Irhal wins best Islamic Economy Startup Award

November 18, 2014, Dubai

The “Irhal” Islamic travel mobile app has won the first prize for being the most innovative application developed by a startup in the field of Islamic economy at The Entrepreneurs Day Awards hosted by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority in Dubai. More than 300 companies took part in the competition. Ten startups were shortlisted for final presentations before a jury of international seed and angel investors.

“We are honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Irfan Ahmad, CEO and founder of “Such appreciation gives us the impetus to keep going.”

Irhal is an Arabic/English Islamic travel app which has 90+ city guides. Besides traditional travel information on places to visit, shopping, hotels, etc., Irhal also has GPS enabled maps showing Halal restaurants and mosques. It also has prayer timings and Qibla direction for each city. Irhal is available both on the Android and iOS formats.

The website has over 200,000 visitors from the Middle East. The mobile app is positioned to be the must-have resource for all Muslim travelers globally. According to a 2013 Thomson Reuters study, Muslims spend over $130 billion every year in leisure and business travel and 31% of this amount is spent by travelers from the GCC alone.

Shahla Ahmed Abdul Razak, Deputy CEO, DSOA, said: "I would like to congratulate the winners - they truly deserve this recognition from a platform that we anticipate will grow over the coming years. I would also like to acknowledge all participants and supporters who took this as a learning opportunity to expand their knowledge and horizons in technology-based entrepreneurship and products that support the UAE's Islamic economy.”

About Irhal is an Arabic/English travel website for Muslim tourists. The mobile app can be downloaded here:

Irhal is a Dubai based startup and can be contacted on the following address:

704 IT Plaza
Dubai Silicon Oasis
P O Box 341135
Dubai, UAE
Phone: +9714-3263364

Irfan Ahmad
CEO and Founder
Mobile: +97150-5522310

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About Irhal is the first Islamic travel website launched in Dubai in April 2010. Within two months its user base has crossed 120,000 unique visitors per month – and growing. provides travel related information in both English and Arabic and caters to the needs of outbound travellers from the Middle East. has filled the need for Arabic content in the travel sector. Its comprehensive city guides are helpful in selecting holiday destinations. Information on Muslims in space as well as the travel exploits of ancient Muslim travellers such as Ibn Faldan who toured Scandinavia over 1,000 years ago create an ambience that brings back users to the site. Airlines, hotels and tourism organizations can place their banner ads on the site to reach this niche audience of travellers from the Middle East.


For further information or discussions please contact:

Fazal Bahardeen, CEO,  Tel.: +65 6255 2896, E-Mail:

Irfan Ahmad, CEO,  Tel:+97150 5522310, E-Mail: