The Orlando International Airport is spending $350,000 on a Muslim prayer-room complete with reflection pool so they do not have pray in public. Emirates Airlines announced it will soon be flying out of Orlando International Airport.
The Washington Times reported that the decision was made after Emirates Airlines announced it will soon be offering direct flights out of Orlando to Dubai. A majority of the airline’s travelers are Muslim.
“These rooms provide travelers an opportunity an opportunity to pray in their own way and have peace before they take on a long flight,” Imam Muhammad Musri, president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, told CNN’s local affiliate.
The room is expected be open by the Sept. 1 launch of the first Emirates flight out of Orlando.
Many Muslim travelers currently pray in public terminals and even in the bathrooms at the Orlando airport. The “Reflection Room” will give them a more suitable place to pray, said Carolyn Fennell, director of public affairs at the airport, CBS reported.
“So they aren’t having to, if it is the case, kneel on the bathroom floors or in corners so they have the reflective time,” Ms. Fennell said.
The airport already has a chapel in Terminal A and is expected to open an interdenominational chapel in the near future.
An Emirates Airlines Boeing 777 arrives at Logan International Airport in Boston, March 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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