HalalTrip, a subsidiary of Singapore-based CrescentRating Pte Ltd, has recently launched a free mobile application that aims to simplify travel planning for Muslim travelers.
According to a media statement, the app - which is available for both iOS and Android devices - focuses on two main aspects of Muslim-friendly travel: Halal food and prayer facilities.
The app's Food Spotter feature allows travelers to 'spot' Halal food dishes and share them with other travelers around the world. Specifically, users will be able to upload pictures of food dishes, share them on social media and interact with other travelers. The app also includes a navigation map to the restaurant location, making finding and sharing Halal food easier.
The term 'halal' is used for food, products and services that comply with Islamic requirements.
Additionally, the HalalTrip app is also integrated with an in-flight prayer time calculator that lets Muslim travelers determine in-flight prayer times and qibla (prayer directions) while traveling. At the airports, users can also retrieve information on prayer facilities and Halal food availability via the app.
On top of these, a complete collection of Islamic travel prayers - in both English and Arabic - is also included in the app, along with an audio playback.
Currently, users can opt between an English and Arabic user interface. HalalTrip said that they are working on adding more language options to make it more user-friendly. Other future updates include a direct booking service, which lets users make hotel reservations directly via the app, it added.
Fazal Bahardeen, the CEO of HalalTrip and CrescentRating, predicted that the Muslim tourism industry will be worth US$192 billion (S$256 billion) by 2020, up from US$140 billion (S$187 billion) in 2013.
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