Hussain Sajwani

About Hussain Sajwani

Birth Year: 1952
Birth Place: Dubai, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Residence: Dubai, UAE
Alma mater: University of Washington
Occupation: Founder and chairman, DAMAC Properties
Known for: Real estate development
Children: 4

Hussain Sajwani

Hussain Sajwani was born on 1952 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates. Hussain Sajwani founded residential real estate developer Damac Properties in 2002, taking advantage of a Dubai government decree that allowed foreigners to own property in the emirate. He saw non-Emiratis as the main apartment buyers. After Sajwani purchased land in a then-undeveloped part of town, he managed to sell units in his first 38-story residential building in less than six months--before he started construction. Sajwani has since helped burnish Dubai's image as a glittering destination. Damac teamed up with Donald Trump (beginning in 2013, long before he became president) to develop two Trump-branded golf courses. The Trump International Golf Course Dubai opened in February 2017 at Damac's Akoya residential development, and the Trump World Golf Course, designed by Tiger Woods, is slated to open at a separate Damac development at the end of 2018. In a press conference soon after he was elected president of the U.S., Trump praised Sajwani, calling him "a very, very, very amazing man" who had just offered him a $2 billion real estate deal in Dubai that Trump said he had to turn down. Sajwani started out in the food service business, attracting clients such as the U.S. military and construction giant Bechtel. He still owns the food service firm.
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Awards and nominations:

Ranked Number 15 on Hotelier Power 50 - CEO Middle East Awards 2017

Property CEO of the Year – CEO Middle East Awards 2017



Sajwani started his career in 1981 in the Finance department in Abu Dhabi Gas Industries. Two years later, he started a catering venture, with customers including the U.S. military and Bechtel. The venture is still operational and is now called Global Logistics Services.


In 2002, Sajwani established DAMAC Properties, one of the largest property development companies in Middle East. The company has developed around 19,000 apartments since its inception, and has over 44,000 units under various stages of development. In 2015, the company got publicly-listed with shares traded on the Dubai Financial Market.


Property CEO of the Year – CEO Middle East Awards 2017


Ranked Number 15 on Hotelier Power 50 - CEO Middle East Awards 2017


Sajwani is married, with four children, and lives in Dubai. Hussain Sajwani’s son, Ali Sajwani, is an Economics graduate from North Eastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and is the General Manager of Operations at DAMAC Group. He was recently recognized as one of Middle East’s Future Stars by the Arabian Business Achievement Awards 2017, organized by Arabian Business.

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