Singapore firm launches in-flight Muslim prayer app

August 13, 2013
Crescent Trips, an iPhone app alerting Muslims when to pray and in which direction they should face, even when they are 35,000 feet in the air, is seen on an iPhone in Singapore, on August 13, 2013. The app, developed by Crescentrating, a firm that gives "halal" or Islam-compliant ratings to hotels and other travel-related establishments, will be made available to Android phones within months.

A Singapore-based company has launched an iPhone app alerting Muslims when to pray and in which direction they should face even when they're 35,000 feet in the air.

Travellers input the flight details and are provided with prayer times during their journey, as well as the direction of the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

Crescentrating, a firm that gives "halal" or Islam-compliant ratings to hotels and other travel-related establishments, plans to make the free app, called Crescent Trips, available to Android smartphones within months, chief executive Fazal Bahardeen said.

The app also includes audio clips of prayers Muslims—required to pray five times daily at certain hours—recite when they travel.

"The Muslim traveller is probably the largest untapped market in the travel industry today," Crescentrating Dany Bolduc said.

"It really isn't catered to as well as it should be given the immense size and potential of this market."

Spending by Muslim tourists is growing faster than the global rate and is forecast to reach $192 billion a year by 2020, up from $126 billion in 2011, according to a study released last year by Crescentrating and DinarStandard, a US-based firm that tracks the Muslim lifestyle market.

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Technophebe
not rated yet Aug 13, 2013
There was an almost identical article on this very site 3 years ago:

http://phys.org/n...tml#nRlv

Do we really need to hear about iPhone apps on a science news site?
antialias_physorg
not rated yet Aug 13, 2013
I'd like to see this work while on an approach to King Abdulaziz International Airport (which is close to Mecca). Revolving muslims during prayer must be a hoot to watch.
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1 / 5 (1) Sep 11, 2013
I am recently inclined towards the use of iPhone but I was wondering about an app that can be used to locate the direction of Qiblah but did not found any worthwhile. Now thanks to my luck I got such am app.

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