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  • Only Women Are Allowed Here: Spain's First Women-Only Hotel, Som Dona

    Image Credit: Som Hotels Attention women in Europe, your calls have been answered. The First women-only hotel opens in Mallorca and it's everything we deserve. Stunning, luxurious and men-free.Also Read: 11 Must-Visit Islamic Historical Sites In Spain via GIPHY  Until Som Dona Hotel it seemed only the Middle East was privy to having female only accomodation and hotels. With a huge diaspora and European born number of Muslims in Europe, it’s about time women be offered the option to holiday in an exclusively all female hotel. This hotel prioritises women clientele and women employers; it aims to employ women in traditionally male jobs, increasing female visibility and providing opportunities where other places may not.  “One of our objectives is also to give a certain visibility to women doing traditionally masculine jobs,” Capellá told Lonely Planet. There is a no-men policy which applies to visitors of this hotel. This signifies that there are no male guests. Unfortunately, it cannot be guaranteed that there are no male workers due to equality laws in employment, so if you observe Hijab, perhaps keep it around you.  Location Credit Image: Som Dona Hotel on Mail Online Som Dona Hotel is a little less than one hour drive from Palma de Mallorca Airport. Situated in Porto Cristo; a small town on the Eastern coast of the Island, Som Dona Hotel is in the perfect location between hustle and bustle and serenity.  Rooms Credit Image: Hotel Som Dona The rooms follow a clean palette of white, light wood, red and blush pink. Not too feminine but neither does it shy in being obvious that the rooms are made for females. This cosy feel is transported throughout the private rooms and the public lounging spaces in the hotel.Also Read: A Muslim’s Guide to Prayer Facilities in Stunning Spain Facilities Credit Image: John Tekeridis on Pexels Would it be a luxury experience if you didn’t have a spa? The hotel provides a variety of spa, well-being treatments. The choices available are de-stressing massages, aromatic experiences, facial treatments and body beauty processes.  Credit Image: Som Dona Hotel on Facebook There is also a Jacuzzi to relax the tension away and a grand beach-style pool that dominates the back of the hotel. The swimming pool is a beautiful pale colour which matches seamlessly with the tropical, Mallorcan vibe surrounding the pool. If swimming isn’t your thing then you can absorb the sun on the sunbeds from your balconies with a pool view or on the terrace.  Halal Travel  Credit Image: VisionPic.net on Pexels Often most, it is daunting aspect for Muslim women to consider travelling. However, the nature of this hotel attempts to dispel these concerns and provide the utmost security and reassurance. A great option for those Mother-daughter bonding trips that could rack up some extra hasanat (blessings) for treating your Mother to such a luxurious trip. It could be a great location for female-only group, celebrating with the Henna before the big day.  The Future of Women's Travel Credit Image: Dennis Magati on Pexels  It’s incredibly exciting to consider the future of women's travel, when new innovative ideas pop-up with affordable pricing and unique ideas. This hotel will be the first of many to pop up around the world, as the general trend shows. Statistics show that 34% out of 10,500 women would be interested in flying solo. With increased measures of safety as well as luxury, the future of travel is boundless and its exciting for the women of today to be able to witness it. Also Read: Transport Guide: Ways to get around Spain by Air, Rail and Road via GIPHY So pack your bags and book Som Dona Hotel, Spain's first women-only hotel, ladies! You wouldn't want to miss out on this golden opportunity.  Address: Avinguda d’en Joan Servera Camps, 11 – 07680 Porto Cristo – Illes Balears Contact:+34 971 81 52 39 Price Range: €72.50 (£64) onwards Website | Facebook ...

  • Spring City Resort | Serenity In The Hot Springs Of Taipei

    Spring City Resort is a 5-Star family friendly hotel with an awe inspiring mountain view. Within the resort resides impressive 9 multifunctional pools as well as four types of private spa rooms. Amazing isn't it?  via GIPHYAlso Read: PoshPacker Hotel | Living in Elegance and Style Location Credit Image: Spring City Resort From the outside, Spring City Resort might seem like your average city hotel, but the name of the Resort is a clever combination. The hotel is situated in an accessible spot within the City but still allows you to be transported to the healing, relaxing nature of Springs and to experience the benefits water has on your body.  When people think of Taiwan and Taipei City, it may not seem obvious enough to them to consider these places as a Halal destination. However, Islam is slowly growing in Taiwan and it is estimated that about 0.3% of the population are Muslims. This explains the growing market of Halal options out there.  Muslim-Friendly Aspects around the Location  Spring City Resort, which has been given a crescentrating of 6, has many things to offer. From the Beitou Hot Springs and public baths, to the museums and the Ketagalan culture centre with an art gallery and exhibit hall. There are also a great number of beautiful Taiwanese temples to visit and since Spring City Resort is known for its Mountain view, a huge array of ecological parks, beautiful gardens and architecture are built around the natural landscapes. With so many activities in store for visitors, Muslim travellers need not worry about the lack of entertainment here. Mosques and Prayers As the Spring City Resort is located on the outskirts of Taipei city, the closest mosque or prayer room may be slightly further than what a Muslim traveller may be used to. The Taipei Grand Mosque is a little over an hour away by public transport and 30 minutes away by car. This is still a reasonable journey for Taraweeh or Eid prayers which can be arranged, but may be quite a distant for everyday prayers.  Taipei Grand Mosque Address: No. 62, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road, Da'an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10650 Contact: +886-2-2321-9445 Website: https://www.taipeimosque.org.tw/ Nevertheless, worry not for Spring City Resort has assured Crescent-ratings that male and female prayer rooms can be made available upon request, during your stay. Prayer mats and directions, as well as a prayer time-table are all readily available upon request. The nearest mosque is the Taipei Grand Mosque.Also Read: 8 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Taiwan Resort Facilities Credit Image: Spring City Resort Whether you are an esteemed guest at Spring City or you just want to experience the wide array of beautiful pools, Spring City Resort caters for both. The pools include a family pool, waterfall pool, octagonal calm pool, and floating pool, to name a few.  Health-Benefits of the Spring Credit Image: Spring City Resort Each pool has its own benefit, whether from the pressure or temperature of the water. An aspect unique to Spring City Resort is that it is located near Liuhanggu (Sulfur Valley), offering pure and milky coloured springs for guests. The benefits of the springs here has a long history; it is said to boost the immune system and even improve joints and arthritis pain.  Privacy Credit Image: Spring City Resort Although, swimming in the outdoor pools in a burkini or covered water-appropriate clothes is no problem, if you require further privacy, Spring City Resort offers a more intimate private Spring experience. The same care and spring water is available in a beautiful marbled spa for an affordable price (under $20). This means that Muslim travellers no longer have to be concerned with privacy.  Furthermore, if you are a couple or family that would like to experience the spa everyday of your stay here, there is the option to stay in the Royal private spa. This is a room with an attached spa, which is cleverly designed to incorporate all the pools, in what would be a bathroom. Last but not least, the hotel understands the need for a female-only spa, and thus, offers this option to female guests and visitors. The staff are trained to respect guests' personal choices and are happy to answer any questions regarding this female-only spa experience. Rooms Credit Image: Spring City Resort As a 5-star Hotel, Spring City Resort does not skimp on choice and variety. There are up to 10 room options, including 3 Villa options. There are various options for families, couples, group travel, and romantic trips. Each room focuses on allowing the light to flood the open space with feature windows that have nature and mountain views. If you’re looking for a specific experience, the Japanese room is styled with floor chairs and sleek sliding interior design, whilst the spring suite focuses its elements on a  garden style and light floral ambiance.  Muslim-Friendly Room Facilities Credit Image: Spring City Resort All rooms are fitted with a hand shower and Japanese washlets - perfect for wudhu. Prayer mats and timetables are also provided upon request. This should comfort Halal travellers by making them feel more at home. During Ramadan and on Fridays, assistance and transport can be arranged to take guests to the mosque for Jumuaah or Taraweeh. Food and Dining This hotel prides itself in the Chinese, Japanese and Western variety it offers to its esteemed guests. As Taiwan’s main religion is Buddhism and most Buddhists are vegetarian as part of their beliefs, it is not hard to find varied veggie and vegan options. In a unique spin, Spring City not only has two wide-ranged themed restaurants, it also houses a bakery. Handmade breads, cakes and pastries can be picked up straight from the oven, and enjoyed while still warm. Such is the perks of having a bakery so close to you.  Halal Food and Dining Options The Spring City Resort provides Halal room service and halal breakfast upon request so Muslim guests do not have to worry about dining options. Also, this hotel does not serve alcohol and does not have a bar, in order to live up to their Spring relaxation theme. Halal Restaurants Nearby When visiting a new place, tourists often desire a myriad of food options outside their accommodation. A trip into the centre of New Taipei City leaves guests with endless Halal options, varying from Indian cuisine to Middle Eastern cuisine.  Masala Art- Indian Address: No. 1, Yumen Street (Taipei Expo Park - Ma Ji Square), Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan Contact: +886-985-147-888 Tajin Moroccan Restaurant- Moroccan Address: No. 3, Lane 144, Section 2, Keelung Road, Taipei, Taiwan Contact: +886 2 2732 7296 Toko Sakura- Indonesian Address: No. 27, Section 1, Xinhai Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 Contact: +886 2 2364 3765 Halal Chinese Beef Noodle Restaurant- Taiwanese Address: No. 1, Lane 137, Alley 7 Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan Contact: +886 2 2721 4771Also Read: 7 Best Halal Food Restaurants in TaipeiIsn't the Spring City Resort great? So many pools and spas to try, I volunteer as tribute! via GIPHYBook now. Address: No. 18, Youya Road, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan 11243 Reservation: 02-2897-2345Website | Facebook ...

  • PoshPacker Hotel | Living in Elegance and Style

    Poshpacker hotel is the hotel of the new generation of travellers. This future-forward hotel incorporates the idea of a comfortable hostel and a luxury hotel, providing single bedrooms with all the privacy and spaces needed for a solo traveller. Just as the name suggests, the services of this hotel are designed for backpackers but with an elevated twist of refinery. Not to mention, it's a crescent rated establishment as well! Are you intrigued yet?  via GIPHY Read on to find out about this new type of accomodation in this ever-changing world of travel.   Hotel Services Credit Image: PoshPacker Hotel on Facebook The hotel has an elegant, sleek and modern design running through its rooms, bathroom facilities and cafes. All rooms provide a woven basket filled with free essentials required for your stay. PoshPacker has got you all covered. The luxury selling point of this hotel is that it provides a flat-screen TV in each room. The Poshpacker Hotel has a brilliant central location; in most cases, such central location would lead to exorbitant prices and yet, this hotel provides affordable rooms which is just an 8-minute walk away from the Taipei Main Station. Not only is the accessibility great but the Zhongzheng District is bustling with street-food, authentic Taipei experiences and friendly locals.  Credit Image: PoshPacker Hotel on Facebook While the hotel provides shared bathrooms, as in the case for most backpacking hostels, its facilities have been graded an 8.7 for cleanliness so you can be rest assured. If you are travelling as a group, this hotel can still accommodate you by putting you and your group members in rooms side by side, granting you your own private space after a long day of touristing and enjoying Taipei, but also the close proximity you may need for a midnight chat with the rest of your group. Halal Friendly Services Credit Image: PoshPacker Hotel on Facebook  This hotel is divided into male and female floors, perfect for conscientious Muslim travellers. The shared bathrooms are segregated and equipped with a Japanese washlet. The cleanliness and privacy of the hotel is held in high regard so you have nothing to worry about. The hotel respects and accomodates to the needs of visitors with different beliefs. This is evident with Halal-friendly features each room offers; prayer directions are marked out, with prayer mats and a prayer timetable readily provided upon request. The hotel is also not part of the gambling resort and doesn't sell alcohol or have a bar. This will make you feel safer. Furthermore, the mini-fridges in your room are filled with halal goodies, so no need to check the back of the product for haram ingredients. Time to enjoy the hotel's Halal-friendly facilities and get that blissful night of sleep, amazing!  Halal-Trained Staff You shouldn't feel apprehensive when approaching any of the staff members regarding any halal requirements or arrangements you may need. The staff are well-trained and aware of the Muslim guests requirements. During Ramadan, Halal Iftar can be arranged for guests. Additionally, the hotel can make arrangements for guests to be taken to the nearby mosque for Taraweeh prayers. On a regular day basis, the staff can direct you to Halal restaurants, mosques as well as answer any general queries you may have on Halal services. Furthermore, they have female room attendants specially catered for female guests who are more comfortable with female staff.  Halal Amenities around PoshPacker Hotel You wouldn't want to miss out on the night markets renowned in Taipei, known for its delicious street food, but make sure to inquire about the ingredients in the food you're about to buy first and check for Halal signs. However, do not despair if this isn’t your style as PoshPacker hotel is a bustling district with many halal restaurants located around the area. 1. Halal Beef Noodle House Credit Image: Halal Beef Noodle House on Taiwan Halal This Halal Beef Noodle House is a well-known absolute legend amongst the Beef Noodle Soup eateries; its history goes back to 2007 as one of Taipei's Top 10 Beef Noodle Soup House.  Their speciality is worth a try given its success with locals and tourists.  Address: No. 23, Yanping South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 Contact: +886-2-23318203 2. Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant Credit Image: Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant on Facebook A Turkish Restaurant that provides its customers with a traditional Turkish menu. Rich meat, colourful veggies, indulgent desserts and even the traditional tea; this turkish restaurant focuses on bringing Turkish food right to your table in Taipei. Be sure to check them out.  Address: No. 60, Section 2, Nanjing East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491 Contact: +886 2 2522 2939 3. Thai Yunus Halal Restaurant Credit Image: Thai Yunus Halal Restaurant on Facebook This halal restaurant brings to you straight from Thailand, the fresh flavours of deep fried chicken, succulent fish in flavoursome soups, delectable rice dishes with crunchy nuts, and mouth-watering pancakes to satisfy your hungry stomach.  A great halal spot you can visit recurringly because of the endless choices of food in the menu.  Address: No. 36, Beining Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105 Contact: +886 2 2579 0528 4. Royal Resto/Indonesian Food (Halal) If you are craving for something different like Indonesian food, have no fear, royal Indonesian food is here. The Menu is straightforward; it shows you an illustration of the different kinds of food available, with a wide variety of soup, rice dishes, and deeply aromatically cooked meat that comes with fresh salad and carbs. Address: No. 72, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 Contact: +886 2 2393 5995 Lists of Nearby Mosque Taipei Grand Mosque Living up to its name, the Taipei Grand Mosque is indeed the largest and most famous mosque in Taiwan. The mosque was built to reminisce on the Islamic Middle Eastern-style architecture and it has strong ties with Saudi Arabia, Iran and Jordan. In 1971, it was visited by King Faisal. The mosque provides a place for worshippers to pray 5 times a day, as well as a place to read the Quran comfortably in a safe space. The mosque is also home to Islamic courses held by Taiwanese Muslim members of the community to educate the youth. Address: No. 62, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road., Da'an District, Taipei City ,Taiwan 10650 Contact: +886-2-2321-9445 Website: https://www.taipeimosque.org.tw/ Taipei Main Station  In the basement of the Taipei Main Station, you can find a Muslim prayer room. This prayer room is a simple space that is secured with instructions on how to access the room. Definitely perfect and convenient for travellers or residents who needs to carry out their prayers.  Address: No. 8, Zhengzhou Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100  Phone: +886 2 2381 5226 Can't wait to travel in elegance and style? Give PoshPacker Hotel a try! via GIPHY Book now.  Address: No. 50, Section 1, Hankou Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 Contact: +886 2 2375 5555  ...

  • Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa | A Halal Sanctuary In The Heart Of Nusa Dua, Bali

    Imagine crystal blue waters, the pristine strip of beach with fine golden sand. A private sanctuary right one of Bali's most relaxing provinces – Nusa Dua. Wake up to the best sites of nature and savor being just five minutes away from the beach. via GIPHY Take a breather from the hustle and bustle of life when you're a Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa. Meet the locals and experience the amazing Bali hospitality. This 5-star sanctuary was designed with accents of the Indonesian culture in a serene botanical setting. Here, you'll breathe the new ambiance and be surrounded by the beautiful architecture and natural elements that resemble Bali.  Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa Just 15 minutes away from the airport, you don't have to ever worry about having to sit through a long bumpy ride. This also means that you could leave a little later than usual before catching your flight back home. Image Credit: Nate Johnston on Unsplash The best time to visit Nusa Dua is some time between the end of May till the end of October – from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). During this time, Nusa Dua is in the high season of clear blue skies with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 25°C on cooler days and 30°C to 31°C on warmer days.  Also Read: Pop By These Hidden Gems Of Bali The Next Time You're On This Island The Rooms Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa Nusa Dua understands that everyone has different preferences and styles, hence whilst you have the choice of bigger deluxe family rooms constructed to satisfy tired parents and excitable children, or deluxe rooms that offer just the right amount of space for solo or couples. There are also opportunities to splurge in a personalized manner and be transported to your dream. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa Authentic hardwood floors, spacious balconies with the view of lush tropical gardens and perfectly crisp bedsheets and intricate wood carvings that accentuate the Bali ambiance. The rooms in Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa captures Balinese luxury and identity in even into the littlest details of the room.  Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Palace Club Lagoon Wake up to their immaculate outdoor lagoon and when the sun starts beaming, lounge at the patio just outside your room or take a quick dip in their outdoor pool. The Palace Club Lagoon Room and suites give you instant access to Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa's various pools or savor the breathtaking view, peering over palm trees at their spacious balconies. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Royal Residence The Royal Residence incorporates vintage drapery, heavy textiles, vintage wood within 2 levels. It ensures to encapsulate what classic Balinese royals once experienced. The Balcony extends out into the pool and garden views and it also has a private plunge pool for the whole family. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Nusa Dua Suite The Nusa Dua Suite gives a homely feel, with different levels, neutral and warm tones. It has an upper level with encompassing views of the palm trees line the beach. The separate living area truly makes you feel you have rented a home in Bali. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Batur Suite The Batur Suite ensures that people who enjoy the outside nature, are gifted with a sleek lagoon swimming pool, decks for sunbathing all in a modern marble feel as well as a lush tropical garden. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Agung Suite The Agung suite with its white and lighter tones has an airy feel, with a spacious living area. The mature designs, making it the perfect place for 4 adults to come to relax their stresses away in a highly deserving manner. Note: Feel free to request for a copy of the local prayer time table to keep track of your prayers.  Also Read: Get Your Dream Floating Breakfast And Feel Like Royalty For A Day At These 5 Resorts in Bali! The Spa Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Nusa Dua Spa A 5-star hotel with a 5-star top-notch spa makes the trip here an unforgettable experience. Nusa Dua Spa makes it their mission to offer traditional Balinese beauty and spa treatment. The product they use has been a national treasure to Balinese women for centuries. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Nusa Dua Spa They encapsulate modern luxuries that do not stray from providing their cherished clients with a genuine Balinese experience they will never forget; with coffee and lime body scrubs, milk baths, body, and skin oils that are carefully pressed, natural essential oils to relieve tensions, mixtures of spices, herbs, and plants native to Bali. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Nusa Dua Spa The Nusa Dua spa ensures to offer a relaxing, restful but also healing wellness experience as well as a traditional experience that could only be experienced in Bali. Dining The dining options are balanced at just enough for your stay of a week, 7 options to experience. Here is a break down of your breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Raja’s Balinese Cuisine Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa has four Halal-certified restaurants, each set to serve different types of cuisines. The Indonesian council of Majelis Ulama Bali has declared that the food served is Halal and according to the Islamic law. All ingredients and production processes are in accordance with the decree of Fatwa Commission of the Indonesian Council of Majelis Ulama Bali. If you're planning your stay within the Ramadan period, Halal iftar and sahoor will be made available upon request in the 4 restaurants and room services.   Raja’s Balinese Cuisine Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Raja’s Balinese Cuisine For an authentic Balinese experience, this dining experience not only serves award-winning food but it does so in an elegant fine dining ambiance. The architecture is wooden inspired, with engraved wooden planks, high planked ceilings in rich mahogany. This ensures that when your dinner of Kunyit coconut curries, sambal tapas, warm spiced Ayam Betutus arrive all your senses are overfilled with Balinese hospitality. Not forgetting the delectable traditional desserts. Note: The menu has an in-depth description of each meal for newbies. Tamarind Mediterranean Brasserie Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Tamarind Mediterranean Brasserie This halal-certified restaurant will call you from afar, with its complete structure in wood. The bamboo thatched roof houses an incredible restaurant. The views of the ocean will accompany the wide range of dishes from the west along with side contemporary Asian dishes. From Pizzas to linguine, aubergine dishes to chicken tikka, you can find the traces of Greece, Italy, India on the menu. The options don’t end there, go for dinner for an entirely different menu Tamarind understands the sweet tooth well, with beautiful exotic flavors such as tamarillo, mango and papaya pulp, and mandarins but it also understands classical flavors with inclusions of Toblerone, chocolate, and vanilla. Maguro Asian Bistro Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Maguro Asian Bistro If you are craving a different type of Asian cuisine, namely Hong Kong styled street foods, Japanese sushi or Korean barbecues, Maguro condenses the variety of Asian foods into a hip cool setting beside the pool. The fresh seafood will explode in flavor, the combinations of fresh local fruit and spices of Bali to add a kick to your dishes do not fail to spice up the holiday you’re experienced. There is also an international dessert list. Wedang Jahe Restaurant Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Wedang Jahe Restaurant Set in an idyllic setting with Balinese women artistically painted on a brick wall. The restaurant doesn’t offer a menu online due to its endless choices that change. Just be prepared for a mixture of local dishes as well as international ones. There you have it, Nusa Dua Hotel and Spa. You have an opportunity to make your dream holiday come true. Free Download: Wonderful Indonesia | Get Your Halal Travel Guide Address: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali 80361, IndonesiaPrice Range: IDR 1,778,502 onwardsMosques Nearby: Masjid ITDC Nusa Dua                                Masjid Agung Ibnu BatutahHalal Food Nearby: Bebek Tepi Sawah Nusa Dua                                   Queens of India Nusa Dua Website | Facebook | Instagram  ...

  • You Can't Miss Out on These When You're In Cairo

    Egyptian food is completely delicious, mouth-watering and unforgivingly lush, but sadly it is also underrated. It's hard to find Egyptian restaurants abroad when you have other Middle-eastern food competitors like Lebanon, Morocco, and even Syria. However, this gives Egyptian food an advantage, with no expectations, these dishes will blow your mind with the unusual and delicious combinations, fresh flavors and satisfying ingredients. via GIPHY Starters or Fast Food 1. Foul Image Credit: One Arab Vegan; The Foul is a dish made for all, regardless of their social status, thanks to how nutritious it is.  Foul or also known as Fava Beans – The Egyptians are known for their love for Foul in the Middle East. Foul Medames are blended into a paste, with cumin, oil, and salt. You can eat it as a side dish with bread as a starter or you can also find them in sandwiches. You can't get bored with this classic. There are also other variations like the Foul Iskandarani with salad toppings, Foul Medames, Garlic Foul, Chili Foul, and the list goes on. 2. Koshari Image Credit: The Mediterranean Dish; The Koshari may not be the healthiest meal out there, but it really is a meal unique to the Egyptian culture. If you want to eat fast food with no fuss but plenty of flavors, Koshari is the delight of Egypt that can never disappoint. With a base of buttery macaroni (a type of pasta) soft rice, flavored lentils, a tangy salsa sauce, hearty chickpeas and caramelized onions (Now, this is the best bit). You have a hearty dish that will keep you full and satisfied (And did I mention how sleepy you'll get after this heavy meal? You have no idea). 3. Tamia Falafel and Tahini Image Credit: Pille-Riin Priske; The Falafel tastes amazing when it's still warm and crisp. Don't forget to dip it in the Tahini for an extra tangy taste.  Honestly, this is the poor man and a rich man's food. In the West, a sandwich of this type costs up to $10, in Egypt it won't cost you more than 50 cents.This sandwich is best bought in 2,3,4 or more, One is not enough. You get a choice of a mini thin baguette or little pouch of pitta bread, filled with Tahini, mixed salad (fresh tomato, onions, cucumber, salad, and herbs), sometimes Hummus and finally the warm falafels that are squashed to make sure every mouthful explodes with flavor. via GIPHY Note: The Egyptian falafel uses the famous Foul Medames, Fava Beans, Chickpeas, a mixture of spices (varIant to each individual) and with no doubt parsley, coriander, and green herbs to give its signature color. Also Read: A Muslim's Guide to Shopping in Cairo: 10 Must-Visit Places! Main Dishes 1. Mahshi Image Credit: Vedat Zorluer; Though you'll find this dish relatively common in the region, the Mahshi is still a must-try in Cairo where different cities will have different renditions of the Mahshi or the Dolma. This dish has different names as is also known as Dolma in Turkey. Consisting of many variants including Courgette, vine leaves, peppers, cabbage leaves. They are often stuffed with spiced rice but you can also find minced meat ones and even rarely minced chicken. You can never be bored and each home or restaurant adds their twists to the dish, so it's difficult to not like this dish. A classic and it would be a shame to miss out! 2. Pigeon and Molokhia This one is not for the light-hearted. If you are a meat lover and want to try one of Egypt's signature meat dishes, then pigeon is the way to go. Egyptians love this dish paired with a good 3ish (bread also meaning life) and Molokhia stew made with the plant of Corchorus. The texture of this stew is quite slimy but it takes some getting used to. Dating from Ancient Egypt, you can be transported back to Egyptian Pharaohs by eating this dish. 3. Macaroni Bechamel Image Credit: Nawal Escape; This dish can be too dairy-heavy so pair this dish with the Egyptian Chamomile Tea or any type of tea to ease the tummy.  Egyptians claim to be the inventor of this dish, but pasta is Italian and Bechamel is French. However, the compilation of this dish is very Egyptian. Pasta is layered on top of each other into a block and covered with creamy Bechamel, minced meat, a bit of tomato sauce and even more Bechamel. It's comfort food for most and can be found in every restaurant. 4. Sujuk and Kibbeh Image Credit: Renata C. F. Correa RenataCorreaMG; The Kibbeh can be a little daunting, but you know what? Just go for it! A meat feast for meat lovers. Sujuk is the classic spicy sausage which you can find alone, with your classic sides of rice or chips, on pizzas, in sandwiches, on Fateera and the list goes on. As for Kibbeh, a definite either love it or hate it situation, is liver fried with garlic and onions. The flavor isn't overpowering but the texture is not for the light-hearted. 5. Fateera My personal favorite, it's an Egyptian pizza with a buttery fine pastry base. Its endless layers of pastry goodness can be eaten sweet or salty. Either filled with delightful cream (Ashta), nuts or chocolate, drenched in syrup. This tempting pie can hardly be shared. For those who prefer savory or want a meal you can have any of your favorite pizza toppings, meat, chicken, veg and cheeses, instead, they are hidden between the layers. Also Read: 10 Museums Around The World That You Must Visit Dessert 1.Kunefe The joy you feel when you pull the Kunefe away and see the strings of cheese is extra rewarding. Though the syrup may be too sweet, the cream surrounding the dessert creates a good balance. For those with a sweet tooth, Kunefe although Palestinian in origin, can be found all over Egypt. Kunefe is vermicelli drenched in a caramel syrup sauce with a surprise center of stringy cheese that absorbs the outside flavor. The original Kunefe is topped with crushed pistachios and more of the delicious sticky syrup. Modern variants include peach and icecream, Nutella, white chocolate and many more. When you're in the middle east, it's essential to try the original then experiment with the new twists. 2. Umm Ali Image Credit: Dinner With Julie; The Umm Ali is a dessert meant to be shared with a group of friends or families which resonates well with the middle eastern culture.  Umm Ali translates as Ali's mother, but don't worry this is a completely vegetarian dessert. No mothers were harmed in the making of this dessert. The story goes that the Wife of an Ayyubid leader (a royal caliphate from Egypt) would make this dish, especially for her husband. There are many variations of this dessert but it can be difficult to find the right one due to its supreme delicacy. It is a layered pudding dessert with fine pastry layers, a sort of milk pudding, raisins, pistachios, any kind of nuts, cinnamon and finally roasted till a golden. via GIPHY There you have it, 10 Egyptian dishes to try and the variants and other dishes will introduce to a whole new world of food, even Aladdin couldn’t have on his magic carpet ride....

  • Here's 10 Reasons Why Hong Kong Must Be Added to Your Bucket List

    Did you know that Hong Kong is the world's fourth-most densely populated place in the world? With a population of over 7 million, this bustling territory almost never sleeps as there is always something to do that will feed your curiosity. You could witness historical religious monuments, splurge on exclusive local brands from over 10 shopping malls and pleasure your tastebuds with a range of cuisines served at Hong Kong’s wide number of Halal eateries. So if you’re in the midst of planning your next dream vacation, here are 10 reasons why you should consider Hong Kong. via GIPHY 1. Visit Hong Kong’s Neighbouring Cities Image Credit: Kychan on Unsplash; Traveling to Hong Kong’s neighbouring cities is such a breeze with more than one way to get to these cities. Travelers can easily get on a train, a ferry, a bus or even a flight to these cities. Once you’ve landed in Asia, Hong Kong is definitely an ideal stop to make! As Hong Kong is one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs, this makes it pretty easy to find a direct flight in or out of the destination. Furthermore, as Hong Kong is situated in the Southern district of China, it serves as a perfect layover holiday before you head over to Southeast Asia.  If you’re looking at a longer stay in Hong Kong, take a trip down to its neighbouring cities – ShenZhen and Macau. These cosmopolitan cities are constantly on the lists of those traveling to Hong Kong since it is so simple to get yourself across the border. Today, one can board a 20 minutes train ride on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) or a 45 minutes metro ride on the East Rail Line. While the train is the most popular mode of transport, some may prefer private operated shuttle buses, a ferry ride from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal to Shekou Cruise Port or a flight up to Shenzhen Airport.  Also Read: All Set For The Best Deals In Seoul? Check Out These Top 5 Night Markets in Seoul, South KoreaTravel With Us!: The Best of Tokyo and Osaka In 7 Nights 2. Ease of Public Transport  Image Credit: Photo by Chapman Chow on Unsplash According to an article written by Daniel Szuc, it is estimated that over 90% of the 7.4 million people living in Hong Kong use public transport. This record only proves the efficiency of public transport in Hong Kong.  When you’re in Hong Kong, the first thing you want to get yourself is the Octopus card. Opting for the weekly or travelers’ passes would save you a ton when you’re traveling on public transport in Hong Kong. If you’re traveling via public transport for only a part of your trip, perhaps you might want to pay as you go. However, getting the passes would mean skipping the queue at the ticketing counter when it gets busy in the train stations. Top up some cash in your Octopus cards and you’ll find yourself using it almost everywhere. This includes the binoculars at Victoria’s Peak, convenience stores and vending machines.  Whip out your Octopus cards and tap away for their trains, trams, and on the Star Ferry across the Victoria Harbour. At the end of your trip, bring it home as a souvenir or return the Octopus card at the Customer Service Centre at the airport or any MTR station to get a refund of HK$50 and the remaining value. 3. Variety of Halal food options Feast on the best of Hong Kong's local cuisine when you're in Hong Kong – Dim Sum! Head down to Islamic Centre Canteen when you're in town. Tip! Make sure to have Dim Sum in the morning. The Hongkongers eat Dim Sum as breakfast so don’t come in the afternoon after all the good food is almost gone! Put your worry about the availability of Halal food at rest when you’re in Hong Kong! #Alhamdulillah What we love most about Hong Kong is that there are Muslim-owned and Halal-Certified restaurants serving local cantonese cuisines in every district. Travelers might have to do quite a bit of walking looking for it, but once you got the location right, trust us, it’s so worth it!  You’ll find a plethora of Halal restaurants serving the Cantonese cuisine, Turkish cuisine, Indian cuisine and Indonesian cuisine. We’ve got three Halal food spots that are essential to visit when you’re in Hong Kong.  Islamic Center Canteen As cliche as it sounds, no matter what your itinerary is when you are visiting Hong Kong, it is a must to dine in at Islamic Center Canteen. Located at the 5th floor of the Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Center, the food here is definitely affordable with Dim Sum dishes starting at HKD13. Halal Status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: 5/F, Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, 40 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong IslandOpening Hours: 10am - 9pm Wai Kee Wai Kee is another recommended eatery that you should visit when you are in Hong Kong. This is the place for you to get your roasted duck rice fix for HKD38. It will keep you coming back for more. Halal Status: Muslim-OwnedAddress: Stall #5 Bowrington Cooked Food Centre 1/F Bowrington Road Market, 23 Bowrington Road, Wan Chai, Hong KongOpening Hours: 10am - 6pm Ma’s Restaurant Ma's Restaurant is a restaurant serving Xinjiang cuisine. It will definitely leave you spoilt for choice with its menus. This is also one of the only restaurants where you can taste authentic Halal braised beef brisket noodle (HKD50), and the most recommended side is Veal Goulash (HKD42).Halal Status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: Shop A, 21-25 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po, Hong KongOpening Hours: 11.30am - 11pm You best believe this is just the cherry on top of Hong Kong’s Halal food scene. There are more than 70 Halal restaurants in this city so be sure to plan your itinerary wisely and get a taste of the local cuisines in Hong Kong! Also Read: Never Go Hungry in Hong Kong With These 25 Halal Food Places   4. Keeping Our Prayers On Track Image Credit: Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash According to a survey done in 2016, there are approximately 300,000 Muslims living in Hong Kong, making up 4.1% of its population. The Muslims in Hong Kong are of many races such as Chinese, Indonesian and Pakistani, with a vast majority of them being Sunni Muslims.  Hong Kong has a total of five official mosques, with the largest mosque being Kowloon Mosque  and Islamic Centre, which can accommodate up to 3,500 people. The Kowloon Mosque was founded in 1896, initially built for the Indian Muslim troops of the British army to perform their religious duties. This square mosque consists of 4 minarets, white marble on its facade and flooring, a pink roof and a large dome on top.  The four other mosques in this territory include Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, Jamia Mosque, Chai Wan Mosque and Stanley Mosque. Apart from these mosques, one can find prayer rooms and spaces in major tourist attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland and Oceanpark.    5. Dazzling Lights and Towering Skyscrapers According to the Guinness World Records, Hong Kong is by far the world’s tallest urban agglomeration, as the total height of all its skyscrapers, exceeding 330 kilometres. With a variety of skyscrapers decorating the harbour, Hong Kong is known for having one of the most impressive skylines. The night-time especially brings out the beautiful side of its skyline as the differentcoloured lights adorn the waterfront of Victoria Peak.  More so, as of December 2005, Hong Kong broke yet another Guinness World Record for the “Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show”. This 10-minute show is called A Symphony of Lights and begins every night at 8pm. It showcases a dazzling display of visual effects as lasers and flashes illuminate the night sky, accompanied by uplifting music. It’s definitely a show that you don’t want to miss while you’re in Hong Kong! At the end of the show, you can head off to popular hotspots like Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo for a vibrant night-time experience. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a calmer experience, you may take a night cruise along Victoria Harbour or visit Temple Street Night Market where you can purchase antiques and tea ware as souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Also Read: 6 Best Boutique Hotels & Hostels to Stay in Hong Kong! 6. This Is Where Street Art Comes Alive Image Credit: Lysander Yuen on Unsplash Hong Kong has an array of vibrant street art where you can get your perfect OOTD (Outfit of the Day) shots. It's not hard to find them as they are aptly named Art Lane and features colourful murals painted on old buildings, and encompasses the theme of both art and music. Also, nestled among one of Hong Kong’s busiest neighbourhoods lies Public Square Street. This mural spot features stairs which are painted with bright yellow, blue and red floral designs - perfect for an Insta-worthy shot.  Another street art spot worth mentioning is Sing Lei Mahjong Parlour, located in the heart of Temple Street Market. It features striking caricatures of political leaders playing a humorous game of mahjong. Also Read: According to Hong Kong's Street Photographers, These Are The Best Places to Capture Hong Kong 7. Muslim-Friendly Attractions Nothing beats a family day out and about in Hong Kong’s best theme parks. Relive your childhood dreams and spend the day at Hong Kong Disneyland. Worrying about Halal food? There are Halal-Certified restaurants and food kiosks in Hong Kong Disneyland. And! Prayer room can be found within the theme park next to the Tahitian Terrace Restaurant (Halal). In all honesty, you don’t need to be a child to enjoy Hong Kong’s theme parks. There is always something in store for each age group. Hong Kong Disneyland is where you want to be if you’re looking for an enchanting getaway on your trip to Hong Kong. Stay for a night or two in their resort and be surrounded with everything that makes your inner child happy.  A total fan of thrilling rides? Ocean Park’s forte is definitely just that. The 40-year-old theme park may look old-fashioned on the outside but you definitely don’t want to miss this theme park when you’re in Hong Kong. First of all, this theme park is HUGE. Make a run for their classics like the Hair Raiser, The Flash, The Mine Train and The Dragon. When it’s time, stop by for prayers within the park itself. Simply head to the Guest Relation Office and the staff will assist you to the prayer room. Fuel up at Ocean Park’s Halal-Certified restaurants – Cafe Ocean, Dive Into A Float at Marina World and Panda Cafe Food To Go at Amazing Asian Animals. Tip! Bring along your prayer garments and pocket sejadahs. You’ll find the Qibla direction marked in the room. You can perform your wudhu in the nearby washrooms.  In the evening, board the Bauhinia Harbour Cruises and enjoy the spectacular view of the Victoria Harbour. Named after the flower city of Hong Kong, Bauhinia, the Bauhinia Harbour Cruises lets you in on the vessels which has been a part of Hong Kong’s public transportation system. Dine Bauhinia Harbour Cruises’ Halal menu on board or take in the fresh air on the upper deck. Tip! The Bauhinia Harbour Cruises stops at the North Point and the Hung Hom Pier. For more information, visit www.cruise.com.hk   8. Enjoy The Best Of What Nature Has To Offer Credit: @hannyg_3 on Instagram Despite its small size, Hong Kong still manages to preserve its natural landscapes. Whether it's stretches of beaches or the mountainous regions, tourists and civilians can enjoy hikes, walks and swimming. The Hong Kong Global Geopark is a large area with unique rock formations offering grand landscapes.  There is also Kowloon Park for bird watchers, picnics and relaxation. A few beaches include Big Wave Bay Beach, Repulse Bay Beach and Mui Wo and SilverMine Bay Beach. Surrounded by hills, greenery and mountains, the beaches are rich in blue and green natural landscapes. Take a day out of your itinerary and hike the Dragon’s Back while you’re in Hong Kong. The hike will land you on the beautiful Big Wave Bay. During the hike, you’ll be able to see the panorama view of the city’s coastline. The Dragon’s Back will definitely get your heart pumping but feel free to take it slow and go at your own pace.    9. History and Culture Image Credit: Photo by Jason Cooper on Unsplash Can you believe that the first inhabitants settled into Hong Kong during the late Stone Age? That’s almost 9 centuries ago! Today, Hong Kong is filled with plenty of unique treasures, namely its 34-metre tall ‘Big Buddha’ which sits at the Po Lin monastery, and its modern temples like the Wong Tai Sin Temple which serves as a home for three religions - Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.  Getting Here! Board the MTR Train and alight at Tung Chung Station, Exit B. You’ll find the Citygate Outlet Mall just outside the train station. Walk further ahead toward the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal and get on the 25-min cable car ride to Ngong Ping 360. Alternatively, board bus 23 from Tung Chung Station for a 50-min ride to the Ngong Ping Bus Terminus. Other historical sites worth mentioning are Haw Par Mansions which incorporates both Chinese and Western elements in its architectural style, and Kamikaze Cave which used to be occupied by Japanese forces during World War II.  Take a trip down to the Hong Kong Museum of History and envision how the early settlers had arrived in Hong Kong in a junk ship. Dig deep and learn about the development and modernization of Hong Kong under the British colony. Don’t miss the Kowloon City Walled Park when you’re in Hong Kong and witness how this city was once known as the most densely populated place on the planet. The city had 35,000 people packed into small apartments. However, keep listening to the stories of those who lived here. Their living conditions may seem bizarre but the people of Kowloon, they were happy.  10. Saying Yes To Night Markets Image Credit: Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Lastly, Hong Kong wouldn’t be as joyful and euphoric without the people who call it home. Whether you’re up at 5am watching locals practice Tai Chi or sitting at a food street stall in the evening, you can expect a local who will initiate friendly conversations with you, whether you speak the same language or not. More so, even if you get lost, the locals will be more than willing to help you find your way. Just be sure to get yourself ready with some Cantonese phrases! Tip! Here's your Cantonese phrases cheat sheet:  m.discoverhongkong.com/seasia/muslim-friendly/phrase-sheet.jsp   There is so much more to explore in the city of Hong Kong. Hong Kong has grown tremendously over the years. Discover the nook and crannies of Hong Kong and experience a different side of Hong Kong.  via GIPHY...

  • Luxuriate in the Highest Crescent Rated Hotel in Sri Lanka: The Radh Hotel

    Are you in the midst of planning your end of year vacation? We've got just the right destination for you - Kandy, Sri Lanka. There are numerous historical landmarks that you can visit during your stay to learn more about the history and culture of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. These landmarks include The Temple of Tooth, Royal Palace of Kandy, The Buddhist Museum and Udawatta Forest Reserve. If you wish to make the most of your vacation and not miss out on visiting any landmarks, we'd highly recommend you to bunk in this luxurious hotel: The Radh Hotel. Not only is it conveniently located near numerous exciting places, it's also got a perfect dining and accommodating experience for everyone, especially Muslims. Not to mention, it's a crescent rated establishement too! Credit: The Radh Hotel   Islamic Amenities Credit: The Radh Hotel Credit: The Radh Hotel Moreover, in Ramadan specifically, scrumptious Halal iftar (meal when breaking fast) and suhoor (meal before fasting) cooked by professional chefs can be requested for guests. What's more, even transport can be arranged to transport Muslims to the nearby mosques for Taraweeh, prayers and even Eid salah (Hari Raya prayers).   Other Amenities This boutique hotel offers 5-star quality amenities along with side amazing hospitality and attentive staff. Alongside free high-speed wifi, restaurants, dry cleaning, the hotel also houses a gym, sauna, spa, lounges and children's activities. Rest assured, you can rely on The Radh Hotel to ensure you enjoy a serene and comforting experience during your stay in Kandy. Credit: The Radh Hotel The Radh Spa treatment in particular is a good way to relieve stress and remove tension from your body. It opens daily from 7am to 10pm and features a steam room, sauna, premium toiletries and an array of treatments that you can choose from to suit your body needs. All of these features will undoubtedly help to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere just for you. One of their spa menu treatments includes their Javanese treatment, where the well-trained therapists will give you a satisfying deep tissue massage using their thumbs and by applying palm pressure onto the body to relieve its pain. Interestingly, this massage will even allow you to develop better sleep patterns - a perfect solution to overcome jet lag!   Fruitful Experiences Credit: The Radh Hotel That's not all! The Radh Hotel also offers many special promotinoal offers such as a specially tailored package for travelers to visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic that's only a five minutes drive from the hotel - so convenient! At a price of just $545, you get to sleep in a peaceful, luxury double room on a Bed & Breakfast basis, and even be entitled to a personal chauffeur pickup and drop from Kandy Railway Station. Not to worry, there are vegan, gluten-free and Halal meat options available during this tour.   Rooms Now, moving on to the fun part - the rooms! The Radh Hotel has 8 types of rooms, all of which are air conditioned and come with amenities like HD televisions, Wi Fi, spacious bathrooms, loads of toiletries, and some rooms even offer eye-catching views of the city! Not forgetting, there's also 24-hour room service! Scroll down to view the rooms and their prices: Deluxe Queen (From $140)Credit: The Radh Hotel Deluxe King (From $155)Credit: The Radh Hotel Executive King City View (From $175)Credit: The Radh Hotel Premier King Forest View (From $190)Credit: The Radh Hotel The Radh Family Suite (From $220)Credit: The Radh Hotel The Garden Suite (From $270)Credit: The Radh Hotel The Radh Premier Suite (From $385)Credit: The Radh Hotel The Radh Royal Suite (From $550)Credit: The Radh Hotel There you have it. The Radh Hotel offers guests the ultimate experience, respecting the nature that surrounds the hotel, the history that came before it and the culture that distinguishes it. It is important to note that this hotel is currently obtaining a halal certification by the HAC - Halal accreditation council (Guarantee) Limited.   Address: 30 Colombo St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka Contact Number: +94 77 843 7423  WebsiteBook A Room Now ...

  • Five Female-Only Beach Getaways Every Girl Need

    The time has come, ladies! Say hello to sun tanning by the beach, lounging by the pools, going for a good workout at the gym and winding down at the spa. And did we mention the endless outdoor activities and Halal cuisine all in one place? via GIPHY These female-only beach getaways were simply a dream back in those days. Today, women from all backgrounds, hijabi or not, can now experience being in their element in these female-only resorts and islands. In recent years, the travel industry has catered to the needs and wants of family travelers, solo travelers, and couples and now the time has arrived to cater to the new and upcoming market of women travelers. Image Credit: Nicola Fioravanti on Unsplash This is exceptionally exciting for Muslim women who cover and practice modesty the Islamic way. Time to get rid of those nasty hijab tan-lines and let the golden tan spread all over. Female only tourism will allow women to finally experience getaways in a way that could only dream of doing. From mental health, physical health and pure delight, here are 5 Reasons Why You Need To Give Yourself A Good Ol' Beach Getaway. 1. Soak In All That Vitamin D Image Credit: Jordan Wozniak on Unsplash Booking an all ladies experience can be a great time to allow your body to fuel up on Vitamin D. Letting your hair down and tanning in the sun can allow you to get that much needed Vitamin D which maintains the internal and external health of our bodies, from our bones, nervous system, lung system and so much more. 2. Be The Productive You Image Credit: Jacob Postuma on Unsplash We often forget the importance of relaxation, but practicing mindfulness, meditation and relaxation can be great benefits to our mental and physical health. Our busy lives filled with family, work, and responsibility will often strain our bodies and it’s not too long until our bodies start to ache and pain as a way to tell us to slow down, breathe and relax. It is healthier and more productive to relax and enjoy some me-time before you get to that critical stage. 3. Appreciating Others Image Credit: Ifrah Akhter on Unsplash Whether you are traveling with your family, friends or even just your little-self. It is undeniable that this new type of experience will be liberating. It would allow you to bond with sisters all around the world, whilst simultaneously absorbing in some sun, sea, and satisfaction. You can connect with those around you in a different way, without worrying too much about daily life concerns. 4. Invest In The Growing Market Image Credit: Christian Lambert on Unsplash Although, these types of holiday experiences are just starting to appear in the travel market. Muslim ladies showing their interest and appreciation of these types of resorts, spas, hotels, and all-ladies experiences, will allow more to appear all over the world, making them more affordable and accessible for the future. 5. Health Is Wealth Image Credit: Tim Goedhart on Unsplash You may have thought that this experience is a privilege or a splurge but these reasons have shown you why women need to experience halal female-only holidaying. Not only is it healthy for your mind, body, and soul but it’s great fun! It is important to remember this is a relatively new opening in the market and its popularity can only mean we will be blessed with many more options in the future. With that, we have a few recommendations for your next Halal beach getaway! Turkey Angel Marmaris Resort Image Credit: Angel Marmaris It’s not always guaranteed that resorts can offer a strip of beach for women only, often resorts focus on swimming pool and spa experiences. However, Angel Marmaris offer you the natural experience of swimming in the Azure seawater, giving you a chance to come in contact with the natural healing properties of aqua. All the rooms face out to the sea, giving you a beautiful view and depending on your budget, some rooms called villas with private pools are available. The Resort prides itself on not selling Alcohol a huge component to halal-holidaying. Website | Facebook | Instagram Wome Deluxe Image Credit: Wome Deluxe on Facebook A 5-star resort in Antalya, Turkey that includes a women’s only area within the grand resort. Private pools, a private beach, pergola, hammocks, and sun terraces, this option is great for family holidays or mixed group holidays, where the females can sneak off to enjoy women only deluxe me-time then rejoin their children, brothers or other males when they are done for the day. In case you were to forget you were in Turkey, the full authentic Turkish Hammam experience is available for women too! Website | Facebook | Instagram North Africa and the Middle East Sharjah Ladies Club Image Credit: Sharjah Ladies Club Dubai is a touristic Hub and Sharjah a 10 minutes drive from Dubai will transport you to another world. Countless massage, facials, spa treatments are available for every sort of problem you want to be treated. It is a club for people who live in Dubai but they have created tourist packages to allow you to enjoy the gym and fitness classes as well. Website | Facebook | Instagram Europe SuperShe Island Image Credit: SuperShe on Facebook Nestled in Scandinavia near to Finland is an 8.4-acre acre, exclusively private island. This experience is something else entirely with features spas, amenities, saunas, fitness classes, nature activity, farm to table dining and so much more. Supershe describes themselves as a 10 person island with 4 renovated cabins, meaning if you ever wanted to truly feel like you were alone in the world then this is the place to be. Let the Supershe abandoned on island luxury experience begin! Website | Facebook | Instagram Southeast Asia Pooltara Resort Krabi Image Credit: Pooltara Resort Krabi on Facebook Nestled in a rural fertile land of Krabi, Pooltara Resort was initially built as a family vacation home in 1993. Today, the area has evolved into a 10-rai vacation getaway for travelers from all over the world. Operated by women, the resort is surrounded by the trees that were carefully planted and nurtured by the family. At Pooltara Resort, the Halal menu will be specially catered and cooked by the local Muslim community of Krabi for Muslim guests.  Website | Facebook | Instagram via GIPHY There you have it, ladies, there is something for everyone. Now that you’ve been let into this rising holiday secret, go ahead and book what could be the best holiday of your life!...

  • 5 Young Muslim Entrepreneurs Who Will Inspire You

    The Muslim population around the world is estimated to be at around 1.8 Billion people. The Halal and Muslim market is a huge game changer. Today, we will be bringing you 5 young entrepreneurs, all unique and powerful in their own ways. All these entrepreneurs have started a business and successfully pushed it to have an inspiring impact on the Halal Market.Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or want to learn something new, this list of people will definitely inspire you!   1) Aida Azlin- Founder of AA Credit: Aida Azlin WebsiteVision: “A writer, entrepreneur and a proud believer fiercely committed to serving you to become the best version of yourself."About the Founder: A Singaporean graduate from Nanyang Technological University’s school of Art, Design and Media. She was known for The Shawl Label which sold ethical shawls to serve women. The brand is currently closed but she is focusing on AA which has a similar purpose of serving the female ummah.Business: An online community for sisters made by sisters, the ethos of this company to offer the 160,000 global community support and inspiration through letter writing every Tuesdays. The love letters are written to empower and connect women. Most of the services are free and there is a promise to keep the female empowerment ad-free and sponsor free.  AA does sell courses and products in the shop part of the business in order to be able to sustain and keep aspects of the community free.How to find her: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YoutubeWebsite: https://www.aidaazlin.com/   2) Mokhtar Alkhanshali- CEO of Port of Mokha Credit: Mokhtar Alkhanshali WebsiteVision: “This is an unlikely tale of survival and revival. Of guardian angels, narrow escapes. This is a story with a happy ending: the moment you get to experience coffee unlike anything you’ve ever had before.”About the Founder: Mokhtar Alkhanshali is a man of Yemeni descendent raised in San Francisco, who decided to introduce the San Franciso to ethical Yemeni coffee. He began his mission to find the intersection point between Yemeni coffee and San Franciscan Cafe’s. In essence coffee has become his life, he became certified Q grader from the Coffee Quality Institute and spent 3 years in Yemen searching for the best coffee farmers.Business: This business aims to revive the rich coffee history of Yemen, it doesn’t just aim to give the drinker amazing revitalizing coffee but it’s hopes that the ripple effects will improve lives (both the workers and consumers), help improve economies and bridge cultures despite distance. This coffee company is an open story book about real humans and culture with a long history and a bright future. It’s optimistic vision is to unite people over a cup of amazing coffee.How to find him: Facebook , TwitterWebsite: https://www.portofmokha.com/story   3) Sonia Trehan- CEO and Co-Founder of RUH  Credit: @SoniRuh on TwitterVision: “The hype of the industry has always been off-putting for me, and I found myself seeking a brand that was grounded, multi-layered, and that I could engage with intellectually.”About the Founder: Sonia Trehan studied religion at Columbia University and she believes that this has heavily impacted her approach to fashion and her RUH collective. Sonia places great importance in letting the products attract the type of people who have the same outlook and approach to sentiments and life as her. She states beautifully, “We don't see community building as a cultivated activity, but as a natural consequence of the kind of brand we want to create.”Business: A women’s ready-to-wear brand that specialises in being unique and stylish. Rather than assimilating into the fast fashion market, RUH attempts to keep nostalgic and stylish aspects of clothing and lifestyle. A huge aspect of RUH is multi-layered privacy, human interactions and experiences. The careful and delicate approach and integrity means it permeates in all aspects of the business, from the design to the marketing.How to find her: LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Website   4) Omar Salha - Founder of Ramadhan Tent Project (RTP) Credit: @o_salha on TwitterVision: “Being volunteer-led by people from all backgrounds, Ramadan Tent Project is perfectly positioned to help your organisation or group make the most of the month of Ramadan. We are pleased to introduce a programme of seminars and talks to aid in your knowledge and understanding of the month of fasting, contemplation, revitalisation and prayer.”About the Founder: Omar Salha studied at SOAS University of London in Russel Square, a bustling spot in Central London. He is a MA graduate in ;Internationsal Studies and Diplomacy and also has a PhD in the study of ‘Integration of Muslims in British Society. He taught at SOAS university, Foundation of International Education and is Faculty Member for the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP) at the University of California in San Francisco, Berkeley USA.Business: RTP was founded in 2013 as a way to serve the youth in university fasting Ramadan alone. As well as to allow the wider community to gain awareness on Ramadan and Islam. Every night of Ramadan guests are fed free iftar, pray together and contemplate over interesting talks, lectures. Over the years RTP has increased in size and 2019 saw them host Iftars in iconic places around London like Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey in alliance with the House of Lords and many more places. Open Iftar has spread to over 4 continents and continues to be a growing initiative.How to find him: Twitter, Soas University, Website   5) Barjis Chohan - CEO and Founder of BarjisLondon Credit: Barjis Chohan on FacebookVision: “I want to create beautiful, sustainable work of the highest quality – which customers will treasure for life.” About the Founder: A graduate from the College of Fashion and Central St. Martins, Barjis has worked with the big names like Vivienne Westwood and since then has been paving the way and persevering as a public speaker, high-end rug designer, luxury fashion and so much more. Barjis Chohan proves that entrepreneurs do not need to follow the rules set by others. As well as a fashion designer and CEO, she is a Keynote Speaker, and the founder of the Barjis Initiative. This not-profit initiative provides support to the youngsters in London through knowledge, accessible tools and skills. It also creates a community of guidance for creative businesses.Business: This diverse business of high fashion and homeware merges multiculturalism, ethical practice, quality, modesty, integrity and innovation to ensure customers have full confidence in the brand and product. Undoubtedly bringing them back for more each-time. In an unusual but incredible attempt at defining themselves as unique, Barjis sells modest fashion, luxury silk scarves, hand made rugs (added into clients will’s) and cushions. All these pieces fuse the cultural stories of the East and West . Barjis speaks for itself appearing in London Fashion week, international magazines and winning recognisable awards such as (Mail on Sunday Designer in International Trade; Entrepreneur of the Year in London and 1st runner-up as Female Owned Business of the Year) How to find her: Facebook, Twitter, Websitehttp://www.thebarjisinitiative.org.uk...

  • Sabah, Borneo Will Be Your Next Dream Holiday. Here's Why!

    'Land below the wind', the land of Sabah is a beautiful amalgamation of forests, beaches, nature growing in its entirety. Located in the north of Borneo Island, it borders with Malaysia and Indonesia and also shares maritime borders with Vietnam and the Philippines. Thus, Sabah is a great central point for cultural experiences, tasty food adventures, nature lovers and enthusiasts. Discover Sabah’s Indigenous Culture Believed that the earliest human settlement was up to 30,000 years ago, Sabah has been continuously a territory fought over. It is believed that the Han Dynasty associated with the land as well as following dynasties. Later on the Sultanate of Brunei, then Sultanate of Sulu, and eventually Malaysia, all affiliated and created strong ties with Sabah. Credit: nyenyedzi The indigenous people of Borneo are known as the dayak but this term includes up to 200 ethnic subgroups as well as an estimated 170 languages and dialects spoken on the island. Today, only a few hundreds actively practice these dialects. This highlights on the high risk of extinction of heritage and languages hence the active efforts to preserve the culture. Mari Mari Cultural Village Credit: Owl Ting Local Experiences Located in the depths of the beautiful forests, deep in the Borneo countryside lies the Mari Mari Cultural Village which allows you to explore the traditions of the Borneo culture. The website list 5 reasons to come to the cultural village and they are incredibly enticing; 1. You get to immerse yourself in quiet tranquil nature. 2. You get to have fun and be enriched in newfound Knowledge 3. You get 5 different tribes in 1 village. 4. You get to relax and leisure sightseeing. 5. You will be supporting the preserving culture and tradition to ensure it's not forgotten. The Mari Mari Cultural Village is easily the best attraction in Sabah if you're looking for something educational and fun. Located in the forest, you're greeted with an exotic experience, exploring the village in its most authentic form. You might even be able to walk through the village on the suspension bridge, across the river. Each tribe house is unique in its own way so be sure to look out for the tour guide that'll explain the practices of each tribe. Be sure to plan your trip wisely and go when it is not raining. Address: Inanam, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, MalaysiaOpening Hours: 10AM to 6PMContact: +60 13-881 4921Email: mmcvinquiry@gmail.com Website Go Island and Beach Hopping The wildlife in Sabah is surrounded by a huge amount of beautiful islands and scuba diving sites, making it difficult to choose the best island to visit. Whether you want to relax on clear beaches and soak in the turquoise water or go scuba diving, these islands offer endless choices. Sipadan Island Credit: Island Travel Sipadan Island is one of the top scuba diving destinations with the view of the barracuda tornado. Bohey Dulang Credit: Tan Yilmaz on Flickr If you are looking for photographic sites, then Bohey Dulang, nicknamed as the Pearl Island, is an option for a picturesque holiday. Lankayan Credit: Diveplanit This Island is known for its wandering wildlife, such as fishes, turtles and even baby sharks. Less of a swimming destination but a thrilling contact with nature in its natural habitat. Mataking Credit: Mataking Mataking is famous for its Maldives like beaches with white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, it is the less popular alternative with the same effect. There are also options to have underwater weddings! Pulau Tiga- The filming site of the tv show “Survivor” it is special for its mud volcano and Snake Island. This island is there for the risk takers and adrenaline junkies. Hike Mount Kinabalu A world heritage site, Mount Kinabalu is also known to have similar biological species to plants of the Himalaya. Its extreme height towers to 4095 meters meaning the view from the dramatic peak are majestic. The highest point of the mountain also known as Low’s peak (irony) is considered one of the safest and rewarding treks upwards. The trail upwards is accommodated to anyone with reasonable fitness, some parts of the mountain also have stairs with rails. In addition to that, there are also rest houses where you can check into assigned rooms and recharge and huts along the way where you can chat with locals and enjoy food and hot beverages. You should give yourself at least a day to 2 to conquer the mountain. For those with Hiking and rock climbing expertise, there are other trails which require rock climbing equipment. Website Adrenaline Junkie life in Sabah For those looking to do something different or experience an adrenaline activity in Sabah, you can try Mountain Bike Expeditions in and around Sabah as a tour. Cycling is a great way to explore. Paragliding over Lohan Village is available for all levels of expertise and the experience is safe and scenic. Credit: Borneo Ultra If you find running exciting and want to satisfy that high there is also challenging terrains available at Sabah Adventure Challenge. It’s an international opportunity that unites people with a passion for running. Website | Facebook White water rafting at Liwagu River is a fun water sport that allows friends, family groups to experience water in a new exciting way. Credit: SabahEats Eat fresh and cheap seafood Sabah is renowned for its springy egg concentrated noodles, nicknamed the Gold Noodle of Sabah, it should not be missed! Make sure to taste Tuaran Noodles even if you do not visit the district. There are endless flavor combinations. Credit: Authentic World Food Due to the coastal nature of the state, seafood lovers will drown in the unlimited array of fresh seafood and most of them are fairly affordable! Some of the local options include Latok which is a type of seaweed and is eaten fresh with condiments as a salad. Your generic crab and lobsters are also available, grilled over the fire. If you are the type to try something different, sago worms known as Butod can be eaten in a variety of ways, offering nutritious protein. Sample local produce of Sabah Credit: Open Rice As for local produce, you can take back as gifts and souvenirs, Sabah does not disappoint. The Sabah chocolate comes in endless choices of exotic flavors including durian, pineapple, jackfruit, green tea, coconut oil and much more suited to your taste buds. Those not afraid of diabetes can dare to try Kuih Lidah also known as Tiriam, a beautiful cake covered in icing sugar and fried. On the salty side, if you want something unique to the island, Amplang is available which is a seafood crisp/cracker, it is a perfect representation of the state’s love for fish. But, it should come as no surprise that there are also dried-salted seafood snacks, for those who love oyster, prawns, fish, and crab. Visit Kundasang: Sabah’s New Zealand Credit: DESA Dairy Farm, Sabah If you want to experience New Zealand without breaking the bank then Kundasang is the place to be. Surrounded by immense green rolling fields and nature in the pasture, Kundasang is a cheaper version of New Zealand with not-so-obvious differences. Look out for the free-roaming cows and visit the Desa Dairy Farm and try all sorts of milk products, such as ice cream, yogurt, bottled milk, and even cheese! Address: Dr. Marcel Gisain, P.O.Box 71, 89308 Kundasang, Ranau, SabahAdmission Fee: RM5 (Adult) | RM4 (Children)Opening Hours: 8AM to 5PMContact: +60 88 889 562 Facebook Fish Foot or Body Massage Credit: Aroma Asian Enjoy Fish Massages and learn to withstand the tickle. Moroli River near Sabah Tea Garden is a river filled with the fishes that will make your skin silky smooth. You can enjoy a full body treatment or just your feet. If sitting around isn’t your thing then you can trek through the water and enjoy the nature surrounding you. Address: Kampung Luanti Baru, Ranau, Malaysia Stargazing, Sunsets, and Sunrises Credit: MySabah.com For a unique experience of stargazing, Lasau Podi is one of the best locations for stargazing, since most locations are covered with pollution preventing a clear view of the sky. If you can’t make it to Lasau Podi, try to find open spaces by beaches or fields. Sunset spots are always spectacular whether you are in a city or the countryside but pair it with beautiful surroundings the experience becomes more special. Some of the most popular destinations for viewers include KK Waterfront (right in the middle of the city) as the sun touches the edge of the water. For those who want to be away from the hustle and bustle, Mantanani Island in Kota Belud offers some of the prettiest views along the sandy white beaches. Credit: MySabah.com If you're hoping to be one of the first to do something, Pom Pom Island in Semporna is fairly new and is more of a private experience. As for those early risers that like to catch the worm, sunrise from Sabah Tea Garden is a treat alongside a piping cup of tea or coffee, overlooking the tea plantations. Soak in natural hot springs Credit: Wikipedia Poring Hot Springs is a great place to visit if you are looking for some hydrotherapy. The hot sulfur springs are formed by the volcanic rocks around the area. The springs are just a small fraction of Poring so make sure to explore the beautiful nature surrounding. There are outdoor bathtubs, as well as feet tubs and even private tubs. In addition to the hot springs, there are also cold water rock pools that are available for children and adults to swim and cool down. Finally, for more of a fun waterpark experience, there is a slide pool. Admission: RM15 (Foreigners) | RM3 (Locals)Contact: +60 88 878 801 Kinabatangan River Cruise Credit: River Junkie If Sabah hasn’t given you enough to do yet, there is always a cruise available. The Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah, reaching 560km. The cruise allows you to enjoy the rainforest and jungle experience whilst cruising peacefully. You’ll come face to face with elephants, orangutans, all sorts of tropical birds. Some biologists consider this the most easily accessible wildlife in Southeast Asia. There are many tour outlets available depending on the duration of the ride and what you want to include in it. Either way, any package you choose will be a wholesome extraordinary experience.  Sabah is a beautiful state, offering almost everything a holiday goer could dream off, so what are you waiting for! Plan your next family trip, add it to your destination list or just book a spontaneous trip to Sabah....

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