Prince Charles and Camilla to visit UAE in November!

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It has been confirmed that Britain's Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will visit the UAE from November 6th – 8th as part of a regional three-nation tour, according to a statement from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Thursday.

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 as part of a 10-day tour of five Gulf countries.

In the statement issued today, UK officials said that the royal couple will have a full diary of engagements in the UAE.

"Their Royal Highnesses’ visit to the region will promote the UK’s partnership in the region in key areas such as religious tolerance, supporting women in leadership, creating youth opportunities, preserving cultural heritage and wildlife conservation," the FCO said.

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.

Prince Charles will also tour Bu Tinah archipelago, the Unesco-recognised site roughly 150 kilometres from the city of 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.

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."

In related news, officials announced today that 2017 will be officially designated as the "UK-UAE Year of Culture".

"The British Council, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Embassy and Emirati partners will be among those working together to create a diverse programme of activities which will take place in the UK and the UAE featuring events in arts, education, society, sport, science and trade," said the FCO.

"The aim of the Year of Culture is to strengthen the existing relationship between the UK and UAE. The Prince of Wales, who is the British Patron of the UK-UAE 2017 Year of Culture, and The Duchess of Cornwall will attend an event at the historic Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain to launch the Year of Culture." Moran.

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