The Prince of Wales will briefly visit the Arab Emirates and Bahrain whilst on his four-day tour of the Middle East. This previously unannounced visit comes after Charles began his current tour to Saudi Arabia and Qatar earlier this week.
In Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, His Royal Highness will visit His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
During the meeting, the Prince of Wales will pass on his best wishes from the Queen to the President of the United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who recently paid a State visit to the United Kingdom in April 2013.
On Friday, Charles will also travel to the Bahrain capital, Manama, where he will be welcomed by Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain. He will then proceed to visit His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
The British Government supports this visit to the UAE and Bahrain, as it reflects the long standing relationships between the United Kingdom and the countries. It will also recognise the 200 year old relationship between the British Royal Family and the UAE and Bahrain Royal Family.
Prince Charles will visit these countries on the last day of his four-day tour of the Middle East. Previously this week, the Prince was seen sword dancing at a stadium in Saudi Arabia and visiting Qatar’s leading museum.
The Prince of Wales has visited the United Arab Emirates before in 1989, 1993, 1996, 1999 and 2007, and visited Bahrain in 1986, 1989, 1997 and 2007.