As the 11th city to join Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise ecosystem, The Real Housewives of Dubai is giving viewers the booked, busy, and boujee vibes of past iterations but done in the renowned City of Gold. Airing on Wednesdays at 9/8c, the new series documents the lives of six housewives as they wine and dine in the most exclusive of places, build their empires, and fuel their career ambitions, radiating glamour and luxury while doing it.
Whether you’ve already tuned into the show or are having an internal debate about if this new show is worth streaming, here’s a brief introduction to each of the Dubai housewives.
Who Is Chanel Ayan?
No surprise here, but this Kenyan-born businesswoman of Somali and Ethiopian descent first made her mark in the world as a supermodel. “I’m the first Black supermodel in Dubai, and the first person from my village or my generation to do something as big as this. So I feel so proud,” Chanel Ayan said in a promotional video she shared on Instagram. These days Ayan is the owner of a talent agency and is also creating a skin care line with celebrity MUA Toni Malt, AYAN Beauty by Toni Malt.
In the same video, she explained that she has lived in Dubai for 18 years after moving there with her husband, Luca Salves. The two, who have been married for 22 years, also share a son together, Taj. Of their relationship, the beauty expert shared, “My dad beat me so bad I did not know what love was until I met him.”
Who Is Lesa Milan?
If you were a fan of BET's College Hill: South Beach, Lesa Milan might be a familiar face. Lesa hails from her home country of Jamaica as a former Miss Jamaica winner. The former beauty queen traded in her crown to shift into the world of fashion design and entrepreneurship. As the founder and chief designer of Mina Roe, a luxury maternity wear brand, Lesa has had the honor of having her items worn by the likes of Serena Williams, Gigi Hadid, and Beyoncé to name a few. She also founded My Little Makers, a youth educational brand.
Business isn’t the only thing on Lesa’s brain, love is too. She is married to Dubai-based real estate developer and millionaire financier Richard Hall. The couple share three children, Maximillian, Sebastian, and Kristian.
Who Is Caroline Brooks?
Caroline Brooks is a hustler baby, and she just wants you to know. This Afro-Latina is a first-generation American born to immigrant parents and she is proud of where she’s come from and how it’s shaped who she’s become. Her desire for multiple streams of income stemmed from craving financial independence following her split from her now ex-husband (who is also the reason she relocated to Dubai in 2010). She became a real estate director in Dubai, making her one of the first women to do so.
Caroline also founded a luxury spa and salon catering to all skin types, tones, and textures called Glass House Dubai, an endeavor she told Cosmpolitan that she manifested and is the sole creator of. Although she and her ex are no longer together, the Bravo star shared that she had no regrets about their whirlwind relationship because of the birth of the former couple’s son.
Who Is Nina Ali?
The Lebanon-born, Texas-raised Nina Ali is an entrepreneur and businesswoman known for her ambition and drive. She made the move to Dubai with her husband, Munaf Ali, in 2011. As far as business endeavors go, Nina is the proud co-owner of a budding premium fruit cake empire in addition to being a successful influencer online. In an interview with ITP Live, she talked about her passion for baking. “My mom has obviously always been my inspiration because she cooks such authentic homemade and fresh food, every day! My mom cooks all the time, everything is made from the heart.”
Nina and her husband Munaf met through friends and have been married for 12 years. She revealed to Harper’s Bazaar, “After seeing my picture, Munaf asked about me. He flew all the way around the world, just to take me to dinner.”
Nina is the mother of three children, daughters Sophia and Nour, and son Ayan. The wife and business owner is quick to own the fact that being a mother is the greatest accomplishment of her life.
Who Is Sara Al Madani?
Sara Al Madani has been business-minded since the age of 15 when she started a fashion brand to change the way Arab women dressed. When she got older, she pivoted into the world of tech working with companies like Social Fish and Hulatek. Since then, Sara has become relatively known for being a prolific speaker, accumulating over 200 keynote speeches under her belt.
She once shared her why in an interview, “The number one thing that I’ve done is that I freed myself from the stereotype of what I should or shouldn’t be doing as a woman: how a woman should only be working in feminine fields; how a woman should just be at home raising kids. None of that resonated with me. I believe in gender equality and I believe that you go out there and get whatever life’s giving you.”
Sara has been married twice and divorced twice and aside from her career endeavors, she also finds purpose in raising her son.
Who Is Caroline Stanbury?
London born and bred, Caroline Stanbury is not a new face to Bravo. Unlike the other ladies on the franchise’s roster, Caroline has skin in the game as a reality star from a previous series called Ladies of London. She was previously married to Cem Habib, a financier with whom she shares three children: Yasmine, 16, and twins Zac and Aaron, 12.
Caroline and Cem divorced in 2019 and Caroline has since been in a relationship with a 27-year-old former Madrid soccer player, Sergio Carallo. The pair first went public in 2020 about their relationship before getting engaged in 2021 and their nuptials will air on this season of RHODubai.
Worth a reported $30 million, the former stylist now splits her time between philanthropy, acting as a luxury brand ambassador, and hosting a successful podcast.
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