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Saudi prince spends €15m on Disneyland trip

AFP/The Local · 3 Jun 2013, 13:16

Published: 03 Jun 2013 13:16 GMT+02:00

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A Saudi prince spent €15 million for three days of fun at Disneyland near Paris to celebrate his degree, the group that runs the theme park said on Monday.

Prince Fahd al-Saud booked entire areas of the park between May 22nd and 24th for his 60-odd guests. The festivities included tailor-made events involving "rare Disney characters," Euro Disney told AFP.

Special security was put in place for the prince, one of the park's top customers, it added.

The theme park attracted 16 million visitors last year but Euro Disney has not made any profits since it was set up 20 years ago.

In the six months to March, the group had a net loss of €89.1 million compared with a loss of €11.8 million euros in the same period last year.

Prince Fahd is only the latest Saudi royal to make a splash in the French capital, however.

In March, The Local reported how authorities in Paris were to seize assets belonging to Saudi princess Maha Al-Sudairi, to help cover the cost of an eye-watering €6 million bill she left behind on a no-expense spared visit to the French capital.

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Al-Sudairi, the former wife of the late Saudi crown prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, checked into the ‘palace’ hotel Le Shangri-La in Paris in December 2011, with her 60 attendants and assistants.

By the time she left, in June 2012, Al-Sudairi had managed to rack up the barely believable total of €6 million in unpaid bills for expensive meals, jewelry, and a luxury limo service.

AFP/The Local (dan.macguill@thelocal.com)

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