AIRINC’s most recent survey of Nairobi closely coincided with the 5th anniversary of the Westgate Mall attack when members of the extremist Islamic group al-Shabaab took siege of the building, which resulted in 71 deaths. During my survey, I found the Westgate mall fully operational. Bags must be screened before entering, but otherwise it seemed like business as usual.
Kenya does remain a security concerned country. The recently opened Two Rivers Mall is the largest shopping complex in Kenya and is located near the upscale neighborhoods of Runda, Nyari, Gigiri, and Muthaiga. Two Rivers installed the digital barrier system, known as the ThruVis TS4C, the same security system used in Washington D.C. during the last U.S. presidential inauguration. It is considered the world’s most advanced compact people-screening system.