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Not all Turks are happy with a hijabi taekwondo champion

By: Riada Ašimović Akyol Source: Al Monitor Turkish athletes achieved great success and won five gold, four silver and seven bronze medals at the 10th World Taekwondo Championships held in Lima, Peru, Sept. 29-Oct. 4. The Turkish media celebrated these accomplishments, but one of the champions, Kubra Dagli, made headlines more than all the others together. Dagli and Emirhan Muran each won a gold medal in the Poomsae team category, but Dagli’s headscarf instantly made her both a target of staunch criticism and a source of inspiration in Turkey. Dagli received extensive media coverage for days, and the numerous interviews highlighted her joy for triumph. But at the same time, Dagli firmly...

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The UAE replaces Turkey for 2nd place in Halal tourism

By: Abdul Basit Source: Khaleej Times The UAE moved up one spot to second place in terms of Muslim travel friendliness, according to the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) for 2016. Rising spending on Halal tourism might be one of the reasons for the country’s better ranking this year. Total spending on family tourism in the UAE is projected to increase by 4.4 per cent, according to a study conducted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The outbound family travel expenditure of Emirati citizens is set to rise at 3.6 per cent this year, it adds The study coincides with the 3rd Global Islamic Economy Summit, which, bearing the theme “Inspiring Change”, will be held...

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World’s first Halal retreats to open in November

By: Source: The world’s first-ever halal retreat will be launched in November this year, combining spirituality with personal development for the fast-growing urban global Muslim traveller. The Productive Muslim Retreat will be a unique personal development journey over seven days with the aim of empowering attendees to live healthier and spiritually connected lives. It is looking to target Muslim entrepreneurs, students and professionals who are looking to take time off to reassess their lives and learn practical life skills – while adhering to their faith-based requirements. The Productive Muslim Retreat is a joint project launched by HalalTrip and...

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