The Royal Forums Coat of Arms


Join The Royal Forums Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
  #1  
Old 12-29-2008, 06:31 PM
Princess Robijn's Avatar
Super Moderator
Blog Editor
Picture of the Month Representative - Denmark
Royal Blogger
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: -, Netherlands
Posts: 2,557
New Year's Holiday in Dubai; 2008-2009

TRH the Prince and Princess of Orange and their children, HRH Princess Amalia, HRH Princess Alexia and HRH Princess Ariane, are celebrating the new year in Dubai. They left 2nd Christmasday.

A reporter was in the same plane as the family and told RTL Boulevard.
__________________

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-29-2008, 06:52 PM
sgl's Avatar
sgl sgl is offline
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: ~, United States
Posts: 4,826
Is this a private holiday, or will the Prince and Princess make appearances at events and meetings?
__________________

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-29-2008, 07:38 PM
randomlyKeira's Avatar
Nobility
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: London and New York, United Kingdom
Posts: 381
It sounds like a private holiday to me. I hope they have a wonderful new year together.
__________________
“Hollywood amuses me. Holier-than-thou for the public and unholier-than-the-devil in reality”
-Grace Kelly

Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-29-2008, 07:52 PM
rubies's Avatar
Heir Presumptive
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: daytona beach, United States
Posts: 2,214
Isn't that one of the places on their state visit coming up on the 17th of January? Maybe they will just stay. That seems crazy even as I write it, for I am sure there are different security measures for private trips and state trips, but I don't know! Who would bring Maxima all her clothes and jewels. Maybe I could get that job. HEHE
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-30-2008, 04:26 AM
Princess Robijn's Avatar
Super Moderator
Blog Editor
Picture of the Month Representative - Denmark
Royal Blogger
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: -, Netherlands
Posts: 2,557
If they would stay untill the official visit starts, what about the kids, would they also stay, but Princess Amalia has school, so they (the kids) would have to go home.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-30-2008, 07:21 AM
lucien's Avatar
Majesty
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Posts: 6,216
Quote:
Originally Posted by Princess Robijn View Post
TRH the Prince and Princess of Orange and their children, HRH Princess Amalia, HRH Princess Alexia and HRH Princess Ariane, are celebrating the new year in Dubai. They left 2nd Christmasday.

A reporter was in the same plane as the family and told RTL Boulevard.

Pity it leaked,they'll enjoy privacy for the rest of their stay anyway.
The family will return sunday as Amalia has to start school again on monday after the Christmas holidays.

TRH will visit Oman and the UAE from the 17th of january onwards to january 20th,when the official visit
will end in Dubai after visiting Abu Dhabi the previous day..
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-30-2008, 09:36 AM
Duke of Marmalade's Avatar
Majesty
TRF Author
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Posts: 8,599
Maybe it is connected with the upcoming trip, they were invited etc. Apart from that, I sometimes think don't they have a home or not enough to do with their own issues as Dutch CPs?

Yes it is important that people look beyond their own walls but sometimes I get the impression that they have become kind of Global CPs, they are everywhere, Argentina, Holiday here, Skiing there, Maxima on Al Jazeerah etc etc. I am sometimes missing the connection to what they are supposed to do, talking and taking care of Dutch issues, at home, not always abroad. Maybe there aren't any or they are occupied by others so Maxima can do the job of a global Microfinance expert? To be clear, I love the fact that Maxima is one of the few CPs with an own profile / field of interest / taken seriously etc and I see the benefit of the issue - I am only missing the Dutch connection to it the bigger and more global it gets.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-30-2008, 10:17 AM
Gentry
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: A, Netherlands
Posts: 92
They both do plenty 'at home' so I guess I miss your point. They are talking and taking care of dutch issues as well. Those don't always get a lot of media attention but they difentely do!
I am glad they travel a lot. Soon enough they will be king/queen and won't be able to do all the things they are doing now. As for her going on Al Jazeera: good for her. She has spoken plenty on dutch telly about MF. Microfinance btw is also something which is happening IN Holland as well, not just in third world countries
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-30-2008, 11:11 AM
lucien's Avatar
Majesty
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Posts: 6,216
Quote:
Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade View Post
Maybe it is connected with the upcoming trip, they were invited etc. Apart from that, I sometimes think don't they have a home or not enough to do with their own issues as Dutch CPs?

Yes it is important that people look beyond their own walls but sometimes I get the impression that they have become kind of Global CPs, they are everywhere, Argentina, Holiday here, Skiing there, Maxima on Al Jazeerah etc etc. I am sometimes missing the connection to what they are supposed to do, talking and taking care of Dutch issues, at home, not always abroad. Maybe there aren't any or they are occupied by others so Maxima can do the job of a global Microfinance expert? To be clear, I love the fact that Maxima is one of the few CPs with an own profile / field of interest / taken seriously etc and I see the benefit of the issue - I am only missing the Dutch connection to it the bigger and more global it gets.
So/Your Grace must have missed out on a row of things national here.Out of 365 days the couple,or each on his/her own/with kids are abroad maybe 30 to 40 days all in all.They do have a rather busy schedule at home too,but since going abroad seems to be not as common to most as it is to many others,it only seems as if they "do nothing else",which is nonsense ofcourse.Just check the "Current Events" threads and /or the Royal agenda from time to time and you see they are among the very busiest among their collegues,both here and abroad,yes.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-30-2008, 11:36 AM
Duke of Marmalade's Avatar
Majesty
TRF Author
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Posts: 8,599
I somehow knew this was coming lucien

I may have missed it because I neither live in the Netherlands nor do I follow their current events threads constantly (only the Maxima fashion thread - shame on me). The international media focus is usually on the international activities what may create such an impression.

It's at least unusual - others rarely have activities abroad unless on official visit. On the other hand, they do a lot what others don't or can't do or are not allowed to do and it seems to work for their people. Good for them, it makes them fittest for survival among the young generation of Royals (Prince Charles doesn't count here).
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 12-30-2008, 11:43 AM
bettina's Avatar
Aristocracy
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Almere, Netherlands
Posts: 189
Quote:
Originally Posted by lucien View Post
So/Your Grace must have missed out on a row of things national here.Out of 365 days the couple,or each on his/her own/with kids are abroad maybe 30 to 40 days all in all.
The 30-40 days are the days we know about. If there had been no Boulevard reporter on the plane, we might have missed this short abroad trip and who knows how many other trips we did miss already. Mind you, I think they work hard enough and deserve some spare time off. But the same goes for a lot of people. W&A are very privileged that they can afford this.
__________________
Bettina
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 12-30-2008, 01:41 PM
lucien's Avatar
Majesty
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Posts: 6,216
Quote:
Originally Posted by bettina View Post
The 30-40 days are the days we know about. If there had been no Boulevard reporter on the plane, we might have missed this short abroad trip and who knows how many other trips we did miss already. Mind you, I think they work hard enough and deserve some spare time off. But the same goes for a lot of people. W&A are very privileged that they can afford this.

And they are very much aware of that too bettina.But then there's always that isn't it,one flies the globe,others fly their brooms.

Oh,Your Grace,get out from under that chair!!
Others do less abroad,true,not meaning ofcourse they are less fortunate equipped in the brain department let alone anywhere else,
but what's true is true,Alex and Máxima are one of a kind.Glad you agreed.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 12-30-2008, 03:01 PM
Princess Maxima's Avatar
Courtier
Picture of the Month Representative - The Netherlands
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Posts: 1,020
Review of the countries Máxima visited during 2008(includes the visits we've seen pics of or the ones we've heard of)

5x Argentina(2x january, 1 april, 1 june, 1 october)
2x Austria(february and august)
?? Belgium
?? Mozambique
2x Spain(may and june)
2x USA(july and september)
1x Luxemburg(february)
1x Camerun(march)
1x China(august)
1x Paraguay(october)
1x Poland(october)
1x England(november)
1x Qatar(november)
1x Rumania(november)
1x Egypt(october)
1x UAE/Dubai(december)
__________________
Reina Máxima
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 12-30-2008, 03:34 PM
bettina's Avatar
Aristocracy
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Almere, Netherlands
Posts: 189
Quote:
Originally Posted by Princess Maxima View Post
Review of the countries Máxima visited during 2008(includes the visits we've seen pics of or the ones we've heard of)

5x Argentina(2x january, 1 april, 1 june, 1 october)
2x Austria(february and august)
?? Belgium
?? Mozambique
2x Spain(may and june)
2x USA(july and september)
1x Luxemburg(february)
1x Camerun(march)
1x China(august)
1x Paraguay(october)
1x Poland(october)
1x England(november)
1x Qatar(november)
1x Rumania(november)
1x Egypt(october)
1x UAE/Dubai(december)
WOW, even flying on plane that's quite an impressive list. I get tired even by looking at it.

Does anyone know where they are staying in Dubai right now or where they will stay in Januari? Could it be the Burj al Arab or the Atlantis Palm Hotel ? According to the web there are still rooms to book for just a few thousand dollar.... Oh, what a life .
__________________
Bettina
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 12-31-2008, 10:36 AM
rubies's Avatar
Heir Presumptive
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: daytona beach, United States
Posts: 2,214
Quote:
Originally Posted by bettina View Post
WOW, even flying on plane that's quite an impressive list. I get tired even by looking at it.

Does anyone know where they are staying in Dubai right now or where they will stay in Januari? Could it be the Burj al Arab or the Atlantis Palm Hotel ? According to the web there are still rooms to book for just a few thousand dollar.... Oh, what a life .
I agree, I am tired also. I wonder why Dubai, I don't know much about it except what I have read or has been on the Travel Channel, but is it a place for families? I just read about the extravagance and the shopping but there must be some theme parks or something? Anyone know more about it?
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 12-31-2008, 05:32 PM
Avicenna's Avatar
Courtier
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: North of Lake Constance, Germany
Posts: 527
Quote:
Originally Posted by rubies View Post
I agree, I am tired also. I wonder why Dubai, I don't know much about it except what I have read or has been on the Travel Channel, but is it a place for families? I just read about the extravagance and the shopping but there must be some theme parks or something? Anyone know more about it?
Don't know why ... but what I know is that they will have a quiet New Year's eve ... according to gulfnews the Dubai government has decided to welcome the New Year in somberness as long as people are dying in Gaza.

Gulfnews: Dubai residents welcome decision to greet New Year with somberness
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 12-31-2008, 05:53 PM
Regina's Avatar
Serene Highness
TRF Author
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Posts: 1,646
Quote:
Originally Posted by rubies View Post
I agree, I am tired also. I wonder why Dubai
Maybe because Dubai doesn't have many paparazzis to follow them around and also because the country has good facilities for entertainment and shopping.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 01-01-2009, 03:13 AM
lucien's Avatar
Majesty
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Posts: 6,216
Quote:
Originally Posted by rubies View Post
I agree, I am tired also. I wonder why Dubai, I don't know much about it except what I have read or has been on the Travel Channel, but is it a place for families? I just read about the extravagance and the shopping but there must be some theme parks or something? Anyone know more about it?
Wonder why you all get tired?Doesn't take much for each does it.

Dubai is a booming tourist/financial destination since a few years,and gaining popularity here in The Netherlands.

Yes,it is a place for families too,and on extravagance,you can make it as extravagant as it gets.Everywhere in the world,not just there.

Good destination,and besides,visiting friends,Princess Haya of Jordan,spouse of the ruler of Dubai,they'll have a great time.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 01-01-2009, 08:30 AM
Avicenna's Avatar
Courtier
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: North of Lake Constance, Germany
Posts: 527
Quote:
Originally Posted by lucien View Post
Wonder why you all get tired?Doesn't take much for each does it.

Dubai is a booming tourist/financial destination since a few years,and gaining popularity here in The Netherlands.

Yes,it is a place for families too,and on extravagance,you can make it as extravagant as it gets.Everywhere in the world,not just there.

Good destination,and besides,visiting friends,Princess Haya of Jordan,spouse of the ruler of Dubai,they'll have a great time.
Yes, it is a booming tourist destination, but it is also one of those places with a sometimes strange treatment of incidents which appear normal to Europeans. E.g. stoning for adultery (happened not in public but within the home) ... only after an urgent action of AI it was changed. Not quite the place I would like to support IMHO.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 01-01-2009, 12:01 PM
MissSaga's Avatar
Courtier
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Manhattan, United States
Posts: 944
Pff Dubai in the middle of a financial crisis! That just seems to out of touch with reality. In my opinion, really appalling.

What a pity the dutch people are forced to pay for such extravanges !!!
__________________

__________________
Why do all good things come to an end ?
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Princess Haya at Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge 2006-2009, 2013 desertrosemrk Ruling Family of Dubai 51 02-24-2013 08:44 AM
Holiday Residence in Mozambique for the Prince of Orange and Family; 2008-2012 lucien King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima and family 117 03-25-2012 05:48 PM
Dubai Cares - 2007, 2009 jamila Ruling Family of Dubai 12 08-23-2009 04:14 PM
Dubai Ruling Family at the Beijing Olympics - 2008 dazzling Ruling Family of Dubai 66 08-15-2009 10:11 AM
Informal Holiday Poll 2008 dazzling Picture of the Month, Special Features, Blogs & Articles 19 04-27-2008 11:44 AM




Additional Links
Popular Tags
abdication birth charlene chris o'neill crown prince frederik crown prince haakon crown princess letizia crown princess mary crown princess mette-marit duchess of cambridge dutch royal history engagement fashion genealogy grand duchess maria teresa grand duke henri hohenzollern infanta leonor infanta sofia jewellery jordan king abdullah ii king carl xvi gustav king constantine ii king felipe king felipe vi king harald king juan carlos king philippe king willem-alexander luxembourg olympic games olympics ottoman picture of the month pom prince albert prince albert ii prince carl philip prince felipe prince floris prince maurits prince pieter-christiaan princess aimee princess anita princess astrid princess beatrix princess charlene princess claire princess letizia princess mabel princess madeleine princess marilene princess mary queen anne-marie queen letizia queen mathilde queen maxima queen rania queen silvia royal royal fashion russia sofia hellqvist spain state visit the hague visit wedding winter olympics 2014



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:56 PM.

Social Knowledge Networks

eXTReMe Tracker
Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014
Jelsoft Enterprises

Royal News Delivered to your Email!

You can get the latest Royal News right in your inbox.

unsusbcribe at anytime with one click

Close [X]