Just when we thought we had enough of Donald Trump in the Middle East, this happens…
Donald Trump is back in Dubai, well not the man himself, he is busy touring America trying to convince the nation to vote for him, instead he is here in the form of his business with Trump Hotels making an appearance at the ongoing Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.
You have to give it to the Republican presidential candidate, despite threatening to ban all Muslims travelling, he is still determined to do business in Muslim countries. In fact, only last month we reported how the reality TV star seemingly tried to get in our good books after he praised the UAE as well as Qatar, complimentary the state-of-the-art airports.
Now, the businessman is trying to promote Trump Hotels in the region’s prestigious travel market. Marcos Torres, the global sales director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Trump Hotels, refused to comment on Trump’s political he did tell Associate Press: “We’ve had a business-friendship with the people in this hall right now for many years. That hasn’t changed. It’s still the same. It’s nice to just hear (that) our business partners are even encouraging. … They emphasise they will continue to keep supporting us.”
Trump Hotels was founded in 2007 “for travellers seeking extraordinary experiences in iconic destinations.” With hotels already in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Waikiki, Panama, Toronto, Miami, and Ireland Trump also hoped to cash in on the Middle East’s booming tourism market.
Despite the controversy surrounding Trump he stills deals with real-estate company Damac Properties, who are licensed to use his name and image for a housing project and two golf courses in Dubai. However, the politician’s The Palm Trump International Hotel & Tower is still no where to be seen. It was a proposed 300-room skyscraper hotel at the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah. It was a joint venture between the Trump Organization and Nakheel, that was announced in 2005. The project was put on hold in 2008 due to the credit crunch and was officially cancelled by Nakheel in February 2011.