|Top Muslim-Friendly Destination|
A study by Crescentrating rated Malaysia as the world’s top Muslim-friendly holiday destination. Egypt, Turkey, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Singapore were runners-up. |
The study ranked countries on how well they catered to Muslim holidaymakers seeking halal, or Islamcompliant, food and services. It used criteria including the level of safety in a country, the ease of access to halal food and prayer facilities, and whether hotels catered to the needs of Muslim guests.
On a scale of one to 10, in which 10 is the best score, Malaysia came out number one with 8.3 among 50 nations surveyed. Egypt was second with 6.7, followed by UAE and Turkey, both with 6.6. Saudi Arabia was in fourth with 6.4 and Singapore fifth with 6.3. Indonesia, Morocco and Jordan scored 6.1 to tie in sixth, trailed by seventh-placed Brunei, Qatar, Tunisia and Oman, all with a score of 6.0.
The survey was taken from the point of view of travellers, meaning that it measured the ease of access by Muslim tourists, not locals, to halal food and facilities. Malaysia is one of the few countries where you can find a prayer place in almost every location, be it a mall or the airport.
In terms of cities as a shopping destination, Dubai pipped Kuala Lumpur for the No.1 spot. Istanbul, Jeddah, Singapore, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, London and Doha completed the top-10 shopping destinations. Thailand's Suvarnabhumi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport were rated among the friendliest to Muslim travellers.
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