What does a Sharia Compliant Vacation Look Like?
An Egyptian travel agency is seemingly capitalizing on Egypt’s shift towards Sharia law with a new proposal: sharia tourism!
The company, Cairo-based Shouq Travel, actually calls the vacations “halal,” meaning they are acceptable by Islamic law, but the entire concept has been dubbed “sharia tourism” by a number of sites.
The company’s website advertises: “Shouq Travel [provides destinations] to all Muslim families are committed to ‘Sharia,’ and includes hotels [that] do not provide alcohol, [and] all swimming pools, and health facilities [separate] men and women…”
According to Al-Arabiya, female visitors are required to wear modest clothes during their stay, and must be accompanied by a first-degree relative.
The photos are so unusual that it wouldn’t be surprising if they were photoshopped, but the company and the vacations appear to be real. There is a website in English and Arabic, a Facebook page with roughly 20 albums, even a Twitter handle. Therefore, if the photos are photoshopped, it appears to have been done by the company.
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