Hussain Sajwani is a man who has had great success after coming from humble beginnings. He started out as the son of a man who ran a modest shop selling watches and executive pens. His life as a part of a conservative and faith centered family taught him many lessons about business, life, and the value of people. His mother helped to augment the family income by selling fabric and other household needs to the women of their social circle. When things still were tight for them his father started to dabble in real estate and soon found it to be a passion, one that Hussain Sajwani picked up a love for as well.
Hussain Sajwani’s father wanted him to follow into the family business but the young man had other ideas. He desired to pursue a formal education and wanted to be a professional. He went to Baghdad and attended a medical college on a full government scholarship, but left school before he completed the program. He was not going to be deterred from being successful, however. He undertook various investment opportunities and even worked with the United States military during Operation Desert Storm to provide food service operation support to troops. He was awarded plague of appreciation for his company’s outstanding performance in these duties. To this day the plaque takes a place of honor in his spartan Dubai offices.
In 2002 he started the DAMAC group, a company which initially worked in the development of high-end luxury real estate properties such as world-class international hotels, golf courses, and marinas. The main drive behind the formation of the DAMAC group was a government decrees that for the first time in decades allowed foreigners to own properties in the U.A.E. and since he was aware of many who wanted to take advantage he saw an opening that would make such development easier and profitable for all involved. Over the next several years the organization developed over 100 million square feet of luxury residential space across two super exclusive developments.
The DAMAC group had great success, and in 2013 garnered even more than Hussain Sajwani teamed up with international real estate mogul and billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump, then CEO of the TRUMP Organization. The two men collaborated on the construction of two large, lavish country clubs with international golf courses, to carry the Trump brand plate. One of them, the TRUMP International Golf Course in Dubai is one of the largest and most ostentatiously opulent in the entire world.
In addition to the company’s real estate activities, the DAMAC Group has also started to dabble in the hospitality industry and Hussain Sajwani is also a well-known philanthropist. He is connected with several local, national, and international organizations which help to promote a better way of life and a better world for everyone.
He owns his great success to the humble beginnings that he came from and the strength that he still gets from his faith and his family. He is a man of principles and convictions who keeps in mind the lessons that he learned from an early age sitting in his father’s shop, and strives to keep learning new lessons every day.
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