Bird watching and lunch with the emir on British royal’s arrival in Kuwait
The first full day of the Duke of Cambridge’s visit to Kuwait started peacefully as he spotted birds at Jahra Nature Reserve before having lunch with the country’s emir.
Prince William was escorted around the artificial freshwater reserve in a golf cart by workers from Kuwait’s Environment Public Authority.
Using binoculars, he identified and ticked off birds on a list of the 300 species at the reserve, both from the cart and a bird hide a day after arriving in Kuwait on a commercial flight for the visit.
“Throughout the tour, the duke’s programme will pay tribute to the historic ties Britain shares with Kuwait and Oman, and will highlight strong links and co-operation in many areas, including education, the environment, and defence,” Kensington Palace said.
The Jahra Nature Reserve is a regionally important stop for migratory birds and those that stay for winter. It covers an area of 18 square kilometres. As well as bird spotting, William took part in a beach clean-up against the scourge of plastic pollution.
Dr Sian Limpenny, who works in Kuwait for the UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, called Prince William’s visit a “great privilege”.
“His visit will give a welcome boost to the work of the NGOs and help raise public awareness on the importance of the marine environment in Kuwait,” she said. “For me, the real highlight from Prince William’s visit was seeing him take a genuine interest in the work of young Kuwaitis who have set up socially responsible enterprises for the benefit of current and future generations.”
Yesterday afternoon, William
met Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Sabah at the Bayan Palace.
The pair have some campaigning goals in common. Both have spoken with concern about social media; the emir in October said it has created divisions in society and the prince has lent his support to services that help young people to use social media responsibly.
While in Kuwait, he will take part in celebrations for the 120th anniversary of the signing of the 1899 Treaty of Friendship between the country and the UK. The agreement was signed on January 23, 1899.
William will join young leaders, entrepreneurs and university students in a tent at a desert encampment in the Kuwaiti desert to experience the country’s traditions.
The prince will travel to Oman today, where he will take in more natural wonders.
A visit to one of the country’s wadis is planned, as are meetings with more young people working to protect their natural environment.
The reserve is an important stop for migratory birds and those that stay for winter
The Duke of Cambridge explored Jahra Nature Reserve, home to 300 species of bird