So, if like us, you’ve found yourself scarily immersed in the glossy real-estate world of brokers and glass staircases also known as Selling Sunset, then your thoughts may have wandered over to the property market over here in the Middle East.
There are some seriously stunning properties across the region, with some very talented interior designers, hard working brokers and overall bosses which we think would make the perfect Selling Sunset MENA team! The only thing we haven’t quite got down is the name… Merchandising MENA? Auctioning Arabia? Answers on the back of a postcard please!
So, who would be our SS MENA cast?
Lebanon-born Cosmopolitan Middle East cover-girl Karen Wazen was born to architect parents, who taught her the “importance of having a house and home that reflects your personality”. Her home is modern but homey and comfortable, and her parents helped in the design of her house.
Every piece of the home from the flowers to the vases reflects her and her husband’s taste, and there is a stunning outdoor living area where Karen spends time on a morning with her laptop and a coffee. We could definitely see Karen in our Middle Eastern Selling Sunset, running errands in cute athleisure wear and advising customers on the perfect pastel shades and how to optimise light exposure in their houses.
Architect-turned-composer-turned-drummer Carl Gerges finds sanctuary in his immaculate yet relaxed Beirut home, saying “home is refuge. It’s a place to care for one’s state of mind because of all the negative energy that can be found in the world around us, especially right now”. We home that Carl would have time to fit a new reality show into his busy creative schedule!
So we could totally see Jeddah based interior designer Rawan AlSahsah being the next Chrishell! She’s gorgeous, glamourous and has a major eye for interior design. She is the founder of RIS Living, an award winning interior design studio and has traditional Parisian meets modern style. She also mixes vintage pieces, antiques and art to create her interior masterpieces.
Jeddah based Laura Nazir has been awarded the International Interior Designer by Architectural Digest and has also featured on their cover. Her “sunlight-steeped apartment with sweeping sea views” is Saudi Arabian paradise with a chic interior decorated with bo-ho touches and antique details. We can totally imagine scenes of Laura shopping for weekly fresh flowers and catching up the other cast.
Zeina is a broker “all about Dxb real estate” who is as motivational as she is glamorous. She is the CEO of High Mark Real Estate and Book Any Service and has an IG account which is equal parts breath-taking properties, inspirational quotes and stunning photoshoot images. As well as being an absolute boss, Zeina also has a killer wardrobe, outfits good enough to rival Christine’s…
Dubai realtor Alessia has a 22.9k follower on Instagram, who follow her for Dubai property advice, tips for real estate brokers and for pictures of her effortlessly polished outfits. She is the director of Dacha Real Estate and shares lots of inspirational and motivational content. We think she’d definitely being giving the rest of the SS MENA cast pep talks when a sale falls through!
Talib is the editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest Middle East and knows everything there is to know about stunning interior design. We imagine that we’d find him working with the brokers to find the best houses for the AD covers, and maybe antique shopping with Rawan for unique pieces to feature in his shoots.
Caitlin is based in Morocco and creates contemporary, handmade concrete tiles for her own company, Popham Design, which she founded with her husband, Samuel. Her designs and colourways are seriously chic, and have decorated some of the most stunning houses in the world, plus being shot for numerous editions of AD. When it comes to SS MENA we would find her designing in her studio or fitting out the houses of the Middle East with some Marrakesh tiled loveliness.
Iranian born Shirin is an interior designer and architect who lives in the UAE with one of the most gorgeous homes we have ever seen. A stunning sweeping staircase, high ceilings, and chic luxurious finishes make this home truly breath-taking. The dining room setting is out of this world, we can envision it as being the perfect location for a post-filming dining party with the cast!
Denis Dubai (we’re not sure if this is his real last name, but we love it) is a real estate broker turned YouTuber. He has a sizable YouTube and IG following, and shares reviews and videos of stunning properties in and around Dubai, as well as offering property advice too. When it comes to SS MENA we imagine him to be shooting digital content while out and about and recording lots of BTS action for his channel!