Swedish king, 40 years on throne, invites everyone to dance

Updated 22 September 2013

Swedish king, 40 years on throne, invites everyone to dance

STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf celebrated 40 years as monarch Sunday in true Scandinavian egalitarian style by inviting everyone to come and dance at the royal palace.
“I invite everybody to a music and dance party in the inner courtyard of the royal palace,” the 67-year-old said according to national Swedish radio.
“And everybody is welcome. Bring your dancing shoes. Cheers!“
The king showed the way by asking his spouse for the past 37 years, German-born Queen Silvia, up for a dance on a huge plastic floor laid out on the cobbled courtyard.
Carl XVI Gustaf, whose father died in an airplane accident in 1947, succeeded his grandfather Gustav VI Adolf in 1973.
In an interview with the national broadcaster prepared for the anniversary, the king was asked how much longer he intended to stay in the job.
“I can’t answer that. It will be determined by my health gradually. But I think it’s very exciting because there is so much happening in the world around us,” he said.
A survey of 1,000 Swedes published by the Social Democrat-leaning newspaper Aftonbladet in January showed 60 percent supporting Carl XVI Gustaf relinquishing his duties to his oldest daughter, 36-year-old Victoria.


COVID-19 home testing now available for Dubai fliers

Updated 08 July 2020

COVID-19 home testing now available for Dubai fliers

  • The service comes as the UAE eases travel restrictions to revive the tourism industry

DUBAI: People in Dubai can now have their COVID-19 test done at home and obtain necessary medical certificates before their flights.

The service, introduced by baggage technology and logistic firm DNATA through ‘Dubz,’ comes as the UAE eases travel restrictions in a bid to restart the tourism industry.

A medical team provided my Mediclinic Middle East will visit the home of the customer who will book the service and perform a swab test. Results will be shared digitally.

DUBZ also offers other services in their home check-in package, such as baggage disinfection and airport priority pass.