By Sam Bridge
December 1-4 visit is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and will be Duke of Cambridge's first official visit to both countries
The Duke of Cambridge will visit Kuwait and Oman between December 1-4, it was announced on Tuesday.
The visit is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and will be his first official visit to both countries.
Throughout the tour, The Duke’s programme will pay tribute to the historic ties Britain shares with Kuwait and Oman, and will highlight strong links and cooperation in many areas, including education, the environment, and defence, an official statement said.
It added that during the visit, he will learn more about organisations working to educate and empower young people, and projects which provide opportunities to help them develop important life skills such as leadership and resilience.
The Duke will also hear more about Kuwait and Oman’s ambitious plans to conserve their natural environment, and protect their important ecosystems from new environmental challenges.
He will also spend time understanding the important security history of the region, and the UK’s current links with both countries from a defence perspective.
In Kuwait, the Duke will join Kuwaiti and UK troops undertaking a Desert Warrior Exercise, before travelling to Musandam in Oman to learn more about the Royal Navy of Oman’s responsibilities monitoring maritime traffic passing through the Strait of Hormuz.
Oman and Kuwait are key partners for the UK, and The Duke will meet military personnel who are sharing expertise to improve security.
The tour falls during the 120th anniversary year of the signing of the 1899 Treaty of Friendship between Kuwait and the UK, and the visit will mark this important moment in UK-Kuwait history.