Travel news: Japanese hotel rated Muslim-friendly

Plus, new Four Seasons resort in Dubai, enjoy a London shopping trip and Christmas market package in Prague.

A Christmas market in Prague.
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Japanese hotel rated Muslim-friendly

The Hotel Granvia Kyoto has been named the first hotel in Japan to obtain a Muslim-friendly rating. The four-star hotel, located within the JR Kyoto Station Building Complex, was awarded a rating of four by CrescentRating, based on the services and facilities it offers its Muslim guests. Its rooms are marked with prayer directions, while prayer mats and timetables are available on request. The hotel can also arrange separate prayer rooms for group reservations or events. Its traditional Japanese restaurant Ukihashi offers a range of halal menus – no alcohol, pork or non-halal seasoning are used in the dishes, all meat products are halal-certified, while tableware and utensils are stored separately from items used for non-halal food. Prices start from 37,066 Japanese yen (Dh1,194) per night, including taxes and fees, for two people, including breakfast. For more information, visit

New Four Seasons resort in Dubai

The Four Seasons Dubai resort at Jumeirah Beach is now taking reservations for November 16 onwards. The hotel, which has 237 rooms, including 49 suites, overlooks the Arabian Gulf. Guests will have access to the hotel's three swimming pools, family activities and the resort's spa. There is a variety of restaurants, including seafood at Sea Fu; Shai Salon, which serves tea and lighter fare; and Mercury Lounge, a rooftop lounge. Prices start from Dh2,665 per night, for two people, including taxes. For more information, visit

Enjoy a London shopping trip

From November 21 to December 21, the Conrad London St James hotel is offering guests a private chauffeured car and a personal-shopping escort when they book into the Shop the City by Conrad package, for a minimum two-night stay. Prices start from £732 (Dh4,276) per night, per person, including taxes. For more information, visit

Christmas market package in Prague

If you're looking for a quintessential Eastern European Christmas experience, Prague is a must. The Corinthia Hotel Prague is offering a Prague Christmas Market Package from December 1 to January 5, which is available for booking until December 31. The package includes accommodation, full buffet breakfast, a two-day transportation pass per person, entrance to the Old Town Square Tower, Christmas sweets and a surprise Christmas gift in the room, plus free Wi-Fi. Prices start from €124 (Dh568) per night, for two people, including taxes. For more information, visit

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