Despite Donald Trump ratcheting up his anti-Islamic rhetoric on Monday, a Dubai developer still supports the Republican presidential frontrunner as the manager of a forthcoming golf course on its property.
Trump's company is set to manage the Tiger Woods-designed Trump World Golf Club Dubai when it opens. The course, part of a luxury planned multi-use development to be built by Damac Properties, has already been designed and work is expected to begin on shaping it in coming months. Trump is also manage the soon-to-open, Gil Hanse-designed Trump International Golf Club in a development also owned by Damac.
“We would like to stress that our agreement is with the Trump Organization as one of the premium golf course operators in the world and as such we would not comment further on Mr. Trump’s personal or political agenda, nor comment on the internal American political debate scene,” said Niall McLoughlin, a senior vice president at Damac Properties, according to The National in Abu Dhabi.
On Monday, Trump, who had previously called for the surveillance of American mosques and invited a culture of suspicion about American Muslims, called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."
Trump, whose Trump Organization owns, manages or licenses its name to some 20 golf properties worldwide, has become a growing force in golf in the last decade, buying up distressed major golf properties, including the Doral Resort in South Florida, Turnberry in Scotland and Doonbeg in Ireland. His courses host simultaneous PGA Tour events in March, with Doral hosting the WGC-Cadillac Championship and an in-bankruptcy property in Puerto Rico hosting the opposite-field event. Trump courses will also host major championships in the coming years, with the 2017 U.S. Women's Open and 2022 PGA Championship going to his 36-hole facility in Bedminster, N.J., as well the 2017 Senior PGA Championship going to his course just over the Potomac River outside of Washington, D.C.