The "The Real Housewives of Dubai" premiered on Bravo on June 1, 2022, and it showed viewers a glimpse at the six cast members.
"The Real Housewives" franchise began in Orange County, and the show's success laid the groundwork for the franchise's evolution. The franchise sold numerous global spinoffs from Lagos to Hungary, and it now has its first international installment in Dubai.
The Dubai show is expected to be the most glamorous housewives yet. The ladies want to show off their extravagant, party-hard lives and debunk the stereotypes about the United Arab Emirates. The new cast includes Caroline Stanbury, Lesa Milan, Sara Al Madani, Caroline Brooks, Chanel Ayan, and Nina Ali.
The show's first episode introduced viewers to Caroline Stanbury's exclusive hen party and a dinner party among the ladies. Like every other "Housewives," there was drama with yelling and cussing.
Like the other "Real Housewives" franchise, the ladies are not traditional housewives but socialite business owners attempting to develop their brands. And Dubai, a city constantly trying to advertise itself globally, serves as an appropriate backdrop.
"THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DUBAI:" ALL WE KNOW ABOUT THE CAST OF THE SHOW
Stanbury, born in London, is a mother of three, an alum of "Ladies of London," a luxury brand ambassador who recently launched a shoe collection, and the host of the podcast "Divorced Not Dead."
Ayan, born in Kenya, is a mother of one, a supermodel, and a businesswoman. She is one of the region's most recognizable socialites and models and runs a talent agency while also developing a makeup and skincare line.
Born in Jamaica, Milan became Miss Jamaica International in 2010. She is a mother of three, a fashion designer, an entrepreneur, and the founder of the youth educational brand My Little Makers.
Madani is the only Emirati local on the show, a mother of two, a serial entrepreneur with several restaurants, and a fashion line. Madani is also the youngest member of Sharjah's Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
From Massachusetts to Dubai, Brooks has come a long way and has made a name for herself. From being a marketing manager in her ex-husband's business, she became one of UAE's first female real estate directors. Now, she's adding a luxury salon to her fold of companies.
Born in Lebanon, Ali is a mother of three, a businesswoman, and an entrepreneur. She is also the co-founder of a premium fruit cake business.
Andy Cohen at the UJA-Federation's 2022 Music Visionary Of The Year Award Luncheon on May 18, 2022. | Source: Getty Images
ANDY COHEN AND BRAVO RECEIVED MASSIVE BACKLASH TO "THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DUBAI" BEFORE THE SHOW EVEN AIRED
When Andy Cohen revealed that "The Real Housewives" franchise was going to Dubai, not everyone was excited. On May 25, 2022, 12 human rights called out Cohen and network executives in an open letter. Their letter read:
"Dubai is an absolute monarchy that is part of the dictatorship of the United Arab Emirates. [...] you are helping the UAE dictatorship hide its male rulers' misogyny, legalized homophobia, and mass violence against women."
Besides the human rights groups, some fans were also not excited. Some influencers inside the United Arab Emirates also slammed Andy Cohen and Bravo as they said the show did not represent the women of Dubai.