By IVANA M:Proud Democrat
The Republican candidate said in February that the Saudis “blew up the World Trade Center.” But while running for president, he formed companies apparently related to a possible hotel development in the oil-rich kingdom, his latest financial disclosure filings reveal. They also show he created nearly 40 other companies.
In spite of Trump’s proposed policy to ban all Muslims from entering the United States to prevent terrorism, his luxury real estate company, the Trump Organization, has a significant amount of real estate in the Middle East, and Qatar Airways rents space in a Trump tower for its New York headquarters.
Trump International Golf Club: Trump’s International Golf Club conglomerate is close to completing a 7,205-yard golf course in Dubai, according to the website, which says it is scheduled for completion in 2015. The venue will feature a 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art clubhouse, which Trump wrote on the site “will be the largest of its kind in Dubai.”
Trump Hotel Collection in the Middle East: Ivanka Trump, the business tycoon’s daughter and executive vice president of development & acquisitions for the Trump Organization, told the Hotelier Middle East that the company’s luxury line of hotels, Trump Hotel Collection, plans to build hotels in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in an exclusive interview in May.
“Dubai is a top priority city for us,” Ivanka Trump said. “We are looking at multiple opportunities in Abu Dhabi, in Qatar, in Saudi Arabia, so those are the four areas where we are seeing the most interest. We haven’t made a final decision in any of the markets but we have many very compelling deals in each of them.”
Qatar Airways: The international airline Qatar Airways has had a New York office in the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The airline’s logo is a variation of the state flag of Qatar and is based there, where Islamic law, or Sharia, serves as the governing legislation.
Listings for office space in the building start at almost $19,000 and can cost more than $106,000.
Trump was a guest at the airline’s 2007 gala to celebrate flights to New York and posed for pictures with the company’s CEO Akbar Al Baker.