Donald Trump’s latest calls for a ban on Muslim immigrants to the U.S. might not have hurt his polling figures but they could hit him where it counts: right in Trump’s profits margins.
According to reports Dec. 9, a top retailer in the United Arab Emirates has pulled Trump-branded products from its shelves following the latest incendiary rhetoric from the Republican presidential candidate.
Local newspaper 7Days reports that the Dubai-based home decor chain Lifestyle— which has 178 outlets across the Middle East, Africa and Pakistan — has removed Trump’s Trump Home collection from its shelves. Lifestyle had an exclusive partnership to sell the Trump Home collection in its stores.
“In light of the recent statements made by the presidential candidate in the U.S. media, we have suspended sale of all products from the Trump Home decor range,” said Lifestyle CEO Sachin Mundhwa.
Trump’s many property developments in the Middle East, however, appear to be unaffected by his anti-Islamic comments.
Dubai-based Damac Properties, which is building the first regional Trump-branded golf course to be operated and managed by the Trump Organization, said its deal, first announced in 2013, was still on.
In a statement, the company said its agreement was with the Trump Organization 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.” The 18-hole course, designed by Tiger Woods, is due to be completed this year, according to its website.
The Dubai International Film Festival, the Middle East’s biggest film event, kicks off here Dec.10. Despite the presence of Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Deneuve and Melanie Griffith and a number of awards-tipped films on its schedule, Trump is likely to be one of the major talking points.