The Hussain Sajwani family, headed by UAE real estate investor and construction contract negotiator Hussain Sajwani is one of the wealthiest families in the Arabian peninsula. The patriarch is the founder of the luxury real estate development company DAMAC Propertes. The most well-known part of the Sajwanis is their close ties to the family of President Trump. Some of the most famous partnerships that Sajwani formed with Trump dealt with hotel and golf course constructions near Dubai and Abu Dhabi, including one that famous golfer Tiger Woods himself had designed. But Sajwani’s relationship with the former billionaire who’s now president goes even beyond business deals to having personal visits to his home. But even Trump is not the only connection that Sajwani has made over time.
Becoming DAMAC owner may be Sajwani’s biggest accomplishment to date, but his career really began back in 1982 when he started in the food industry with a catering business known as Dariah Management Services Company. The company was what helped him start forming relationships with high profile clients such as political leaders and celebrities, and he even had contracts with the US military. From there he started working for oil companies including ADNOC and GASCO but still maintained the catering business. Sajwani said that he loved catering, but it only profited in the millions of dollars and he saw an opportunity to enter real estate and make millions in profits.
Sajwani started entering construction and real estate investments around the mid 1990s and began buying properties in places like Deira where regular hotels were constructed. In 2002 he decided to build a very upscale operation that designed and invested in very glamorous properties, and DAMAC Properties was born. The first major property he had developed was Marina Terrace in Dubai, and many more followed. Around 2010 he had DAMAC Tower built with an interior design done by Versace who he partnered with. Not long after he received the “CEO of the Year” award by Gulf Business Industry, and soon was partnering with the Trumps in the rollout of golf courses. Sajwani is also a philanthropist who’s biggest gifts have benefited the UAE Red Crescent, a refugee assistance organization.
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