Trump’s sons guests of honour at Dubai branded golf course opening
U.S. President Donald Trump’s sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are expected to visit Dubai this week to open a Trump-branded golf complex.
Trump’s sons will be the guests of honour for the opening of the Trump International Golf Club Dubai on Feb. 18, according to an invitation sent to guests by Dubai-listed developer DAMAC Properties.
DAMAC and real-estate mogul Trump announced in 2013 it would build the complex in its $6-billion, 28-million-square-foot ‘Akoya by DAMAC’ development. (Trump in Dubai to unveil Clubhouse at AKOYA by DAMAC)
On Sunday, the developer said it rebranded the community complex to ‘DAMAC Hills’ saying it “elevates the brand, signifying refinement and sophistication.”
It was followed by appearance of huge billboards of the multi-billion project on Sheikh Zayed Road with bold letters spelling out Trump’s name.
Damac Properties had taken down a huge billboard featuring Trump at the development site in Dubai in December 2015 following the Republican’s controversial call for a ban on Muslims from entering the US during his presidential campaigning. But the developer restored the signage later saying that its partnership is with the Trump Organization, which had nothing to do with Trump’s political views.
DAMAC pays a licensing fee to the Trump Organisation to use the Trump brand.
Last month, then-President-elect Trump said he turned down a $2-billion deal offered by DAMAC Chairman Hussain Sajwani because he did not want to “take advantage”. DAMAC later confirmed the offer. (VIDEO: Damac confirms Trump’s rejection of $2bn Dubai property deal)
Trump has been criticized for not distancing himself enough from his family business, the Trump Organisation, since he was elected president in November.
Trump has maintained ownership of his global business empire though he has handed control to his sons while he is president.
(With inputs from Reuters)