The Duke of Cambridge arrived in Oman for hours after watching British troops and their Kuwaiti counterparts storm a building during a dramatic military exercise while his tour through the Middle East continued.
Prince William was greeted by a guard of honor as he got off the plane at Khasab Airport in Oman for the second leg of his four-day visit to pay tribute to the historic ties between Britain and the countries of the Middle East.
The 37-year-old spoke with dignitaries at the airport, which lies in a valley between two mountain ridges, during his first official visit to the country at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Commonwealth.
The Duke of Cambridge (center) arrives today at Khasab Airport in Oman, as part of his four-day tour of the Middle East
The 37-year-old king spoke today with dignitaries at the airport, which lies in a valley between two mountain ridges
Prince William was greeted by a guard of honor as he stepped off a plane at Khasab Airport in Oman today
Earlier today, William in Kuwait wore safety goggles and ear protectors to watch soldiers throw grenades into a building echoing the sound of gunfire, albeit blank, as they ran in to confront the enemy.
The duke had a seat on the first side of Desert Warrior Exercise – a kind of exercise that would have been known to him when he became an army officer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
During the exercise, British troops train twice a year for four weeks with Kuwait in a defense and security cooperation that can be traced back to the Friendship Treaty signed between Kuwait and the UK in 1899.
Defense and security are the cornerstone of the relationship between the UK and Kuwait, particularly following the role of Great Britain in the liberation of Kuwait in 1991 after the Iraqi invasion.
Major Ben Smyth, commander of Malta Company, 2nd battalion, the Mercian Regiment, organized William's visit to the Sheikh Salem Al-Ali National Guard Camp in northern Kuwait, close to the Iraqi border.
Prince William visits Desert Warrior Exercise, a joint British-Kuwaiti military exercise, at the Sheikh Salim Al-Ali National Guard Camp in Kuwait
William, 37, seemed to be enjoying himself when he saw a demonstration of urban tactics and fighting techniques up close
The troops participated in Exercise Desert Warrior, a biennial training event in which a group of British troops train alongside Kuwaiti troops
In addition to viewing the joint military exercise, William was given a guided tour of the base by soldiers, who spent time talking
Maj Smyth, whose men are halfway through the exercise, said: "As I explained to the duke, defense is the cornerstone of the relationship between Britain and Kuwait, and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to see the UK's continued commitment to Kuwait to demonstrate.
"I explained to him at company level that our most important outcome was that we wanted to improve that relationship and especially to build relationships on a personal level. Defense is a small place and you can meet each other again and again."
After the demonstration of urban warfare, William talked to some British and Kuwaiti troops involved in the exercise and asked a Middle Eastern soldier with an interpreter about the burning summers they experience.
The duke said, "Ask him what it's like to train in the summer when it's 50 degrees outside," and the soldier laughed at the king when he said, "You're melting."
William was also intrigued by the body sensors the soldiers wore, known as tactical engagement simulation (TES) – an automatic referee that vibrates when a virtual bullet passes or someone is hit.
The duke asked another soldier: "I have never been allowed to use TES, does it work reasonably well?" Before he left, William received commemorative plaques on the occasion of his visit and then left for Oman.
Prince William enters an observation building while Kuwait and British soldiers participate outside in the Desert Warrior Exercise
The Duke of Cambridge wears hearing protectors at the Sheikh Salim Al-Ali National Guard Camp in Kuwait, where he saw British and Kuwaiti troops participate in Exercise Desert Warrior
Defense and security are the cornerstone of the relationship between Great Britain and Kuwait and the Kuwait soldiers seemed happy to chat with the duke
The duke had arrived in Kuwait on Sunday and discussed recycling with a group of students from the Qurtoba Secondary School for Girls, before sharing his love for Aston Villa with schoolboys.
William told the Kuwaiti schoolboys group how he hurried to a screen on Sunday to watch his football club play against Manchester United, which caused them to draw.
His sporting confession came during a visit to an educational cultural center where he showed his reactions – hitting lights to test his reflexes and shooting hoops during a basketball event.
Before he had a kickabout with the schoolboys, he asked: & # 39; Have you heard of a team called Aston Villa? & # 39 ;, And when they answered & # 39; no & # 39; he made jokes of course & # 39 ;, you have of course heard from a team named Aston Villa & # 39 ;.
& # 39; They played against Manchester United – a two tie yesterday. I tried to watch it as soon as we landed, I was as fast as we could, & he added.
After the arrival ceremony at Kuwait International Airport on Sunday evening, the duke could have seen the second half of the game, which started in Manchester at 4.30 p.m.
The prince took the time to talk to both British and Kuwaiti soldiers before retiring to see how they carried out the military exercise
Prince William looks out the window of a building while Kuwaiti and British soldiers participate in the Exercise Desert Warrior outside
The soldiers seemed excited to show William the basics and explain how the biennial joint military exercise would work
A team of photographers and minders followed the duke while being shown around the Sheikh Salem Al Ali Alsabah camp in Subia outside Kuwait City
During his visit to the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Center, the duke, standing 6ft 2ins long, was left almost double bent when he accepted the response challenge.
& # 39; The lights are too dim for a tall guy, & # 39; he said while Bashar Huneidi, one of the few alpine skiers in the Gulf, told the royal party how the reaction game worked.
He later played an interactive basketball game with the boys, where they had to throw the ball to a hoop when someone, from a group, lit up.
Earlier the royal meeting had a group of students from the Qurtoba Secondary School for Girls who told the duke about their compost project Trash to Treasure.
William joked: & # 39; I am going outside and throwing it in & # 39 ;, adding laughing & # 39; am I doing well? & # 39; as one of the schoolgirls told him that he had to pile up his waste to get the best results.
During his visit, he also revealed that his family & # 39; recycles as much as possible & # 39; but he is concerned about what happens to their waste.
British and Kuwaiti soldiers participating in Desert Warrior Exercise await the arrival of the Duke of Cambridge at the Sheikh Salim Al-Ali National Guard Camp
A British soldier looks through the scope of an FN MAG machine gun while participating in Kuwaiti soldiers in the Exercise Desert Warrior
Kuwaiti and British soldiers participate in the Exercise Desert Warrior, attended by Prince William, who saw the action from a building
William & # 39; s comments came when he joined litter pickers on a beach in Kuwait, tackled the scourge of plastic pollution and surrendered to bird watching.
During a visit to the windy Jahra nature reserve near Kuwait, where the volunteers were working, the duke said to the young environmentalists: & Where is your recycling going? Outside the city? & # 39;
William, who had just started his four-day tour through the Middle East, added: & We recycle as much as we can at home, but I worry about the chain, what happens to it? We must think together – it is a joint effort. & # 39;
The king spoke of his aversion to the use of plastic and described the material as the & # 39; enemy & # 39 ;.
He said: & # 39; We made sure we travel here and only take our metal bottles. Many metal bottles.
& # 39; I now hate plastic bottles and I look at it and I literally think it's the enemy – you see a plastic bottle and I'm just like & # 39; eugh! & # 39; Horrible, right? & # 39;
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