When Maryam Travel Agency first opened in 2013, it was an anomaly: a travel agency with an office in a luxury hotel in Dubai.
Today, the business has been transformed into a high-end travel business and a destination-based hotel-and-casino chain, which it says is making it one of the fastest-growing, most profitable and well-managed travel agencies in the world.
The company’s new website offers an insider look at the process of opening a business, and what makes Maryam a success.
For the past three years, Maryam has expanded into more than 40 new markets, including Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Maryam says its expansion is driven in part by a “love for the travel experience and our customers’ love for us,” according to a company press release.
The agency’s first expansion took place in 2015 and has now expanded into 13 new markets.
But that was a “dream” for Maryam founder and CEO Maryam Jazayerli, who says she has a “huge love for the experience of travel.”
“I was just like, ‘Oh my god, this is what I want to do,'” she said.
“I’m an avid traveler, I’ve done all sorts of things, but I never had any idea what I wanted to do.
I never imagined I would go to so many places in so many different countries.”
Jazaderli started her business in 2011, when she was 16 years old.
She began her career as a chef in Dubai, and in 2014, she became the first female chef to open a restaurant there.
The business has expanded to include more than 100 locations worldwide, and Maryam said it’s the first in the industry to expand into Europe.
“We are very excited to be in Europe and have been working with our European partners for quite some time,” she said, adding that “a lot of the customers we’ve met so far are very passionate about Maryam.”
The agency has been successful, with revenue rising by more than $10 million last year.
It’s made its money back in just one year, thanks to “a combination of growth and margins.”
The company says it currently has about $1.2 billion in annual revenue.
But the company has more ambitious plans.
In the next year, it wants to double down on expanding in Europe, and expand its business in Africa and beyond.
“The more we do that, the more we’re going to grow and get to the point where we can really compete,” Jazadyli said.
For now, she said she’s “just happy to be here and see how far we’ve come.”