All The Highlights From Prince William's Royal Visit To The Middle East

BY Kasia Truscott / Dec 5 2019 / 14:14 PM

The Duke of Cambridge toured Kuwait and Oman on a four-day solo trip from 1 - 4 December

All The Highlights From Prince William's Royal Visit To The Middle East

Prince William's most recent royal engagement saw him embark on a four-day solo trip to Kuwait and Oman, on behalf of the United Kingdom. The visit marks the first time that the Duke of Cambridge has visited both countries in the region, following in the footsteps of his father and grandmother, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II, respectively. 

The Duke enagaged in a plethora of talks and activities from 1 - 4 December, including discovering more about the uniqueness of the local culture and discussing topical issues such as sustainability and conservation of the natural envionment. 

Scroll through for all the highlights from Prince William's solo trip to the Middle East.

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On the first day of his official visit to Kuwait, at the Jahra Nature Reserve The Duke of Cambridge learned more about Kuwait’s ambitious plans to protect its natural environment from human and environmental challenges. Scientists from Kuwait’s Environmental Public Authority (@epa_kw) and the UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (@cefasgovuk) are working in partnership to promote Kuwait’s biodiversity and inform its approach to marine environment conservation. The Duke joined them on the reserve’s salt marshes, reed beds and sandy sabkha flats for several activities studying the wetlands’ wildlife including identifying some of the 300 species of birds seen at the reserve. Kuwait is working to tackle the global issue of plastic pollution through a combination of raising public awareness, recycling, education and organising beach cleans - The Duke also joined a beach clean at the reserve. #RoyalVisitKuwait #Kuwait

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Per reports by USA TodayWilliam arrived in Kuwait on Sunday night, where he then visited the Jahra Nature Reserve in Kuwait City, to learn more about the nation's conservation efforts.

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Shooting hoops at the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (@ascckw), where The Duke of Cambridge saw how the museum is educating and engaging young Kuwaitis in innovative ways across a range of areas, from space exploration and robotics to natural history and human biology. The Duke joined children from local primary schools as they explored a number of the museum’s interactive zones, and heard more about how the cultural centre is enhancing UK-Kuwait relations, particularly in education and culture. As part of his visit, The Duke also highlighted the role played by the British Council (@kwbritish) in empowering the next generation, particularly through the programme ‘Taqaddam’, (Arabic for ‘Moving forward’) which encourages innovative thinking among Kuwaiti school children to build up their life skills. #RoyalVisitKuwait #Kuwait

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The following day, the Duke paid a visit to the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre, where he was discovered how the musem was helping to educate and engage young Kuwaitis in the fields of STEM

That evening, William joined Sheikh Mohamed Abdullah in the Kuwaiti desert for a special night showcasing the very best of the rich, local culture.

Prince William also spent time in both Kuwait and Oman meeting military personnel to strenghten the bond between the United Kingdom, Kuwait and Oman from a defense perspective. 

In Oman, William joined local fisherman to discuss the future of a sustainable fishing industry in the face of climate change

The Duke also met with Omani locals to discover more about their heritage and the challenges their culture faces in today's modern world.

Towards the end of his royal visit, Prince William also engaged in a number of teamwork exercises with young Omanis at the Wadi al Arbaeen.