Ellen DeGeneres has well and truly cemented her title as the new Oprah of American TV after treating guests in her audience to a luxurious trip to Dubai.


During her eponymous show, Oprah Winfrey was famous for asking her audience members to look underneath their seats only for them to discover that they’d won a car, an all-expenses paid holiday, cash money… She was the queen of the giveaways.

With the TV host-cum-agony aunt retired from her talk show, the reins were passed to Ellen DeGeneres to be the new queen of talk show TV, and it seems her latest stint has seen her rival even Oprah’s most extravagant offerings.

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The giveaway started when Ellen invited two guests to play a game of Hello! Dubai in which one would win a seven-night vacation to the emirate and Cape Town, South Africa. The competition was in conjunction with Emirates airlines as part of their Big Kick Off campaign. The prize also included US$2,000 spending money!

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Ellen gives away a trip to Dubai on her show

Think that was exciting? Well, the winner then played a bonus game in which the entire audience also won a round trip to Dubai. Cue hysterical screaming and crying from every audience member.

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Actress and comedian, Ellen, is a fan of Dubai, admitting she herself had experienced the Dubai, Cape Town trip with Emirates.

Visiting Dubai with her actress Portia Di Rossi, the pair enjoyed the nightlife even taking in a a show at theatrical restaurant The Act.

Portia documents her trip to Dubai with Ellen Degeneres on Instagram

Portia documents her trip to Dubai with Ellen on Instagram

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The spectacle wasn’t Ellen’s first Middle East giveaway on her show. when Vin Diesel joined her on her show, he helped her pick a winner for an an all-expenses-paid trip to Abu Dhabi, where Furious 7 was partially filmed.  The winner was whisked away with Etihad Airways – in business class no less – and stayed at Emirates Palace and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.

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