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Changing fortunes: Damac's Ziad El Chaar

Changing fortunes: Damac's Ziad El Chaar

With consecutive quarterly profit declines and controversy over its Donald Trump-branded golf course, developer Damac Properties has drawn plenty of attention in recent months. Managing director Ziad El Chaar responds to both issues and explains why the company has shed its all-luxury dogma to join the competition for mid-market real estate

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