How to visit Brazil during the World Cup as a Muslim fan


  • Europe
  • Thursday, 22 May 2014

A woman looks at T-shirts with Brazilian national colours at the SAARA shopping district, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 9, 2014. – EPA

Guide, app, hotline have prayer times, compass pointing to Mecca besides general visitor information and match times.

Muslim visitors to Brazil during the World Cup next month will be able to look up the nearest mosque and correct prayer times thanks to a new guide and app that will be distributed to airlines, hotels and the home bases of national squads.

Of the 32 national teams participating in the World Cup, six come from predominantly Muslim countries including Algeria, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Created by the Federation of Muslim Associations in Brazil (FAMBRAS), the guide provides information such as the nearest Islamic centres, mosques, embassies and consulates across the 12 cities hosting matches across the country.

A woman looks at T-shirts with Brazilian national colours at the SAARA shopping district, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 9, 2014. – EPA

In addition to general visitor information and match venues, guides will also provide readers with praying times, while the app, which hasn’t yet been released, will include a compass pointing to Mecca.

Fans with Muslim-specific questions can also call a toll-free telephone service that will be available in English and Arabic at 0800-718 6245.

The guide can also be downloaded at http://bit.ly/RR0Cbd. – AFP Relaxnews

A street decorated with the green and yellow national colours in a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 9, 2014. Rio’s residents are beginning to put the national colours in the streets to celebrate the FIFA World Cup that will run from June 12 to July 13. – AFP

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