Hussain Sajwani has proven time and time again that his entrepreneurial and leadership prowess is not limited to one industry. After making his marks in one industry, he moves to another recording similar outstanding feat. Only those who have the stuff can repeatedly record great achievements. When he started out with a catering venture, he had no huge capital. There was little or no assistance coming from relatives. His father was of the middle class in Dubai with five children to provide for, and Hussein was the eldest child in the family.
It took determination and perseverance to carry on with his education to the point of obtaining a B.Sc. in Economics and Industrial Engineering from the prestigious University of Washington in 1981. The few years he worked with a subsidiary company to Abu Dhabi National Oil was not enough to raise the much needed starting capital for his catering outfit, but he decided to kick off with the little capital he had. Today, the company is a giant in the industry serving more than 150,000 meals per day. The company also carries out hundreds of ongoing projects in the Middle East and in a host of other nations of the world.
If the success story of the Hussain Sajwani family was restricted to the catering company, people may think he was only lucky to have excelled in business. He decided to venture into the properties developing industry which led him to set up DAMAC Properties. His company runs a number of five-star hotels in Dubai and many Middle East countries. The company is also a construction firm with many completed projects across the globe. For instance, the current American President, Donald Trump, had some of his golf courses developed by DAMAC in 2013. Trump and the DAMAC owner have been great friends since then.
Perhaps the fact that Hussain Sajwani was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth makes him understand the plight of the poor and the underpriviledged. He is a passionate philanthropist with several charity foundations for the purpose of meeting the needs of the needy particularly the youths. Occasionally, he takes time out to be with the youth encouraging them to pursue their dreams and also providing them with needed financial assistance. Among his recent charity activities was the donation of AED two million for the clothing of deprived children.
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