Ahmad created the Irhal app for Muslim travelers, which includes 90-plus city guides with halal restaurants, mosques and prayer timings for each city.
MUST-HAVES: My No. 1 travel partner is now my phone. In the past, not unlike the 108 million fellow Muslims who travel every year, I needed a compass to find the direction of Mecca to say my prayers in a new city. Today, my phone with the Irhal app has a built-in compass.
ALSO: My navy blue Sperry top-siders — the original two-eye boat shoe that can look cool on the beach and casually elegant in any party I need to attend while traveling. And of course, for that unexpected formal event, a Polo Ralph Lauren navy blue sport coat/blazer with brass buttons that even makes a T-shirt look respectable.
COULD USE: I need to replace my pull-along bag which I use to protect my laptop while traveling. ... I am looking for that perfect saddle-leather antique-looking, weather-beaten bag with modern spinner wheels that glide across the aisle with ease. The perfect blend of rugged leather and modern comfort.
TO GIVE: A GoPro for the adventure-seeker who loves bungee-jumping or zip-lining. A phone battery backup for the always-connected millennial.