You may not be familiar with Hussain Sajwani, but he is one of the Middle East’s wealthiest Developers. Sajwani is the founder and owner of DAMAC Properties. Founded in 1976, DAMAC was originally a food service company that catered to the energy sector in Abu Dhabi, during the 1980s. Hussain Sajwani and DAMAC also provided food service for the American troops during Desert Storm in 1991, and also U.S. troops in Somalia, and Bosnia around that same period.
While DAMAC Owner, Hussain Sajwani has expanded the business model beyond catering, DAMAC still engages in food service. In the year 2002, Sajwani expanded the business by founding DAMAC Properties in Dubai. This was during a period when Dubai was entering a six-year real estate boom. DAMAC Properties entered into the market specializing in luxurious properties that were aggressively marketed.
As the owner of DAMAC, Hussain Sajwani has made the decision to focus on the development of opulent properties that cater to the upper echelon in Dubai. Sajwani’s DAMAC is the largest real estate developer in the UAE. DAMAC is known for its high-end promotions that involved Lamborghini and Bentley giveaways for anyone that leased apartments from DAMAC. Sajwani also partnered with Versace and Bugatti to provide offerings exclusive to DAMAC clients.
Keeping in step with his glitzy reputation, the owner of DAMAC partnered with Donald Trump in emerged in 2013, as the developer for the Trump International Golf Course in Dubai. The development of the course involved the transformation of 500 acres of barren desert land into a luxurious resort and 18-hole golf course designed by golf superstar, Tiger Woods.
Sajwani was a personal guest of Donald Trump for his 2017 New Year’s celebration at Trump’s Florida resort, Mar-A-Lago. The then President-elect referred to the Sajwani family as, “the most beautiful people,” during his speech that night.
Sajwani is also a philanthropist that contributes to global humanitarian efforts. Most notably, is the AED 2-million contribution made by Hussain Sajwani on behalf of DAMAC Properties, to The Ramadan Initiative, to clothe a million children around the world.