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Everything To Know About A Potential RHODubai Season 2

Nina Ali will not be making a return trip to the desert.

by Kadin Burnett and Brad Witter
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Could The Real Housewives charm be wearing off? While the franchise seems as strong as ever, the future of The Real Housewives of Dubai initially seemed uncertain. As it currently stands, Bravo has not officially renewed RHODubai, which premiered in June 2022 and featured Nina Ali, Chanel Ayan, Caroline Brooks, Sara Al Madani, Lesa Milan, and Caroline Stanbury in Season 1.

The bleak outlook on the show’s future might have had something to do with its low viewership. According to TV Deets, the series premiere drew in a total of 769,000 viewers, but its success was short-lived. By the end of Episode 5, the show was reportedly only pulling in 495,000 viewers each week. The ratings report also showed that the series was never able to cross the 700,000 viewer threshold again, coming close in Episode 9 with 643,000 viewers. Though the show’s inability to return to its premiere numbers, it seems that Bravo might be giving the show more time to grow.

At BravoCon 2022 in October, the cast remained hopeful they’d be back for a second round. “If it happens, it’s going to be amazing,” Caroline Stanbury teased at the New York City fan event, according to People, while Nina added that she was “manifesting it” for all of them. Added Ayan, “There is a Season 2! You have to put it out in the universe!”

Ahead of a potential announcement that RHODubai has actually been renewed for Season 2, here’s what fans can expect.

RHODubai Season 2 Potential Premiere Date

With no word of a renewal, it’s basically impossible to decipher when exactly we could be getting a return trip to Dubai. Given that Season 1 premiered in June 2022, Season 2 could reach screens in summer 2023. However, this is all predicated on whether the series gets renewed in the first place.

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RHODubai Season 2 Cast

If the series gets picked up for Season 2, there’s no indication which of the six leads of RHODubai would return for another go-round. However, Nina announced her departure from the series — all but confirming a second season is in the works — on Jan. 30. “It was an honor to be a part of the debut season of The Real Housewives of Dubai, and to help [Bravo] bring this beloved franchise to the city I call home,” she captioned an Instagram announcement, in part, citing “an emerging new business, new home, and new adventures” as reasons for her exit. “So for now I’ll be moving my attention away from the show to allow myself the space to focus on new challenges.I wish my fellow Housewives all the best moving forward. I’ll be cheering you on!”

As is the case with any Housewives title, there are all kinds of infighting and head-butting that goes on in front of and behind the cameras. However, nothing from Season 1 seemed incendiary enough to warrant the departure of any other main cast members, let alone, multiple exits. If anything, the most flammable moment to come from the show so far had been courtesy of a housewife from a different city.

The drama came from Real Housewives of Potomac star Gizelle Bryant, who didn’t have that many positive things to say about the Dubai series. “I’ve only seen one, maybe one and a half episodes,” Gizelle admitted on her podcast, Reasonably Shady, in July 2022. “The only thing that stands out to me is the model girl [Chanel Ayan] ... I feel like she’s at least entertaining to watch. The others is like paint drying. I’m looking for her (in) the next scene, so I will give her that.” Also present on the podcast was Carlos King, an executive producer for Real Housewives of Atlanta, who dubbed the Dubai series, “The Real Housewives of Buh-Bye.

One Dubai cast member, Lesa Milan, took issue with Bryant’s statements and retorted on Today, stating, “I feel like Gizelle should actually know better, and girl, worry about your fashions first before you worry about us.” If anything, these antics may galvanize the RHODubai cast ahead of a potential Season 2.

This post will be updated as more RHODubai Season 2 details become available.

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