Hussain Sajwani is a Man of Principles and Humility Despite his Great Success and Power

Hussain Sajwani, the flamboyant and popular DAMAC owner, is not the kind of man who would, from his public image, be considered at all shy, humble, or reserved. He is the first to admit that he is sometimes taken aback by the things that he has done, and in some cases still does while promoting his development properties or other business ventures. He acknowledges that the majority of what people know of him from the media is more of a character than of his true self. The real Hussain Sajwani is better characterized by the spartan Majlis of his corporate headquarters in Dubai than by the antics of his public persona.

In those offices, you will not find a lot of accolades or flash promotional displays. There are no highly adorned pedestals lifting up trophies, and no monuments to the greatness of his skill or achievements. Instead what you will find in the few display cases that exist are pictures; pictures of a lifetime of moments that have made him the man he is today, both personally and professionally. You will see pictures of his business associates, charity cohorts, close friends, and a lot of pictures of his family. In one case, however, you will find, set in a position of prominence a small, cheaply made, simple wooden plaque with a brass plate on it which reads, “In recognition of outstanding food service performed to the United States ARMY during Operation Desert Storm”. The plaque was given to Mr. Sajwani by the American military after the liberation of Kuwait and the pushing back of Saddam Hussain and his forces. The food service division of the DAMAC group was one of its earliest components and is still a part of the overall company’s operation today. It was this plaque that signified the first major project undertaken successfully by Sajwani and his firm, and it is displayed proudly the same way that many would frame the first dollar bill their business every took in.

Hussain Sajwani (@hussainsajwani) has never forgotten that he came from humble roots, and he has tried hard to live the humble life that he was brought up in despite his enormous wealth, privilege, and power. He has given millions of dollars to various charitable organizations, including over $2M for helping to clothe underprivileged children around the world. He is also a man who attributes a great deal of his success to his faith, giving to organizations which support religious development and tolerance. He also has found in his later years that it is important to give time to his family. While he does not see his son as much as he would like, the younger Sajwani studies in America, they do talk via Skype and facetime often. Back in Dubai, he tries to make time for his family every chance he gets.

Hussain Sajwani is more than just the DAMAC owner, he is also its heart, soul, and passion. He has led the company through good times and bad and even headed it curing its much anticipated IPO, which was one of the most successful of any Middle Eastern company ever. He is a prime example of keeping oneself in line with one’s true values. See Hussain’s latest post on Facebook.

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