By Ed Attwood
Landmark removes Trump Home products from sales in Gulf; Al Tayer Group calls billionaire's comments 'unfortunate'
One of the Middle East’s largest retailers, Landmark Group, has stopped selling Trump-branded products, following the Republican presidential candidate’s controversial call to ban Muslims from the United States.
The Dubai-based firm signed a deal in February this year to sell items from the Trump Home collection to customers in the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia through its Lifestyle outlets.
However, the group said on Tuesday it would now remove all products from its shelves.
“As one of the most popular home decor brands in the Middle East, Lifestyle values and respects the sentiments of all its customers,” Lifestyle CEO Sachin Mundhwa said, in a statement sent to Arabian Business.
“In light of the recent statements made by the presidential candidate in the US media, we have suspended sale of all products from the Trump Home décor range.”
Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the US was the most dramatic response yet by a candidate to last week’s shooting spree by two Muslims who the FBI said had been radicalised. His comments were widely condemned by representatives from both sides of America’s political spectrum.
Trump also has a partnership with Dubai’s Al Tayer Group, which opened two Trump Home by Dorya galleries in the UAE in June. The firm called the billionaire real estate mogul’s recent comments “unfortunate” but did not indicate that it would be withdrawing from the partnership.
“The statement Mr Trump made on the campaign trail is unfortunate. Given his diverse business interests in the region, we hope that he will reconsider his stand,” the firm said, in a statement send to Arabian Business.
However, the firm which Trump has perhaps his most significant ties in the region – Damac Properties – refused to criticise the comments.
“We would like to stress that our agreement is with the Trump Organisation as one of the premium golf course operators in the world and as such we would not comment further on Mr. Trump’s personal or political agenda, nor comment on the internal American political debate scene," Damac senior vice president Niall McLoughlin said.
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Fantastic stance from Mr. Jagtiani at the Landmark Group. Commendable that the only non-muslim chairman from the various companies is first to take a stance on this matter.
Dear Dumac Properties, Thank you so much for showing the Muslims in the USA exactly where you stand,,,With you hand in your wallet
We should continue to buy the Landmark Products and boycot Damac and Al Tayer Group companies products
untill apology and correction.
When Mr Trump starts talking like that, it reminds me of movie called Austin Powers (Dr.evil) eeeeeehhhhhaaaaa
In which case they should do the honourable thing for their association with Salman Khan.
Or is this only one way?
Let's talk with our wallets and our feet. Boycott any and every company associated with Trump.
Wake up Dumac and Al Tayer!!! Kudos to Mr Jagtiani!
Love You Landmark. Hate you DAMAC
Decent and silent way of answer to such shout of trump
If those businesses don't stand up & call Trump out for his hatred & bigotry, they are in agreement with that idiot & are counter to any decent human being.
It's unfortunate that the top "leaders" of those businesses (NOT boycotting Trump) are as greedy & self-serving as Trump is.