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Halal Hotels in Russia

Halal Hotels in RussiaHalal Hotels in Russia

A number of halal hotels for Muslims, to be opened in Russia, will be certified according to Sharia norms, the Russian Muftis’ Council said on its website Monday.

Council chairman Ravil Gainutdin, has endorsed the hotel standards developed by the International Center for Halal Standardization and Certification, the first ever standards regulating  such hotel services in the Russian hotel and tourist sector, said the council’s press service, according to Russian news agency Itar-Tass.

“The new standards will promote development of tourism in Russia,” said Director of the International Center for Halal Standardization and Certification Aidar Gazizov. “Given the growing tourism in Russia from southeast Asia, China and Muslim countries, the class of a hotel will be indicated by half moons, rather than conventional stars symbols,” he said.

All the halal hotels should observe Muslim catering traditions, especially during the fasting month of Ramadan; hotel rooms will be provided with special facilities for Muslim prayers, he added.

A mosque and separate leisure and fitness rooms for men and women, might also be provided.