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Princess Robijn 12-29-2008 06:31 PM

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.

sgl 12-29-2008 06:52 PM

Is this a private holiday, or will the Prince and Princess make appearances at events and meetings?

randomlyKeira 12-29-2008 07:38 PM

It sounds like a private holiday to me. I hope they have a wonderful new year together.

rubies 12-29-2008 07:52 PM

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

Princess Robijn 12-30-2008 04:26 AM

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.

lucien 12-30-2008 07:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Princess Robijn (Post 873028)
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..

Duke of Marmalade 12-30-2008 09:36 AM

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.

prinsesbeagle 12-30-2008 10:17 AM

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

lucien 12-30-2008 11:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade (Post 873244)
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.

Duke of Marmalade 12-30-2008 11:36 AM

I somehow knew this was coming lucien :hiding:

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).

bettina 12-30-2008 11:43 AM

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Originally Posted by lucien (Post 873274)
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.

lucien 12-30-2008 01:41 PM

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Originally Posted by bettina (Post 873282)
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.:flowers:

Princess Maxima 12-30-2008 03:01 PM

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)

bettina 12-30-2008 03:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Princess Maxima (Post 873350)
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 :flowers:.

rubies 12-31-2008 10:36 AM

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Originally Posted by bettina (Post 873372)
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 :flowers:.

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?

Avicenna 12-31-2008 05:32 PM

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Originally Posted by rubies (Post 873681)
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

Regina 12-31-2008 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by rubies (Post 873681)
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.

lucien 01-01-2009 03:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rubies (Post 873681)
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.:rolleyes:

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.:flowers:

Avicenna 01-01-2009 08:30 AM

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Originally Posted by lucien (Post 873907)
Wonder why you all get tired?Doesn't take much for each does it.:rolleyes:

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.:flowers:

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.

MissSaga 01-01-2009 12:01 PM

Pff Dubai in the middle of a financial crisis!:nonono: 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 !!!


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