100 under 40: The world’s most influential young Arabs
Sun 27 Mar 2016 07:37 AM
Hayla Ghazal
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Hayla Ghazal

Industry: Culture and society

Designation: Blogger

Country: UAE (Syria)

Age: 20

Blogging has changed the lives of many, not least Hayla
Ghazal. Now the owner of a fashion boutique and a successful blogger, she began
by launching her own YouTube channel and blog, HaylaTV, at 18.

Intended to help shy teenagers like herself deal with peer
pressure, the channel comprised everything from makeup tutorials to cooking
tips and style advice.

“It’s great to see more women recognising how technology can
empower them to own their own voice, speak up and share anything they want,”
she told Arabian Business recently.

At 20, Ghazal now has her own brand extension, including a
fashion boutique called Hayla Couture, featuring evening gowns and bridal
dresses, and a strong following of over 400,000 on her blog and social media
pages. But they were not Ghazal’s first career ventures. At 15, she took a
part-time job at a fashion agency, which helped to push her into her current
direction. Ghazal is also pursuing a business management degree.