UK’s Prince William kicks off solo Middle East tour in Kuwait

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The UK’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, met with the Emir of Kuwait on Monday during his solo Middle East tour. (KUNA - Kuwait News Agency)
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Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, meeting with Kuwait's Minister of the Amiri Diwan (Royal Palace) Affairs, Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah. (KUNA - Kuwait News Agency)
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Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, meeting with Kuwait's Minister of the Amiri Diwan (Royal Palace) Affairs, Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah. (KUNA - Kuwait News Agency)
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Prince William uses a monocular during a visit at Kuwait's Jahra Pools nature reserve, 35kms north of the Kuwaiti capital. (AFP)
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Duke of Cambridge Prince William and director of Kuwait's environment public authority Sheikh Abdullah Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah. (AFP)
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Prince William walks with Sheikh Mohammed Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, deputy minister for royal affairs, and Sahar Al-Aqab, the director of cultural centres department at the royal palace. (AFP)
Updated 03 December 2019

UK’s Prince William kicks off solo Middle East tour in Kuwait

  • Emir sent cable of condolence to Queen Elizabeth II and UK prime minister Boris Johnson after London Bridge attack
  • The Duke will also visit Oman on his journey to the region

KUWAIT CITY: The UK’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, met with the Emir of Kuwait on Monday during his solo Middle East tour.

The Duke of Cambridge was received by Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the Bayan Palace, where the two enjoyed a five-course lunch.

During their meeting, which was attended by dignitaries, government ministers, ambassadors and religious leaders from the Muslim and Christian faiths, the Emir expressed his sympathies for the recent London Bridge Attack in which two people were killed.

He had sent a cable of condolence to Queen Elizabeth II and UK prime minister Boris Johnson on Saturday.

Also on Monday, Prince William visited the Jahra Nature Reserve where he was briefed on Kuwait’s efforts to preserve its natural habitats.

The Duke will also visit Oman on his journey to the region, which Kensington Palace said was a mission of strengthening British-Gulf cooperation.

“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,” a statement read.

“From the modern capitals of Kuwait City and Muscat, to the vast Kuwaiti deserts and stunning wadis in the Omani mountains, the visit will take in both countries' unique cultures, their beautiful landscapes, and diverse communities,” it added.


Egypt’s King Salman International University to be completed in 2020

Construction of the university started in July 2017. (King Salman International University)
Updated 10 min 51 sec ago

Egypt’s King Salman International University to be completed in 2020

  • President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inspected the university progress and was briefed on the facilities of the university branch

DUBAI: Construction of King Salman International University in Sharm Al-Sheikh is in progress and scheduled for completion in March 2020, Egypt’s local press reported on Saturday.

Construction of the university started in July 2017, which when built will house 10 colleges including tourism, languages, architecture, arts and design.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inspected the university progress and was briefed on the facilities of the university branch.

The King Salman University currently has three campuses in the South Sinai province: at El-Tor, Sharm El-Sheikh and Ras Sidr.