One thing DAMAC owner Hussain Sajwani knows is that his 5-star resorts and luxury housing would not be right without great quality foods served at them. Before he was planning the next big 5-star resort, he was planning his next big menu item with licensed chefs and food specialists while he ran his catering company. Sajwani still values the work of catering even today because he wants guests at his hotels to be treated to the best meals in Dubai. As a symbol of the importance of good food, he still keeps a plaque in the DAMAC Properties offices that the US military once gave him for delivering quality foods to troops stationed in Kuwait.
Hussain Sajwani, chairman of DAMAC group, was born in the UAE but did live in the US for a short period to study at the University of Washington. He was a contracts manager at the GASCO subsidiary of an Abu Dhabi oil enterprise before he went into the catering niche. He ran the catering company on its own for about 20 years before merging it with DAMAC Properties which was founded in 2002. Sajwani had already been buying a few hotel buildings here and there, but he was ready to take it to a whole new level when he established DAMAC. DAMAC Properties got a capital infusion from other companies and stocks Sajwani owned like Al Anwar Ceramic Tiles and equities trading through DICO Investments.
Hussain Sajwani began his first five-star property project at Marina Terrace and shortly after was making returns on the selling out of Park Towers and a neighboring property to Marina Terrace. He started hiring famous lifestyle brand companies to model the interior and even some features on the exteriors of his buildings. Those designs included Versace who did DAMAC Tower, Bugatti and Just Cavalli from the Roberto Cavalli Group at his AKOYA Oxygen properties.
Hussain Sajwani is also famous for being a top business partner with the Trump Organization and even a close friend of the current US president. While the world may know all about the golf courses and clubs the two moguls have built, they may know less about their personal friendship. As Sajwani mentions, usually when their families are together they rarely talk about politics and instead prefer leisurely subjects.