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Halal Dining Club Is Opening Up A World Of Halal Restaurants

Thanks to our Halal Food Instagram Heroes series, along with our collabs with eminent halal foodies like Halal Girl About Town, we are well aware that halal dining is a very big deal.

If you’ve been following this site for a while, you’ll know that halal food is available across a wide range of cuisines, in a huge number of countries, in a variety of forms; be it a sit down restaurant, experimental food truck, casual diner, greasy takeaway, rooftop eatery or upscale carry-out.

Sadly, not everyone is as halal food-informed as the average Ummahsonic reader. We know – it’s a tough thing to hear. Fortunately, one company is trying to change all of that.

Halal Dining Club is a website + app that serves as a sort of Yelp-slash-Open Table style directory for seeking out halal eateries.

Siddika Jaffer, the founder of the company, got the idea for the website while studying for an MBA in Singapore. There, she would notice British Muslim businesswomen “looking confused” while scouring local menus to determine if they were halal.

After a period of market research, the London-based entrepreneur discovered that halal was one of the world’s biggest dietary requirements, and there was little to help people satisfy it.

Halal Dining Club launched in 2016 following a successful crowdfunding campaign. The site currently boasts 90,000 registered users and over 4,000 restaurants listed across nine global cities.

Jaffer is keen to note that HDC is more than a directory. Speaking to Arabian Business, she explained: “We are not a simple app that just focuses on the discovery element. We’re the first platform that allows diners to discover a halal place, review it, book it and also get loyalty points all in one system.”

It’s also not just for halal diners. Jaffer says many non-Muslims are using the app too; often in a business capacity, when companies want to impress clients from places like Indonesia, Malaysia and the Middle East who do follow a halal diet.

Through the app, users can discover eateries in London, New York, Bangkok and beyond. Jaffer and her team are currently attempting to raise investment to tap into a market that she believes is worth $54 billion.

Thanks to her innovative tech team, Jaffer reckons she can provide investors with something different, while tempting businesses to sign up due to the unique marketing opportunities the platform offers.

While it might not exactly net Jaffer her desired investment, we’ll happily endorse Halal Dining Club (who knows? A billionaire on the hunt for halal food might be reading this).

Anything that reveals the incredible range of halal food on offer, while delivering a service that ensures halal dining is high quality (and often high-end) is OK by us.

For more information about Halal Dining Club, be sure to check out the website.

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