On 18 January 2019, the 100th season of the most prestigious and breathtaking Officers’ Ball of the Austrian Armed Forces took place in all 26 dance halls of the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, in the spirit of oriental fairy tales from the Thousand and One Nights. The Sultanate of Oman took the patronage over this extraordinary evening for 3,600 guests in festive uniforms from 100 countries all over the world.
The honorary guests were accompanied to the stage by the oldest military band GARDEMUSIK of the Austrian Armed Forces.
The introductory speech was delivered by the Chief of General Staff of Austrian Armed Forces, Major General Robert Brieger. The hundredth season of Vienna’s most prestigious Officers’ Ball was officially opened by the Federal Minister of National Defense HE Mario Kunasek. The Sultanate of Oman was represented at the Officers’ Ball by HE Yousuf Ahmed Hamed Al Jabri, the Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman in the Republic of Austria. Based on an invitation of the Ambassador of Oman, the Czech Republic was represented by Ivo Vaněk and his wife.
The opening programme was accompanied by a military music ensemble of the Croatian army.
Moreover, there were 71 musicians, singers and dancers, women and men from the Royal of Oman Air Force Band, who led the present guests through oriental fairy tales. This was the culmination of a week-long stay of Omani artists, who rehearsed in front of Vienna’s Stephansdom Cathedral from 13 January, together with the GARDEMUSIK military band of the Austrian Armed Forces, arousing great interest of passing spectators.
Ballett Dance4Dance, with the choreography by Michael Kropf, contributed to the perfect atmosphere of the evening, presenting authentic oriental costumes based on motifs and accompanied by melodies from the world-famous film Alladin by Walt Disney Pictures.
Hofburg, which dates back to the 13th century, is the residence of the Habsburg and Habsburg-Lorraine monarchs and since 1945, it has been the seat of the Austrian presidents. Oman has left an indelible mark in Vienna.