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Taipei 101 mulls setting up Muslim prayer room

2016/01/29 14:17:17

Taipei, Jan. 29 (CNA) The company that owns and manages the Taipei 101 skyscraper is mulling setting up a Muslim prayer room to attract more Muslim visitors, according to sources from the landmark building.

A total of 2.96 million people visited the Taipei 101 observatory on the 89th floor last year, representing an increase of 700,000 people or nearly 30 percent year-on-year, the building's statistics showed.

However, the number of visitors from China, which accounts for about 60 percent of the total, dropped by about 10 percent in the run-up to the Jan. 16 presidential and legislative elections, said Michael Liu (劉家豪), a spokesman of Taipei 101.

That prompted fears the mainland tourist market may be unstable and Taiwan would be vulnerable if it relied too much on it.

Liu said that his company is trying to woo more visitors from South Korea, European and American nations, and the Middle East this year in order to avoid an over-reliance on a single market.

The establishment of a Muslim prayer room will be one of the measures to be adopted by the skyscraper's administration to attract more visitors from Islamic nations.

The management will also encourage restaurants operating in the building to acquire halal certification, to accommodate Muslims' dietary restrictions.

Ding Xian 101, located on the 86th floor of the skyscraper, has already gained such certification, Liu said.

(By Lin Meng-ju and Romulo Huang)
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