With more than 75 percent of the medical tourists being from the Middle East, Indian hospitals are eyeing Halal certification to make them feel at home. Chennai-based Global Health City said it has become the first in the country to receive the halal certification from the Halal Development Authority.
Halal India is an independent Halal Certification body which is recognised by the Indian govern-ment and deals with certification of food, cosmetics and drugs as per the Shariah law.
The certification would mean they get halal meat in food and have quiblah (the direction of Mecca) signs in every room and prayer hall. Muslims offer prayers facing quiblah. At least five leading hos-pital groups in India including Apollo Hospitals and Fortis are in talks with the authority, said Halal In-dia general manager Mohamed Noman Lateef.