40 and Under: the Most Influential Young Arabs in the Middle East
Hayla Ghazal

Industry: Entertainment and media

Designation: Blogger, fashion boutique owner and social media star

Country: Syria

Age: 22

Country of residence: Syria

At just 22, Hayla Ghazal is the successful blogger and owner of a fashion boutique who began her career by launching her own YouTube channel, HaylaTV, at the age of 18. Ghazal – who says she started on YouTube as a safe “alternative” for what she hoped would one day become a career as a TV presenter – has focussed much of her blogging and videos on helping shy youngsters, with topics ranging from make-up and cooking tutorials to style advice. She has a dedicated fan base on social media, with more than 3.1 million subscribers on YouTube and 1.2 million on Instagram.