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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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Hijabi Olympian puts extremists of all types in their place

By: Ian Reifowitz Source: Being Muslim in America—especially if you wear your Muslimness openly—is no doubt a complicated thing. Beyond the travails of practicing a minority faith, looking Muslim makes one especially vulnerable in a time when Donald Trump got where he is to a significant degree by exploiting Islamophobia. It is no coincidence that hate crimes against Muslims in America are on the rise since Trump began running for president a year ago. Just last week, a New York City Muslim imam named Alauddin Akonjee, along with his assistant, Thara Miahand—both of whom were dressed in religious garb—were assassinated in the street. The assailant was charged with first-degree...

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