He's not a member of the Dubai Bling cast, but Loujain Adada's husband is one personality on the Netflix reality show that is sparking the curiosity of TV fans.
One of the cast's wealthiest, most well-heeled residents of the United Arab Emirates is Loujain Adada, a 33-year-old Lebanese model and TV host known for her late husband, a much-older Saudi businessman whom she married when she was just 21 years old. In the first episode of Dubai Bling season one—which debuted on Netflix on Thursday, October 27—Adada discussed her past marriage and her over-the-top nuptials.
"The wedding was like a fairytale. I felt like a princess," she said. "They had a wedding that remained the talk of the town for a long time afterward," fellow cast member Zeina Khoury revealed. "Her wedding cost more than $10 million. She wore a necklace worth more than $2 million. She even wore a Karl Lagerfeld dress that was worth more than $200,000. Everyone was flown to her wedding in Venice on private jets."
"Many people criticized me because the age difference between us was almost 30 years," Adada said of her late husband. "But love knows no age."
But who was Loujaim Adada married to? Here's what we know about the reality star's late husband and their relationship.
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Loujain Adada husband: who was she married to?
Loujain Adada was married to billionaire Arabic businessman Walid Ahmed Juffali from November 2012 until his death in July 2016. Born on April 30, 1955, Juffali was 57 years old at the time of his wedding to Adada and 61 at the time of his death in Switzerland.
"Sadly, he passed away from cancer," Adada said of her late husband. "And it happened just one month after I gave birth to my second daughter." (Juffali had six children altogether, including the two—seven-year-old Talia and six-year-old Lana—he shared with Adada.)
Walid Ahmed Juffali was the chairman of E. A. Juffali and Brothers, the largest privately owned enterprise in Saudi Arabia, a position he assumed after the death of his father Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Juffali. He also was the chairman of W Investments, a privately held investment company located in Zurich.
In the 2019 book Moneyland: The Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Rule the World, author Oliver Bullough wrote of Juffali: "His wealth was, according to a later court judgment, immeasurable: 'in common with men of his wealth and background, he crosses and re-crosses the world, largely by private jet, staying in properties in various countries owned by, or on his behalf, through elaborate financial structures.'"
"His family ran extensive infrastructure projects in Saudi Arabia, and his father had made its fortune by securing partnership deals with Western companies, such as Electrolux, Mercedes, IBM, Siemens and others. Walid took over as chairman of the family firm, E.A. Juffali & Bros, in 1994," Bullough wrote. "Besides the £100 million mansion near Windsor, he also owned a converted church in Knightsbridge, a country retreat in Devon, and property in Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and elsewhere. In a 2005 charity auction, he spent almost half a million pounds on two photographs: one of a nude Tamara Mellon; the other of a nude Kate Moss."
Before his marriage to Loujain "LJ" Adada, Juffali was married to fellow Saudi, Basma Al-Sulaiman, from 1980 to 2000 and had three children with her. When they divorced, Al-Sulaiman received a £40 million settlement. His second marriage was to American model Christina Estrada from 2001 to 2014; the couple had a daughter together.
Juffali was actually still legally married to Estrada when he married Adada. (Per Saudi law, as a Muslim, Juffali could take up to four wives.) He divorced Estrada under Islamic law without her knowledge via the controversial use of triple talaq, in which a man can legally divorce his wife by saying "I divorce you" three times.
Upon their divorce, Estrada won a settlement of £75 million, including a cast payment of £53 million. Estrada released a statement after the ruling, per The Guardian (opens in new tab): "I never wanted to be here. I always wanted to resolve the matter amicably. This process has been incredibly bruising and distressing. Walid and I were happily married for 12 years and have a beautiful daughter together. He took both a second wife and divorced me without my knowledge."
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Loujain Adada net worth: what is it?
Per an obituary in The Independent (opens in new tab), Walid Ahmed Juffali's fortune at the time of his death was estimated at £8 million. Most of Loujain Adada's net worth comes from her inheritance of her late husband's assets, which were also split between his former wives and his children. Adada's own current net worth is valued at $4 million.
"The only cure for grief is to grieve. Everyone has their own way of grieving. It is not a sign of weakness, it is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love," Adada told the luxury publication Ccercle (opens in new tab) in 2019. "The loss of Walid, my late husband and father of my two young daughters, was so hard and challenging for me. One never knows how strong they are until being strong is their only choice."
She continued: "Up till today we talk about him, we miss and we pray for him. Walid was an inspiring man with a wide heart and had great love for life. One of his favorite sayings was, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain."
In the first episode of Dubai Bling, the reality star shares: "I've been in Dubai for almost a year now, and now I feel that I'm ready to be with someone else and have a fresh start in my life."
Season one of Dubai Bling is currently available to stream on Netflix. Will we get a Dubai Bling season 2? Stay tuned!
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