PRINCE CHARLES, CAMILLA VISIT ABU DHABI MOSQUE

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ABU DHABI: Bri­tain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla ar­rived yes­ter­day in the United Arab Emi­rates as part of their three-na­tion tour of the Gulf, vis­it­ing a land­mark mosque in the coun­try’s cap­i­tal. The royal cou­ple toured the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, with Camilla wear­ing a blue scarf over her hair in a sign of re­spect. They walked over the mosque’s gleam­ing white mar­ble floor as Emi­rati of­fi­cials ac­com­pa­nied them. They gazed upon the 99 names of God in Ara­bic adorn­ing the mosque’s in­ner wall, and later met with re­li­gious lead­ers of var­i­ous faiths.

The oil-rich UAE, a coun­try of seven sheikhdoms that is home to Dubai, was over­seen by the Bri­tish when it was known as the Tru­cial States. The UAE be­came a unified, in­de­pen­dent na­tion in 1971. The two had just ar­rived from neigh­bor­ing Oman, where they be­gan their week­long trip.

On Satur­day night, the state-run Oman News Agency re­ported that Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said, who has ruled the coun­try on the east­ern edge of the Ara­bian Penin­sula since 1970, met with the roy­als.

The roy­als dis­cussed “co­op­er­a­tion be­tween their coun­tries in var­i­ous sec­tors to achieve the joint in­ter­ests of the Omani and Bri­tish peo­ple” as well as ways to strengthen re­la­tions be­tween them. Jour­nal­ists trav­el­ing with the royal cou­ple did not at­tend the meet­ing with the monarch. Prince Charles and Camilla will later travel to Bahrain.

— AP

ABU DHABI: Prince Charles (sec­ond right), Prince of Wales, and Camilla (cen­ter), Duchess of Corn­wall, tour the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on Satur­day.

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