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Qatar ranked among friendliest nations for Muslim travelers

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Tourists have chosen Qatar as the fifth friendliest vacation destination in the world for Muslims, according to the latest edition of an international index that tracks “halal-friendly travel.”

The Gulf state has moved up three spots on the Global Muslim Travel Index 2015 since last year, when it was scored eighth out of 29 Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states. It’s also up five spots from its 10th-place ranking in 2013 and 2012.

The index is compiled by Islamic travel company Crescentrating and credit card firm MasterCard, which annually score 100 countries on factors such as ease of travel for Muslims, access to halal restaurants and the provision of prayer rooms in airports, shopping malls and hotels.

Photo of Malaysia for illustrative purposes only.
Photo of Malaysia for illustrative purposes only.

For the fifth year in a row, Malaysia was ranked the top destination of choice by Muslim travelers, despite two plane crashes last year. Turkey came in second, followed by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Indonesia.

In terms of non-OIC countries, Singapore ranked first, in large part for having one of the best halal food environments. Thailand placed second, followed by the UK, South Africa and France. The US ranked eighth.

In previous years, the report lauded Qatar’s Souq Waqif and Museum of Islamic Art as major draws for the Muslim traveler.

This year’s report also scored the country highly for its airport facilities, safe travel environment, dining options and ease of access to prayer spaces.

However, Qatar lost points for lacking family friendly activities, hotel accommodations that catered specifically to Muslims and a perceived lack of enough marketing campaigns to the travel demographic.

Tourism

Notably, the majority of tourists to Qatar hail from Gulf countries, suggesting that many travelers who visit here are Muslim.

Last month, the Qatar Tourism Authority stated that visitors from the GCC increased 3 percent to 1.12 million in 2014. The second-largest group of visitors hailed from Asia, which saw a 20 percent jump, to 782,904 people.

Souq Waqif
Souq Waqif

Last year, QTA launched an ambitious tourism strategy with the goal of attracting between 6.7 million and 7.4 million tourists annually by 2030.

The country’s plan involves promoting and funding programs such as sports, education, authentic Qatari and Arab cultural experiences and the nation’s “sun and beach” assets, among others.

Through this focus, Qatar appears to be carving out a niche in the region that avoids competing head-to-head with other destinations such as Dubai, Bahrain and Oman.

Here’s the full report:

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A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

MIMH must be proud 🙂

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Yeah over the moon….. Love this bit.

“year in a row, Malaysia was ranked the top destination of choice by Muslim travelers, despite two plane crashes last year. ”

Not sure how plane crashes are related to your religon unless you God makes sure people of the correct religion are saved from travelling in non halal planes….

KK
KK
6 years ago

Qatar “vacation destination” ? sorry, what have I missed? Then I would prefer Indonesia or some western European countries that became ‘muslimized’ since the seventies.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

Muslimized? I think there is another “K” missing in your nickname

KK
KK
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

I am not sure what you are referring too. I do not support ISIS, if that is what you mean.

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

No that’s not what he means.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

Deleting for personal attack, and subsequent thread.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

What about his comment and the use of the word “muslimized”?

KK
KK
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

what is wrong with the word ‘muslimized’?

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

I second the question.

ali
ali
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

I like your job, can i have it?

facty
facty
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

Depends on what do you mean by muslimized?

Dan
Dan
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Smelly As s

Binthun
Binthun
6 years ago

Crescent Rating is a Singapore based company. wonder if that could be one reason for Singapore to rank first?!

Rob
Rob
6 years ago

“The country’s plan involves promoting and funding programs such as sports, education, authentic Qatari and Arab cultural experiences and the nation’s “sun and beach” assets, among others.”

A plan it may be. I plan many things, including a moon landing.

Through this focus, Qatar appears to be carving out a niche in the region that avoids competing head-to-head with other destinations such as Dubai, Bahrain and Oman.”

Hahahahahahaha. What tripe. They CAN’T compete. “Appears”? This is an advertisement feature.

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
6 years ago

Since when did Puerto Rico become a country?

all seeing
all seeing
6 years ago

……For Muslim only. True and Sad. The Workers here, they are in a modern slavery.

Compare to other Arab Countries..

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