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Sununu, left, and Kamen

CONCORD — An all-day retreat at the Crown Prince of Dubai’s desert camp and a series of discussions on housing, education and health care highlighted Gov. Chris Sununu’s trip to the United Arab Emirates last week.

Sununu took the trip at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Dubai, with Manchester inventor Dean Kamen, to promote the worldwide version of the FIRST Robotics competition, and to announce that Dubai would host the global competition in October.

A brief description of Sununu’s itinerary provided by his staff notes that the governor, who was not accompanied by any family or staff members, worked on state government business while on the trip, including preparation for his budget address on Thursday.

Sununu and Kamen arrived in Dubai on Thursday, and on Friday met with CEOS attending the World Government Summit for a discussion on technology, education and workforce development.

On Saturday, Sununu and Kamen joined Energy Secretary Rick Perry and other global leaders for an all-day retreat at the Crown Prince of Dubai’s desert camp for discussions on housing, education and health care.

Sununu led a breakout session on education on one of his favorite topics, school choice, focusing on how the government can create individualized pathways to better meet the needs of students.

On Sunday, he led a discussion at the World Government Summit on education and the positive impact of lifelong learning.

A large portion of that discussion focused on how government can help retrain workers who are transitioning to new jobs. Sununu also led a breakout session on the importance of early childhood education.

Later in the day, he met with students from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business who were attending the World Government Summit.

He returned to New Hampshire on Monday.