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Friday, 25 July 2008

China: Over 2,000 Muslim Outlets During Olympics


BEIJING, July 24 (Bernama) - Beijing will have over 2,000 Muslim restaurants and food shops to cater to visitors coming for next month's Olympic Games.

The host city had set aside 32 million yuan (RM15 million) to open 'halal' restaurants and upgrade major Muslim catering businesses, Xinhua News Agency said, citing a city official.

Muslim outlets are also available at the Beijing Capital Internatioal Airport and the Beijing West Railway Station.

Xinhua said up to 10,000 Muslim athletes, coaches and tourists are expected to visit Beijing's Muslim quarters in Niujie Street where the city's oldest mosque is located.

The report said 12 of Beijing's 70 mosques have been selected to be the main centres to welcome Muslim visitors and they have been fitted with Arabic signs and barrier-free facilities.

The Games Village will also have Muslim food and religious facilities for athletes and officials.

China has a Muslim population of about 20 million, the majority of which are in the nothwestern Xinjiang and Ningxia autonomous regions.

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