Prince Harry speaks Arabic at Dubai charity fundraiser

Prince Harry addresses guests at the fundraising event in Dubai. Photo: APTN

Prince Harry has spoken Arabic during a speech at a fundraising dinner in Dubai in aid of his charity Sentebale.

The prince, looking smart in a dinner jacket and black tie for the exclusive event, told guests the funds raised by a charity auction would not disappear into a "box" but were destined for a vital project.

The dinner raised more than £624,000 to help build Sentebale's Mamohato Children's Centre of Excellence in the African kingdom of Lesotho.The centre will allow the charity to scale up its Mamohato programme, which addresses the emotional and psychological needs of children living with HIV.

Harry told guests: "Your money is not being thrown in a box where you don't know where it's going. It is going into brickwork. It means a lot to us to be able to provide this opportunity to so many children."

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Sentebale was co-founded by Harry and supports projects that help disadvantaged children in Lesotho.And speaking in Arabic the prince wished the Emirates well in its bid to host the World Expo 2020 saying: "Thank you for your generosity and all the very best with Dubai's bid for 2020."

During the evening items were auctioned to raise funds, including rare Islamic gold and silver coins and a polo weekend.Singer Joss Stone, who in 2007 performed at the 10th anniversary concert in memory of Harry's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, sang for the guests.