Prince William will visit Dubai next month, Kensington Palace has announced.
The Duke of Cambridge will visit Dubai on February 10, with his trip coming as the United Arab Emirates marks its 50th year and coinciding with UK National Day being held at Expo 2020 Dubai, his office said.
This brief visit is at the request of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and will be William’s first official trip to the UAE. It will be his first major overseas visit since a 2019 tour of the Middle East.
Prince William (pictured this week) will visit Dubai next month, Kensington Palace has announced
William’s visit will follow his father’s, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla’s official trip to Dubai in 2016 (pictured)
‘The bond between the UK and the UAE is deep and strong and Prince William’s visit will highlight and build upon these links as he has the opportunity to engage with young Emiratis, leaders from government and committed conservationists,’ Kensington Palace said in a statement.
UK talent will be featured during National Day at the Expo 2020 Dubai which will also showcase the Commonwealth Games 2022 baton relay, launched by the Queen from Buckingham Palace last October, as it parades through the site to visit Commonwealth national pavilions.
Britain has been looking to the Gulf countries for trade deals as part of its post-Brexit strategy to build new ties around the world.
In September, the oil-rich Gulf state pledged to invest £10billion in British clean energy, infrastructure, technology and life sciences, expanding its ‘sovereign investment partnership’ with the UK government.
William’s visit will follow his father’s, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla’s official trip to Dubai in 2016.
Kate and William, pictured with schoolboy Deacon Glover, 11, visited Lancashire charity Church on the Street yesterday. William comforted Deacon, who lost his mother last year
The UAE was created in 1971 by the ‘Trucial States’ which had gained their independence from the UK.
It is formed of seven states – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Qaiwain – which are governed by a supreme council of rulers made up of the seven emirs, who appoint the prime minister and the cabinet.
During the visit the duke will learn more about initiatives protecting areas of unique flora and fauna in the region.
He will also have the opportunity to highlight his environmental award, the Earthshot Prize, and his United for Wildlife initiative tackling the illegal wildlife trade.
The news comes after William, 39, sympathised with a grieving schoolboy during a visit to a centre helping vulnerable people, telling him things will get ‘easier’.
Prince William, 39, who lost his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, when he was 15, told Deacon Glover, 11, ‘I know how you feel’, after learning his mother, Grace Taylor, died last year aged 28.
Putting a hand on Deacon’s shoulder, William said: ‘It gets easier.’
The royal couple spent about 15 minutes talking to the schoolboy and his great-grandmother, Carole Ellis, during a visit to Church on the Street in Burnley, Lancashire, a centre that helps people struggling with poverty, homelessness, addiction or other problems.
The royal couple had asked to visit the centre, housed in a former gym, after watching a BBC television report in December about its work with Burnley’s most vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic and finding it ‘very moving’.
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