About Us

Baklava Behind The Scenes

Marhaba!

The first and only social app for Arabs from all walks of life designed to finding love interests, soulmates, and friends! Built from the longing for connection to Arab people and culture, Baklava is religion agnostic and is free and open for all Arabs and people interested in Arabs to join. Launched in December 2020 and dual headquartered in Los Angeles and Detroit, the Baklava team is committed to honoring and keeping Arabic culture alive while creating new authentic connections without the stigma of traditional online dating.

Marhaba!

The first and only social app for Arabs from all walks of life designed to finding love interests, soulmates, and friends! Built from the longing for connection to Arab people and culture, Baklava is religion agnostic and is free and open for all Arabs and people interested in Arabs to join. Launched in December 2020 and dual headquartered in Los Angeles and Detroit, the Baklava team is committed to honoring and keeping Arabic culture alive while creating new authentic connections without the stigma of traditional online dating.

Our Story

Value Prop

Baklava takes pride in not categorizing people by height, skin color, religion, etc., while inviting Arabs and non-Arabs who are interested in Arab people and culture to join and make authentic connections. Millions of Arabs are scattered around the world and are looking for ways to meet people with shared experiences, culture, and values. Baklava is the first and only platform that helps all Arabs make these connections with a cultured and curated mobile app and supportive social events.

Dating & Marriage

Baklava is designed to connect like-minded Arabs looking for romantic relationships. We understand the importance of having a significant other who honors our Arabic culture and wants to build a unit around it.

Friendships

Baklava’s Besties mode is designed to help Arabs connect with other like-minded Arabs locally. Whether its to bond over Turkish coffee or sing along to Fayruz, or share shawarma sandwiches, baklava aims to keep our Arabic culture alive through creating new friendships!

Our Team

Leila Muhaizen, Founder & CEO

Leila combined her experience in social entrepreneurship and project management,
her education, and her passion for bringing people together to build an innovative, first-of-a-kind app. She is a native of Lebanon and graduated with a BA in Media & Communications with a minor in Marketing from the American University of Beirut (AUB). 

“I am incredibly proud and humbled by the connections the app has already created. From engagements and marriages, to friendships and more. For the first time in history, the global Arab community is connected.” – Leila Muhaizen

Leila Muhaizen, Founder & CEO

Leila combined her experience in social entrepreneurship and project management,
her education, and her passion for bringing people together to build an innovative, first-of-a-kind app. She is a native of Lebanon and graduated with a BA in Media & Communications with a minor in Marketing from the American University of Beirut (AUB). 

“I am incredibly proud and humbled by the connections the app has already created. From engagements and marriages, to friendships and more. For the first time in history, the global Arab community is truly connected.” – Leila Muhaizen

Serena Skaf, CMO 

Serena specializes in creating marketing campaigns to drive downloads of the app and awareness of Baklava’s social and cultural initiatives. Born in Dearborn, Michigan, and raised in Lebanon, Serena is currently studying Tech Entrepreneurship and Management at Arizona State University.

“Despite the fact that there are so many different types of Arabs, with distinguishing mentalities and ways of living, we tend to share a common attribute which is the ‘Arab charm.” – Serena Skaf

Location

1003 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013

6001 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

Hours

M – F : 9am–5pm

Sat – Sun : Closed

Contact

support@baklavaapp.com