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Former Refugee and HuffPost Contributor Named Most Influential Young Arab in the World

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Arabian Business Magazine has released the 2016 list of 100 Most Influential Young Arabs in the World. The list contained names of inspiring and powerful Arabs under the age of 40 in various fields. Canadian-Palestinian author and journalist Chaker Khazaal came first ahead of 22-year-old Shamma Al Mazrouei, the youngest ever member of the United Arab Emirates cabinet.
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Khazaal also writes articles in the Huffington Post, mainly about refugees and world events.
Arabian Business Magazine states that "The annual ranking reveals the 100 Arabs aged under 40 who are making a significant difference in the world, within their respective fields including science, arts, sport, business and government."
In the top 10 came Hassan Al Thawadi (38), Noura Al Kaabi (37), Bader Al Kharafi (38), Fahad Al Rasheed (38), Saif Abou Zaid (33), Ahmad Belhoul (38) and Sultan Al Qassemi (38).
Khazaal was recently seen photographed with the King of Bahrain, King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, gifting him a copy of his novel. He was also photographed with Prince Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa being awarded by the Kingdom of Bahrain. Following his social media, one can see Khazaal active in conferences, and visits around the world. He was recently a speaker at the International Youth Conference in Bahrain, also interviewing refugees across the Middle East.

Giving a copy of Confessions of a War Child books to His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain. قابلت اليوم ملك البحرين جلالته الملك حمد بن عيسى آل خليفة و أهديته كتابي.

Posted by Chaker Khazaal on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Khazaal is featured on the cover of Arabian Business Magazine for this week. Click here to view the top 100 Arabs aged under 40.
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