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lucien 11-16-2011 08:23 AM

Dutch State Visit to Oman: January 10-12, 2012
 
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HM Queen Beatrix,accompanied by TRH The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima,will pay a State Visit to Oman and the United Arab Emirates from january 8th till the 12th 2012 as was announced by the RVD Government Information Service today.

The last State Visit to Oman was postponed and instead HM and TRH visited HM The Sultan Qaboos privately earlyer this year.

I am thrilled HM and TRH will visit this fascinating country again as well as the Emirates!

Fanvanmaxima 11-16-2011 10:52 AM

They will go to the United Arab Emirates too.

Al_bina 11-16-2011 10:57 AM

It would be safe to say that Her Majesty Queen Beatrix and Crown Princely couple will enjoy the visit to this hospitable part of the world. I am looking forward to seeing photos.

JessRulz 01-02-2012 08:43 PM

A link to the UAE state visit thread: https://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...2-a-32375.html, found in the UAE forum.

shrifia 01-03-2012 10:45 AM

i am so sure they will enjoy their time in the ME.
didn't they visit UAE and Oman last year?

JessRulz 01-05-2012 07:26 AM

:previous:

The Dutch royals privately visited Oman last January, after plans for the State Visit were scrapped. They also visited Qatar after Oman.


Program for the State Visit


Tuesday, January 10th
  • Official welcoming ceremony at Al Alam Palace.
  • Audience with Sultan Qaboos.
  • Themed lunch at the Beit al Zhubair museum, discussing preservation of tradition in a rapidly developing country, economic diversification, education and the role of women in Oman.
  • Meeting with Dutch and Omani CEOs.
  • State dinner.

Wednesday, January 11th
  • Visit to the Port of Sohar, the royals will learn about the development and Dutch involvement. Dutch and Omani students will speak about their water projects.
  • Visit to the International Maritime College Oman.
  • Visit to Nakhal Fort.
  • Concert by the Radio Chamber Philharmonic.

Thursday, January 12th
  • Visit to the Grand Mosque in Muscat.
  • Reception with the Dutch community in Oman.

Press Release

lucien 01-08-2012 03:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shrifia (Post 1353712)
i am so sure they will enjoy their time in the ME.
didn't they visit UAE and Oman last year?

No,they payed a State Visit to Qatar and saw HH Sultan Qaboos
for a private dinner only allthough a state Visit was planned at the time but was postponed due to domestic circumstances in Oman.:smile:

lucien 01-10-2012 03:00 AM

HM Queen Beatrix and TRH The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima have arrived in Oman this morning.The Royal party was then immediatly taken to the Palace where HM Sultan Qaboos welcomed them.

The Prince of Orange flew the KBX Government aircraft himself from the UAE to Oman.

lucien 01-10-2012 03:57 AM

Arrival and welcome at the Palace by HM Sultan Qaboos

ANP Photo

Courtesy Robin Utrecht:smile:

Marika86 01-10-2012 03:57 AM

HM Queen Beatrix and TRH The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima in Oman

BelgaPicture - Category details ** PPE Agency

Visit at the Beit Al Zubair museum

PPE Agency

lucien 01-10-2012 05:27 AM

:omanflag:
Quote:

Originally Posted by lucien (Post 1356492)
Arrival and welcome at the Palace by HM Sultan Qaboos

ANP Photo

Courtesy Robin Utrecht:smile:

:omanflag::dutchflag:

PPE Agency

Courtesy PPE

Marika86 01-10-2012 08:29 AM

Some photos from "Daylife"

Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** Pic 6 ** Pic 7

Meeting with CEO's of Oman and The Netherlands at the Al Bustan hotel in Oman

PPE Agency

Fanvanmaxima 01-10-2012 10:00 AM

Love Máxima's outfit of today. I do like the orange outfit of the Queen this morning:

Fan van Máxima » Staatsbezoeken aan UAE en Oman – Dag 3

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lucien 01-10-2012 11:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fanvanmaxima (Post 1356596)
Love Máxima's outfit of today. I do like the orange outfit of the Queen this morning:

Fan van Máxima » Staatsbezoeken aan UAE en Oman – Dag 3

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Last time we saw the Princess in this outfit was at Westpoint Military Academy in the US during the NYC400 festivities.:smile:

Right now there is the exchange of gifts and decorations at the Al Alam Palace after which the State Banquet will take place at 21.00PM local time (GMT + 4).

The Royal party visited the Museum of Muscat:

https://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?z...-2012%20Museum

And attended a meeting with Dutch and Omani CEO's at the Al Bustan hotel
and the girls at home send mommy and daddy a sms...:

https://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?z...-2012%20Bustan




Courtesy PPE

iceflower 01-10-2012 11:16 AM

More colourful pics from day 1, January 10, can be found here:




** dpp: Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima bring a State Visit to Oman day 1 **

lucien 01-10-2012 11:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iceflower (Post 1356630)
More colourful pics from day 1, January 10, can be found here:




** dpp: Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima bring a State Visit to Oman day 1 **

Fantastic photos by Patrick van Katwijk!!I think we have a bunch of
exceptional photographers travelling along with HM and TRH's!
As always,and it always is the same bunch!Chapeau to all of them
for their exceptional work.A feast for the eyes.
:smile:

rubies 01-10-2012 12:01 PM

Love this red/orange suit. and worn with her pearls and a different pearl pin we also saw in US.

lucien 01-10-2012 12:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rubies (Post 1356661)
Love this red/orange suit. and worn with her pearls and a different pearl pin we also saw in US.

:omanflag::dutchflag2:

Dinner is served!...Let the State Banquet commence....Princess Máxima wearing the Ruby Peacock Diademe while HM wears the Mellerio Ruby diademe.

https://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?z...01-2012%20Gala


courtesy PPE

rubies 01-10-2012 12:55 PM

Wow................not only does Maxima look gorgeous, so does the Queen, they both decided on rubies! Yeah!!!

lucien 01-10-2012 12:56 PM

And more from this evening,exchange of Orders and gifts ahead of the Banquet:

ANP Photo

Courtesy Robin Utrecht:flowers:

Marika86 01-10-2012 01:33 PM

A photo from the meeting with sultan Qaboos

A beautiful photo of Princess Maxima

ashelen 01-10-2012 01:37 PM

[DNF] Fotoarchief Denieuwsfoto Gala
did she put the tiara herself? it does look untidy! the tiara is beautiful the same the dress and they look that evrybody is having a good time! I gues they all speak in english?

lucien 01-10-2012 01:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ashelen (Post 1356703)
[DNF] Fotoarchief Denieuwsfoto Gala
did she put the tiara herself? it does look untidy! the tiara is beautiful the same the dress and they look that evrybody is having a good time! I gues they all speak in english?

It is yes on all accounts...!The Ladies do look the part!Stunning really!:smile:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marika86 (Post 1356701)
A photo from the meeting with sultan Qaboos

A beautiful photo of Princess Maxima

Both beautifull pics by Dutch photographer Robin Utrecht,an exceptionally talented man.

marine2109 01-10-2012 02:09 PM

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Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima of The Netherlands are welcomed by Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said at the Al Alam Palace
Muscat, Oman - 10.01.12
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Kasumi 01-11-2012 12:49 AM

gulfnews : Queen Beatrix arrives in Oman on a three-day visit

Fanvanmaxima 01-11-2012 03:54 AM

First picture of today:

Fan van Máxima » Staatsbezoeken aan de VAE en Oman – Dag 4

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iceflower 01-11-2012 04:13 AM

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Day 2 in Oman, January 11:



** anp gallery ** anp gallery 2 ** belga ** ppe gallery **

marine2109 01-11-2012 10:23 AM

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Beatrix and Crown Princes visit Oman
Beatriz de Holanda y los príncipes herederos visitan Omán | Realeza | Noticias hola.com

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lucien 01-11-2012 02:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iceflower (Post 1356981)
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Day 2 in Oman, January 11:



** anp gallery ** anp gallery 2 ** belga ** ppe gallery **

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There was a meeting with students at the Maritime College and one of them asked HM how it was like to be Queen.Her answer:"Inspiring,priviliged.And sometimes really difficult I can assure you".HM did not go into details...

Another student asked HM how it was like to have such a high position for a woman...HM answered:' I didn't have a choice really,it was a one-way street,my mother did the same job as did my grandmother and her father".

The answer to the question as to what inspired HM to continue was "My Country and my Family".And the Prince had to explain what it means to be the Prince of Orange...HM said it had nothing to do with oranges,but the colour and as it is not a generally used colour,it stands out....:smile:

One asked the Prince what he'd like to do best,to which the Prince replied:' You don't really believe I'm going to tell you with the press sitting behind us here"...Hilarious!

Later there was a visit to the free-trade zone of Sohar and HM met with ingeneers who explained her that a simple little measuring app in Oman immediatly transmits the humidity of the earth in Oman to a laboratory in The Netherlands so a farmer knows when to use more water on his land."How's that possible that the farmer knows"; asked HM.The answer came:" Everybody has a mobile phone here".
HM:" Everybody except me!"...To which Alexander replied: Yes,but you're not a farmer..."....:rofl:...(I thought that was hilarious.)...But still the system can save up to 50% on the use of water in agriculture,and thus make a difference in the field of agriculture.

Great I'd think!What's also great,is that the economic aspect of the visit is already a huge success!Thanks for that!

A visit to the impressive fortress of Nakhal was also on the agenda in the afternoon:

PPE Agency

courtesy PPE

Tonight HM will host a concert by the Dutch Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra at the Al Alam Palace for selected guests.

MagMil 01-11-2012 02:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lucien (Post 1357237)
:omanflag2::dutchflag2:
There was a meeting with students at the Maritime College and one of them asked HM how it was like to be Queen.Her answer:"Inspiring,priviliged.And sometimes really difficult I can assure you".HM did not go into details...

Another student asked HM how it was like to have such a high position for a woman...HM answered:' I didn't have a choice really,it was a one-way street,my mother did the same job as did my grandmother and her father".

The answer to the question as to what inspired HM to continue was "My Country and my Family".And the Prince had to explain what it means to be the Prince of Orange...HM said it had nothing to do with oranges,but the colour and as it is not a generally used colour,it stands out....:smile:

One asked the Prince what he'd like to do best,to which the Prince replied:' You don't really believe I'm going to tell you with the press sitting behind us here"...Hilarious!

Later there was a visit to the free-trade zone of Sohar and HM met with ingeneers who explained her that a simple little measuring app in Oman immediatly transmits the humidity of the earth in Oman to a laboratory in The Netherlands so a farmer knows when to use more water on his land."How's that possible that the farmer knows"; asked HM.The answer came:" Everybody has a mobile phone here".
HM:" Everybody except me!"...To which Alexander replied: Yes,but you're not a farmer..."....:rofl:...(I thought that was hilarious.)...But still the system can save up to 50% on the use of water in agriculture,and thus make a difference in the field of agriculture.

Great I'd think!What's also great,is that the economic aspect of the visit is already a huge success!Thanks for that!

A visit to the impressive fortress of Nakhal was also on the agenda in the afternoon:

PPE Agency

courtesy PPE

Tonight HM will host a concert by the Dutch Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra at the Al Alam Palace for selected guests.

:previous:
Thanks Lucien :flowers:
Hilarious indeed :smile::rofl:
Great state visit and wonderful pictures :smile:

Marika86 01-11-2012 06:17 PM

Mix of photos from UAE and Oman

Princesse Maxima : Démonstration de style en toute circonstance aux Emirats

lucien 01-12-2012 01:28 AM

Today,the last day of the State Visit to Oman,HM and TRH will visit the Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat where they will sign the guestbook.

https://www.anp-photo.com/search.pp?eventid=916168

Courtesy Robin Utrecht

Later this morning there will be a meeting with the Dutch community in Oman at the Al Bustan hotel,followed by a meeting with the press.

Dutch tv NOS will air the two State Visits on friday january 13th,19.30PM till 19.55PM,Ned1.

HM and Princess Máxima will leave for home today while the Prince of Orange travels to Innsbruck,Austria to attend the Youth Olympic Games
held there.

Fanvanmaxima 01-12-2012 01:32 AM

First picture of today:

Fan van Máxima » Staatsbezoeken aan VAE en Oman – Dag 5

Google Vertaling

iceflower 01-12-2012 02:21 AM

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Another great gallery from yesterday:



** Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima bring a State Visit to Oman day 2 **



A first ppe gallery for day 3, January 12:


** ppe gallery **



And a final gallery of day 3 without watermarks:


** Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima bring a State Visit to Oman day 3 **

SLV 01-12-2012 06:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fanvanmaxima (Post 1357435)

Isn't that the shawl that the Queen wore a few days ago? :)

dazzling 01-12-2012 06:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SLV (Post 1357479)
Isn't that the shawl that the Queen wore a few days ago? :)

It looks like the one the Queen wore during her visit in Abu Dhabi to the Sheikh Zayed mosque.

lucien 01-12-2012 07:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dazzling (Post 1357485)
It looks like the one the Queen wore during her visit in Abu Dhabi to the Sheikh Zayed mosque.

No,that was a blue one,in Oman she had a red shawl here in honour of the host
after whom this mosque is named,the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.


I especially love the portraits en profile of HM and the Princess.
Absolutely gorgious pics!

marine2109 01-12-2012 02:04 PM

Quote:

Maxima of the Netherlands also reigns in the East
Máxima de Holanda también reina en Oriente

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Fanvanmaxima 01-12-2012 02:54 PM

Last day:

Fan van Máxima » Staatsbezoeken aan VAE en Oman – Dag 5

Google Vertaling

Lenora 01-12-2012 03:41 PM

Dutch Queen Beatrix took on the fiery leader of her country's anti-Muslim party today by dismissing as 'nonsense' his criticism of her decision to wear a headscarf during a recent visit to a mosque.

Read more: Queen Beatrix has been criticised by her country's anti-Muslim party after wearing headscarf on mosque visit | Mail Online

Marengo 01-12-2012 04:17 PM

It has been the main item on the news today, and the last days actually. HM really took a stand today when she poke to the press. When asked about the matter she gave a big sigh. She was also asked if she thought that a headscarf was a ign of oppression of women. HM called it 'utter nonsense'.

IMHO the prime minister has been neglecting his duty, since he is responsible for the matter hé needs to react to Geert Wilders (the leader of the extreme right party who has been critisizing the issue).

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Now something completely different: it seems that only 21 people attended the concert offered by HM. The sultan doesn't like larger gatherings.

lucien 01-13-2012 12:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 1357791)
It has been the main item on the news today, and the last days actually. HM really took a stand today when she poke to the press. When asked about the matter she gave a big sigh. She was also asked if she thought that a headscarf was a ign of oppression of women. HM called it 'utter nonsense'.

IMHO the prime minister has been neglecting his duty, since he is responsible for the matter hé needs to react to Geert Wilders (the leader of the extreme right party who has been critisizing the issue).

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Now something completely different: it seems that only 21 people attended the concert offered by HM. The sultan doesn't like larger gatherings.

True.It is unusual for HM the Sultan to attend concerts in public,so this concert en petit committé was organised at the Palace for him and members of his family.The program was to the taste of the Monarch who is an accomplished musician himself.And by bringing that perticular orchestra along HM again made a statement as the orchestra faces to be desolved due to lack of government subsidies in cuts on art etc etc...HM thus made it very clear she opposes that and thinks they deserve a chance...:smile:

On the hullabaloo...HM is right,but so are you as I agree Mark Rutte should have replied to the non-issue immediatly while HM was still in Abu Dhabi.But Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal ( a "Mr. so so" in my view,and the weakest link.. ).. did...alas to no avail at the time...people want to see hear the PM taking a stand immediatly in cases like this.By replying as she did yesterday she made that clear to him,reminding him,teaching him the works...

And also Marengo,someone,some jerk,being the chief-editor of Dutch news agency ANP,messed up and manipulated a report by Hans Jacobs of Royalblog that caused this hullabaloo,Something went wrong when the chief editor of ANP abused Hans's work to a fault so the message came across totally wrong....Clabber that ANP editor in chief...He turned HM's words in a wrong perspective...Just gives a clue what hyped up bull**** newsgathering world we live in....:whistling:

Meanwhile,HM and TRH have returned home about an hour ago.
Chapeau!

Kasumi 01-13-2012 01:01 AM

Queen Beatrix has been criticised by her country's anti-Muslim party after wearing headscarf on mosque visit | Mail Online
The popular monarch was responding to questions from reporters about parliamentary questions filed by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, who called the monarch's decision to cover her head on a visit to a mosque in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 'a sad exhibition' that 'legitimizes the oppression of women.'

Queen Beatrix of Netherlands defends decision to wear headscarf on state visit | World news | guardian.co.uk

BBC News - Dutch Queen Beatrix calls headscarf row 'nonsense'

NGalitzine 01-13-2012 01:28 AM

Queen Beatrix 1
Geert Wilders 0

wartenberg7 01-13-2012 06:02 AM

I wonder, if this was a state visit in Oman, why orders were only presented and not worn...?!

Marika86 01-13-2012 08:47 AM

Photogallery from "svenskdam"

Drottning Beatrix fick ett gott skratt i Oman | Svensk Damtidning

Marengo 01-13-2012 09:34 AM

A poll in the Volkskrant suggests that 79% approve of HM wearing the headscarf, and 77% approve of her voicing her comments'. So maybe that caused Geert Wilders to be silent the 2nd time around.

He has been criticising HM constantly btw, which is quite odd as traditionally you would expect criticism from the left wing parties. After the chirstmas speech of this year he suspected that HM is a secret member of the Green Left party (HM spoke about sustainability and such). But there has been many more examples. I guess it is part of his efforts to show that he is not part of the (political' elite and such.

Today the prime minister finally reacted to the hullaboo: he says that HM is right and that a head scarf doesn't need to be a sign of oppression of women. He also claimed that the arguments of the PVV party (who is a part of his own coalition government) is not making any sense.

Like the queen said in the press conference: what is there left to be surprised about these days? ... meaning that such a reaction of the PVV was to be expected. I am sure that Wilders & co will criticise any next visit to a mosque, green plant, chritmas speech etc etc.

Grandduchess24 01-13-2012 02:50 PM

I don't quite comprehend why the Dutch people are so bothered that Queen Beatrix wore a headscarf while in Oman

sjetajiem 01-13-2012 03:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Grandduchess24 (Post 1358134)
I don't quite comprehend why the Dutch people are so bothered that Queen Beatrix wore a headscarf while in Oman

Only a person from a special political party called PVV is bothered

shrifia 01-13-2012 03:52 PM

the Volkskrant poll show that the Dutch people don't have any problem with the Queen wearing the veil during her visit to the Mosque only Mr Wilders is bothered and if we know his opinion and views about Islam...well there is no surprise then,I am only surprised of his ability to create the polemic from nothing.:cool:

ashelen 01-13-2012 04:34 PM

I was wondering does the Quen and W fly together in the smae plane?

lucien 01-13-2012 10:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wartenberg7 (Post 1357979)
I wonder, if this was a state visit in Oman, why orders were only presented and not worn...?!

As that follows the custom in Oman.Here they would be worn,yes,there,no.:smile:

lucien 01-13-2012 10:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ashelen (Post 1358187)
I was wondering does the Quen and W fly together in the smae plane?

Yes they do.No problem....we have plenty of back-ups...grin...Goid forbid!The Prince,a fully lixensed jet pilot,flew the F-70 KBX government aircraft himself from the UAE to Oman.Yesterday morning all returned on the same scheduled KLM flight.

lucien 01-13-2012 11:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shrifia (Post 1358173)
the Volkskrant poll show that the Dutch people don't have any problem with the Queen wearing the veil during her visit to the Mosque only Mr Wilders is bothered and if we know his opinion and views about Islam...well there is no surprise then,I am only surprised of his ability to create the polemic from nothing.:cool:

The whole article by Hans Jacobs Royalblog was manipulated by the chief editor of dutch news agency ANP.No-one here is bothered by HM showing respect and knowing the rules.No-one,and I see a lot of people,no-one is bothered.Just that Mozart hairdo is.To start a polymic is as easy as one two three in this crazed hyped-up over nothing & nonsense world,yes,true.:smile:...just look at some of the threads here to start with...grin...

Besides,if anyone wants to visit,fe,Saint Peter Basilica in the Vatican women are requested to have their arms covered and don't walk in in a bikini or shorts.To show respect is more and more of a rare commodity apparently.Certainly to W.

Video of the first evening in Oman:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pl_g...ature=youtu.be

marine2109 01-14-2012 10:36 AM

Quote:

Princess Maxima striking the end of the stay in the Arabian Peninsula
La princesse Maxima éclatante pour la fin du séjour dans la péninsule arabique

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