Category Archives: Travelling

02 Mar

The Transport System Of Leeds

A64 LeedsThe greater Leeds is crossed by M1 motorway and a range of highway, including A58, A62, A63, A64, A65. M1 is one of the most important transport arteries of England that connects Leeds with London. A58 leads to Prescott, A62 to Manchester, A63 to Kingston, A64 to Scarborough and A65 to Cumbria. Due to a highly developed road system and a broad variety of hotels in Leeds, the popularity of the city grows among auto tourists exponentially.

In the 60s of the last century an extremely ambitious project of circumferential highway has been implemented in the city. A good part of the road falls to the share of underground tunnels. Thus, in contrast to Birmingham, Leicester and many other cities in England, Leeds has managed to minimize the damage caused to an ancient look and feel by the development of the transport system. Therefore, with a sweeping selection of accommodation options, including totally affordable serviced apartments Leeds offers legions of tourists to plunge into an ancient atmosphere of the city.

Some shopping streets in the central part of Leeds (e.g. Brigat) are closed for vehicles. In early 2006 the free bus route has been launched due to the initiative of city authorities: the form of public transport that exists in many European cities is highly appreciated by the tourists. The trams have been abolished in November 1959; today the city is considering the option of introducing trolleybus routes. The ‘Next generation transport’, held in Leeds in 2009, resulted into a new initiative to reincarnate trolleybus tradition in the city. The city estimates the implementation of a new project at 280 million pounds, while the launch of the new type of public transport is scheduled for the year of 2015. However, a similar initiative has been declined by the government in 2004.

08 Feb

Leeds The Muslim

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Leeds has a strong Muslim community with nearly 3% of Islam adherents from the entire population. The city houses a number of mosques and organisations with Mosque Jinnah, Leeds Grand Mosque, Makka Masjid and Bilal mosques, the Islamic Cultural Centre of Leeds, Leeds Islamic Organisation, Center for Islamic Studies at the University of Leeds and so on. Muslims represent an active part of the populace with a great reputation and respect from both authorities and residents. All mosques organised lessons and lectures on Islamic sciences such as the Qur’an, hadith, sira, Fiqh and etc. The places of cultural interest are scattered throughout the city, thus you may want to consider various Leeds hotels options when planning your trip to the city.

Leeds Central Mosque Jinnah is the first and the oldest mosque of Leeds, erected in 1958. Subsequently, in 1974 and 1982 the territory of the mosque complex was expanded. In 1980, the government of Leeds provided a grant for mosque sports hall construction, where nowadays sports and cultural events, as well as weddings, meetings and conferences take place.

Leeds Grand Mosque

The largest mosque in the city was converted from a church in 1994 due to the financial contribution made by Muhammad bin Saif Al Nahyan from Abu Dhabi (UAE). The complex’s main hall open space is used for experiments in human echolocation field.

Makka Masjid

Makka Masjid was built in 2003; until then, the Muslims of Leeds rented two houses. To date, Makka Masjid is one of the most beautiful active mosques in Leeds.

Bilal Mosque

Founded in 1982, Bilal occupied the building of a church. The mosque launched a number of educational courses, training young men and women in various Islamic disciplines. Bilal supports the local sports center.

If you are interested in the aspiring Muslim communities of Yorkshire, you should definitely visit the city, taking into account a wide selection of hotels in Leeds and a highly developed public transport system, you will definitely enjoy your stay.