Per an announcement made by the Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, King Charles III will make an opening speech at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai.

This year, the King will attend “at the invitation” of UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and “at the request” of the U.K. government, Buckingham Palace said.

Alongside regional leaders, the UK monarch will deliver the opening address of the World Climate Action Summit at Expo City Dubai and hold meetings thereafter.

Set to take place from November 30 to December 12, 2023, the summit will also have a reception to launch the inaugural COP28 Business and Philanthropy Climate Forum. The overarching focus of the summit will be around the planet’s climate crisis through observer organisations like charities and government representatives who will come together.

Making this the first time for King Charles III to attend a COP summit, however, the Royal has visited the UAE on several occasions in the past.

Previous visits to Dubai

Prince Charles, Camilla Abu Dhabi

This will be the British Monach’s first visit since becoming King, previously known as Prince Charles, he visited the UAE in 1999, 2007, 2014 and 2016.

During his most recent trip in 2016, the then Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla accompanied the Royal on a tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque alongside Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, who was known as the then Minister of State for Tolerance.

The trip also included a visit of the Royals to the Dubai International Humanitarian City, where Prince Charles met aid workers and also complimented the UAE’s generosity.

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