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Exclusive: Trump Organization renews website domains for project plans in the Middle East
10 July 2017
The Trump Organization, the company founded by United States (U.S.) President Donald J. Trump, has recently renewed registrations on a series of website domains for possible business ventures in the Middle East and North Africa, pointing to a range of potential future projects in the region.
When Trump took office in January he handed control of his privately-held global business empire to his two older sons, Donald Jr and Eric, and his legal advisor Sheri Dillon told a press conference the company would not enter into any new overseas deals during his presidency.
Late last month, the Trump Organization renewed licenses on more than 15 domains, for projects across Morocco, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E), charting a plan for possible future developments the president’s company may be considering.
According to Whoisology – a website cataloguing legally mandated public information on the ownership of domain names – the Trump Organization’s general counsel renewed several previously registered domains, including TrumpTowerDubai.com, TrumpHotelDubai.com, TrumpTowerMorocco.com, TrumpHotelMorocco.com, TrumpInternationalHotelAndTowerMorocco.com and MaralogoClubEgypt.com.
“All these domains were renewed on the 28th of June,” a spokesperson from Whoisology.com confirmed in an email to Thomson Reuters Projects.
Publicly available records on Whoisology.com, analyzed by Thomson Reuters Projects, showed the Trump Organization re-registered hundreds of website domains after Trump’s inauguration, to be held in reserve for potential new ventures.
A spokesperson for The Trump Organization told Thomson Reuters Projects in an email: “The Trump Organization has been zealously enforcing and protecting its intellectual property rights around the world for more than 20 years, particularly in jurisdictions where trademark infringement is rampant. The trademark applications and domain renewals you are referring to simply represent a continuation of those efforts.”
Trump Tower Qatar
Trump, who during his election campaign called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S., tweeted back in March 2015 that his company was planning hotels in Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.
But according to the president’s latest financial disclosure, The Trump Organization dissolved subsidiaries created to pursue business opportunities in Qatar on January 26, 2017, six days after his inauguration as president.
The disclosure lists four Qatar-related entities - DT Marks Qatar LLC, DT Marks Qatar Member Corp., THC Qatar Hotel Manager LLC and THC Qatar Hotel Manager Member Corp.
However, on January 27, the Trump Organization renewed registrations for more than 15 website domains for real estate and hospitality projects in Qatar.
The site names set aside include TrumpTowerQatar.com, TrumpInternationalHotelTowerDoha.com, TrumpDohaInternationalHotel.com, TrumpDohaInternationalResort.com and TrumpDohaResort.com.
The Trump Organization did not comment on whether the company is still pursuing projects in Qatar or whether the Doha-related domains would be renewed again in 2018.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the U.A.E broke diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar last month over accusations it was financing terrorism and for having close ties to Iran.
Following the rift between the Gulf Arab states, Trump also accused Qatar of funding extremists. “During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar—look!” he said in a tweet on June 6.
Trump Tower Dubai
More than 30 different domains in Arab countries are owned by the Trump Organization, which includes existing projects such as the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai.
The golf-complex, built by Dubai-listed real estate developer Damac Properties PJSC, was opened by the president’s sons in February, and a second project, the 18-hole Trump World Golf Club, is also currently underway.
Damac pays a licensing fee to the Trump Organization to use the Trump brand name.
The real estate mogul announced in 2005 plans to build a 62-storey Trump International Hotel and Tower on the Palm Jumeirah in partnership with Dubai-based developer Nakheel. However, the $2.9 billion project was scrapped in 2009 when the financial crisis hit.
Despite this, the Trump Organization last month also renewed the domain names TrumpTowerDubai.com and TrumpHotelDubai.com.
Early in his presidency, one of the first executive orders Trump signed was to impose a ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – from entering the U.S.
Analysis of the domain names held be the Trump Organization on Whoisology showed the company does not have any websites related to the six countries included in the travel ban.
In total, more than 3,200 domains are registered under The Trump Organization, including TrumpAbuDhabi.com, TrumpTowerMorocco.com, MaralogoClubEgypt.com and TrumpSaudiArabia.com.
From TrumpTowerMoscow.com to MelaniaBeauty.com, below is a selection of some of the website domains registered by the Trump Organization:
United Arab Emirates:
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