Iran is the world's 18th largest country by land area, with a population of more than 74 million people. Iran is the center of one of the oldest civilizations, the first Iranian dynasty being formed in 2800 BC. Iran is one of the world's most mountainous countries, especially to the west. To the north, the country is covered by dense rain forests or jungle, while to the east it consists mainly of desert basins. Iran is mainly an urbanized country, having six cities with a population of over one million. The capital city, Tehran, had a population approaching eight million in 2006. Iran has the sixteenth largest economy in the world by purchasing power and ranks second in the world for natural gas reserves, and third for reserves of oil. Fly with Austrian Airlines to the Islamic Republic of Iran and experience ancient and modern civilizations together.
Austrian Airlines operates a large number of flights to the key economic centres in the Middle East: Tel Aviv, Cairo, Tehran.