Halal Dubai Holidays
The dazzling city of Dubai is a magnet for tourists from all parts of the globe, seeking superlative shopping, luxury hotels and unique entertainment. Muslim travellers account for a growing proportion of these visitors, as the emirate responds to the demands of the Muslim market with increasingly Muslim-friendly facilities in its shopping malls, hotels and restaurants. In 2016, Dubai was named best destination for Muslim travellers in the Salam Standard Halal Travel Awards.
Among the elements that contribute to the growth of halal tourism, studies have shown that family holidays play a crucial role. This is because more than 50% of Muslim tourists travel with their families, a higher proportion than any other segment of the travelling public. And few destinations in the world can compare with Dubai in the provision of family fun and entertainment, where the activities you can enjoy with the kids are virtually endless.
For a start you can find a wealth of beautiful child-friendly beaches, including the sheltered public beaches at Al Mamzar Beach Park on the Deira side of the Creek, complete with children's playgrounds, a little train and family picnic areas. All Dubai's beaches have watersports readily available. Then there is the fantastic fun to be had at places like the Wild Wadi Waterpark, and the Wonderland Waterpark by the Creek -- and there are lots more theme parks set to open before the end of 2016.
Shop with Confidence
The other aspect for which Dubai is famous the world over is shopping, and this is the main reason for heading to Dubai for a large proportion of visitors. There are two main types of shopping, the souks and the malls - the atmospheric souks, or traditional Arab markets, such as the Spice Souk and the Gold Souk, are on both sides of the Creek, the historic waterway which you can cross in an abra or wooden taxi-boat. Then there are the malls, which Dubai probably does better than anywhere else on the planet -- the Dubai Mall is the biggest in the world, and Mall of the Emirates is not far behind.
The souks and malls will be very comfortable spaces for Muslim shoppers, who can wander through them with confidence, as there is full provision for all their requirements. At the Gold Souk there are numerous mosques dotted around the area, many offering facilities for both men and women, and there are plenty of halal cafes, the majority serving delicious Indian and Pakistani as well as Arab food. At Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, there are prayer rooms for men and women throughout, and a wide variety of halal cafes and restaurants, from fast food to fine dining.
First for Food-lovers
Food is certainly no problem for Muslim visitors to Dubai -- in fact Dubai is considered one of the places on the planet for Muslim foodies to be. There is plenty of choice, both for families looking for fast food, and for adults looking for a more sophisticated evening out with fine dining. Like the other emirates in the UAE, Dubai has a very strict halal food import policy, meaning that absolutely all meat and chicken in Dubai is halal.
So there is a more than plentiful choice of eating places, including large numbers of international, mostly American, fast food chains. One of the most popular is the gourmet burger chain Shake Shack, certified Best of Halal, located in the three main malls and several other places in the city. Among the many more upmarket choices is Seafire Steakhouse, located in the Avenues at Atlantis The Palm, again certified 100% halal, and offering a delicious menu to enjoy in sophisticated and beautiful surroundings.
Dubai welcomes all its visitors, from whatever background, with its warm sunshine, white-sand beaches, sensational adventure parks and world-class shopping. Thanks to its Islamic traditions and increasing emphasis on halal tourism, Muslim visitors now feel especially welcome. Dubai truly has something for everyone.
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Halal Multi Centre Holidays
Dubai, with its pivotal location, is the natural starting point for a multi-centre holiday, and with the extensive route network of Emirates Airlines, combining two or more destinations could not be easier. You can revel in the delights of Dubai before continuing on to fascinating places like Ras al Khaimah or Oman, to sample different aspects of the Middle East.