Last updated: 03:57 PM ET, Thu August 13 2015

Orlando International Airport to Open Muslim Prayer Room

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | August 13, 2015

Orlando International Airport to Open Muslim Prayer Room

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With Emirates set to launch non-stop daily service between Orlando, Florida and Dubai next month, Orlando International Airport has revealed plans to open a Muslim prayer room at the airport's Terminal B, Central Florida's News 13 reported.

Orlando's WKMG reported the new "Reflection Room," which is expected to be open by Sept. 1, will cost $250,000.

In accommodating the influx of Muslim travelers, OIA will join other major airports across the world boasting similar spaces dedicated to prayer and reflection.

While the airport has featured a non-denomination chapel with available prayer rugs in Terminal A for more than three decades, the new space is part of a 4,000-square-foot International Lounge set to be completed this summer.

Currently, many Muslim travelers passing through OIA pray at terminals or inside of restrooms. But that will soon change. 

"So they aren't having to, if it is the case, kneel on bathroom floors or in corners," the airport's director of public affairs Carolyn Fennell told News 13.

With Orlando officially becoming the most visited destination in the U.S. last year, it's appropriate that airport officials also hope to construct an interdenominational chapel in the airport's main terminal sometime down the road. 

In March, it was announced that, beginning Sept. 1, Emirates would operate one daily round-trip flight between Orlando and Dubai with a 266-passenger Boeing 777-200LR.

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