The red carpet was laid out Saturday for President Trump’s sons, Eric and Don Jr, the guests of honor at a plush event that brought out Dubai’s business elite and government officials to toast the launch of the Trump International Golf Club.
The guests, a mix of foreigners and locals, walked past lighted palm trees and were greeted by a line of Western women dressed in black with cream-colored shawls. Waiters served dim sum, quail egg canapes and lemon meringue tarts as an eight-person string orchestra played Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”
It was the first opening of a Trump-branded property since the president’s inauguration, illuminating how much his business interests are thriving despite concerns over potential conflicts of interests that could open the presidency up to foreign influence. While he has given control of his global empire to his children, Trump has not divested his ownership, which means he will benefit from any commercial success of the golf resort.