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Nine months ago Damac Properties, the largest private developer of luxury real estate in the Middle East, announced plans to develop an 18-hole Championship Golf Course, to be named Trump International Golf Club, located in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Golf course architect Gil Hanse, the designer commissioned for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, became contracted as the designer for Trump’s new golf course as well, set in Damac’s latest development in Dubai “Akoya”.
Well everyone has been pretty busy since then and plans are moving along rapidly for the new golf course, and for the luxury housing estate that will surround it. As well as being responsible for the golf course, which is aiming to be the finest in the Middle East, part of the housing component at Akoya will be a Trump estate as well, surrounding the golf course, and we learn today the interiors of many of the luxury houses will be designed by Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
Construction is already underway for the 7, 205 yard 18 hole golf course, which will include a 330, 000 square foot club-house, as well as a Trump Spa & Wellness Centre and a selection of three separate upscale restaurants, all of which will be managed by Trump. This new course will be the 15th golf course Trump will manage, and it’s his first in the Middle East.
Ivanka Trump is Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organisation. In announcing the project originally last May she said then, “As with all of the courses we develop and manage, Trump International Golf Club, Dubai is being built to the highest standards of excellence and will become known as one of the world’s finest courses, ” adding:
“The combination of Damac Properties’ local knowledge and expertise in the luxury market and our unrivalled experience with owning and operating a collection of the world’s finest courses will result in a challenging golf course with stunning landscaping and superior quality.”
Ivanka has put her imprimatur on the design of 100 luxury homes for the development, choosing the materials to be used and selecting an open plan for the architecture.
“The design is different from what we usually do in the market, ” Damac Properties Managing Director Ziad El Chaar said to Dubai news site Arabianbusiness.com, before the official launch later this week, adding:
“You’re going to see villas which are much more open; they have much more glass façade… The idea was to maximise the views of the living room; you’re inside the living room – you don’t need to sit outside on the patio to enjoy the views of the golf course.”
Trump also chose new materials that are seldom utilized in Dubai, deploying wood rather than the more commonly found marble and porcelain.
The Trump Estates are due to be completed in March 2015 and will be one of the first completed divisions of the Akoya master development. The overall development also includes a boutique hotel and international schools, as well as retail shopping, leisure and entertainment offerings and a sports complex.
About Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Marie Trump, aged 32, is the daughter of billionaire Donald and Ivana Trump. She was born and brought up in New York and graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a BSc in Economics.
She was a successful model and jewelry designer before joining her father’s business where she now acts as Executive Vice President of Development &Acquisitions.
In 2009 Ivanka converted to Judaism, and in October of the same year married New York real estate developer Jared Kushner. Jared today heads Kushner Properties on behalf of his father Charles Kushner and their family. Jared Kushner is also the owner of the newspaper The New York Observer.
Despite holding down an important day job, Ivanka gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Arabella Rose, in July 2011. Two years later, in October 2013, she gave birth to a son Joseph Frederick Kushner.