KNOWN as the “City of Gold”, glamorous Dubai is dripping in wealth and excess.
Which makes it the perfect destination for the newest Real Housewives series.
Executive producer Andy Cohen has revealed the show – which has previously enjoyed success staged in Beverley Hills, Atlanta and Cheshire, to name a few – is now heading to the United Arab Emirates for the first time.
He said: “Everything’s bigger in Dubai and I couldn’t be more excited to launch Bravo’s first international Housewives’ series in a city I’ve been fascinated by for years, with an outstanding group of friends as our guides.”
The show promises the new Housewives will be treated to Dubai’s “over-the-top opulence, jaw-dropping modern architecture and wild nightlife scene”.
The cast is still under wraps but rumours are flying about who the cast might be.
Here we reveal the prime candidates to take part.
This blue-blooded businesswoman – who has an estimated net worth of £20 million – is a seasoned reality TV star.
From 2014 to 2017, Caroline Stanbury appeared in all three seasons of Ladies of London, which aired in both the UK and US.
The Brit grew up in Dorset and was born into the Vestey dynasty, estimated to be the second wealthiest family in Britain after the King in 1940.
Caroline began her career as a personal stylist and made a name for herself dressing London's most glamorous socialites. She went on to launch a luxury gifting and personal shopping experience before opening a wedding list service.
She has a love of designer handbags and once dedicated a room to her vast collection – worth approximately £200,000 – in the Surrey mansion she shared with then-husband Cem Habib, who boasted a £36million fortune.
Caroline also owns 200 pairs of shoes which she "doesn't think is that many", with the collection estimated to be worth £100,000, reports the Daily Mail. She also has a bronze statue of a Hermes Birkin bag.
She moved to Dubai with Turkish financier Cem and their three children after the Ladies of London series ended.
They divorced in 2019 and Caroline is now engaged to ex-Real Madrid ace Sergio Carrallo, 27, whom she is set to marry this week in Mauritius.
She gushes how she "cannot wait" to be his wife and "grow young with you" – having previously insisted he is "not here for the lifestyle or my money".
Caroline, 45, has quite the little black book and previously dated Hugh Grant, Ryan Giggs, and stepped out with Prince Andrew in 2000 after his marriage split from the Duchess of York.
She also has a fair few celeb friends, spending time in Greece this summer with her pal Nicole Scherzinger and Thom Evans.
Caroline previously revealed she has frozen her eggs should she and Sergio decide to have children of their own.
Dr Sara Al Madani
Emirati Sara started her first business at the age of 15 with around £4,000 and has been "financially independent" ever since.
The 35-year-old has run firms in industries as diverse as fashion, food and tech.
So it’s not surprising the single mother, who has 428,000 Instagram followers, describes herself as a “goal digger, not a gold digger”.
The fashionista's favourite designers include Fendi, Givenchy and Gucci and she has spent time hanging out with megastars including Usher.
Sara gave birth to her son Maktoum, now six, in August 2015. Sharing the news on social media she said: "I thought I knew what love is but I realised that I don't, because with you I experienced an unconditional love."
In 2014, Sara was selected by Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi to be the youngest board member at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, aged 26.
As well as her own Sara Al Madani fashion design company, she has founded a string of other businesses including Social Fish, a marketing and social media consultancy, and an events business called Proposal Cupid.
In December 2019, Social Fish organised a birthday party for French international footballer and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
Caroline is a self-described “real estate powerhouse”.
She has been an executive director at Rent DXB real estate company for four years.
The Boston-born socialite also has a taste for the high life – travelling to far flung locations such as the Maldives, Zanzibar and Marbella by private jet.
In her spare time the "philanthropist" mum likes to cook and parties in Dubai’s most exclusive clubs.
The cryptic Roman numerals in her Instagram bio XV.XI.MMXXI have led Real Housewife fans to speculate that November 15 will be the day she’s going to be announced for the show.
She was once linked to Kenyan politician Hassan Ali Joho – whom she described on Instagram as her "ex".
"We are friends and he's a really great guy," she told her 131,000 followers.
Lesa Milan Hall
Former Miss Jamaica Universe contestant and fashion designer Lesa lives in Dubai with her husband and three sons.
She is reported to be married to British financier Richard Hall – whom she describes as "one of the greatest men to ever live", and was once linked to Olympian Usain Bolt in 2009.
According to her blog, she met Richard at a nightclub and he picked her up in a Rolls-Royce Phantom the next morning, before whisking her off to the Bahamas.
Lesa, 31, grew up in Miami and attended Florida Atlantic University, where she studied journalism.
Jamaican-born Lesa loves Dubai because it’s “safe and full of diversity”.
On a typical day, you can find Lesa “on the go with my three boys, visiting my fashion studio, and cooking a big family dinner".
She says her biggest struggle is "balancing motherhood and my entrepreneurial career without feeling guilty about time spent away from my children".
She is friends with other rumoured cast members including Chanel Ayan and Nina Ali.
Lesa founded a children's education brand called My Little Makers, and is currently expanding her Mina Roe fashion line, which specialises in maternity wear.
She told Cosmopolitan ME her proudest career moment so far is dressing Beyonce, adding: "People often think I’m quiet, but I’m not. I’m an observer and I reserve the best parts of myself for the people who I think deserve it. I’m really a chatterbox."
Kenyan-born beauty Chanel has established herself as one of the leading models in the Middle East.
She became a model at a young age after a cousin from Sweden showed her a fashion magazine. She began doing commercials before moving to Brazil at 17.
When she married, she joined Elite Models and moved to New York before relocating to Dubai in 2005.
“When I moved to Dubai 14 years ago there was no black modelling in Dubai,” she said during an interview with Punch.
“I am the first black model to ever appear on magazine covers in Dubai.”
Chanel -born Ayan Pillott – has graced the pages of Vogue Dubai more than 10 times and once worked with Rihanna on a shoot for the pop star’s Fenty make-up line.
She said: "I have done every brand in Dubai. I have done Prada, I'm the face of Paiget in Middle East, face of Channel.
"I'm the only black girl that did Vogue. I have done big brands like Apple, Van Cleef and Piaget. It's amazing to wear a million dollars earring and 10 million dollars chains.
"I am the muse for one of the biggest designers in the world, the Amato couture. He has dressed Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Nicky Minaj, Shakira and JLo he says am his muse. I usually dress clothes for celebrities before he sends them to the USA for Oscars or anything."
Super influencer Nina, 42, is the mother-of-three behind the online sensation @LipstickMommy.
Born in Lebanon, Nina’s parents moved the family to Austin, Texas, when she was four years old.
But she moved to Dubai for love when she fell for British businessman Munaf Ali.
She describes living there as like being on an endless holiday and shares snaps of her glamorous life with her half a million followers on Instagram.
Nina recently spent Halloween partying with other possible cast members Caroline Stanbury and her fiance Sergio Carrallo.
She celebrated her birthday in September with a plethora of presents from Chanel and Dior.
While many in Dubai aren't opposed to a nip or tuck, Nina insists she does not have any Botox or fillers.
"I’m not opposed to it at all, I just try to simplify my life as much as I can," she said.
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