How DAMAC Owner Hussain Sajwani Helps Young People Develop The Tech Skills They Need To Thrive

As the DAMAC owner, Hussain Sajwani leads a multinational property development firm. DAMAC is based in Dubai and specializes in luxury real estate developments. Hussain Sajwani started this firm in 2002 and it is now the foremost developer of its kind in the Middle East. One example of the types of property he builds in AKYON Maldives Resort which is located in the Maldives archipelago. It is a master-planned development with high-end villas and bungalows as well as including a five-star resort hotel. Other amenities he included are spa and fitness facilities as well as several forms of entertainment.

Corporate social responsibility is something that Hussain Sajwani believes every company should be engaged in. As the DAMAC owner, he started DAMAC Foundation. This is a philanthropic arm of his company as well as something he puts his own funds into. He says that he feels the broader community has given him so much that he feels it is vital to give back to it. His donations are focused on providing young people with an education and the job skills they need to compete in the 21st century.

One of the initiatives that Hussain Sajwani supports is the “One Million Arab Coders” initiative. This initiative is committed to teaching one million Arab people the tech skills they need to be competitive. It is a three-month program which teaches a number of different software and programming languages. When people graduate from this program they can become data analytics, front end web developers, full stack web developers, or app developers.

The first group of 100,000 graduates finished this program on April 23, 2018. They are now taking applications for the next group of students who will start courses in September. Hussain Sajwani says that this initiative will meet some unmet needs of everyone in the community. As DAMAC owner, he is also interested in hiring some of the people for the technology side of his company. He has also funded other nonprofits as well such as the Dubai Autism Center, Dar Al Ber Society, and the Emirates Red Crescent organization.

Additional info: https://www.damacproperties.com/ar/investor-relations/corporate-governance/meet-our-board

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