17th January 2022

Ranches Ladies Newsletter

Good morning Ranches Ladies. Have a great week.

Ranches Ladies is 16 years old!

Ranches Ladies is celebrating our 16th anniversary this month!  It all started in December 2004 when I handed out a small flyer to ladies in the community – which resulted in around 30 ladies meeting at Costa’s in the Arabian Ranches shopping centre.  In January 2005 we moved to the Arabian Ranches Golf Club which became our home for the next 14 years. We held Tuesday meetings with invited speakers, as well as many circle activities and regular trips organised.  

Our first committee was formed in September 2005 with 9 ladies volunteering to be committee members. We came under the wing of the CDA (Community Development Authority) in 2012 and now have an annual license from them. I resigned 3 years ago and now Hayet Zerelli, who was my Vice President for several years, is the President.  Connie Wheeler was the President for one year after me and then Beth Beggs – who sadly had to resign due to ill health. 

In previous years, Ranches Ladies have raised funds for Al Ihsan in Ajman to help with school fees for destitute children. The Quilters Circle joined with us in 2012.  Currently we have over 200 members and our Tuesday coffee mornings are held in Studio One Hotel at 10.30am in Larte Italian restaurant. It is great to see Ranches Ladies going strong, even with the challenges and constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carole Binbrek, Honorary Life President Ranches Ladies. 

Tuesday Mornings

Coffee mornings at Larte

Ranches Ladies are meeting for coffee and a chat on Tuesday mornings at Larte Restaurant in Studio One Hotel, Studio City (across the roundabout from the back entrance of Arabian Ranches 1) from 10.30am- 12pm.

We hope to be able to restart our social and cultural programme soon. Stay tuned for details.

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

To join the Ranches Ladies Whatsapp group if you are a member, please email ranches.ladies@gmail.com

If you have any items for the newsletter please send to ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Emirates Literature Festival

The countdown to the 2022 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has started! The coming Festival will be spread across two weekends from 3-13 February, with talks and sessions taking place in Al Habtoor City, with some activities and exhibitions remaining open during the week.

See www.emirateslitfest.com for more information and to book tickets

RL Circles News

Due to the weekend changes in the UAE, some circles may be changing the days they meet.

The January Circles Calendar is now available on our website.

Cinema Circle

The Cinema Circle meet on Monday mornings at Vox cinema in Mall of the Emirates. The time depends on the chosen film.

Please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com if you would like to join them.

Poetry Circle

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The Poetry Circle, led by Carole, meet once a month to read and discuss poems on a theme.

The next meeting is on Monday 24th January and the theme is ‘Winter’.

If you would like to join please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Jewellery Clinic Circle

Ranches Ladies president and jewellery designer, Hayet Zerelli, is running a monthly jewellery clinic circle. Bring along your old jewellery – beads, silver, gold etc. – that you no longer wear and Hayet will advise or help you change it into something you will wear again. 

The next jewellery clinic will be on Wednesday 26th January, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Please contact Hayet for the venue and more details: hayetzerelli@gmail.com


French Circle

For those who know some basic French but would like to improve and learn more, join the French Circle. They will restart weekly meetings on Friday mornings from 21st January. The venue varies. 

To find out more, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Gardening Circle

Do you like gardening? The Gardening Circle are planning to meet on Thursday 27th January 9.30am.

Contact Jackie at circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com to find out more.

Mosaics Circle

The Mosaics Circle, led by Ayesha, will restart on Wednesday mornings from 12th January, as long as there are enough ladies, in Green Community East, DIP.

To join or for more details, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com 

Intermediate Spanish Circle

The Intermediate Spanish Circle, led by Manoly, meet once a week on Mondays at 5.30pm.

Sadly, Manoly is leaving at the end of the month. If anyone is able to take over teaching for the circle, please email circles.ranches.ladies

Art Circle

The Art Circle are meeting on Thursday mornings to learn new techniques and create beautiful paintings. The venue may vary.

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

Literary Lunch Circle

The Literary Lunch Circle are currently reading The Phone Box at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina – this beautiful book is both a small, quiet love story and a vast expansive meditation on grieving and loss. To be discussed on Monday 17th January.

All are welcome to join. To find out more, please email Karen:  circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Book Circle

The Book Circle are currently reading The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim.

They are planning to meet on Friday 21st January at 10am at the Arabian Ranches Golf Club. If you would like to join them, please email Jackie at circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Bridge Circle

The Bridge circle, led by Manju, are meeting to play on Thursdays at 11am.

Please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com if interested.

Mahjongg Monday Circle

The Mahjongg Monday Circle are meeting to play on Mondays from 10am to 1pm, upstairs in Shakespeare and Co, Arabian Ranches 1.

Please contact Sharon for more information. Email: circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Mahjongg Tuesday Circle

A second group, led by Supriya, meet to play ATF Mahjongg on Tuesdays 11am-1pm, email circles.rances.ladies@gmail.com for more information

Yoga Circle

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Mariana is teaching yoga. The days have changed to Mondays and Thursdays from 8.30am.  The format is 60 minutes of yoga and 30 minutes for tea and snacks.

Contact circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

Quilters Circle

Ranches Ladies Quilters are a group within Ranches Ladies who love creating with quilting, sewing and embroidery.

Meetings are now on the 3rd Monday of the month due to the weekend change. Meetings are currently held via Zoom.

For more information, contact Vidhya at thequilterscircle@gmail.com

Walking Fitness Circle

The walking fitness circle meet on Mondays at 7.30am outside Arabian Ranches 1 retail centre main entrance. Today they are planning a longer walk for 2 hours instead of the usual 1 hour, with coffee afterwards.

Please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

Hiking Circle

Do you like hiking? The new hiking circle are organising day hikes while the weather is good in various areas of the UAE.

The days and times vary, so please email Tracy or Mandy at circles.ranches.ladies@gamil.com for more information.

Shanghai Circle

The Shanghai Circle have changed their meeting day to 2.30-4.30pm on Fridays. If you would like to join them, please email  Supriya: circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Circles coming soon!

New – Crochet Circle

Fadwa would like to start a crochet circle Monday or Thursday mornings.

Please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com to find out more

New – Pilates Circle

Gillian from Optimal Fitness is now planning to start the Pilates circle in January. It will most likely be on Thursday afternoons at 2pm, at Optimal Fitness in Studio City. At least 4 ladies are needed in order to run the class.

Please email Email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

If you have a different hobby or interest and would like to start a new circle, please let us know.

Email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for information on any circles.


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

Take a look at the discounts section on the website for up to date information.

Some discounts for Home and Living are highlighted below:

Enjo – Environmentally Friendly Cleaning products

10% discount for Ranches Ladies members 

– show membership card or use code RLENJO


Agriculture Box – Agriculture Boxes

Offering 1 big Box (2m L x  1m W x 0.6m H) turn key including delivery & installation with a 20l composting system and a ferti gun for 3750AED
Tel: Arnaud Fabre, Agriculture Box Founder
Mob: 052 875 13 18

JUSTLIFE (previously JUSTMOP)- Home Services
 25% off first booking using voucher code Ranches 25
10% off future bookings using voucher code Ranches 10
Only for AR Ladies. Book now through the website or on IOS/Android app
Tel: 0800 JMOP or 8005667

Gorgeous Flower Company

The Gorgeous Flower Company – Flowers for all occasions
10% discount for Ranches Ladies (show card)
Arabian Ranches Community Centre
Tel 050 299 3989

Santos – Kitchens & Home Appliances
25% discount on all kitchen cabinets and 10% on all appliances
Tel: Aldrin 056 810 9559

SNASH – Car Cleaning

50% off first service and 35% off subsequent cleans
(excludes packages)
http://www.snash.ae – or book using their free app


TRIBE – Home design & styling
10% discount off store & rugs
The Courtyard, Al Quoz  Tel: 050 142 8248

Orb Relocation

Relocation Agents
15% discount on total move charges

For any enquiries or suggestions please contact our Discounts Co-ordinator: discounts.rl@gmail.com

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Have a great week!