Germany: Munich Airport Opens Muslim Prayer Room in Terminal 1

Munich Airport has officially opened a newly completed Muslim prayer room in Terminal 1.

Last year alone, routes to the Near East accounted for some 870,000 arriving and departing passengers at Munich Airport, and the traffic continues to increase.

Serving as a gateway to the Middle East is Module C in Terminal 1, where airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways and Oman Air offer flights to major centers in the region.

In addition to signage in German, English and Arabic, the food services in departure area feature halal menu selections. The prayer room now completes the facilities.

“We are very pleased to see the increasing numbers of guests from Arab countries and are proud that we are able to address their needs and wishes in this way,” said Munich Airport CEO, Dr. Michael Kerkloh.

Dr. Kerkloh also thanked the General Consul of the United Arab Emirates for the support with the furnishings of the new room, where men and women can pray separately. The decor in the prayer room includes carpets from Dubai and paintings by a Jordanian artist.

In his speech, General Consul Mohammed A. Al Romaithi emphasized the symbolic dimension of the new prayer room at Munich Airport, saying that it is “emblematic of religious tolerance and a deeper understanding among nations.” He added that this will not only foster mutual understanding between religions, but will also go a long way to make Bavaria even more appealing to the Arab world.