Trump's Dubai golf course set to open in February

Development partner Damac says wants to do more projects with the Trump Organisation
By Staff writer
Thu 19 Jan 2017 12:39 PM

The Trump International Golf Club in Dubai is to have a grand opening in mid-February, following a preview launch event on February 7, the company has announced.

Located in Damac’s $6 billion Akoya development next to Dubai Studio City, Trump International Golf Club will feature an 18-hole golf course, restaurants and leisure facilities.

Trump International Golf Club is Damac’s only venture with business interests currently overseen by the US president-elect. Earlier this month, Damac’s chairman, Hussain Sajwani, said he was keen to do more Trump-branded projects.

“I would love to enhance the relation with the Trump Organisation," he told NBC News.

“All [Donald Trump’s] three children are very much involved, and I think under their leadership we will have no issue in expanding and growing and maintaining our business relations. They are very much involved with the details. They're very protective of their brand,” he added.

However, when Trump becomes president, he will have to give up involvement in his companies to avoid conflict of interest, and he has placed his children in charge of the Trump Organisation.

Any new projects with Damac or other partners will therefore have to go ahead without the direct say of the incoming US president, whose inauguration takes place on Friday.

In a series of tweets last December, Trump said he would “make no new business deals during his time in the White House”, and would leave his children, Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr., in charge of the family business.

Attendees of the February 7 golf club preview event are promised an evening of cocktails and canapés in the ‘1920s Manhattan inspired surroundings of Fifth Avenue’, along with the chance to sample Italian-inspired cuisine on floating terraces overlooking the golf course before retreating to a rooftop shisha lounge. There was no word on whether any of the Trump family members would attend the preview or the subsequent grand opening.

Trump International Golf Club has already been the source of some controversy. Its signage was removed from Akoya’s entrance in 2015 after a row erupted over Trump’s comments about the radicalisation of US Muslims. The signage was restored just two days later.

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