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Zahrat Bilad al Sham Restaurant, located in Sur, Oman serves a selection of fresh, home-made Greek dishes, at reasonable rates. This restaurant is ideal for Muslims, since the food served is entirely Halal.

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Zahrat Bilad al Sham Restaurant, located in Sur, Oman serves a selection of fresh, home-made Greek dishes, at reasonable rates. This restaurant is ideal for Muslims, since the food served is entirely Halal.

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  • Travel News Wrap: 19 October Week

    Singapore Airlines relaunches the World’s Longest Flight Image Credit: Isaac Struna on Unsplash From 9 November 2020, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will operate from Changi Airport to JFK International Airport in New York. SQ23 and SQ24 will fly thrice a week on this route, both ways. Due to the demand for flights to New York, this resumption of flights to JFK International Airport will help with a mix of passenger and cargo traffic. Flying the A350-900, this route will replace the Singapore-Newark route that was suspended due to the climate of the global pandemic. Currently, SIA is operating non-stop services to Los Angeles, USA.    Traveling to Thailand is now possible for Singaporeans Image Credit: Dan Freeman on Unsplash Traveling to Thailand for Singaporeans have been made possible again with the recent developments in Thailand. However, this border-reopening comes with certain conditions that must be met in order to enter Thailand. Since October 7, Thailand requires a Special Tourist Visa (STV) for anyone to enter their country.  Similar to earlier reports, Singaporean residents will have to meet strict conditions in order to be eligible for entry to Thailand. You can view these conditions here. Some of the conditions that have to be met are that visitors must stay in Thailand for a minimum of 90 days and must not have any criminal record either in Thailand or Singapore. Additionally, visitors must also only fly with Singapore Airlines in order to gain access to the country. Please refer to the Thai Embassy’s website for more details.   Germany-Singapore Green Lane Arrangement Image Credit: Håkon Sataøen on Unsplash As announced in a joint press statement, Germany and Singapore have recently agreed to set up a Reciprocal Green Lane for essential business and official travel. Similar to the other existing reciprocal green lanes, visitors traveling under this arrangement will have to abide by the COVID-19 safety measures which have been agreed on by both countries. The decision of this announcement came as both countries have shared that they are planning to use the green lane as a model for similar arrangements between Singapore and the European Union in the future. The details of the arrangement have not been released yet, at the time of writing. Please check with the respective authorities for more details.   Australia is currently in talks with Singapore, Japan, and Korea Image Credit: Paul Carmona on Unsplash In other news, Australia has also been busy with the establishment of their own travel arrangements. Recently, Australia is in talks with Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and the South Pacific nations on the reopening of travel. This development came after a steady decline in infections since early August. The countries selected for this have been limited to countries that have been performing well on the health front, according to the authorities in Australia. It has been reported that the arrangement to resume travel between Australia and the countries in question will help businesses on both sides of the arrangement. Currently, no dates have been set for the launch of the travel agreement. Please refer to the respective authorities for more details. Singapore Tourism Board (STB) partners with Airbnb Experiences Image Credit: Zhu Hongzhi on Unsplash Virtual Tourism has been the talk of the town in recent times. Now, the Singapore Tourism Board is partnering with Airbnb Experiences to promote Singapore with the help of Virtual Tourism. The partnership will offer a range of online experiences that are said to be “one-fo-a-kind activities designed and hosted by locals” to the global audience. These Virtual Trips experiences will include cooking sessions with locals, guided museum tours, and dance classes, a virtual visit to The Intan (Peranakan home museum), and a sustainability-themed tour of the Cloud Forest in Gardens by the Bay amongst others.   United Kingdom Quarantine List Update Image Credit: Eva Dang on Unsplash Some recent changes have been made to the United Kingdom’s travel corridor list.  Escaping the cold winter has is now a reality with the addition of Spain’s Canary Islands, The Maldives, Denmark, and Mykonos being added to the ‘safe’ destinations list. Travelers will not be required to be quarantined upon their return to the UK from these locations from the morning of Sunday, 25 October. However, there are still some safety requirements that have to be met in order for travelers from the UK to enter these destinations, except for Mykonos. Please refer to the respective authorities for more information on the safety requirements of traveling...

  • A Local's Guide: Top 7 Things to do in Lahore, Pakistan

    Every country has a heart. For Pakistan, it's Lahore – a beautiful cultural city in the center of Punjab. With red sandstone walls that speak history, museums that take you back to colonial times, and plenty of sights to discover, this city has a lot to offer, especially to those looking to connect to different cultures in the Muslim world. Hence, there are ample top attractions of Lahore to discover. Part of a Muslim-majority country that is strongly connected to its religious roots, Lahore is the ideal destination for those looking to plan out the perfect halal vacation. These are the best things to do in Lahore.   1. Start your Journey by rejuvenating your soul at the Al-Hafiz Masjid Image Credit: Abuzar Xheikh on Unsplash What can be better than offering Salath at one of the many beautiful mosques of Lahore? Built near the Lahore International Airport, the Al-Hafiz Masjid is a great place for Muslim tourists flying in the city to offer their first Salath at. Similarly, the Wazir Khan Mosque, built in the 17th century and embellished with rich, intricate designs, welcomes all Muslim travelers in congregational prayers at a fair distance of 20km from the airport. Being one of the best places to visit in Lahore, offering your Salath here will be a memorable experience. It will be effortless to find mosques and prayer places near you in Lahore, as the city is full of them.   2. Find yourself traveling time back to the great Mughal Era Image Credit: Nahmar Cheetah on Unsplash The Mughal era was known for many great ordeals, the most prominent ones being their architecture, embedded in all Mosques, historical, and cultural sights of Lahore. The golden age of the Mughal's dominion saw Lahore become the capital of the empire, and today, the ruins of Mughal construction testify to their enduring, timeless grandeur. If you're a fancier of art in historical sights, Lahore's grand history will have you traveling time. No visit to Lahore is complete without a trip to the famed Shalimar Gardens. The scenery of the best park in Lahore is guaranteed to wow you in no time. In the near vicinity, the stunning tiled tomb of Emperor Jahangir awaits your awe. Here, you can witness the most delicate Mughal frescoes and intricately carved marble architecture.   3. Finding solitude at the grand Badshahi Mosque Image Credit: Ayesha Asif on Unsplash Embedded in the center of Lahore's walled city, The Badshahi Mosque is one of the most breathtaking mosques in the country. Today, the Mosque is on every Muslim tourist's must-see list and is definitely one of the best places to visit in Lahore! It has a vast courtyard with the sun gleaming on the marble domes. The best time to visit this Mosque is early in the morning, as less crowd helps you explore the Mosque in solitude. Try offering at least one of your Salaths here, as it is an experience on its own. If you work up an appetite, the Haveli restaurant and Kuku's Den in the Mosque's near vicinity have great halal food and family-friendly entertainment.   4. Exploring Lahore fort and admiring the beauty of Sheesh Mehal Image Credit: Sharjeel Khalid on Unsplash The Lahore Fort is the prime location to visit when finding the best things to do in Lahore. The fort has various gates opening in the city, but the most convenient gate is at the Badshahi Mosque. A security line is present to lead you seamlessly into the fort. The massive fortress has several palaces, museums, and gardens, ready to be explored; hence, it's best to spend a few hours here to observe the diverse styles of architecture found. The fort's most notable palace is Sheesh Mehal, which is made entirely of reflective glass tiles, making it the dreamiest, must-visit place for every tourist.   5. Wandering through the cultural hub – the Anarkali bazaar Image Credit: kanwar Taimoor on Unsplash Beloved by tourists — and rightly so — this is one of the best places to visit in Lahore, particularly if you're looking to stock up on souvenirs! At the Anarkali bazaar, shopkeepers peddle everything from hand-worked Khussas (traditional footwear of India and Pakistan) to ethnic jewelry and everything in between. There are several different mosques and halal food restaurants nearby, each of them not more than a short rickshaw ride away.   6. Enjoying the architect of Lahore's modern drama tradition at the Rafi Peer theatre and AlHamra Arts Council Image Credit: Khalid Mahmood, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons The best way to experience Lahore's culture is through seeing the locals perform theatrical art. Visit Rafi Peer Theater, Pakistan's first puppet show theater. Moreover, grab tickets to the various shows at The Colony and AlHamra Arts Council to enjoy art displays and theatre-plays. This is a great family-friendly activity for those traveling with young children.   7. Indulge in the best thing to do in Lahore – enjoying All-Halal scrumptious food Image Credit: Khurram Sajjad on Unsplash Lahore is renowned for having the best food in Pakistan. Luckily, being a Muslim country, you will find everything halal! Hence, innumerable lip-smacking flavors are waiting to be a part of your journey. Visit the Fort Road Food Street for must-have traditional dishes, such as Lahori Chargha, Halwa Poori, and Lassi. In Lahore, you will find the must-try Pakistani dishes you must not miss out on. If you are looking to find continental food to tease your tastebuds, visit M.M. Alam Road for unlimited great halal food and excellent shopping sprees.  Several things are going to grab your attention in Lahore. The lush green gardens, the canal running through the city, breathtakingly beautiful architecture, an intricate mosque in every corner, mind-blowing halal food, and of course the friendly and very hospitable Lahori people – it doesn’t get better than this, so make sure to add Lahore to your list of travels! For more destination ideas, check out our travel blog to find locations of halal restaurants and mosques near you....

  • A Local's Guide to Pakistan: Top 6 Unique Destinations to Visit in Islamabad

    If wanderlust is taking you over and you are wondering which Muslim city to add next to your bucket list, Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, surely deserves a place up there. Pakistan is easily amongst the Muslim world's most unique travel destinations, with brilliant food, culture, and friendly people. Among the cities to visit in Pakistan, Islamabad is both an adventure destination and a comfortable getaway from life's monotony. Islamabad is a lively city, and we have compiled an ultimate Muslim visitor’s guide to Islamabad, from which it can be seen that the city is Muslim friendly. Traveling in Islamabad is also easy, as the city is inexpensive and filled with fun activities. It is also family-friendly, with places like Pakistan's natural history museum and Shah Faisal Mosque, which is suitable for both adults and children. Whether you are traveling alone, in a group, or with your significant other – Islamabad is among the best travel destinations for couples and friends. Below are some of the activities you can occupy yourself during your stay in Islamabad.   Witness rich history at the Lok Virsa Museum Image Credit: Ibnazhar, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Lok Virsa Museum, also known as a heritage museum, is a cultural and historic museum that showcases Pakistani culture's beautiful evolution. It is a famous tourist spot and several buildings and areas. The diversity of the locals of Pakistan is beautifully captured in the Lok Virsa Museum. It has artworks depicting everything from ancient architecture to minimalist art and a vast multicultural display of all cultures of Pakistan's provinces. The potpourri of colors, art, literature, and architecture at Lok Virsa induces a feeling of connection between the tourists and Pakistan's people.   Unwind at Daman-e-Koh Image Credit: Zarak Khan on Unsplash The natural beauty of Islamabad is unparalleled and can be viewed at its finest from Daman-e-Koh. It is a beautiful spot and is located in the middle of the Margala Hills. The tourists visiting Daman-e-Koh enjoy the scenery and the relaxing fresh air, and the friendly sights of the mountain monkeys interacting with the tourists. Watching the sunset at Daman-e-Koh is a beautiful and soul-enriching experience.    Hear the Azan at the beautiful Faisal Mosque Image Credit: Syed Bilal Javaid on Unsplash The Faisal Mosque is easily the most famous spot in Islamabad. It is a beautiful feat of architecture and finesse. The white-tiled Mosque and the calm aura surrounding it makes you feel at ease and more connected to the divine. Tourists and locals alike visit the Faisal Mosque and hear the call of prayer (Azan) there.   Enjoy scenic cafes and restaurants Image Credit: Kashif Afridi on Unsplash Islamabad is located near the North side of Pakistan, surrounded by Hills, Valleys, and Glaciers. The city has a collection of small cafes and restaurants that present amazing views and great food too. Pakistan is already known for its fantastic food, and Islamabad presents the famous Pakistani taste to you in the best way.   Trek the Margalla Hills National Park Image Credit: Zarak Khan on Unsplash The Margalla Hills National Park is a famous tourist attraction in Islamabad with Margalla hills, Shakarparian Park, and the famous Rawal Lake. You can choose to hike the many trails present in the park or enjoy some quality time with a book lying next to Rawal Lake. The fresh air and brilliant natural colors of the park incite within you a love for nature and traveling. The brilliant flora and fauna, along with the calming aura of the National Park, make you feel relaxed and completely detached from the world's worries.      Have a relaxing picnic at the Neela Sandh Point Image Credit: Abdul Haseeb on Unsplash Neela Sandh Point is located between Rawalpindi and Islamabad and is a clear short-heightened waterfall. Lush trees and greenery surround it with a variety of birdlife chirping in them. The water is clear and blue and attracts tourists from all over the world.   You can either swim in the refreshing water of the spring or choose to sit in a secluded spot and have a picnic – letting go of all the worries of the world as you surround yourself with the fresh smell of the spring, soil, and trees. To find more travel destination suggestions to make your vacation memorable, visit our blog. Download our Halal Trip Travel Mobile App to find out prayer times and the Qibla direction mid-flight....

  • Your pick of the crop: The best Airbnbs in Perth for every type of travel!

    The world of traveling is ever-changing and growing. It was not long ago when staying in someone's apartment abroad was a daunting experience but now with sites like Airbnb who place the utmost importance on customer safety, comfort, and wholesome experiences, travel, and hospitality are closely intertwined. Home to the Aboriginal Australians for over 38,000 years, Perth is the capital and the most metropolitan area of Western Australia. Perth is home to historical castles, British history, protected gardens, coastal reserves, amazing nature, and a buzzing metropolitan scene. This article has gathered the best Airbnb for your experience in Perth and categorized them for ease in your search. Whether you're searching for something cozy and affordable, luxurious, sleek and modern, or a home with character, Airbnb is here to serve and travel has never been so close to our fingertips.   Cozy and Affordable- Historic Hostel The Old Swan Barracks Backpacker Hostel Image Credit: Nachoman-au, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons Cozy and Affordable does not indicate substituting looks, charms, and comfort. Perth has an array of choices for those who wish to spend money on different things. Although for a budget of under 40 Australian Dollars a night most places are hotel rooms and private rooms in a house, this provides you with epic stays like The Old swan barracks. This impressive hostel looks like a castle from the exterior but was the headquarters of the Australian Army. One of the cheapest finds in Perth, this place is great for a sleep and go location. It won an award in 2019 for the Best accommodation from adventure tourism. It provides you with a bed, space, and storage as well as a communal kitchen. There are choices available for smaller and larger groups. It must be warned this place has a bar and large social area. Airbnb Link   Hostel G Perth -Bed in Glam Room (Ladies Only) Image Credit: unpluggededition Muslim female travelers need not worry, if staying in a hostel worries you, Hostel G Perth is perfect as it is ladies only. The whole communal area only allows females and the priority is female comfort. The space is small and private only allowing a max of 4 people, which means it could be booked out for a group of female travelers or a solo traveler. All the comments from previous guests are positive and some even return, this Airbnb scores a 4.66 in total out of 142 reviews. Airbnb Link    Homes with character "Silver Gypsy's Fabulous Flat for Two" or more ...- meditative retreat Image Credit: Airbnb The 1 bedroom flat is encased by a shield of greenery and is the perfect retreat away to make you feel your away from the city. This is done without compensating for access to the surrounding towns and even the beach. Marg, a retired teacher with a particular interest in Family History welcomes visitors to explore her gardens growing all sorts of fruits and vegetables in season. The homely character of this Airbnb encourages you to enjoy its surroundings in warm and cooler seasons, with all the amenities available to make a cozy night in perfect or even a day to the beach paired with a basket full of garden goodies enjoyable. Airbnb Link    Beautiful Loft Home: walk to King's Pk, UWA, shops Images credit: Airbnb This 2 bedroom loft is an artistic home merging traditional Italian interior design, eastern and Mediterranean rugs, and modern furniture. The amalgamation of all these influences create a space unique and inviting. The apartment begs for curious minds to inspect the detailed choices and enjoy the grand space. This is a good choice for the halal-conscious traveler as there are several rooms without art including faces that allow Muslim visitors the ease of praying in the home. The character of this home is versatile, whether young or old the homeowners have done a great job in creating a place that merges Australia’s complicated history through visual cultural notes. This huge space houses 6 guests and has 3 double beds, it has all the modern technological appliances you may need and is within walking distance to transport. Airbnb Link    Sleek and modern South Perth Living on the Foreshore Free NBN WIFI- longer business stays and the modern traveler. Image Credit: Airbnb A blend of whites, creams, greys, and blacks this home is the epitome of pristine, sleek, and modern. The shiny clear surfaces, blank walls and clean ground floor apartment is the perfect choice for the modern traveler, who wants to experience the cleanliness of a hotel but the comfort of a home. All the reviews rave that the location is perfect for those who require quick access to the city for business or ease. One reviewer called the flat ‘immaculate’ and a few Airbnb-ers expressed their delight with space after staying for weeks and even months. Airbnb Link   Top location, 81sqm, pool/gym, parking & more! - the modern city individual⭐️ Image Credit: Airbnb In similar fashion to other sleek and modern apartments, this 1 bedroom flat boasts pristine whites, greys, and blacks but this time with incorporation of earthy tones to connect the flat to the nature of the surrounding area. The plants, mahogany, straw, and wood connect this place to the heart of its central location. Lake monger and parks surround the flat, located in North Perth. This apartment also boasts access to a pool, gym, and outdoor BBQ. Although they are shared with the neighbors if you require privacy, agreements can be arranged with the neighbors. Airbnb Link   Aviator Ocean Retreat- Family or group holidays Image Credit: Airbnb Our last home in this category is aimed at the group of younger travelers with a standard for the modern and cleanliness. This space is highly familiar with a living room, dining space, private back garden deck. This is perfect for a family or group of friends trying to enjoy each other's company. It is also within walking access to Catalina Beach Park with its beautiful white plank work and swimming pools. This is an ideal place for a family to enjoy the sun, have fun, and relax. The kitchen is also ideal for people who enjoy cooking! Erin, the host has posted pictures of the sunset which showcase the ocean and the sky in all its glory. Airbnb Link    Luxurious retreats Hidden Gem in Inglewood! Min's to Perth City Image Credit: Airbnb Louise the owner of this beautiful home describes her home as “ the ideal retreat for an exquisite & up-scale stay, located close to the absolute heart of Perth CBD and Airport. “ This luxurious Airbnb who sleeps up to 8 guests is a space that focuses on refined luxury and the comfort of a home. Everything in the home is at the disposal of the guests including the Nespresso machines and everything in the kitchen. This home is more of an understated luxury that aims to ground its guests into the everyday life of someone living in Perth. Halal travelers can be glad to experience a home with no offensive art or faces in the decoration. The house has shielded windows for people who need privacy. The host was described as responsive and there to help with every demand and Airbnb Link    Modern taste of nature, with amazing views (house)- swimming pool home away from home Image Credit: Airbnb Perhaps the most luxurious home on our list, this home with its stunning views and private rectangular swimming, open window plan may take a little while to get used to. The Home’s main unique selling point is that it is so detached from other people and homes that it can have open windows, a private backyard, and a swimming pool without the fear of anyone seeing through. Halal-conscious travelers may take a moment to get used to this place because it would feel as though anyone can see them, but its location and architecture as well as positioning over normal ground level mean that it’s hard for any visitors to intrude. However, this home is shared with the hosts so conversation and boundaries would have to be discussed for hijabis. This should be of no problem as all the reviews rave about the host’s hospitality and how they added to the experience of staying here. Granted this place is located away from the city and closer to nature’s reserves, situated at the foot of the Kalamunda national park but this Airbnb should be considered for its unique experience. Airbnb Link ...

  • Travel News Wrap: 12 October Week

    Malaysia's Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) Image Credit: Ishan @seefromthesky on Unsplash Arguably one of the biggest news this week has to be the implementation of the CMCO or Conditional Movement Control Order in Malaysia. After experiencing an upsurge of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, Malaysia has decided to curb the new wave with the implementation of this CMCO. Similar to the past CMCO, this CMCO will limit the movement of the residents in the affected states. The CMCO is in effect for the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Selangor state. It began earlier this week on Wednesday, 14 October, and is currently set to last till 27 October this year. Under the CMCO most industries can continue their operations under the condition that they practice the health precautions in place. Meanwhile, schools and places of worship have been closed along with the ban on sporting events in the country.  This decision might have been influenced by the interstate travel ban enforced in Sabah last week, which was also due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases there. Together, the CMCO is said to affect around 11 million or 30% of the country’s population. For more information on the CMCO and travel advisories, please check with the respective authorities.   Hong Kong and Singapore Travel Bubble Image Credit: Dan Freeman on Unsplash Announced on Thursday, 15 October, Hong Kong, and Singapore has decided to set up a travel bubble between the two cities. With the low incidence of COVID-19 cases in the two cities, the decision was made in order to re-establish overseas travel and lift complications such as quarantine or stay-home notices for visiting travelers. In this new travel bubble, there will be no travel purpose restrictions and controlled itinerary but, travelers will still need to test negative on the COVID-19 test and travel on dedicated flights for those traveling under this new bubble.  Currently, there are no set dates for the launch of this new travel bubble. The launch date and implementation details will be announced in due course, according to the ministry.   New Zealand and Australia Travel Bubble Started Today (Trans-Tasman) Image Credit: John Kappa ツ on Unsplash Some more welcoming news in the travel world. Today, 16 October, the Trans-Tasman travel bubble is in effect. This travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia, with the first passengers arriving in Sydney, Australia earlier today.  The travelers arriving in Australia from New Zealand are not required to quarantine themselves upon arrival. This is in line with Australia’s tentative reopening to international tourism. However, the arrangement is not reciprocal between the two countries. Travelers from Australia traveling to New Zealand will still be required to undergo the 14-day quarantine amongst other requirements. Travelers from the no-quarantine flights might still need to be quarantined depending on the Australian state or territory they are planning to enter. Please refer to the respective authorities for more details on the travel advisories and safety measures in place.   Reciprocal Green Lane between Singapore and Indonesia are in the works Image Credit:Swapnil Bapat on Unsplash The prospect of traveling between Singapore and Indonesia looks to be promising. Similar to the other reciprocal green lanes between Singapore and some other countries which are already in effect, Indonesia looks to be the next addition to that list. Indonesia and Singapore have agreed on implementing a reciprocal green lane which will allow for essential business and official travel between the two countries. Applications for travel under this reciprocal green lane will begin on 26 Oct. The application is only open for Singapore and Indonesian residents as well as permanent residents of the two countries. The requirements are similar to the other reciprocal green lane arrangements with the need for sponsors for travel, SafeTravel Pass / Visas, Pre-departure and Post-arrival COVID-19 tests. Points of entry and exits have also been designated. For air travel, Changi Airport and Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport has been designated. For Sea Travel, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Batam Centre Ferry Terminal has been chosen as the points of entry and exit. This point of entry and exit is a measure to reduce the possibility of infectious patients slipping into the communities. To read more about the Reciprocal Green Lane Arrangements, check out our blog “Everything you need to know about Singapore's Green Lanes Travel Arrangement". Please refer to the respective authorities for more details on the travel advisories and safety measures in place....



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