed during prayers and its various other events like lectures and celebrations. It is also one of the best places to get bubur from mosques during Ramadan. ...

  • Top 10 Muslim-Friendly OIC-Destinations to Visit in 2017

    The Global Muslim Travel Index for 2017 has just been released by the collective efforts of CrescentRating and Mastercard. The report lists 130 OIC and non-OIC countries which were ranked according to their Muslim-friendly and general facilities such as Halal food, modest fashion, prayer facilities, accessibility, affordability, wellness, etc.   Here are the top 10 ranking OIC countries for Muslim travelers in 2017:   1) Malaysia   Ranking number one for the third consecutive year, Malaysia stands proud at the top of this list. Apart from being a Muslim-majority country, it is also one of the world’s top developing countries. It is a country that combines culture with all aspects of modern life, and Kuala Lumpur -it’s capital city- is a true metropolitan city.   Muslim-friendly facilities like Halal food, mosques and prayer facilities at public places like malls, and more make it an attractive destination for travelers. Malaysia also offers a great tourist experience in general, as there are a lot of amazing places to see, both modern and historical/cultural.   2) United Arab Emirates   UAE is a federal monarchy consisting of 7 emirates: Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm al-Qaiwain, and its capital emirate Abu Dhabi.   Given that these countries are Muslim countries, and that they are one of the world’s top developed countries, no wonder it holds a top position in the GMT Index. Muslim-friendly facilities like Halal food, prayer facilities and more are available in abundance while also being a great tourist destination both in terms of infrastructure and tourist destinations.   3) Indonesia   Next on the list is Indonesia, another Muslim-majority country that is a great place for Muslim travelers. Indonesia also offers Muslim travelers a lot of facilities that make travel easier for them. Halal food is available almost anywhere you go, and there are many beautiful mosques scattered all around the country.   Full of beautiful beaches and haunting volcanoes, Indonesia is the place to be if you’re a nature or adventure lover. But it also has so much more to offer with its rich and diverse culture, shopping, and gastronomic experiences. It is also a great place to travel on a budget.   4) Turkey   Turkey is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. It is a historic and vibrant city that gives visitors an unforgettable experience with it’s beautiful architecture, delicious food, and a diverse group of people. Turkey is also home to quite a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as two of the world’s wonders.   The majority of the population is Muslim (although Turkey is a secular state), but this also means that there are plenty of amenities for Muslim travelers.   5) Saudi Arabia   Of course, all Muslims aim to travel to Saudi Arabia at least once in their lifetime for the holy pilgrimages of Umrah and Hajj. It is also one of the top countries for Muslim travelers to visit, even outside of the sacred cities of Makkah and Medina.   Literally all food in Saudi Arabia is Halal, there are plenty of mosques/prayer rooms, and there are no shortages of other Muslim-friendly facilities either. There are a lot of historical, cultural and Islamic sites to see as well as modern tourist destinations.   6) Qatar   Another middle-eastern developed country, Qatar is a mixture of history and modernity. This is abundantly clear even in the sky-high buildings lining the landscape of Qatar’s capital city, Doha, with its unique blend of modern and Islamic architectures.   Needless to say, Qatar is another Muslim-friendly travel destination due to its majority-Muslim population, which means there are plenty of Halal food, prayer facilities, and more.   7) Morocco   Morocco is well-known for its rich and vivacious culture and cuisine. Moroccan food is one of the most popular in the world. And Muslim travelers are in luck because, there is no shortage of Halal food here, so you can eat as much as you want.   It’s stunning Arab-inspired architecture still holds tradition near and dear even in today’s modern world, including the many gorgeous mosques. Apart from its architecture and cuisine, Morocco is also well known for its beaches and vibrant spice markets.   8) Oman   Oman is another Muslim country that offers a great travel experience. Not only does it have many of the amenities that Muslim travelers look for like Halal food and prayer facilities, but it also has great infrastructure and a lot of interesting tourist destinations both natural and man-made.   Tourism is one of the top industries in the country. The capital of Oman, Muscat, has been ranked as one of the top cities to visit not only by the GMTI, but also by Lonely Planet and the Capital of Arab Tourism.   9) Bahrain   Bahrain, although not as big or as dominant as its neighboring countries, is also a gem of a destination for travelers. With a more loose and laid-back culture, Bahrain is the ideal place to experience the Arab culture in its wealthiest form, while also being allowed as much freedom as travelers would need.   As an Islamic country, again, there is no question to the facilities available for Muslim travelers, and you can take full advantage of the local up-and-coming foodie scene. There are also plenty of historical and cultural sites to see.   10) Iran   Iran is a country of history and culture, and a great place for Muslim travelers to visit. Being a Muslim country means that travelers will not have any problems finding Halal food or mosques/prayer rooms. UNESCO has ranked Iran 4th in its list of the top destinations to visit in the Middle East.   Although inefficient advertisement and the war had cast a downturn in tourism, it has risen significantly back up in the recent years. Large mountains, vast deserts, stunning architectural buildings, pulsating bazaars, and incredible food are only a few of Iran’s praises.     The full GMTI 2017 is available here:     ...

  • 10 of the World's Best Surfing Destinations for Muslims

    Hunting the best surfing destinations in the world? HalalTrip has made a list of some of the world's best surfing spots that you can head to as a Muslim traveler.     Surfing has become a trendy water sport over the last few decades and surfing enthusiasts have discovered some well-known as well as hidden surf destinations around the world. With the gaining popularity for surfing, there are a surfeit of surf destinations to choose from in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and America. Here is our list of the best surfing destinations in the world for Muslim travelers.    1) Jeffrey's Bay - South Africa   About: Jeffrey’s Bay often called J-Bay, is a popular tourist destination and is famous for its seashells and seafood restaurants, water sports, river logons and of course surfing! Voted as the second best of the ‘World’s 50 Best Surf Spots’ by CNN in 2013, it is an ideal surfing destination in Africa that has several Halal restaurants in the areas for Muslim travelers.   Surf: Jeffrey’s Bay which offers the best right hand point break in the world has waves that can measure up to 12 feet. With 10 different surfs to choose from, including Kitchen Windows, Magna Tubes, Boneyards and Supertubes, there are many options for all grades of surfers. Booties are a must when surfing at J-Bay and do keep an eye out for sharks!    Location: Situated on the Indian Ocean in a town located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa just off the N2 Highway, about 75 kilometers southwest of Port Elizabeth.   Peak Season: May to mid-September   2) Surfrider Beach - Malibu, California, USA     About: California has been a surfers’ destination for nearly 100 years. With its abundance of surfs, California may be considered one of the best surf destinations in America, while Surfrider Beach is a popular sandy beach and surfing spot often included in many lists of the world’s best surfing destinations. Malibu also offers many Halal restaurants for Muslim travelers.    Surf:  Surfrider Beach’s small, perfectly formed waves is a great place to longboard and surf Beach Boys-style.    Location: Situated between the Malibu Pier and the Malibu Lagoon, Surfrider Beach is part of the Malibu Lagoon State Beach which has separate designated surfing and swimming areas.    Peak Season: September to November     3) Honolua Bay - Maui, Hawaii, USA      About: Another renown top surf adventure destination in America is Hawaii. The first written reference of surfing at Hawaii was in the 18th century, and hence these islands are often considered the ‘home of surfing’. Although Waikiki, the North Shore and Oahu are known as surfing meccas, Maui also has its legendary surf spots. All in all, the Hawaiian Islands offer surfers of all grades and experience a surfing adventure like no other! Muslim travelers will also be able to find a couple of halal restaurants and a mosque in Maui.   Surf: The surf at Honolulu Bay is the most popular in Maui and yet difficult to find. But once you get on this right-hand point break, the feeling is fantastic. There is also a chance to spot whales while surfing!   Location: The beach at Honolua Bay is located under Maui’s rugged northwest shoulder. You can park on the bluffs overlooking the break and, walk down the trail to the water to Honolua Bay.   Peak Season: Winter is the best surf season,   4) Joe’s Point - Sur, Oman        About: Oman is still a very young and unexplored surfing destination. However, its long stretch of coast along the Indian Ocean does offer some interesting surf breaks that make Oman not only one of the best destinations to surf in the Middle East but also a very Muslim-friendly surf destination.   Surf: With a sand bar to the right and rock bottom to the left, Joe’s Point is suitable for both beginners and experts. Rides can last up to 40 seconds and the water temperature is usually warm.    Location: Joe’s Point situated on the Arabian Sea in the town of Sur in the Ash Sharqiyah Region of Oman can only be reached by car. It is located approximately four hours from Muscat along Highway 17.   Season: Due to Oman’s subtropical dry weather, surfers can surf at Joe’s Point all year through.   5) Arugam Bay - Sri Lanka   About: Sri Lanka is comparatively a newly discovered and affordable surfing destination, while Arugam Bay is regarded as the best surf spot in the country; attracting local surfing enthusiasts as well as international tourists. With the area’s predominantly Muslim population and seafood restaurants, Arugam Bay can be considered a Muslim-friendly surf destination.    Surf: Arugam Bay has quite a few quality surf breaks which are mostly right-hand peaks. The most popular being the Main Point located towards the south of the bay. Other breaks include Whiskey Point and Pottuvil Point to the north, and Elephant Rock, Peanut Farm and Okanda to the south.    Location: On the Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka's east coast, the bay is located 320 kilometers (200 miles) due east of Colombo, and approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) south of Pottuvil (Ullae).   Peak Season: May to November   6) Sultans - North Male, Maldives   About: Another Muslim-friendly surf destination in Asia is the Maldives. As an Islamic country, the availability of mosques and Halal food is not a concern for Muslim travelers and there many fine surf points to choose from among Maldives' 1,190 coral islands. Sultans is considered a famous surf destination in the Maldives and is ranked 11th in CNN’s 2013 list of ‘World’s 50 Best Surf Spots’.   Surf: The surf at Sultans is a consistent reef wave that's impressive in the spring and peaks at high tide, with a solid southeast swell. However, the rocks at Sultans can be dangerous and it is recommended to use a surf trip specialist outfit such as ‘Surfatoll’.    Location: On the Indian Ocean in the North Male Atoll.    Peak Season: March to October   7) Superbank - Gold Coast, Australia    About: The Gold Coast is considered the best surfing destination in Australia and the Superbank is a highly popular man-made stretch of beach ideal for surfing. The Superbank wave was created following the start of the dredging of sand away from the Tweed Rivermouth is formed by the stretch of sand along the southern points at Snapper Rocks – Kirra, Rainbow Bay and Greenmount. It is the site of the annual surfing competition. The Gold Coast with its abundance of Halal cafes and restaurants make this an ideal surf and beach destination for Muslim travelers.    Surf: The Superbank's break is one of the world’s best surf destinations for passionate surfers. The wave is a right-hand point break that regularly barrels and can produce heavy, hollow barrels only suited for the experienced surfer.    Location: Located in Coolangatta just north of the New South Wales/Queensland border.   Peak Season: January to April.   8) Hossegor - France   About: Dubbed as the "surfing capital of Europe", it is no wonder that Hossegor tops many lists of the best surf destinations in Europe. With such fame, Hossegor has become a must-visit surf destination that attracts not only surfing enthusiasts and pros, but also people who wish to watch the pros ride tubes, which can rival Hawaii for heavy walls breaking on an unnervingly shallow sandbank. Muslim travelers also luck out as Soorts-Hossegor does have some Halal restaurants.   Surf: Hossegor’s surf is mainly for experienced surfers. Considered some of the best waves in the world, Hossegor attracts world-class surfers with its world-class waves. Hossegor offers a series of world-class beach breaks including Les Estagnots, Les Culs Nuls, the mighty La Gravière (for tube-riding) and L’Epi Nord.   Location: Situated on the Atlantic in the South of France, Hossegor is a part of the little town of Soorts. It is a short drive from the towns of Biarritz and Capbreton and a couple hours from the Spanish border and the Basque country to the south.    Peak Season: March/April or September/October.   9) Cloud Nine - Siargao Island, Philippines   About: Siargao Island is affordable surf destination in Asia with several waves that can only be reached by boat. After being featured in a Surfer magazine nearly 25 years ago, this island has become even more popular as a low budget surf destination. Cloud Nine is one of the well-known surfing waves on Siargao and the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition.    Surf: The surf at Cloud Nine with its right-breaking reef wave has gained worldwide reputation for thick, hollow tubes. However, sharp reefs below the surf can be dangerous so do be careful!    Location: Situated in the Philippines Seas, Siargao Island is a tear-drop shaped island about 800 kilometers from Manila. Cloud Nine is the only wave on the Island that can be accessed without a boat.    Peak Season:  August to November when the prevailing wind is offshore.   10) Uluwatu - Bali, Indonesia   About: The island of Bali is considered a fabulous beach holiday destination that attracts holiday makers from across the globe and its popularity as one of the best beaches to surf on attracts surfers from beginners to professionals for an exotic surfing experience. The island of Bali offers a range of waves in clear waters all through the year, making it another go-to surf destination in Asia. Further, Muslim travelers will be able to enjoy their choice of halal food and restaurants.   Surf: Uluwatu which was discovered as a surfing destination in 1972 is known for its professional-grade waves, while the the 5-kilometer-long sandy stretch of Kuta which is clear of dangerous rocks and coral is the ideal surf for beginners.    Location: Uluwatu is situated on the southern tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali. This left reef is divided into sections - from top to bottom, they are Outside Temple, Bommies, Temple, Outside Corner, Racetracks and Peak.   Peak Season:  April to October.     Click here for more ideas for your next Muslim-friendly holiday!     ...

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