Singapore firm launches in-flight Muslim prayer app

Crescent Trips, an iPhone app for Muslims, seen on an iPhone in Singapore, on 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.


Explore further

Airborne prayers problem solved for tech-savvy Muslims

© 2013 AFP

Citation: Singapore firm launches in-flight Muslim prayer app (2013, August 13) retrieved 6 December 2021 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-singapore-firm-in-flight-muslim-prayer.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors