At the request of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Whit Fraser will undertake a working visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Kuwait, from March 17 to 23, 2022. The visit will include stops in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Doha and Kuwait City.
Her Excellency’s visit to the Middle East comes at a time of global unrest, and highlights the necessity of diplomacy and global co-operation.
During her time in the UAE, the Governor General will meet with government officials from the region to strengthen bilateral relations and, in doing so, share messages regarding the importance of wide international collaboration during periods of conflict.
During the stay, Her Excellency will lead the delegation for Canada’s National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai. As the guest of honour, she will deliver remarks at the Official National Day Ceremony. Their Excellencies will engage with students at the Canadian University Dubai and will be guests at the Sharjah House of Wisdom.
In Qatar, the Governor General will meet with His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, and with other government representatives. She will also engage with Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members stationed in the region.
Their Excellencies will then make their way to Kuwait to meet with dignitaries including His Highness Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait. They will also visit Camp Canada to meet with CAF members engaged in Operation IMPACT, Canada’s whole-of-government approach to the Middle East.
During her visits, the Governor General will take the opportunity to thank the Qatari and Kuwaiti governments for their role last year in evacuating Canadians and Afghans who helped Canada during the war in Afghanistan.
Times are indicated in local times (Gulf Standard Time [GST] for UAE and Arabia Standard Time [AST] in Qatar and Kuwait).
Thursday, March 17 7:30 p.m.
Arrival in Dubai
Their Excellencies will be greeted at the airport by UAE officials.
Friday, March 18 2 p.m.
Visit to Canadian University Dubai (CUD)
The Governor General will engage with students at CUD and take part in a question-and-answer session focused on the themes of women’s empowerment and life in the north.
CUD offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs based on a world-leading international curriculum, giving students the opportunity to obtain a Canadian education while experiencing the dynamic lifestyle of Dubai. For more information, visit www.cud.ac.ae.
City Walk, Al Wasl, Dubai
Friday, March 18 5:30 p.m.
Visit to the Sharjah House of Wisdom
The Governor General will visit the Sharjah House of Wisdom to meet with local children and students, and offer them a reading from a Canadian children’s book.
The House of Wisdom is an iconic cultural hub aiming to promote reading and give access to knowledge to all members of society. For more information, visit www.houseofwisdom.ae/home.
Al Juraina 1, Sharjah
Saturday, March 19 4:15 p.m.
Canada’s National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai
Her Excellency will attend Expo 2020 Dubai to deliver remarks as the guest of honour at the Canada National Day Ceremony. Their Excellencies will visit a number of pavilions at the Expo, and meet with Canadian staff and Expo guests. They will also meet with dignitaries and government officials.
Organized under the theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, Expo 2020 Dubai aims to encourage discussions on building a better world and shaping our future through sustainability, mobility and opportunity. For more information, visit www.expo2020dubai.com/
Monday, March 21
Meeting with the Amir of the State of Qatar
The Governor General will meet with His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar.
Meeting with CAF Personnel
The Governor General will meet with CAF members stationed in the region and will engage in a discussion with them to better understand their roles.
Kuwait City (Kuwait)
Tuesday, March 22
Meeting with the Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait
The Governor General will meet with His Highness Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait.
Wednesday, March 23
Visit to Camp Canada to meet CAF Members
The Governor General will visit Camp Canada at Ali Al Salem Air Base to meet with CAF members stationed in the region. Her Excellency will also be given a tour of the base.