Malaysia tops survey of Muslim-friendly tourist destinations

Malaysia has become the top nation for Muslim-friendly tourism services, according to a survey.

The nation has been rated as the world’s top Muslim-friendly holiday destination in a recent survey. Nations including Egypt, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Singapore were runners-up. The survey was conducted by Singapore-based Muslim travel consultancy, Crescentrating. The survey ranked countries on how well they cater to the growing number of Muslim holidaymakers seeking halal, or Islam-compliant, food and services.

The survey covered a variety of criteria, including the level of safety for tourists in a country, the ease of access to halal food and prayer facilities and accommodation that is specially suited to the needs of Muslim guests. On a scale of one to 10, Malaysia came top with a grade of 8.3. The survey covered 50 nations.

Egypt was in second place with a score of 6.7, and it was followed by the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, both of which had scores of 6.6. Saudi Arabia was in fourth place with a score of 6.4 and Singapore was fifth with 6.3.

Commenting on the outcome of the survey, Crescentrating said that it was taken from the point of view of the traveller, not locals.

The company said, ‘Malaysia is one of the few countries where you can find a prayer place in almost every location, be it a shopping mall or the airport.’

The survey’s findings are intended to be useful to tourists looking for Muslim-specific services in a range of nations around the world.