As a young boy, Hussain Sajwani sat in his father’s shop every day after school and listened to lessons on doing good business, being a success, and aspiring to reach your full potential. They were lessons that most parents give to their children, but Hussain had a special situation as he was not only able to hear his father’s lessons but see for himself the effects of following those teaching in the form of the successful businessmen who came into the shop to buy expensive pens, watches, and accessories. It was the early days of the economic boom of the middle east and affluence was starting to become commonplace. Hussain family was even benefiting from the economic development and emerging real estate market. His father, in addition to running a successful shop, dabbled in real estate deals from time to time, and was more than happy to involve his young son in them. Little did the older Sajwani know that he was setting young Hussain onto a path that would not only change his life but in many ways change the world.
It was while attending a medical university on a full scholarship that the future DAMAC owner would decide that his heart wasn’t in the practice of medical science, but rather was filled with the thoughts of those powerful men who had come to his father’s shop so many times, and of the thrill that his father had felt in the undertaking of a real estate venture. He knew that his true calling was in that world and he quickly returned home to start his own company, what would be the first incarnation of the future DAMAC Group. It was a challenge at first, but he listened to those lessons of his father from so many years earlier, and he persevered. He aspired to do greater things than what the world expected of him, and he soon found himself building one success upon another.
Within a few short years, according to aliqtisadi.com, his company had millions of square feet of high-end luxury real estate under its development. Commercial, retail, and residential projects were on the board, and the DAMAC Group was recognized as one of the most stable and profitable real estate development firms in the middle east. This was not enough for Hussain Sajwani though. He was still aspiring to be better than his current self, and rather than basking in his success, he built upon it. Soon he found himself in development deals with some of the world’s foremost developers, including then-future president of the united states Donald J. Trump. Together the men would design and develop the largest and most lavish golf course and country club the middle east had ever seen. He would go on to work with Trump a second time to build another facility smaller in scale, but no less luxurious, in another community.
The man he had become was one that was fueled by the thrill of a challenge, and the excitement of a success. He was also a man who was bound by another lesson his father had taught him during those early years, give back for the successes and blessings that you receive and enjoy. He has given millions of dollars to charitable organization all over the world and is today known as much for his philanthropy as he is for his sometimes over the top antics used to promote his development projects. Hussain Sajwani (@HussainSajwaniOfficial), DAMAC owner, is a man who came from a humble start and has changed the world, and yet is still as simple of a man as his father was, and perhaps that is the best lesson any of us can learn.
Visit Hussain’s website: https://hussainsajwani.com/ar/