By Norma Stanley | November 2022
The city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is known for its luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and live nightlife and it is a prime destination for travelers from all around the world and is one of the world's leading tourism destinations, where the world’s second most five-star hotels are located.
The city hosts nearly 15 million visitors a year and attractions include the Burj Khalifa, an 830 foot-tall tower, which dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. There are also artificial islands just offshore, called Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks and of course, there is the the Dubai Mall, which is the second largest mall in the world, featuring the Dubai Aquarium and other extraordinary sights.
Dubai is on the bucket list for many travelers and is a big attraction for people of the Muslim faith from around the world. One company leveraging this interest by Muslim women in traveling to Dubai, is The Traveling Muslimahs, a travel group developed by Munazza Muhammad, exclusively to meet the unique traveling needs of Muslim women.
“I founded The Traveling Muslimahs in 2017, in hopes of providing Muslim women the opportunity to travel together, forming bonds of sisterhood and catering to the unique needs of Muslimahs while traveling, such as prayer time and halal meals,” says Muhammad, whose travel club now has over 200 members. “We just celebrated our five-year anniversary and now travel to Dubai twice annually in addition to other destinations across the U.S and the world,” she said.
Muhammad recommends Dubai for first time international travel, because Dubai can satisfy anything a traveler could want.
“Because Dubai caters heavily toward tourism, you can find anything you’re used to from wherever you’re from,” says Muhammad. “Traveling internationally opens up so many possibilities to experience different cultures, different perspectives, different foods, different faiths, and Dubai is the perfect place to experience that,” Muhammad continued. “People also think you have to have lots of money to travel there, but that’s not necessarily true,” she said.
Dawn Anderson, CEO of One Neo Geo, a brand marketing and publicity syndication firm and publisher of Celebrity Boss Magazine is a member of the Traveling Muslimahs. ‘I travelled to Dubai for the first time last year and loved it! I plan on making it an annual trip,” Anderson said. “It’s like the Western society…a capitalist country, but one which has Islamic culture that I’m familiar with, as I am a Muslim who lives in a capitalist country. It’s beautiful over here and products like 22 karat gold, are super cheap which you can get for next to nothing,” Anderson continued. “And when it comes to food, you can find any kind of food you might like, in Dubai. Anything from east to west—even McDonald’s,” she said.
For more information on the Traveling Muslimah's, go to thetravelingmuslimahs.com