For most people who hear the name Hussain Sajwani, what usually comes to mind is luxury, opulence, and an over the top personality. He has been often called the Arab Donald Trump for his uncanny business prowess and his charismatic nature. The President of the United States is without a doubt flattered by the comparison, and to the outside observer, it may be warranted. For those who know Hussain Sajwani however, the comparison would not be accurate at all. While outwardly he is a man who is known for lavish hotels, exclusive golf courses, and world-class restaurants, he is in his personal life a very simple man of simple tastes. This is quite evident in his offices in Dubai, which could very easily be mistaken for the spartan living quarters of a monk, a far cry from the gilded hotels and office buildings that he is known for developing.
There is one thing that he does display in his offices, however, that is a source of great pride for him and his employees. It is a simple plaque, bestowed by the United States ARMY to him in recognition of the work that he and his company did during the first gulf war. It was the first such major operation that his firm undertook. It wasn’t much, basic food service support, but it was needed, and it helped to win the war against Saddam Hussein and his illegal invasion of Kuwait. It was also when Hussain Sajwani realized that there is a great need for helping others in the world that is not oft met when it is needed the most.
With that in mind, Sajwani has spent his life making sure that he gave back whenever possible to those who needed help. It is in that vein that the DAMAC owner recently donated AED 2M to a global campaign to provide clothing for needy children all over the world. The generosity exhibited with this gift is just one example of how the Hussain Sajwani family are always trying to perform good works to help others. It is also a fine example of how this man of such great means has remained connected to the roots that he came from.