Many may remember when President Trump, then a candidate during the 2015 campaign season delivered the controversial speech at a rally about how he planned to ban Muslims from the US. But one man who is a Muslim himself seemed to understand exactly what Trump was saying because that man is a longtime friend of the Trumps, Hussain Sajwani. Sajwani is a real estate investor and developer in the United Arab Emirates whose bought magnificent vacation homes and commercial high rise buildings, and he said that he was not in the least offended by Trump’s rhetoric. Sajwani has done many partnerships with President Trump and his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and he knew full well the bluster that Trump often displays. He believed Trump truly was looking out for the national security interests of his country, and he said those comments would not in any way hinder his hopes of partnering with the Trump organization for more deals.
Hussain Sajwani has spent over 20 years in real estate developing, but he started out in the oil and catering businesses first. He achieved his bachelor’s in business from the University of Washington and then helped the prestigious Abu Dhabi National Oil Corporation make new contract deals as manager for its GASCO company. While still in that role, he began a side business in catering which actually picked up clients all over the world. He hired some of the top international chefs and had logistics reaching both government and private sector clients, and even the US Army gave him a plaque in honor of the quality of food that was served to troops deployed in the Gulf War.
Hussain Sajwani, the DAMAC owner, kept his catering business even after he he went all in on real estate investing. He formed a private investment firm that today is listed on both the Abu Dhabi and London Stock Exchange, and he became the DAMAC owner in 2002 after DAMAC Properties was officially formed. He had previously bought several small-scale hotels but then upgraded to the upscale lodgings around 2005 when Marina Terrace was completed. He partnered with the Versace and Bugatti companies one year later to build DAMAC Tower, and his relationship with the Trumps began around that same time. The biggest properties Sajwani partnered with the Trump family to build were the Tiger Woods Golf Course and Resort out near a desert oasis, and the Trump World Resort in Dubai. Sajwani is also the main chairman for a refugee support organization for those fleeing war zones in the Middle East.
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