2nd May 2021

Ranches Ladies Newsletter


Dubai’s Burj Khalifa lit up in tricolor and displayed the message, “Stay Strong India.” (Image tweeted by @Hahosani)

Read more at: https://yourstory.com/socialstory/2021/04/covid-19-india-citizens-extending-help-social-media

Good morning Ranches Ladies!

If you are observing Ramadan we wish you all the blessings of the holy month.

Our hearts go out to all who are suffering or have lost loved ones during the current pandemic, especially with the current situation in India.

Watching the news, along with the uncertainty about when we will be able to travel to our home countries and see our families again, can take a toll on our mental health.

How can we cope with stress and anxiety?

Today is World Laughter Day and ,without detracting from individual and global problems, we recognise the importance of humour in keeping our spirits up in difficult times.

World Laughter Day

World Laughter Day was created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement and is now celebrated annually around the world on the first Sunday of May.

The health benefits of laughter include reducing stress levels and boosting immunity.

Why not watch a comedy, meet or call an old friend for a laugh, or buy tickets for the Dubai Comedy Festival this month from 13th -22nd May?

Dubai Comedy Festival https://www.dubaicomedyfest.ae/

Board Elections


Due to the low number of attendance / votes on the zoom AGM that was conducted Tuesday 27th April, all members have been sent an email regarding the election of new board members. Not Replying to this email it will count as a YES vote.

If you have any objections or concerns please let us hear from you.

Thank you and best regards from Hayet Zerelli, President

The proposed new board members are:

Monali Abhijit Navalekar –  Treasurer

Michelle Coulter Robertson – Director for Media activities

Shahnaz Qassim Fikree – Director for circles activities

Keeping up to date

We don’t yet know when our regular Tuesday social mornings will be able to restart. We hope this will become possible as COVID cases drop and more people are vaccinated.

In the meantime, please pop along to LARTE restaurant in Studio One Hotel on Tuesday mornings from 10.30 – 11.30am to meet Julia or Jeanette and find out about membership and activities.

You can also email ranches.ladies@gmail.com to keep up to date with developments.

Our website is http://www.arabianranchesladies.com and you can find us on FB and Instagram as Ranches Ladies

RL Circles News

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, circle groups are meeting online or in socially distanced ways, where possible.

Click Circles Calendar to see latest activities on http://www.arabianranchesladies.com website

Here are some of the activities the groups are getting up to:

Art Circle

The Art Circle meet on Thursday mornings. Their latest project has been pointillism painting.

If you would like to join them, please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information

Walking Fitness Circle

The Walking Fitness Circle are continuing to meet, until the summer heat gets too much. They meet on Mondays at 7 am outside Arabian Ranches 1 Community Centre and walk in socially distanced pairs for around an hour. Those who can stay enjoy a coffee at Costa after the walk.

If you would like to join them please email Alex or Mandy on ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Book Circle

The Book Club meets on the third Sunday of each month at 10am.

The book for May is the psychological crime thriller ‘The Silent Patient’ by Alex Michaelides, which will be discussed on 16th May.

For those who want to get a head start, the upcoming books will be:

June – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

July – Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner  

Contact Jackie on circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more details.

Literary Lunch Circle

The Literary Lunch Circle continue to meet on the third Monday each month.

The May book choice is The Legacy by Caroline Bond, a powerful novel about love and loss, and what we truly pass onto our children.

It will be discussed on Monday 17th May.

For more details please email Karen on circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

French Circle

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The French Circle is up and running virtually so if you would be interested in improving your language skills get in touch with Dominique on ranches.ladies@gmail.com. Classes are held every Sunday at 10am

Spanish Circle

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The Spanish Circle has also restarted remotely this month led by Manoly. The times of the classes are:

Mondays 5.30pm for intermediates and Wednesdays 11.30am for beginners

Yoga Circle

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Pilates Circle

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On Wednesday at 2pm Philippa at Optimal Fitness is holding Pilates classes and offers RL members a discount on Zumba classes on Tuesday mornings. Email her on philippa@optimalfitness.ae

Please email RL on circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for any more information and to sign up for any circles mentioned here or on the website http://www.arabianranchesladies.com circle pages


Your RL membership card is your passport to great discounts from our dozens of discount partners.

There have been some recent changes to the discounts pages, so please take a look at the discounts section on the website for up to date information.

Some discounts are highlighted below.

Eco Souk
15% off all non-sale items. Use the code RL15

Eve Michelle – Clothing Boutique
10% off all full price purchases
6 27B Street, Jumeirah First &
Waitrose Shopping Centre, Al Thanya Street

Bare Essentials Swimwear Dubai

20% off all swimwear (including reduced items)
Jumeira Centre, Jumeira Beach Rd
Tel: 04 344 0552

Derma Lounge – Beauty Salon

10% off services at the salon, not valid on products
Arabian Ranches Community Centre
Tel 0436 81453 http://www.dermalounge.ae

Only You

Hair & Beauty
20% discount on all services every day
Apex, Atrium 204, Motor City
Tel: 04 422 4180



20% off total bill
Valid on a la carte items and not special promotions
Studio One Hotel, Ground Floor – Al Qudra Rd – Dubai
+971 4 581 6870

Orb Relocations

Relocation Agents
15% discount on total move charges

Email: circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com      

Website: www.arabianranchesladies.com

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Have a great week!