The Duke of Cambridge wrapped up his visit to Oman on Wednesday with a series of engagements in Muscat involving marine science and the Outward Bound charity.
William’s day began at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Marine Science Centre to learn more about the work there and to view scientists testing the DNA of marine animals. He had also received a tour of the facilities to learn how the Muscat Centre is working with UK scientists to share knowledge and techniques.
Prince William watched scientists testing algae blooms and learned how “shrimp and fish cannot tell you when they’re unwell and this is a way of looking for disease,” from Dr Will Le Quesne, a scientist with CEFAS, the UK-based Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.
Following his visit to the Marine Centre, the Duke visited the beach just outside and met with fishermen who were working with traditional fishing implements and mending their nets with their feet.
Speaking to them through an interpreter, William learned about fishing and sustainability in the area and learned how to use their netting at the Marina Bandar al Rowdha.
Before departing Muscat, the Duke of Cambridge held an Investiture Ceremony at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Muscat.
William then travelled to the Wadi Al Arabiyeen Village in Suwaih to visit Outward Bound Oman. He joined in on a bridge-building team-building exercise with a group of young men in the valley.
The young men had just finished a four-day excursion in the mountains when Prince William arrived to join them. He learned how Outward Bound Oman has helped them, and they replied that the charity had helped give them skills to stand out in the job market, which is constantly changing in Oman.Embed from Getty Images
William told them, “That’s great that you have this opportunity. It’s a great organisation and with the mentoring scheme as well, it’s really important.”
Finally, Prince William met with the Sultan of Oman, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, for a meeting and stayed for dinner at the Bait Al Barakah Palace.