Our Halal-Friendly Cities guide spotlights destinations offering design and lifestyle inspiration that meets the faith-based needs of halal consumers.
Dubai leads the way
Positioning itself as a culture capital in the Middle East, Dubai is accessible and should be on the itinerary of those seeking design inspiration across fashion, accessories, interiors and food. Visit Ahlam Shahin and Serrb, which update traditional abaya and kaftan silhouettes to resonate with modern Emirati customers, or peek into the future at the Museum of the Future to explore the city’s bold prospective plans.
Cape Town's full of Muslim art
Look to Cape Town, which has been awarded for its continued investment in infrastructure that supports halal tourism. The city offers a multicultural approach to Islam, with the majority of its Muslim population consisting of Indian and Malaysian descent. Be inspired by the multidisciplinary artist Thania Petersen at Zeitz MOCAA and shop modest fashion edits at Alysu.
Istanbul is at the fore for Muslim clothing
Istanbul is a secular city that supports halal tourism with historic landmarks, an emerging food scene and a thriving fashion industry. On our retail watchlist are lifestyle brand Les Benjamins for men’s and women’s street style, as well as ANIM and Mehtap Elaidi, which produce items that can be styled in a modest manner. Look to AnatolianCraft, which uses local craftsmanship to create luxurious slides that are useful for clients in hot climates and those observing five daily prayers.
Relax in Kuala Lumpur with halal-certified products
With the majority of the Malaysian population identifying as Muslim, Kuala Lumpur has expanded its retail offering by prioritising the modest consumer’s needs. Draw inspiration from FERN’s artisanal collections, which promote handicraft from APAC or tap into the booming halal cosmetics market by visiting Lax. Retreat for its women-only services using halal-certified products.
Explore Islamic heritage in New York
New York City appeals to a variety of halal travellers, including those with contemporary values. Be inspired by Sabyasachi's elaborate West Village store, bringing India’s best craftsmanship and occasionwear to the Big Apple, or explore Islamic culture at the Institute of Arab & Islamic Art. Those researching flavour profiles should visit Kolkata Chai Co. for its oat milk masala chai or indulge at Michelin-starred, halal-friendly Junoon.
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