Kuwait City, Kuwait
November 5, 2012
I am honored to participate in the official launch of The Cheesecake Factory at the Grand Avenue, marking a major milestone in Kuwait’s growth in the hospitality sector. I especially want to commend the visionary leadership of Executive Chairman of Alshaya Mr. Mohammed Alshaya and his highly capable team for this important launch.
When I arrived in Kuwait almost 20 years ago, the retail sector was still in its early stages of development. And today, I am so gratified to tour the newly-opened Grand Avenue phase of The Avenues, which has become a new home for an exciting wave of prominent American brands entering Kuwait. The many new U.S. restaurant chains and retail shops that Alshaya plans to open here represent the strength of our bilateral commercial partnership. Like the rest of the world, I’ve watched Kuwait’s retail and international cuisine market blossom in a remarkable way, along with the bilateral flows of trade and people that have been part of that growth during the past few years. It’s been very exciting to watch, and I am proud to be able to participate in it first-hand as U.S. Ambassador.