Halal tourism on the rise; UAE nationals highest spenders followed by Saudis, Kuwaitis

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September 5,2018

Amidst the growing the Muslim population, the rise of middle class in Muslim-majority countries and improved access to travel information and the increasing availability of Muslim-friendly travel services, Halal tourism is now gaining tremendous traction across the world. A considerable number of Muslim travellers are focusing more on the “halalness” of the trip.

The Muslim travel market was worth $169 billion in 2016 and is growing by $10 billion a year since 2014, at nearly double the rate of the global travel market, according to the State of the Global Islamic Economy 2017/18 report produced by Thomson Reuters in collaboration with DinarStandard. Muslim spend on outbound travel is expected to grow by 9 percent per year to reach $283 billion by 2022.

A new study has revealed that UAE residents are the world's highest spenders of halal tourism outside the country, spending Dh64.6 billion ($17.6 billion) last year.

According to the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry analysis based on recent data from Mastercard and the World Travel & Tourism Council, Saudi Arabian travellers were ranked second with Dh59 billion spend followed by Kuwaiti travellers at Dh38.17 billion during the same year.

The study's findings revealed that the global Muslim travel segment is currently valued at an estimated Dh660.6 billion and is forecast to reach Dh807.4 billion by 2020. The number of Muslim travellers globally is expected to increase from the current 131 million to 156 million by the same year.

During 2017, Muslim travellers spent an estimated average of Dh5,042 per person and this figure is projected to increase to Dh5,174.7 by 2020.

Majid Saif Al Ghurair, chairman, Dubai Chamber and board member of Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), said halal tourism is one of the main pillars supporting the continued growth of the global Islamic economy.

Jairaj Gorsia, general manager, Gevora Hotel, the world's tallest and dry hotel located on Sheikh Zayed Road, says Muslims tourists, especially from Saudi Arabia, continue to grow. The hotel receives a large number of guests, especially families, from Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries because it is a Shariah-compliant property.

"Families prefer to stay in non-alcoholic hotels because of their religious beliefs and where they can enjoy activities without being exposed. Halal tourism is a big market in the region and it's going pretty strong. Plus, halal hotels' pricing is also right and attractive for customers," said Gorsia.

In order to cash in on the growing halal market, Dubai will host the Global Islamic Economy Summit 2018 on October 30 and 31. In addition, Dubai also hosts the Halal Expo.

The UAE was recently named as a destination of choice for Muslim travellers due to several key factors, including its competitive business environment, wide variety of travel and tourism activities, advanced ICT readiness and world-class airport infrastructure.

 

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Fearing suspension after two murders in his jurisdiction, cop kills himself

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July 31,2020

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Hassan, July 31: A police sub-inspector (PSI) reportedly hanged himself at his official quarters in Channarayapatna town today morning.

The deceased has been identified as Kiran Kumar, 34, who was in charge of Channarayapatna rural police station.

Sources said that he was upset after two murder cases were reported in the last 24 hours in his limits. Kiran reportedly told colleagues an hour before the extreme step that he feared he would be suspended.  

According to locals, the SI was upset after news of the two murders due to alleged negligence of the police spread on social media. He killed himself before a visit by senior officials. IGP, southern range, and SP Srinivasagowda was planning to visit the town and the spots where the murders took place on Friday.

Kiran, a native of Lalanakere village in Arsikere taluk, was known for his rapport with local people. He was alone when the incident took place. His wife and children had gone to Lalanakere for the Varamahalakashmi festival on Thursday night. The body was shifted to the mortuary for a postmortem.

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'Will speak to CM on demands of ASHA workers,' assures Karnataka health minister

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July 30,2020

Bengaluru, Jul 30: As the protest by Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers entered the 20th day, Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu on Wednesday assured them that he would take up their demands with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

The ASHA workers are sitting in protests with a number of demands that include a minimum salary of Rs 12,000 per month.

Assuring that their matter will be taken up, Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu said while speaking to reporters, "We know how hard ASHA workers have been working as frontline warriors in the fight against COVID-19. I will discuss with CM about their demand for a minimum wage of Rs 12,000 per month and the final decision will be taken soon."

"We went to the police to allow us to protest. Officials then took us to the CM. During the meeting, he demanded some time to sort out our issues. 

We told him we are protesting for the past 20 days and that it was he who needs to call a meeting with us. Only then will he know the problems being faced by ASHA workers," an ASHA worker said clad in her signature pink sari.

"When asked as to why salaries of ASHA workers were not hiked, while it was done for doctors and other healthcare officials, the CM requested for time to look into the matter. 

We are not much happy now, but will if he comes in front of the media and promises to sort out our issues, then we will listen to him", she added.

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Centre extending all possible help to Karnataka in combating COVID-19: Sadananda Gowda

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July 18,2020

Bengaluru,  Jul 18: Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers DV Sadananda Gowda on Friday said that Government of India headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been extending all possible assistance to state government in their endeavour to combat the deadly coronavirus.

In a statement released after participating in a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru today, Gowda said he shared his views with the state government on how to control the spread of COVID-19 in the state in general and Bengaluru in particular.

He said the Centre was in constant touch with the state government on the issue. The centre is more than happy to extend any help further if Karnataka requires so.

"Being a Union Minister handling the Pharmaceutical Department also, I am closely monitoring the medicine demand and supply situation across the country on a day-to-day basis. The availability of required medicines including HCQ and Paracetamol is satisfactory in all states including Karnataka. Also, there has been enough lifesaving drugs in our Jan Aushadhi Kendras all over India. Over 600 such outlets exist in Karnataka alone," he said.

"If there is any issue related to medicine shortage or overpricing, one can bring it to my knowledge or call PMBJP tollfree number 18001808080 or NPPA number 18001112550 / 011-23345118 / 011-23345122. The grievances will surely be resolved to everybody's satisfaction" added the minister.

With related to state governments or private agencies seeking to import emergency medicines, medical equipment etc., Gowda assured, we would facilitate required licences without any delay.

"I strongly feel that it is our collective responsibility to use everything in our armour to defeat the pandemic. We also seek public support in this mission. Together, we will win," he said.

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