Hussain Ali Habib Sajwani is a man about whom numerous stories have been written, all of them seemingly thematic – he’s dined and golfed with Donald Trump, helped save thousands of starving children, developed luxury property all across the Middle East and participated as a food service provider to the Americans during Operation Desert Storm. But who is he really?
For those who may not be familiar, Hussain Sajwani is perhaps best known, both in the East and West, as a prime time real estate developer and the Chairman of DAMAC. DAMAC is an acronym standing for Dariah Management Services Company which is a real estate development group operating out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, focusing primarily on luxury and custom designed housing.
One of the primary reasons that Mr. Sajwani achieved so much success so quickly was that he catered (during the founding of the Dariah Management Service Company) to a whole new market of home and residential buyers that opened up after a governmental decision which allowed foreigners to own and control property in Dubai. Almost providentially, the majority of the apartments purchased from DAMAC in those early days (DAMAC was founded in 2002) were bought by foreign residents. This massive, swelling market niche allowed Sajwani to expand quickly and firmly and, in large part, contribute to the outside perception of Dubai as a glittering place of wondrous homes, gleaming towers and palatial estates.
However, what Mr. Sajwani, the DAMAC Owner, is perhaps best known for, in the West at least, is his relationship with the real estate mogul Donald J. Trump. In 2013 (before Mr. Trump ascended to the office of the President of the Untied States of America) Mr. Sajwani and his DAMAC team drew up plans with Mr. Trump and his affiliates for two grand golf courses which were to be built under the Trump Brand. It is only recently, in early 2017 that the first of these massive courses was completed, called the Trump International Golf Course – the second course (which was designed by none other than pro golfer, Tiger Woods) is set to be unveiled sometime in 2018. After he was elected president Trump said of Sajwani, “[he’s] a very, very, very amazing man.” Know the pasycale at DAMAC here.