For Hussain Sajwani, chairman and CEO of the DAMAC group, it has been nearly 40 years since he started his own catering business venture in 1982. In the 90s, he turned his attention to the growing property market in Dubai, building several hotels as the number of travelers to the UAE on leisure and business rose. However, the entrepreneur has since expanded out from food catering and hotels. With years of experience in property business and marketing, Hussain Sajwani now operates the luxury real estate developer DAMAC Properties. Established in 2002 in Dubai, DAMAC Properties has become the leader in luxury real estate in the Middle East, with properties in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon and even expanding to the United Kingdom.
DAMAC Properties has almost 2,000 employees and has completed nearly 22,000 luxury properties since its opening. Hussain Sajwani (@hussainsajwani) has grown the company in the last 16 years, which has catered to the luxury real estate market on a global scale, and recently DAMAC entered into a business relationship in 2013 with US President Donald Trump prior to his election. However, Hussain Sajwani is not only a successful investor and businessman but is also a notable philanthropist. Through DAMAC Properties, he provided a donation of AED 2 million to The Ramadan Initiative in 2013, a program which seeks to provide a million impoverished children with clothing. Hussain Sajwani’s generous donation has helped paved the way to better tomorrow, purchasing enough clothing for more than 50,000 children. Furthermore, Sajwani has sponsored the One Million Arab Coders Initiative through the Hussain Sajwani – DAMAC Foundation. The initiative would provide free education to one million Arabs in the language of coding, opening many opportunities into the growing field of computer science. Undoubtedly, the efforts of Hussain Sajwani and the DAMAC group are an example not only of successful business strategies, but also how to leave a positive impact on one’s community as well.
See this interview with Sajwani: https://www.albawaba.com/business/interview-hussain-sajwani-man-behind-damac-1066802