[Trump’s images have been removed from the billboard and his name has been taken off the wall. (Photo: AP)]
Dubai: The image and name of American presidential hopeful Donald Trump was gone on Friday from much of a Dubai golf course and housing development amid the uproar over his comments about banning Muslims from traveling to the US.
The disappearance of Trump’s branding from the multi-billion-dollar development on the outskirts of Dubai comes as concerns over his comments grow in the Middle East, a region in which the businessman long has sought money-making opportunities.
Some of his deals appear to be in jeopardy, with the company behind the Trump Towers in Istanbul now saying it is “assessing” its partnership with the Republican presidential front-runner.
In Dubai, Trump had a deal with Damac Properties to license his name and image for a housing project and two golf courses for an undisclosed sum. A billboard once showing Trump golfing had been at Damac’s Akoya development, as well as an image of Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
On Friday, all that remained was the board’s brown background, though another billboard declaring the development “The Beverly Hills of Dubai” still stood nearby.
Also, pieces of letters that appeared to spell out Trump’s name had been pulled down from a stone wall and left lying on the sandy ground. His name was still on at least one other stone wall at the property, which was being patrolled by private security guards and police.
Prominent UAE-based businessman Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor has ruled out any chance of working with Trump, saying he doesn’t trust him anymore. Branding Trump “the biggest enemy of Islam,” Al Habtoor said he was no longer supporting his bid for power.
In an interview with CNN, Al-Habtoor said: “I view him as the biggest enemy of Islam. He is a man supporting Daesh ... he is encouraging them, this is what they want to hear.”