#TechThursday: The travel portal dedicated to the Muslim traveller
From prayer mats to alcohol-free mini bars, Tripfez helps you to find Muslim-friendly hotels that provide more than just free Wi-Fi
The Muslim traveller is on the rise. With Muslims predicted to form one in three of the world's population by 2025, it's surprising that there aren't more businesses that cater to the needs of this growing market. Recognising that Muslim travellers have unique needs, Faeez Fadhlillah teamed up with Juergen Gallistl to create Tripfez, a travel portal that aggregates Muslim-friendly hotels from the world over.
Since the site's launch in 2013, Tripfez's database has grown to encompass over 650,000 accomodation options in 83,000 destinations. Stranded without a prayer mat in London? Forgot to pack your Quran with you to Osaka? Simply ring up room service and have them deliver these items to you.
Naturally, some hotels are more attentive to the needs of the Muslim traveller, and Tripfez sorts these properties according to three tiers — bronze, silver, and gold. A bronze-rated hotel would have Muslim prayer mats available as well as Kibblat directions (signs pointing to Mecca) in the room while silver-standard properties are able to provide a list of Halal-restaurants in the vicinity on top of keeping the guestroom mini bar alcohol-free. For a property to achieve the Gold standard, it must offer Halal-certified cuisine.
For urban Muslims seeking a blessed journey, there's no reason why Tripfez shouldn't sit high on your bookmark list.