Despite its relatively minuscule size of about seven hundred and twenty square kilometres (as compared to most major metropolitan cities in the world), Singapore is regarded as one of the wealthiest cities in the world, with a high standard of living. There are tons of commercial buildings with some of the major brands such as Ford, HSBC, Google and more, setting up offices here. In addition, Singapore’s port and airport is constantly busy and operating twenty four hours a day.
Singapore is a multicultural city with people of various ethnicities working and living here. The four main ethnic groups are Malay, Indian, Chinese, and Eurasian. Due to the various ethnic groups, many religions are practised here as well. Islam is one of the major religions, with over 800,000 followers in Singapore. As such, there are numerous Halal and Muslim friendly amenities here such as mosques, eateries, fashion, religious items, and accommodations. Let’s look at some of the top Muslim friendly locations in Singapore
Kampong Glam is one of the oldest and most prominent Muslim friendly locations in Singapore. Since the founding of modern Singapore in the early nineteenth century, Kampong Glam was the designated area for Muslim traders and settlers. Today, it is home to many different ethnic groups, but still manage to retain much of its Muslim roots. Some of the historical Muslim landmarks here include the Istana Kampong Glam, Sultan Mosque (oldest mosque in Singapore), Malabar Mosque, Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, Madrasah Aljunied and Alsagoff Arab school.
Apart from Muslim landmarks, there are numerous Halal eateries in Kampong Glam such as Zam Zam, Victory, Tasneem, Islamic, Rumah Makan Minang, and Hajjah Maimunah. Zam Zam, Victory, Tasneem and Islamic are famous for Indian Muslim cuisines including biryani, murtabak, chicken, beef and lamb curry, mee goreng, nasi goreng, and much more. Rumah Makan Minang and Hajjah Maimunah, on the other hand, serve some of the best Malay Muslim dishes such as nasi padang, rendang, mee rebus, lontong, mee siam, ayam lemak and so much more.
If you are interested in shopping, look no further than the Golden Landmark Shopping Centre, and the numerous shops lining up Bussorah Street, Kandahar Street, and Arab Street. At these locations, you will find some of the best Muslim fashion wear such as abaya, hijab, baju kurong, jubah and songkok, and even Muslim accessories such as prayer mats, beads and perfumes.
Online Muslim Fashion Shops
Another increasingly popular location for Muslim fashion and beautiful abayas are online shops. These Muslim fashion shops are based in Singapore, and while some have physical brick and mortar shops, in addition to their online shops, the rest do not. And here is where they are able to slash the cost of many of their fashion products, since they do not have to pay for extra overheads such as shop rentals, employee salaries, utilities and maintenance fees. Despite the much lower costs of the products, the quality is not compromised and are of the highest standards. One such renowned online fashion shop is HijabDressUp.com. HijabDressUp was started by a husband and wife team way back in 2012, and has since served over thousands of satisfied customers all across the world. They offer various Muslimah fashion clothes such as abaya, maxi dresses, baju kurong, and more.