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UK's Prince Charles, Camilla to visit UAE in November

Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will promote religious tolerance, supporting women in leadership, creating youth opportunities during visit

UK's Prince Charles, Camilla to visit UAE in November
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. (Getty Images)

Britain's Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit the UAE from November 6-8 as part of a regional three-nation tour, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed.

It will be the eighth time that Prince Charles has visited the UAE since his first tour in 1989 and the second time for both Prince Charles and the Duchess, who last visited the UAE together in February 2007, news agency WAM reported.

UK officials said that the royal couple will have a full diary of engagements in the UAE, adding that their visit to the region will promote the UK’s partnership in key areas such as religious tolerance, supporting women in leadership, creating youth opportunities, preserving cultural heritage and wildlife conservation.

During the visit, the couple will visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to promote religious tolerance in a multi-faith event to be hosted by Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, WAM said.

Prince Charles will also tour Bu Tinah archipelago, the UNESCO-recognised site 150km from Abu Dhabi, which serves as a protected sanctuary to endangered species such as the dugong and hawksbill turtle.

An advocate for victim’s shelters, the Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, a non-profit shelter in the UAE for victims of domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking, WAM added.

British Ambassador to the UAE, Philip Parham, said: "We are delighted that their Royal Highnesses will make this exciting visit to three of the UAE’s seven emirates.

"The relationship between the UK and UAE is historic and modern, deep and broad, sound and creative. And the programme for this visit reflects that, with engagements ranging from a celebration of our historic ties at the Jahili Fort in Al Ain to a Youth Circle in Masdar City, where HRH The Prince of Wales is a Patron of the Masdar Institute for Science and Technology."

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