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Arabs flee Gulf heat for Alpine idyll, despite talk of veil ban
by Kirsti Knolle
While France's seaside resorts grapple with the clash of cultures posed by Muslim women in "burkinis", a tourist town in the Austrian Alps has grown used to visitors in Islamic dress tip-toeing over its pristine summer snow.
Zell am See's high mountains, dense forests and crystal-clear lakes are a major draw for travelers from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, who flee the blistering Arabian heat each year for the cool alpine air.
"It's so beautiful here and rich in variety and not as hot as in Muscat. We love it," Sultan, a 25-year-old airport worker honeymooning with his wife Marwa, said as they both gazed in wonder from a funicular railway cabin as it climbed towards a glacier 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) high.
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