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We are a Dubai-based ladies organisation providing members with opportunities to meet and share ideas and interests. Although many of our activities are based in the Arabian Ranches, we welcome ladies living in all areas of Dubai. We hold weekly multi-cultural social mornings, including programmes with fascinating guest speakers, coffee and snacks.
As a member of Ranches Ladies you will be able to join our many Circles, attend our trips and excursions and take advantage of the many discounts available only to our members. Look around our pages to see what is on offer and come along on Tuesday mornings to find out more.
Our Social Mornings are held every Tuesday from 9.30 am – 12.00 noon, in the Baker Finch Room, Arabian Ranches Golf Club. New members and guests are always welcome!
RL Tuesday Social Morning
28 January 2020: Dr Jennifer Kasirsky
Do We Need HRT? Your Questions Answered
Dr Jennifer is an immensely popular and well respected gynaecologist in practice at Parkview Mediclinic Hospital who has given previous talks to Ranches Ladies. We are delighted that she is coming back to discuss the pros and cons of HRT and maybe dispel some of our fears. Dr Jennifer will happily answer any questions on any gynaecological topics
4 February: Yvette Judge
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
We are delighted to welcome back Yvette Judge, Education and Children’s Programme Advisor for Emirates Airline Festival of Literature which takes place this year from 4-9th February.
Yvette is always a very lively and entertaining speaker and she will give us an overview of all the wonderful events and speakers at this year’s festival
RL Fashion Show: 10 February 2020
The RL Ladies In Red Fashion Show will be presented in collaboration with L’Arte and Studio One Hotel in Studio City on 10 February from 7.30pm.
Oasis Fashion, House of Colour, and Abati will showcase their beautiful clothes and Hayet Zerelli will accessorise the outfits with her jewellery.
Contact Studio One on 04 240 0441 to book a place and pay Studio One directly on the night
21 January 2020: Informal Coffee Morning
16 members of Ranches Ladies met for a coffee and conversation in the Restaurant at Arabian Ranches golf club on Tuesday 21 January.
14 January 2020: Annual General Meeting
An extraordinary AGM was held on 14th January 2020 and we are extremely grateful to everyone who came along to support us. Over 50 RL members joined Mr Sayeed and Mr Musaid from the Community Development Authority and we received approval for the legal changes we have made to our board. Thank you very much for your support and for making the effort to help us. We are very grateful.
It is with great pleasure that we announce we now have a new President, Vice President and Treasurer. Hayet Zerelli has been our loyal and hard working Vice President for many years but we have at last persuaded her to take the big job and RL is delighted to announce her as our new President. Right beside her we have Julia Handley who is taking on the role of Vice President but will be working very closely in partnership with Hayet and the committee as a unified team. Anne Archibald, also a longstanding busy committee member, has been appointed as treasurer. Welcome to you all.
18 December 2019: Scottish Dancing Circle’s Festive Garden Party
The Scottish Dancing Circle held a fundraising garden party on 18 December in Carole’s beautiful garden and helped to raise 2000 dirhams for RL’s fundraising. Thank you Anne, Eleanor, Carole and all the dancers for a delightful morning. We had a lovely time.
26 November 2019: Andreea Stefanescu
The School of Manners
Last Tuesday we welcomed Andreea Stefanescu from The School of Manners to talk about Hostessing and Dining Touches. Andreea was extremely knowledgeable about etiquette and manners and was able to use her many years of experience to teach us about how to be the perfect hostess
Learn more about Andreea’s work on her website at: www.theschoolofmanners.com
19 November 2019: Festive Bazaar
The Festive Bazaar was last Tuesday and was a triumph. Thank you to Hayet, her team of helpers, all our wonderful stallholders and the generous attendees who came in their droves to support Ranches Ladies and to celebrate the state of the festive season with us.
We had a full house of contributors to the Bazaar including our own Art Circle leader Elizabeth Bruce, the RL Quilters, Oasis Fashion, UOwnCalmness, Joanna Low, Tamara Noori, Anna D, Fashion Rebel, RockNStyle and KumKum Ramchandani to name but a few. See our Festive Bazaar page and our events page on FB to see their profiles and pictures from the day itself.
5 November 2019: Victoria Hassani
Women’s Health Connector
Victoria is co-founder of the Women’s Health Connector, an online, collaborative platform dedicated to education, information and peer sharing of women’s health topics for an underserved market segment, namely women in the 35-65+ age group.
Tuesday’s talk highlighted the origin and initiatives underway by the group and how each of us can participate. In addition, we discussed how to advocate for your own health and a short introduction to the “Happiness Curve”, or why life gets better after 50.
29 October 2019: President’s Talk
Living with Breast Cancer
RL was privileged to hear Beth Beggs, RL President, talk so candidly about her breast cancer. Beth’s superb talk covered her discovery of her lump through to her treatment and a general discussion of cancer treatment in the UAE and breast cancer generally.
Thank you Beth for your vivid, informative and immensely uplifting presentation.
22 October 2019: Nithya Rajkumar Photography
The Art Of Seeing (a photographer’s perspective)
Thank very much to Nithya Rajkumar for her wonderful talk at RL Social Morning today.
Nithya is a professional photographer and is offering 15% discount to RL members who want to book a classic portrait session or take up a group photography workshop in November.
1 October 2019: Spirals Beauty Salon
Quick Styles Workshop
The Team from Spirals Beauty Salon hosted a hands on, interactive workshop at RL Tuesday Social Morning to demonstrate a selection of “On the Run” hairstyles showing simple styling techniques on a willing volunteer. RL members then formed groups to practice the styles on each other with the guidance of a Spirals’ team member! This was a fun programme .
10 September 2019: Aditi Belame Kumar
Aditi grew up in Al Ain and after a career in the corporate world now runs an art gallery and writes books. She will talk to us about her career development and about her latest coffee table book HUMR AN-NA’AM TREASURE OF THE DESERT.
“Ḥumr An-Naʿam is beautifully written and presents the idea of post-and pre-oil era of Arabs and their love for camels, their traditions, and values.