The Royal tour commenced with a viewing of a model of QSTP, where HRH was able to appreciate the structure and layout of Qatar's state-of-the-art Science and Technology Park. AlKuwari also took the opportunity to brief HRH on the UK companies operating out of QSTP and the type of cutting-edge technology development being conducted.
The Entourage then proceeded to visit the QRSC, which is a training, demonstration and technology-development facility for cutting edge medical robots. Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive form of surgery that speeds up healing times. It is a QSTP initiative in collaboration with renowned Imperial College London.
HRH then met with several other UK research outfits based out of QSTP including Virgin Health Bank, Rolls Royce, TRL, Vodafone and Qatar Cardiovascular Research Centre where he received a brief overview of the latest R&D efforts being implemented and how both countries were mutually benefiting from these collaborative research initiatives.
The tour then continued with an inspection of the Sustainable Management of Fisheries Resources Project, which is a joint effort between QSTP, Ministry of Environment, and The Prince's Charities' International Sustainability Unit.
The overall goal of the project is to establish the infrastructure necessary to support the development and implementation of an effective, ecosystem-based, fisheries management plan that can fulfil the key objectives of job creation, food security, and ecological sustainable economic development in Qatar and the region.
"We are honoured to have HRH, The Prince of Wales, visit our facility and view the various technology development endeavours being carried out here at QSTP. It was a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate Qatar's efforts towards becoming a progressive, knowledge-based economy with a vested interest in high quality research and development,"
said Al Kuwari.
Before departing, The Prince of Wales was presented with a symbolic gift - a gold leaf of the Sidra tree, which is the trademark of Qatar Foundation, representing unity between the Qatar's remarkable growth and its strong roots to its culture and heritage.