The 21-year-old Maryan comes from Dubai.  “We have camels instead of sleighs,” she says laughing.  She is here along with her brother and his family.
  Fouzia (financial accountant) from Oman is here on holiday with her husband Hatam and they have been together for eight years.  While other tourists are enjoying a beer or having some ice cream, they are drinking hot chocolate topped with whipped cream.
  Ahmad and Mona, both twenty and both lawyers, come from Kuwait. They are on their honeymoon and are having the time of their lives.  “This place is very famous!  Everyone wants to come here!”  They say that sometimes they have the feeling that they are in Kuwait because there are so many Iraqis here. 
  Nourah, her husband Mohammed and children May and Deem come from Saudi Arabia, where it is now 50 degrees Celsius. That is why the family search for cooler temperatures here. The cap May   is wearing Nourah bought on E-Bay before coming here. Youngest child Deem does not like the cold. They are going to Munich later on to shop.
  Boating on the Zell am See lake is popular.
   
  
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   A couple walks slowly through the forest, while   taking a lot of photographs.     
  At the weekly traditional feast “Zell Edelweisen” in the park by the lake local residents come together to dance and show their traditional costumes to the tourists.  There is also a yodelling and wood chopping contest.
  A mother and son, enjoying the snow on the Kirzsteinhorn glacier, making a snowman.
   
  
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   A family on their way to the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Kirzsteinhorn glacier.
   
  
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   Mariam is not bothered by the cold and proudly shows her arms which have been decorated with henna. 
  Mai from Kuwait is happy with her warm headscarf, she says.  She is a teacher at a day-care centre and he is studying for his Masters in Islamic History. Together they are on a three-week trip. “People here are very nice.”
  Ali and Samira from Saudi-Arabia are having their picture taken with some of the local residents during the traditional feast ‘Zell Edelweisen’. He is a mathematics teacher and she is a geography teacher. At first they thought that this was a wedding party, but when they got closer they could see that there were also tourists.  ‘We love it here because it’s so nice and cool and there is no traffic in the city centre.” Later on they will he headed for London to go shopping.
  By the waterfall Maryam from Oman poses for the picture.  She is here with her husband Saleh for a week’s holiday before they head to Salzburg.  “Everyone talks about this place.  For us, it is paradise.”
  The 26-year-old Turki and his 22-year-old wife Riha (pregnant with their second child) come from Saudi Arabia and  are celebrating their fourth anniversary on this holiday. This is their first time going on holiday together. Turki: “This is the best place I have ever been!” He had heard from his friends that he should come to Zell am See, but it far exceeds his expectations.   One hour later Urki wins the second prize in the yodelling contest.    His wife Riha decided yesterday to remove the coverage of her mouth and nose, because people were staring at her. Turki speaks for her: “She says that she feels very naked like this.” 
  Khaled (policeman) and his wife Mariam (housewife) come from Dubai and along with their four children Sumayah, Hamda, Abaid and Rashed have come for a ten-day holiday in Zell am See and following that a four-day holiday in Vienna.  “The children keep crying that their hands are cold,” Mariam says laughing.
  The garden of the Grand Hotel. Most of the Arabic tourists choose for this hotel which is located directly next to the lake.
   
  
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   Locals and tourists are meeting each other on the central square of the village. 
  Nourah from Saudi Arabia goes dressed in a purple niqab and wearing rented moon boots underneath. She seems to like the sleighing even more than her children do. “They just think that it is cold here,” she says laughing. “I think it is wonderful because in my country it is now 50 degrees and in the summertime all you can do is stay inside.”
  A walking path into the forest, which leads the people to a beautiful waterfall
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