(This December 10 story has been corrected to modify spelling to “Golf” from “Gold” in paragraph 9)
DUBAI A Dubai real estate firm constructing a $ six billion golf complex with Donald Trump on Thursday stripped the property of his name and image amid a backlash more than the U.S. presidential candidate’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.
Trump triggered an international uproar when he created his comments in response to final week’s deadly shootings in California by two Muslims who authorities said were radicalised.
DAMAC Properties had initially mentioned it would stand by Trump, even as one more of the billionaire’s Middle East partners, the Life style chain of department stores, halted sales of his “Trump Property” line on Wednesday in protest at his comments.
A spokesman for DAMAC Properties, Niall McLoughlin, declined to comment on why Trump’s image had been removed from a billboard outside the project construction site, along with that of his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
The AKOYA by DAMAC project will consist of a Trump-branded golf course, gated island neighborhood and spa. Trump is also building a second golf course, the Tiger Woods-made Trump Planet Golf Club, at one more DAMAC property in Dubai, AKOYA Oxygen.
An marketing billboard outdoors the AKOYA by DAMAC development had shown Trump in a red hat swinging a golf club against a backdrop of a lush green golf course.
By Thursday, the image had gone, a Reuters photographer stated.
An adjacent photo of Trump’s daughter Ivanka, an executive vice president for his Trump Organization firm, was also removed from the billboard.
Gold letters spelling out “Trump International Golf Club,” affixed to a landscaped stone wall at the entrance to the project website, had been also removed later in the day, according to the Reuters photographer.
Trump on Thursday postponed a planned trip to Israel amid the global backlash more than his proposal. Israeli politicians and much more than 370,000 Britons urged their governments on Wednesday to bar Donald Trump from their countries.
(Reporting by Matt Smith Writing by Katie Paul Editing by Sami Aboudi and Raissa Kasolowsky)