TRUMP’S NAME VANISHES FROM DUBAI BILLBOARDS TOUTING LUXURY PROJECT
Since the project was announced 18 months ago, giant billboards featuring Donald Trump’s name proclaimed the luxury development “the Beverly Hills of Dubai.”
Akoya by Damac, a US$ 6 billion development launched in a partnership between Damac Properties and the Trump organization, promised a Trump- branded golf course at the heart of a residential enclave with hundreds of apartments and villas ranging in price from US$ 1 million to US$ 10 million.
But on Thursday, t he signs bearing Trump’s name had disappeared, with giant blank gaps in a line of billboards left in their place. Security guards stood watch nearby and stopped anyone who tried to take pictures. The senior vice- president for corporate communications at Dubai-based Damac Properties, Niall McLoughlin, declined to comment on the billboard issue after the company initially vowed to honour its ties with the Trump organization.
But the Republican presidential candidate’s recent call for a “total and complete” ban on entry by Muslims into the United States has created unease in some of the places in the Middle East where he does business.
This week, Dubai- based Landmark Group ann- ounced that it would re move Trump home decor products from its 180 lifestyle stores in the region.