Dubai is known for its glittering image. One name is intrinsically linked to Dubai’s dazzling image: Hussain Sajwani. The founder and CEO of DAMAC Properties has played a key role in modern Dubai’s dazzling landscape.
As a youth, Hussain Sajwani saw what it took to be an entrepreneur firsthand. His father supported the family with a shop he owned that sold imported goods. Read more: Hussain Sajwani | Twitter and Hussain Sajwani | Facebook
After college in the United States and starting his career with a gas company, Hussain Sajwani got his start as an entrepreneur with a food business. That business did well, landing high-profile clients including the U.S. military, and it is still in business today. That business, which Hussain Sajwani still owns, is now called Global Logistics Services.
It was not, however, through his food service that Hussain Sajwani would have a significant impact on the landscape of Dubai. That would come, instead, with the founding of property development company DAMAC in 2002. This move came on the heels of a governmental decree that permitted non-emiratis to purchase property within the emirate.
Through DAMAC, Hussain Sajwani would help to shape Dubai into the dazzling place that it is today. The company’s first project was a residential one: a high rise apartment building. That project was positioned on land in a part of the city that, at the time, was undeveloped.
DAMAC has since helped to shape Dubai’s image through numerous projects that have been residential, commercial, and even mixed use in nature. The company has established itself as the name for luxury properties in not only Dubai but the region.
Among the many projects that DAMAC has undertaken over the years include two Trump-branded golf courses. Out of these projects has grown a friendship between Hussain Sajwani and Donald Trump–a man to whom Sajwani has been compared on numerous occasions.
One of Hussain Sajwani’s children is following in his father’s path, too. His son, Ali Sajwani, is the General Manager of Operations for the DAMAC Group and has been recognized as a rising star in the region.
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