Vienna enjoys an Arabian summer

Occupancy rising: Vienna achieves 80 per cent of 2019 nights from Arab countries

Vienna has recorded more than 112,200 bed nights in July and August 2022 from Arab countries in Asia, which is around 80 per cent of its pre-Corona volume from 2019.

The United Arab Emirates tops the list with 41,191 bed nights spent in Vienna, followed by Saudi Arabia with 30,885. While two thirds of the overnight stays are divided between these two countries, the last third is made up of the remaining neighbouring Arab counties.

During the summer months of 2022 there were again numerous direct flights from the GCC counties to Vienna. The airlines operated several times a week: the most frequent flights to Vienna were from Qatar, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia, with an average of between 10 and 14 connections/frequencies per country per week. Airlines from Kuwait also landed in Vienna on average 4 times a week.

Around half of the overnight stays from the Arab region that are made in Vienna are generated in July and August. In total, there were 2,788,720 overnight stays in Vienna in the months of July and August. The strongest source markets are Germany, Austria, and the USA.

“I am very happy about the excellent summer in Vienna, where overnight stays from the GCC region and its neighbouring countries have already reached 80 per cent of the 2019 volume again. The city highly values this group of guests who come to Vienna to enjoy its exclusive shopping opportunities, family friendly activities and unique flavours. Vienna offers as a year-round destination many new experiences for our guests from the GCC like the recently opened Mythos Mozart and the sightseeing platform on the Giant Ferris Wheel among others”, says Matthias Schwindl, Media Relations Manager, Middle East, Vienna Tourist Board.

During the warm season, the Austrian capital becomes a hub for many vacationers especially from the Arab countries thanks to its moderate climate and beautiful landscapes. Every year, 360,000 spring flowers, 1.5 million summer flowers, 60,000 autumn flowers and the blossoms of one million bulbs beautify the city.




Vienna offers some new attractions such as Mythos Mozart, a new multimedia experience for all the senses; sightseeing from a historical giant Ferris wheel; and an upgraded city guide app complete with personalised content.

Mythos Mozart: Mozart lived in Vienna for ten years – a period which was also his most prolific.  The interactive, virtual Mythos Mozart experience has opened in the very spot that Mozart composed The Magic Flute and his Requiem (now Karntner Strasse 19, basement level of the Steffl department store). The multimedia encounter with the musical genius is set up as a 60-minute round tour, which gets under way with Mozart’s Requiem – in a space where 1,500 candles, silhouette projection and sounds create an almost religious experience.

Historical views: Standing on a specially installed glass and steel platform, visitors in search of an adrenaline rush can enjoy a flight of fancy not enjoyed by anyone since the original engineers built the Riesenrad back in 1897. Secured in a safety harness, thrill seekers can lap up the views high above the city.

ivie City Guide App: ivie, the free digital city guide for Vienna (iOS and Android) that has already downloaded from the app stores more than 200,000 times, now offers personalized inspiration and information under the new FOR YOU feature – putting bespoke content in the palms of all visitors to the capital.