Most people who come from humble roots and achieve greatness all too quickly forget the origins that they arose from. They say that the real secret of success is to avoid this trap and stay true to who you are and where you came from. Hussain Sajwani founder and chairman of The DAMAC Group is someone who has been able to accomplish this. He came from lowly origins to become one of the most powerful and wealthy people in the world. He regularly rubs elbows with the rich and famous on multiple continents, and he is a household name in over 4 dozen countries. Yet despite all of this success he remains a humble and gentle man who spends the majority of his time concerning his thoughts and actions toward his family, and toward the improvement of the quality of life of lesser privileged people the world over.
Sajwani is the son of a shopkeeper who sold premium ink pens and watches to the men who led the financial rejuvenation of the middle east during the sixties and seventies. He was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps but he DAMAC owner wanted more for himself than the day to day life of a shopkeeper. He worked hard and soon he earned a full scholarship to a prestigious medical college but found that while he loved the subject a future as a doctor wasn’t for him. This didn’t deter him from wanted to be a professional man, however, and upon returning home he started laying the foundations of what would soon be the largest and most powerful real estate development company in the region.
For the DAMAC owner, Sajwani, life was less about what he acquired, and more about the challenge of acquiring it. He has often been referred to as the Arab Donald Trump, due to the fact that the men took very similar paths toward achieving their success. It’s a compliment, and a highly flattering one to be sure, since Sajwani and Donald Trump are very close friends. The two men have even worked together on development projects from time to time, and the DAMAC owner has been very vocal in his support for the presidency of Mr. Trump both publicly and behind the closed doors of the U.A.E government.
Sajwani has remained in touch with the values that he learned as a child and young man from his working-class parents, however. He treats dealings with his business associates with fairness and openness, he is loving and supportive of his family, and he remains true to the precepts of his faith. He is well attuned to the strong moral compass that he possesses thanks to his father and mother and the lessons that they taught him as he sat on a stool in the corner of his father’s shop all those years ago. For that, he has achieved the best kind of success, the kind that cannot be measured in dollars and cents.
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