London mayor tours Kuwait shopping centre in Anglo-Middle East trade drive


Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been in Kuwait as part of a delegation to strengthen UK trade relations with the Middle East.

While on a two day official visit he was guided around The Avenues – the country’s largest shopping destination, with more than 400 stores and 40 eateries.

The development has become a major tourist attraction in the country and features many top-brand UK stores, such as Harvey Nichols.

The mayor, a leading member of Britain’s Conservative Party who has been tipped as a future leader, was accompanied by Chris Johnson, of design architects Gensler and franchise operator Mohammed Alshaya.

He visited the UAE earlier in the year as part of the same trade drive, but was forced to return earlier than originally intended because of the death of former UK prime minster Margaret Thatcher.

Boris Johnson said: “I want London to continue to be the number one city of choice for investors from Kuwait and the Gulf region. There are already strong historic ties between our capital and Kuwait and I aim to build on these by promoting the huge opportunities for inward investment into London, championing the potential for future trade and by seeking to share expertise in areas of mutual interest.”