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Dubai resident Hussein Sajwani stands out in a desert kingdom where the sons of nomads compete to build the world’s tallest buildings.
The 60-year-old Sajwani has all the credos of a Dubai real estate mogul. Like the city of Dubai, he started from nothing and became a billionaire; he built a luxury brand catering to the rich and famous and is the founder and Chairman of global property development company DAMAC Properties.
But what makes Sajwani unique among global tycoons is his decision in 2005 to partner with Donald Trump. As luck, or better yet, strategy would have it, Trump became the leader of the free world.
“We stay out of politics,” Sajwani said in Forbes while Trump was running for the presidency. Sajwani said he partnered with the Trump organization because they know how to manage golf courses.
The partnership gave birth to the AKOYA golf course, centered in the 964-acre gated complex surrounded by mansions, villas and a retail center. The Trump organization runs the operations of the golf course in this development set in the growing suburbs of Dubai.
DAMAC Properties is opening a new 18-hole, par 72, 7,400 yard championship golf couse designed by golfing superstar Tiger Woods. The AKOYA Oxygen project is a 55-miillion square foot master development and will be the second golf course managed by Trump International Golf Club Dubai.
Damac Properties was founded in 2002 and has become a clear leader in the luxury real estate development industry. Under the leadership of Hussein Sajwani, the company has expanded into North Africa, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
Sajwani has a simple a belief system which has guided him and his enterprises to success. “Nothing should stop us from achieving what we want to achieve.” he says. “‘Losing’ today could pave the way for ‘winning’ tomorrow.”