Hussain Sajwani is the kind of man who is well known to just about everyone in his country and a significant number of people in industrialized nations around the world, but he didn’t start out with that intention. Instead, he would have preferred to be the quiet figure in the shadows, running his real estate and business empire from his modest offices and enjoying time with his family. That was not destined to be the case, however, and the DAMAC owner is now known as one of the most flamboyant and boisterous personalities in the UAE. This isn’t by choice but out of the necessity of the nature of the often highly competitive and sometimes circus like atmosphere of the ultra-luxury real estate industry in the middle east.
The humble side of Hussain Sajwani is what surprises most people. This is the side that puts in pride of place at his headquarters not pictures of his famous friends and business associates, including current United States President and global business tycoon Donald Trump, or even any of his awards for outstanding business achievements or acclaim for his ultra-high luxury residential and office buildings. It’s not even for accolades that have been bestowed upon his prestigious golf courses or beautiful resort properties. No, the thing that he cherished the most is a simple, cheap plaque that was given to him during Operation Desert Storm by the united states ARMY in recognition for outstanding management of food service operation in support of the combat activity to liberate Kuwait and push back the oppressive regime of then Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain. He cherished this simple token because it reminds him of his and his company’s humble roots, he displays it to keep him and the whole of the Hussain Sajwani family grounded and centered.
He takes this sense of grounding with him in everything that he does, for instance, when he recently pledged UAE 2M to a charitable fund to help clothe underprivilege children around the globe, his sense of purpose and duty to give back was at the core of the decision. His work with many other charities in the middle east and Africa also serve as proof of his commitment to help build a better world and to show appreciation for what he has been blessed with. Hussain Sajwani is a man who has many layers, some of which are in place by his choosing, many which are not, but all of them surround a core that despite being so deep, shines bright enough to be a guiding light to those around him on how to be a great person and do the right thing in everything that you do.
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