OTTAWA, ON, March 14, 2022 /CNW/ – At the request of the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of CanadaTheir Excellencies the Right Honorable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canadaand M. Whit Fraser will pay a working visit to United Arab Emirates (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES), Qatar and Kuwaitof March 17 to 23, 2022. The tour will include stops in dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Doha and Kuwait City.

His Excellency’s visit to Middle East comes at a time of global turmoil and highlights the need for diplomacy and global cooperation.

While in the United Arab Emirates, the Governor General will meet with government officials from the region to strengthen bilateral relations and, in doing so, share messages about the importance of broad international collaboration in times of conflict.

During the stay, His Excellency will lead the delegation to from Canada National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai. As guest of honour, she will deliver a speech at the official National Day ceremony. Their Excellencies will meet with students from the Canadian University of Dubai and will be invited to the Sharjah House of Wisdom.

In Qatarthe Governor General will meet His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thaniemir of State of Qatar, and with other government officials. She will also engage with members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) stationed in the region.

Their Excellencies will then travel to Kuwait meet dignitaries including His Highness Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabahcrown prince of State of Kuwait. They will also visit Camp Canada to meet with CAF members engaged in Operation IMPACT, from Canada whole-of-government approach to Middle East.

During her visits, the Governor General will take the opportunity to thank the governments of Qatar and Kuwait for the role they played last year in the evacuation of Canadians and Afghans who helped Canada during the war of Afghanistan.

Times are shown in local time (Gulf Standard Time [GST] for the UAE and
Arabian Standard Time [AST] in Qatar and Kuwait).

Thursday March 17

7:30 p.m.
Arrive at dubai
Their Excellencies will be greeted at the airport by United Arab Emirates officials.

Friday 18th March

2 p.m.
Visit to the Canadian University of Dubai (CUD)
The Governor General will speak with CUD students and participate in a question-and-answer session focusing on the themes of women’s empowerment and life in the North.

DUC offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs based on a world-class international curriculum, giving students the opportunity to obtain a Canadian education while experiencing the dynamic lifestyle of dubai. For more information, visit
City walk, Al Wasl, dubai

Friday 18th March

5:30 p.m.
Sharjah House of Wisdom Tour
The Governor General will visit Sharjah’s House of Wisdom to meet local children and students and offer them a reading of a Canadian children’s book.

The Maison de la Sagesse is an emblematic cultural center aimed at promoting reading and giving access to knowledge to all members of society. For more information, visit
AlJuraina 1, Sharjah

Saturday March 19

4:15 p.m.
from Canada National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai
Her Excellency will attend Expo 2020 Dubai to deliver remarks as a guest of honor at the Canada Day Ceremony. Their Excellencies will visit a number of Expo pavilions and meet 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 conversations about building a better world and shaping our future through sustainability, mobility and opportunity. For more information, visit
Expo 2020 Dubai, dubai

Doha (Qatar)
Monday March 21

Meeting with the Emir of State of Qatar
The Governor General will meet His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thaniemir of State of Qatar.

Meeting with CAF personnel
The Governor General will meet with CAF members serving in the region and engage in a discussion with them to better understand their roles.

Kuwait City (Kuwait)
tuesday march 22

Meeting with the Crown Prince of State of Kuwait
The Governor General will meet His Highness Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabahcrown prince of 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 area. His Excellency will also tour the base.

Fast facts

  • This will be the Governor General’s second international visit since her installation.
  • Due to the public health measures currently in place, the Governor General will not be accompanied by a Canadian delegation.

Notes for the media

  • Photos of the tour can be provided to media upon request via [email protected].
  • Members of the media can follow the Governor General’s visit and activities on

Related links:
Biography – Her Excellency the Right Honorable Mary Simon
Biography – His Excellency Whit Fraser
Canada at Expo 2020 Dubai – With the future in mind

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