Top reasons why Muslim tourists prefer vacationing in Turkey
Turkey always provides a good mix of history and nature, a balance between historic bazaars and vacation spots. With varied travel options, people from Muslim and Arabic-speaking countries turn to Turkey for joyful trips with their families
Turkey’s natural and historic attractions have long been a force that draws tourists from around the globe and in recent years, varied tourism options have attracted tourists from Muslim and Arabic-speaking countries. Many Arab women appear at shopping malls and families have fun in Turkey’s different cities, mostly Istanbul. The Arab tourism season is expected to be in full swing this year, and we explore the top reasons for why Turkey and their popular city of Istanbul remain a hot spot among them.
Black Sea region’s refreshing highlands
Turkey’s Black Sea region has always been a hotspot for local tourists planning a relaxing vacation in a lavishly green and chilly atmosphere with their children. When it comes to international tourists, the region’s green cities like Trabzon and Rize lure Arab tourists. Boasting picturesque views, the Black Sea highlands such as Uzungöl and the Hıdırnebi Plateau in Trabzon are where tourists can surround themselves with nature. Tourism facilities and wooden houses make these highlands a highly preferred vacation spot. Arab tourists not only spend their summer in Turkey, but also buy property in the Black Sea region. The cities of Rize, Trabzon and Giresun have increasingly seen citizens from Arab countries investing in real estate projects. In the last three years, 7.5 million Arab tourists have traveled to Turkey, with Iraqi tourists accounting for the biggest share followed by Lebanese, Saudi, Algerian, Egyptian and Jordanian tourists.
Luxury shopping in Istanbul
From high-end fashion designers to antiques and jewelry, Istanbul is obviously where you can shop until you drop. Head over to Nuruosmaniye Street, where the Grand Bazaar is located, to have a shopping experience in a historic environment.
The street is home to Armağan, a large, seven-story retail outlet that sells traditional crafts, furniture, artwork, textiles and jewelry. There is no need to tell you about the Grand Bazaar, an unmissable spot in Istanbul. For local and international fashion brands, Bağdat Avenue and Nişantaşı are where to go. Lined with shopping malls, elegant luxury boutiques and top international brands, Bağdat Avenue on Istanbul’s Asian side is one of the best places to shop in the city. A great place to spend a day, Bağdat Avenue is ideal for strolling and shopping in stores such as Longchamp, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger along with local Turkish brands including Vakko and Brandroom. With indoor and outdoor spaces, İstinye Park is a lavish shopping mall on the European side with more than 300 stores spread over 270,000 square meters. Burberry, Dior, Fendi, Polo Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Etro, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and many other famous brands are located at the mall. İstinye Park is also a popular place for Turkish celebrities to shop.