British State Visit to Abu Dhabi and Oman, 2010

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were in the midst of a State Visit to Abu Dhabi and Oman on this day in 2010, their last State Visit to the Middle East, three decades after their monumental Tour of the Gulf States.

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The Tour started in Abu Dhabi, one of the seven Emirates of the United Arab Emirates, where notable events included a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and a formal luncheon with Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan that was followed by an exchange of honours, at which the Queen (in the Order of the Garter) received the Order of Zayed, and members of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family received the Order of the Bath and the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.

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In Oman, the Queen and Duke were hosted by Sultan Qaboos, celebrating his Ruby Jubilee, with events including an Official Welcome, visit to a cultural village, and an exchange of gifts followedby a State Dinner in honour of the Queen (wearing the Crown Ruby Suite).

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