The Duke of Cambridge visited Kuwait and Oman - His Royal Highness’s first official visit to both countries. Throughout the visit, The Duke’s programme paid tribute to the historic ties Britain shares with Kuwait and Oman, and highlighted strong links and cooperation in many areas, including education, the environment, and defence.
From the modern capitals of Kuwait City and Muscat, to the vast Kuwaiti deserts and stunning wadis in the Omani mountains, the visit took in both countries’ unique cultures, their beautiful landscapes, and diverse communities.
On the first day of his official visit to Kuwait, The Duke of Cambridge learned more about Kuwait’s ambitious plans to protect its natural environment from human and environmental challenges, and learned how the country is engaging and educating young Kuwaitis in innovative ways across a range of areas, from space exploration and robotics to natural history and human biology.
At the Jahra Nature Reserve The Duke joined scientists on the reserve’s salt marshes, reed beds and sandy sabkha flats for activities studying the wetlands’ wildlife, before visiting the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre to see how they are engaging young Kuwaitis in innovative ways across a range of areas, from space exploration and robotics to natural history and human biology.
At the Bayan Palace, The Duke of Cambridge attended an official meeting with His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
In a traditional Kuwaiti tent in the desert outside of Kuwait City, The Duke of Cambridge joined young Kuwaitis later in the evening for a special event to experience what makes rural Kuwaiti culture so unique.
At Exercise Desert Warrior, The Duke of Cambridge joined UK and Kuwaiti troops for the bi-annual training exercise, which saw a company of UK troops train alongside Kuwaiti forces and share expertise. The Duke later travelled to Oman.
In Musandam The Duke of Cambridge learned more about the Royal Navy of Oman’s responsibilities monitoring maritime traffic passing through the Strait of Hormuz.
The Duke was then formally welcomed to the country in Muscat.
On the second day of his visit to the country, The Duke joined a group of local fishermen alongside traditional fishing skiffs on the beach to hear about how they fish, the challenges to sustainability, and actions being taken to conserve Oman’s marine environment.
The Duke also spent time with Omani scientists collaborating with Cefas to learn more about how the UK is supporting Oman aquaculture and fisheries to become more sustainable, particularly in the face of climate change.
The Duke received a spectacular musical welcome near Wadi al Arbaeen in the mountain village of Suwaih.
Later that evening The Duke of Cambridge finished his visit to the country with an audience with His Majesty The Sultan of Oman.