Hussain Sajwani started his journey to become a self-made billionaire with a food business in the 1980s. This catering business not only had United States Army contracts, but serviced the energy sector. At the University of Washington, Sajwani received his Bachelor of Arts/Science in Economics. He joined GASCO as a contracts manager, but soon left for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. Hussain Sajwani saw a need for several hotels to service business moguls coming to Dubai. He built these hotels, and this business soon developed into DAMAC Properties in 2002.
DAMAC Properties is a private residential, leisure, and commercial developmental company based in Dubai. It also invests in real estate projects and has a division for Hussain Sajwani’s food business. The company started with properties just in Dubai, but soon expanded into North Africa, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. DAMAC now has holdings in over twenty countries around the world. DAMAC has built over 16,800 homes and 44,000 units.
Hussain Sajwani has worked with the Italian fashion-houses Versace and Fendi to design fabulous apartments. He has also worked with Bugatti and Paramount Hotels and Resorts to create some of the most luxurious properties available today. DAMAC has become synonymous with luxury. Sajwani has even worked with Tiger Woods and President Donald Trump to design golf courses. Trump and Sajwani met in 2005 and wanted to build twin Trump towers in Dubai. The financial market crash prevented this from happening. This did not stop the two from working together later a few years later. The two power houses have designed two golf courses together. Trump International Golf Club at Akoya will open soon in Dubai. The Trump World Golf Club Dubai will be completed in 2018. These spectacular golf courses are a testament to both men’s forward-thinking.
Hussain Sajwani is not only a business man, but also a philanthropist. In 2011, DAMAC opened a hospitality division called “DAMAC Maison”. This division provides bespoke services for guests in 7,957 hotel apartments. Sajwani also gave AED two million to a campaign to help clothe one million deprived children around the world.