Singapore Offers ‘Home Away from Home’ for Middle East Visitors during Ramadan and Eid

Published August 15th, 2010 - 09:13 GMT

Singapore is extending a warm welcome to Middle East visitors this Ramadan and Eid with a host of special travel offers that will allow Muslim tourists to fulfill their religious duties throughout their stay in the cosmopolitan Garden City.

Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has teamed up with Singapore Airlines to launch special deals for visitors from the UAE and Saudi Arabia: from 6 August to 18 September with special packages to Singapore, covering air and hotel costs, free daily Suhours and transfers to one of Singapore's oldest and largest mosques; the Sultan Mosque in Kampong Glam.

A highlight for many visitors to Singapore during this time is the annual Hari Raya celebrations – the Singaporean term for Eid– which sees Geylang Serai, the ethnic district of Singapore's Muslim community, come alive each night with a buzzing bazaar, lit-up with festive street decorations; Middle East travellers can purchase traditional clothes and gifts and sample local Malay cuisine.

"With trade links between the Arab world and South East Asia dating back to the ninth century, Singapore is well accustomed to Middle East visitors. Singapore offers a home away from home for regional visitors during this holy month. With a large Muslim population, multi-cultural Singapore is a destination where Middle East travellers can easily fulfill their religious duties, while experiencing the unique way in which we celebrates this holy month." said Jason Ong, Area Director for Middle East and Africa, STB.

"The annual Ramadan/ Hari Raya celebration offer a nightly array of colour, where visitors can buy a bounty of garments and gifts, as well as try out a mouth-watering array of local delicacies that can be sampled once the sun goes down. We have created these special travel deals for visitors from the UAE and Saudi Arabia to visit Singapore with their family during Ramadan and Eid," added Ong.

Ramadan activities can be experienced throughout Singapore: mosques across the island engage in the nightly Tarawih prayers and pre-dawn Qiyam prayers and Iftar is available at a wide range of venues, including popular tourist attractions such as the Singapore Flyer, allowing Middle East visitors and locals to meet and exchange festive greetings. 

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