Engineering and Innovation were the themes of The Duke of York’s final engagement, as he attended an exhibition and networking seminar at the Bahrain International Circuit, as part of GREAT British Week.
The event took place at the Paddock Club, where HRH had the opportunity to speak to representatives of British businesses which have developed ties in Bahrain. These included McLaren Applied Technologies, JCB, Ordinance Survey and Bluewater Bio. Also exhibiting at the home of Formula 1 in the Gulf region was the recently-opened Silverstone University TechnicalCollege, whose syllabus is duly focused on advanced engineering and event management.
After touring the exhibition, accompanied by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, The Duke spoke about the importance of exchanging experience and knowledge within the framework of a strong bilateral relationship. The Duke remarked: “it’s clear to me there is a desire by British educational institutions and businesses to create greater opportunity for Bahrainis in Bahrain,” adding that investment in skills training would enable a new generation of young people in both countries to develop and prosper.
Earlier, on Friday, HRH had visited the British Embassy in Manama, where he presented an Honorary OBE to Khalid Al Zayani, Chairman of the Bahrain British Business Forum, in recognition of his contribution to UK-Bahraini relations.
Concluding his visit, The Duke reflected warmly on bilateral ties between the two nations which stretch back almost two hundred years. He commented: “I am sure the collaboration we have successfully conducted over the last two hundred years can be mirrored and enhanced in the coming years ahead