When Hussain Sajwani was growing up he never desired to become active in business at all, because when he was not in school, he was working for his father in his father’s store and watch shop. His father worked him so many hours that he had decided to become a professional and work normal hours.
Hussain attended the University of Washington and graduated as an engineer, then went back to his home country, the United Arab Emirates to form his own catering company with eventually served all the food in the United States Army during the Gulf Wars. His experience in his catering enterprises help him to learn about organization and staffing of large deployments of employees, and the catering business still is successful today.
Sajwani’s foray into real estate is the real story of his success, as he has contributed greatly to the economy and the glitzy reputation of Dubai and its growth. You can barely travel anywhere in the region and not see signs and promotions for Damac, the real estate company founded by Hussain Sajwani. The Damac owner originally purchased some land in a largely undeveloped area of Dubai where he had his entire 30 plus story apartment project completely sold out in six months from its initial promotion.
The fact that the government of Dubai originally came out with a decree allowing foreigners to come and take up residence in Dubai helped to fuel the incentive for new residential properties didn’t hurt the situation. Also, Sajwani’s abilities to promote his properties have had a tremendous effect. Everybody knows about his “Bently for each Apartment” promotion along with many other unique and original promotions.
It has benefited the overall promotion to have two Donald Trump world class golf courses involved in two of his properties as well, one of which was designed by Tiger Woods. Trump himself is not involved directly now that he is President of the United States, but his family is.
Like many businesses, the Hussain Sajwani family is involved in the business as children grow up and mature, but mainly for future succession, as most of the children are still too young to be involved directly.