Trump golf course opens in Dubai
To celebrate the opening of the Trump International Golf Club Dubai at DAMAC Hills, DAMAC Properties led a golf course tour, with guests of honour including Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
Hussain Sajwani (Chairman of DAMAC Properties) commented: “It is an honour to stand here today with Eric and Donald Trump Jr., as well as dignitaries and prominent members of the business community, to celebrate yet another outstanding milestone for our city Dubai. The Trump International Golf Club Dubai is an international golf course that just joined the league of the most premium golf courses in the world. This achievement is one that certainly transforms the golfing scene in Dubai and across the region, reaffirming the emirate’s position as a global destination for world-class developments. It is another landmark representing an addition to the many exceptional attractions Dubai offers to its citizens, residents and visitors alike.”
The Trump International Golf Club Dubai is a 7,205-yard, par-71 course that is located ten minutes away from Sheikh Zayed Road. It sits in the centre of the 42-million square foot DAMAC Hills master development. The 18-hole golf course was designed by Gil Hanse, who also designed the course for the 2016 Olympics.
Hussain Sajwani went on to say: “The Trump International Golf Club Dubai was made possible through a successful relationship that brought together the best in design, location, development and operation, under one umbrella. Over the past three years, DAMAC has worked tirelessly and closely with The Trump Organization, the premier world-class golf course operator, and Eric Trump, in order to deliver such an astounding project offering for golfing enthusiasts. We look forward to announcing the delivery of luxury villas and mansions that overlook the golf course as well as other clusters in DAMAC Hills in the near future.”
Speaking at the launch event, Eric Trump (Executive Vice President of The Trump Organization) said: “We are thrilled to be a part of this momentous occasion in Dubai and to witness the opening of this latest offering in our portfolio of Trump golf courses – the first in the Middle East. Trump International Golf Club Dubai is an incredible addition to our portfolio of 18 prestigious golf clubs and will join the stable of our golf courses around the world. We are very proud of our collaboration with DAMAC Properties and look forward to bringing a new level of challenge and luxury to Dubai at this truly spectacular property.”
The clubhouse is the largest of its kind in Dubai and it offers white-glove service through an assortment of dining options at four high-end restaurants, in addition to an infinity swimming pool, state-of-the-art wellness centre and high-end golf pro shop. The pro shop has the latest in equipment and apparel (including high-tech swing analysis to fit members and guests with the perfect equipment for their game).
Modern golf-facing villas, as well as low-rise apartments that feature floor-to-ceiling windows and large terraces, offer panoramic views of the grass and fairways at DAMAC Hills. The community offers an extravagant living experience that combines residential, shopping, leisure and hospitality in one location.
DAMAC Hills is made up of over 4,000 luxury villas and 7,500 condominiums. There is also hospitality, luxury shopping, spa and wellness, and leisure facilities, along with food and beverage components. The villas and apartments are complemented by one of the most exclusive golf club settings in the emirate – the Trump International Golf Club Dubai.
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.