You might have heard the term ‘Halal travel’ but are wondering what does that mean? Halal Travel is a term frequently used in the Halal Tourism industry, ‘the word ‘Halal’ simply means permissible in Arabic.
Well, for those Muslim – conscious travellers who don’t want to compromise their religious needs whilst travelling, finding a destination or accommodation that can cater for or provide at least some form of religious – based needs is important. The level of religious – based needs from one Muslim traveller to another may vary, as it’s down to the individual’s personal preference. However as a minimum requirement, most Muslims will at least look for and want halal food whilst travelling.
The Hashimi Hotel in Palestine, serves halal food to it’s guests – making it a great choice for the Muslim traveller!
Halal Travel can include any of the following:
- Halal food
- No alcohol
- Prayer facilities
- No Music
- No Casino (gambling)
- Hijab/modest covering/no nudity
- Female/Male – only areas or times (swimming/sunbathing/spa/pool/beach)
- Exclusive Privacy (private villas, resort villas & upgraded hotel rooms with a private pool/Jacuzzi/garden area/courtyard etc) – great for families, groups and couples!
- Muslim country
These halal features can be broken down individually into how ‘halal’ or Muslim – friendly you would want, or are looking for in a destination or property for your travels.
Makkah and Madinah in Saudia Arabia, are an obvious choice as they meet all the requirements for ‘halal travel’ without any religious compromise for the Muslim traveller.
With just under 200 countries currently in the world today, finding a destination or property that meets your individual halal -needs can be be both overwhelming and even challenging. As a Muslim traveller you might seek out a Muslim country or Muslim – majority country to visit, such as The UAE, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Indonesia…
Even Muslim countries may have alcohol options available in their hotels and restaurants, so it is important to check their alcohol policy before you visit. Alcohol cannot be purchased/is prohibited in the following countries:
- India – only prohibited in the states of: Gujarat, Bihar, Nagaland, Manipur and the union territory of Lakshadweep
- Indonesia – total prohibition in the province of Aceh only
- Panama (introduced on 25th march 2020)
- Saudi Arabia
- UAE – total prohibition in the emirate of Sharjah only
An increasing number of hotels/properties worldwide, are now starting to cater for Muslim tourists religious – based needs, offering ‘Muslim – friendly features.’ In regards to alcohol and food they may offer the following options:
- No Alcohol policy in some/at least one restaurant
- Alcohol removed from room minibar when requested in advance
Halal Food Policy:
- Available when requested in advance
- Some Menu options are halal
- In nearby restaurants/cafe/supermarkets within 500m of property
Banana Island Resort Doha, by Anantara in Qatar – is one of our top pick halal hotels, serving halal food, is an alcohol – free hotel and offers ladies privacy (female – friendly features)
To find out more about ‘Muslim – friendly’ features, read our blog post: “What are Muslim – friendly features?”
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