Hussain Sajwani and the DAMAC Group

Hussain Sajwani also was known as Donald Trump of the Middle East, is the Founding Chairman of Dubai-based luxury real estate developer DAMAC Group, which he founded in 2002.

He graduated from the University of Washington with two Bachelor’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Economics in 1981, then later started his career as a Contracts Manager in GASCO, a subsidiary company of ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company).

After a year in GASCO, he established his own business, Draieh General Trading Company and in 1982 started his catering venture.

The DAMAC owner started out in the food services business, catering to the U.S military and construction giant Betchel. As Dubai allowed foreigners to own property in 2001, the DAMAC owner shifted to real estate where he sold units in a residential building in less than six months. As a result of his expertise and gift of practical insight, the DAMAC owner grew certainly to be one of the pioneers of Dubai’s property market expansion in the 1990s. These skills certainly contributed to DAMAC Group becoming one of the biggest property developments in the Middle East soon after it was founded in 2002.

DAMAC group is the UAE Company most often associated with glitzy property developments, eye-catching marketing stunts (“a free Bentley with every luxury apartment”) and most recently, exciting golf course projects with Donald Trump.

The DAMAC owner is hoping to enhance his business ties with Donald Trump’s real estate firm. The Trump Organization is looking forward to investing in the desert kingdom of Dubai. The two real estate tycoons who celebrated New Year’s Eve together have been in collaboration with the Trump International Golf Club, where luxury villas have summed up almost $2 billion in sales. He prides in expected enhanced business deals with the president-elect in the days to come.

Hussain is also an active philanthropist who has given to many charitable causes and organizations such as the initiative launched by the Ruler of Dubai to provide support to disadvantaged children around the globe. He wrote a check for AED 2 million which was enough money to provide clothing for over 50,000 children.

 

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