The Duke of Cambridge is set to sample the traditional desert lifestyle of Kuwaitis during his first official visit to the Middle East state.
William kicked off a four-day tour of the region on Sunday and will also travel to neighbouring Oman.
It has added significance, falling during the 120th anniversary of the 1899 Treaty of Friendship between Kuwait and the UK.
The oil-rich state of Kuwait is in a strategically important position nestling between Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and with Iran nearby across the Persian Gulf.
William’s visit will renew and strengthen ties between Britain and Kuwait, and the monarchy’s personal bonds with the Gulf state’s ruling Al-Sabah family.
The duke’s tour begins in earnest on Monday and the highlight will be a desert encampment staged for William outside the capital Kuwait City.
A cultural experience will be laid on for the royal visitor from dates and coffee to camels as he meets young leaders, entrepreneurs and university students.
Kensington Palace said of the trip: ‘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 cooperation in many areas, including education, the environment, and defence.
‘From the modern capitals of Kuwait City and Muscat, to the vast Kuwaiti deserts and stunning wadis in the Omani mountains, the visit will take in both countries’ unique cultures, their beautiful landscapes, and diverse communities.’
William learned about the scourge of plastic pollution in Kuwait when he joined litter pickers working on a beach.
He chatted with representatives from Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), environmental volunteers and members of other groups who are following the global movement and tackling the issue.
Dr Abdullah Alzaidan, director general of technical affairs for the Environment Public Authority, which manages the reserve, said the site was important nationally and globally as a haven and refuelling stopover for hundreds of species of migratory birds and others that make it their permanent home.
William toured the Jahra Nature Reserve, near Kuwait City, by golf buggy, and was taken to a bird hide where he tried to glimpse lesser flamingoes and greater spotted eagles.