The concept of Halaal tourism is a relatively new one, but is slowly gaining popularity. Basically, this kind of tourism is meant for conservative Muslim families who like to travel, but want their travelling experience to be ‘Halaal’.
This trend of Halaal tourism basically initiated in Malaysia. Malaysia is itself a beautiful place and many Muslim families go there to enjoy the scenic locations, art and entertainment etc. The tourist companies over there decided to launch a new trend which would let Muslims enjoy what Malaysia has to offer, while keeping in mind the Islamic teachings and traditions.
After Malaysia, it was Turkey which followed the footsteps of Halaal tourism. It introduced hotels which do not serve any alcoholic drinks. The hotels also had separate swimming pools for men and women, and even spas were separate. The food being offered at these hotels is pork free. The meat used in their meals is also slaughtered in the Muslim fashion. This trend is now being adopted by many countries.
Halaal tourism industry is also now flying planes which do not offer any alcoholic drinks. Pork products are also not served to the travelers and even the prayer timings are announced! As far as the entertainment on board is concerned, they broadcast religious segments and various religious programs. It is predicted that soon enough, several carriers will adopt these policies of Halaal Tourism to attract more tourists, especially from the Gulf.
The concept of Islamic hotels is also on the rise, not just in UAE, but worldwide. I think it is a great initiative and offers Muslims the opportunity to travel the world, experience new things, whilst maintaining the Islamic rules and regulations. Travelling is essential and the trend of Halaal tourism has made it way more convenient for Muslims.
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