Branding was removed from the front of Damac's Akoya development last week after the 'Muslim ban' row erupted
A Dubai real estate firm has restored Donald Trump's name on a $6 billion golf complex it is building with the US businessman and presidential hopeful, days after taking it down following his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
Trump prompted an uproar when he made his comments in response to deadly shootings in California by two Muslims who authorities said were radicalised.
Gold letters spelling out "Trump International Golf Club," affixed to a landscaped stone wall at the entrance to the golf complex being built by Damac Properties, were removed on Thursday (image below), according to a Reuters photographer.
Two days later they had been restored (image above taken on Sunday morning). Damac declined to comment on Sunday on the brief removal.
Trump's comments provoked a backlash in the Gulf, where he has said he would like to expand business, and one of the region's biggest retail groups, Landmark, said it was pulling Trump merchandise off its shelves.
Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who bought an 85 metre luxury yacht from Trump in 1991, called him a disgrace to all America. "Withdraw from the U.S presidential race as you will never win," the prince tweeted.
Trump retorted that the prince, who built up a fortune of $32 billion and announced in July that he would gradually give it all to charity, "wants to control our U.S. politicians with daddy's money. Can't do it when I get elected."
Update: The Trump Organization issued the following statement to Associated Press: "The
exterior signage at Trump International Golf Club, Dubai was temporarily
removed on Tuesday for a short period of time, however... the
signage is back up and fully intact."
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Sad. Very Sad DAMAC. Looking like I will be voting with my wallet. No business for you from me and I hope many others follow.
Very sad and shameful how profit is more important to some people than honor and dignity!
I second the previous comment, no business from me and I really hope others follow.