The Duke of Cambridge will carry out his first official visit overseas since the pandemic began in February when he visits the United Arab Emirates on behalf of the British government.
Kensington Palace announced the news on January 21st 2022, noting that William’s visit—on 10 February—will coincide with the United Arab Emirates’ 50th anniversary and UK National Day’s celebration at the Expo 2020 in Dubai.
William will be part of these celebrations, watching as the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay for this summer’s Commonwealth Games, parades through Expo 2020 and into each of the Commonwealth Nations’ Pavilions.
William’s visit will also highlight two programmes hosted by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: United for Wildlife and The Earthshot Prize. Kensington Palace notes that William “attaches a particular importance to the natural world, a passion that was shared by the UAE’s founding father His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”
William’s visit will include learning about environmental initiatives that focus on protecting the flora and fauna of the United Arab Emirates through the two Royal Foundation programmes. The United Arab Emirates is already involved in United for Wildlife to help stop the illegal wildlife trade, and William will hear about the partnerships within the country that are playing their part.
The Earthshot Prize will be highlighted at Expo 2020, with William showcasing some of the innovators behind the first Earthshots and will work to “help accelerate and scale their incredible solutions to repair the planet,” says Kensington Palace.
Kensington Palace notes that “the bond between the UK and the UAE is deep and strong and Prince William’s visit will highlight and build upon theses links as he has the opportunity to engage with young Emiratis, leaders from government and committed conservationists.”
Further details about William’s upcoming visit will be announced by Kensington Palace ahead of his departure.