Donald Trump’s recent call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States may end up hindering his businesses abroad. While the real estate mogul is denouncing Muslims, he is simultaneously profiting from businesses in a number of Muslim-majority countries.
In Turkey, Trump pulls in “royalty income of $1 million to $5 million” for lending his name to a 40-story residential tower in Istanbul. His business there might be in jeopardy though, as “on Dec. 10, caving under growing social pressure, General Manager of Trump Towers Bulent Kural issued a statement condemning Trump’s words and explaining that they are ‘evaluating different legal aspects of their relationship with the Trump brand’,” Al-Monitor reported.
In the petroleum-rich nation of Azerbaijan, Trump Hotel is scheduled to open this year. “Trump lists income of $2.5 million for ‘management fees’ for the Trump International Hotel & Tower Baku,” according to CNN.
While the Trump brand is not adorning a hotel or residential tower in Egypt, “Trump owns what appear to be brand placeholder companies in a number of countries,” the Washington Post reported. Trump’s comments on Muslims were strongly denounced by Dar al-Iftaa, Egypt’s official religious body.
Trump doesn’t lend his name to any property in Qatar at the moment, but Qatar airways does rent an office out of the Trump Tower in Manhattan. “While details of the Qatar Airways lease were not immediately available, offices for rent in the building start at about $19,000 a month and can go above $100,000 a month,” according to Quartz.
The United Arab Emirates is the site of some of Trump’s ambitious future projects, with two golf courses set to be built in the glitzy, economic hub of Dubai. At least one of the developments dropped the Trump brand name on Thursday, according to USA Today.
In an ironic twist of fate, the Trump Hotel Collection recently announced plans to build a development in the country with the most Muslims on the planet — Indonesia. “TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION…has announced it will advance its vision for delivering exceptional resort offerings across the globe with a new ultra-luxury resort in Indonesia located in Lido in West Java.”
This past May, Trump’s daughter Ivanka told Hotelier Middle East magazine that they were considering expanding into Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE’s capital city, Abu Dhabi.