The Founder and Chairman of DAMAC Properties, Hussain Sajwani, has earned the reputation as one of the most globally influential Arabs in the world. Since launching the global property development company, its prominence has risen exponentially, and today, DAMAC Properties is responsible for having delivered over 17,000 homes, with its footprint extending throughout cities such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Jeddah, and London. As a graduate of The University of Washington, Mr. Sajwani created his first venture in the world of entrepreneurship, with the creation of a catering service, that is currently known as Global Logistics Services, which serves in excess of 150,000 meals daily. In a recent Q & A session, Mr. Sajwani sat down to discuss the successes that he’s achieved throughout his career, as well the practices that keep him motivated even after such a fruitful run.
The idea for DAMAC Properties was created in Hussain Sajwani’s youth, as he often spent his after-school hours assisting his father with his own entrepreneurial endeavors. He cites this period in his life as the point when his passion for entrepreneurship was first sparked. While attending The University of Washington, Mr. Sajwani began selling time-share apartments, and he would eventually use the monies raised to strike out on his own, after spending two years working for Abu Dhabi Gas Industries in the financial sector. Respected for his forward-thought, as well as his ability to consistently bring his visions to life, he often looks to the future, imagining the state of Dubai in the next twenty years, as a primary asset for completion. He combines this school of thought with the ability to diminish any fear of failure, understanding that he is a product of, both his successes and his losses.
Social media, as well as digital marketing, are two trends that have really generated significant interest in the mind of Hussain Sajwani. Looking at how the platform has evolved since its inception in the early 2000’s, there is now a landscape that allows for constant communication between businesses and their audiences, which in turn, makes the potential for growth, virtually unlimited.