Bird watch­ing and lunch with the emir on Bri­tish royal’s ar­rival in Kuwait

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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

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