It’s summer, covid restrictions are easing and we all just need a break! This year has been hard and you deserve some time to relax with friends and family this summer, which is why we’ve compiled a list of top travel destinations for Muslims.
UAE is the perfect destination for those who love skyscrapers, luxurious shopping malls and exotic beaches. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is the largest mosque in the country, with its marble walls and intricate designs making it a beautiful location to pray and admire the beauty of Islam. The malls in UAE are also perfect for shopping, entertainment and leisure, being near tall skyscrapers such as the Burj Khalifa. After the shopping and sight-seeing, treat yourself to some of the ladies-only features in the hotels and villas, such as spas and steam rooms to relax in privacy as the day ends.
Turkey is full of halal-friendly resorts, which makes it the perfect destination this summer- whether that be for a honeymoon or vacation with friends. With its exotic bazaars and beautiful mosques, there is an endless list of places to visit and things to do there. Some features which especially appeal to a Muslim traveller are the many resorts and hotels which serve only halal food and have no alcohol, making the wide variety of food accessible to all Muslims. Another noteworthy feature is the ladies-only areas to ensure privacy for Muslim women, including spas, beaches and outdoor pools.
Morocco is idyllic and serene, perfect for those wanting to relax after a stressful year. Some features of the villas include jacuzzis, massages and outdoor pools- making these perfect for pampering sessions. Many of the pools are for private use and are secluded, with the beaches allowing for modest swimwear, accommodating those who love to swim but remain covered at the same time. Marrakesh especially has many villas which have fully private pools with a view of the stunning Atlas Mountains… the perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos!
Indonesia is a favorite destination for travellers globally, which is no surprise due to the rich culture and breath-taking rice fields. It has many activities such as trekking and sea-diving, making it perfect for the adventurous, out-door Muslim. Indonesia is also rich with beautiful Islamic landmarks, such as the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta and the Al-Mahdi Mosque, which has the structural design of a Chinese temple. If you love to explore and appreciate culture, Indonesia is the perfect destination for you.
If you prefer to stay in Europe, Spain is a great Muslim-friendly place to travel. You can find halal-friendly villas which serve halal food and have a no alcohol policy, with modest swimwear allowed in the outdoor pools. There are many beautiful sights in Spain such as the Balearic Islands, which have festivals to allow you to explore the culture and offer activities such as birdwatching. Spain is also rich in Islamic history, which is perfect for those who enjoy exploring the culture and history of the country they visit.