Being one of the richest and most influential Arabs in the world isn’t something simply handed to a person. DAMAC owner Hussain Sajwani has created his real estate empire by following in the steps of the hard-working entrepreneurs of the world. For each success he has enjoyed, there preceded a grueling journey of education, working for others, and above all, vision and risk taking. However, taking risks isn’t something one does in a wild manner. DAMAC owner Hussain Sajwani believes that sticking to simple routines is the marrow that will enrich his business ventures and make his risks pay off in spectacular fashion.
Sajwani began like most young people. He worked after school. In his case, he helped his father, also an entrepreneur, sell watches. Grinding it out after school, however, didn’t detract from Hussain Sajwani’s thirst for education. He excelled in the classroom to the point where he was noticed by the UAE, and in fact became one of their first students to be sent to the United States to further his education. He touched down in the great northwest and studied at the University of Washington, graduating with degrees in Industrial Engineering and Economics.
Itching to immerses himself in the workforce, DAMAC owner Hussain Sajwani rolled up his sleeves and began punching the clock for a financial institution. After gaining vital experience the natural next step was to start his own business. He did so by running a catering operation that was so successful it served 150,000 meals per day. Once Hussain Sajwani realized that setting a course and seeing it through to fruition was a healthy business foundation, he set his sights on the massive and intimidating real estate arena. Again, starting small, Sajwani began developing a string of hotels. When the real estate market opened up to the EAU in the early 2000s, Hussain Sajwani pounced. He created DAMAC, and today DAMAC owner Hussain Sajwani stands astride of the real estate world, with plans on expanding into China. Hussain has proven that a person carves out their standing in this world with ethics and hard work, no matter the starting point.