7 facts about Trump and his ties to the Middle East
Donald Trump emerged as the 45th President Elect of the United States on Wednesday after the Republican candidate won 274 electoral seats. In his first speech, he called for unity and pledged that America would no longer settle for anything other than the best. He also said he would keep ties and good relations with other nations. The business mogul, who has no past political experience, has several business interests in the Middle East.
1) Trump was born to a business family in 1946 in Queens, New York City. His father owned a real estate and construction firm known as Elizabeth Trump and Son. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics, Trump took over his father’s business.
2) Trump’s big break as a realtor came in 1980 when he was involved in the renovation of a site near Grand Central Station in Manhattan, which is now the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
3) Trump acquired what is called “the largest hotel-casino in the world” – the Taj Mahal at Atlantic City in the late 1980s. The property opened in 1990, but earlier this year it was announced that Trump Taj Mahal would be shutting down.
4) The Trump Organization owns and is associated with a number of golf courses around the world. Trump partnered with Dubai-based developer DAMAC Properties to launch the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
5) Ivanka Trump, the President Elect’s daughter and executive vice president of development and acquisitions for the Trump Organization told Hotelier Middle East in 2015 that Dubai is a top priority for them. The family, under the Trump Hotel Collection brand, was eyeing at the time luxury properties in the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
6) Qatar Airways has an office in Trump Tower in New York on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
7) Trump Home has a partnership with Dubai-based Landmark Group's Lifestyle brand. The furnishings store is the exclusive retailer of Trump’s line of home décor in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait. In December, Landmark had pulled some of Trump's products from its shelves in UAE stores after he proposed banning Muslims from entering the US.