Company: Marina Home Interiors
Hailing from the picturesque Kashmir region of India, Vakil began his career at a US Fortune 100 company. But the self-described perfectionist decided to turn his back on his previous career in 1997, and instead joined two brothers to launch Marina Home Interiors the same year.
While he admits that giving up a high-flying corporate career was a tough decision, it turned out to be a good one. Within a year of Marine Home Interior’s founding, the UAE experienced a real estate boom, which came with thousands of customers in need of attractive, inspired furniture to adorn their homes.
Taking advantage of the UAE’s transient expat population, Vakil rapidly expanded and opened stores across the GCC and South Asia. The retail magnate’s personal ambition has also seen double-digit growth year-on-year as he sets up more shops in the GCC and beyond.
With a keen eye for detail, Vakil led Marina Home Interiors’ drive to become synonymous with quality, creativity and innovation, with each of the store’s signature large-scale showrooms designed to provide the customer with an immersive and memorable experience.