Islamic Lifestyle

Islamic lifestyle wrap: Saudi introduces digital ID service for Hajj pilgrims

Here's a roundup of key developments across the Islamic lifestyle ecosystem during the first two weeks of May

Editor's note: Hajj season is round the corner, so its only fair that Saudi Arabia dominates the news. The kingdom launched a digital identity service to facilitate Hajj pilgrims, and aims to test flying taxis and drones this season.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong aims to become more Muslim-friendly by broadening its halal food offerings. 

Operational Developments

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia launches digital ID service as Hajj draws near

Saudi Arabia introduces a digital identity service for Hajj pilgrims, aiming to enhance their experience through technological innovation aligned with the goals of Vision 2030.


Launched by the Ministry of Interior, the digital ID reflects the kingdom's commitment to leveraging digital transformation to serve pilgrims effectively. (Daily Pakistan)


Company News

United Kingdom

GymShark introduces sportswear hijab

Gymshark unveils its latest offering, a sports hijab, marking a significant stride in modest activewear and inclusive design. The scarf, available in cargo teal and sand beige shades, boasts sweat-wicking fabric suitable for gym and outdoor wear.


This launch continues Gymshark's trend of inclusive products. (Hypebae)



Trade Developments


DOT to further boost Muslim-friendly tourism

The Philippines' Department of Tourism (DOT) aims to enhance Muslim-friendly tourism, targeting Middle Eastern visitors.


At the Arabian Travel Market 2024, tourism secretary Christina Frasco engaged with 90 stakeholders from the region. This initiative follows the country's recognition as an emerging Muslim-friendly destination at last year's ATM event. (Inquirer)



Halal tourism fair in Izmir boosts sector prospects

The International Halal Tourism Congress in Izmir underscored the global surge in interest in halal tourism, with experts foreseeing substantial progress by 2030.


The event convened academics, industry leaders, and experts to deliberate on Halal tourism matters. (Daily Sabah)



Islamic Tourism Centre returns to the ATM 2024 to captivate Middle East region

The Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC), operating under Malaysia's ministry of tourism, arts, and culture, actively promotes the nation's exemplary Muslim-friendly tourism at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2024 in Dubai.


ITC's participation, situated at the Malaysia Pavilion, underscores its commitment to showcasing Muslim-friendly attractions. (Zawya)


Hong Kong

Hong Kong seeks to expand halal food options to draw Muslim tourists

Hong Kong aims to become more Muslim-friendly by expanding its halal food offerings to attract tourists from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Muslim-majority regions in mainland China.


"We would like to attract more of the entire Muslim travel market… We hope they will come to Hong Kong, and then perhaps venture further into mainland China," said Hong Kong Tourism Board executive director Dane Cheng during a recent visit to Dubai. (Straits Time)



Philippines to develop halal travel offerings in top resort island

The Philippines is enhancing halal-friendly options in its resort island of Boracay to attract more Muslim visitors.


Boracay, located in Aklan province, is renowned for its white sand beaches and coral reefs, making it one of the world's most famous islands.


Tourism, a vital sector for the Philippines, is seeing efforts by the country to ensure Muslim visitors have access to halal products and services. (Arab News)


Taiwan / Malaysia

Taiwan expands Malaysia outreach, targets Muslim travellers

The Taiwan Tourism Administration’s Kuala Lumpur Office has expanded its promotional efforts in Malaysia, shifting from a focus on local Chinese communities to targeting Malaysia’s Muslim population, which makes up over 60% of the country.


Many hotels, restaurants, and shops in Taiwan are now certified as Muslim-friendly, enhancing Taiwan's appeal as a destination for Muslim tourists from Malaysia. (Travel and Tour World)



Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia to test flying taxis, drones this Hajj season: Minister

During this year's Hajj season, Saudi Arabia's minister of transport and logistic services, Saleh al-Jasser, announced plans to test flying taxis and drones. 


Al-Jasser highlighted intense competition among transportation firms to offer viable solutions in the near future, signaling a potential shift in transportation methods for pilgrims. (Al Arabiya News)



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