x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

London Mayor Boris Johnson lands in UAE on trade mission

He will meet with business leaders in Abu Dhabi today before travelling to Dubai tomorrow. There the politician who is known for both his love of cycling and media opportunity plans to combine both with a bike ride photo shoot.

London Mayor Boris has travelled to the UAE to increase trade ties. Johnson Reuters / Michael Buholzer
London Mayor Boris has travelled to the UAE to increase trade ties. Johnson Reuters / Michael Buholzer

London Mayor Boris Johnson has arrived in the UAE on a mission to lure Gulf investment into the British capital.

He will meet with business leaders in Abu Dhabi today before travelling to Dubai tomorrow where the politician who is known for both his love of cycling and media opportunity plans to combine both with a bike ride photo shoot.

'The Gulf's economy continues to grow fast and we cannot be complacent in what is now a fiercely competitive global economy, the Mayor said in a statement. "I will be promoting the huge opportunities for inward investment into London, championing the mammoth potential for future trade and seeking to share expertise in areas of mutual interest."

The trade mission will include a trip to Qatar, already a major investor in a string of trophy buildings and real estate developments throughout the city.

Mayor Johnson's arrival in the UAE comes the week after the London Array offshore wind farm reached full capacity.

Abu Dhabi's Masdar has a 20 per cent stake in the project which is expected to produce enough green electricity to power nearly half a million homes a year.

Whilst in Abu Dhabi, the Mayor will meet Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar.

It is understood the Mayor's trip will include meetings with regional sovereign wealth funds and other companies including DP World, the Dubai-based global ports operator that is developing the London Gateway deep sea port.

The Mayor will break off from his trip to attend Baroness Thatcher's funeral, before returning to the Gulf on Thursday to meet up with his business delegation and complete the Qatari leg.