Prince William is set to visit Dubai on February 10th, as his first official visit to the United Arab Emirates, announced Kensington Palace.
‘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,’ read the statement from Kensington Palace.
The visit comes at the request of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, coinciding with the UK National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai, it also happens to correspond with the 50th anniversary year of the UAE.
The UAE was created in 1971 by the seven states – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Qaiwain – governed by a supreme council of rulers made up of the seven emirs, who appoint the central government.
The National Day will see the UK taking over the full site with the goal to showcase talent from across the Nation, also featuring the Commonwealth Games 2022 baton relay, launched by the Queen from Buckingham Palace last October, as it parades through the Expo site visiting Commonwealth National Pavilions.
Prince William is also there to learn more about initiatives protecting areas of unique importance to the wildlife in the region, using this as an opportunity to highlight the work of his two Royal Foundation programs focusing on nature and wildlife: United for Wildlife and The Earth shot Prize.
United for Wildlife, founded in 2014 by William, works to help counter the trade in illegal wildlife. The inaugural Earth shot Prize Awards, however, which took place in London in October, aim to award groups or individuals who are providing to solutions to some of the greatest environmental problems in our lifetimes.