11th April 2022

Ranches Ladies Newsletter

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Good Morning Ranches Ladies.

Happy Easter to those who are celebrating Easter this coming weekend.

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

Hope you have a great week.

Feature on The Hiking Circle by Mandy Peden

The idea for the Hiking Circle began when a few of us were chatting about where to find hiking trails and groups, but we didn’t do anything about it for a while. I had seen an advert for a weekend hike and kept thinking, “next week”, or thinking I’d do this by myself. Then I met a new RL member, Tracy, who wanted to form a ladies hiking group and hire a qualified guide.  I was like a kiddie saying “YES please!!” 

We went on a couple of hikes and one of them was with the company ECC Adventures. Neither of us knew the trails well enough to take anyone else without getting hopelessly lost, and using them would be more cost effective than hiring a personal guide.  ECC prefers the little known trails, using experienced well trained guides.

The Hiking Circle has gradually grown, with more Ranches Ladies joining  each week.  We have enjoyed the UAE outdoors, searching for toads and snakes, seeing goats and donkeys, identifying plants, trees and rock formations, climbing and sliding down rocks.  We really stretched our fitness levels, while having great chats with a few laughs along the way. At the end of the trail we got back to the vehicles with relief, removing our rucksack and hiking boots.  Then sitting a while with a cup of tea or coffee, and biscuits to reflect on the morning, before the drive home and back to real life.

Then March came, along with the heat, and by midday it was getting harder, so one by one we dropped out. Not wanting to stop meeting up with each other, the Thursday Beach Walk started, which Monika organises. Now ECC Adventures have started indoor climbing sessions that a few of us will join at the end of April, so who knows, next winter there could be a Ranches Ladies Climbing Circle!!

More contributions wanted

We want to hear from you!

Mandy’s post on The Hiking Circle is hopefully the first of regular newsletter features. All RL members, past or present, are invited to share short feature pieces on topics such as:

  • What you have been getting up to in your Circle groups
  • Your favourite place in Dubai or wider UAE
  • Reviews/recommendations for restaurants or leisure activities
  • How you and your family celebrate cultural or religious festivals in Dubai
  • Your experience of relocating to or from Dubai
    …..plus any other topics you think would be of interest to RL members

These need only be short (200 to 300 words) and if you also have photos or images that would be great.

If you would like to contribute please email arladiesdubai@gmail.com

Tuesday Mornings

Coffee mornings at Larte

For those who are not fasting, we are still meeting for coffee at Larte Restaurant in Studio One Hotel, Studio City (across the roundabout from the back entrance of Arabian Ranches 1) from 10.30am- 12pm. It is a great chance for existing Ranches Ladies members to catch up and for new ladies to find out about membership and activities.

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 arladiesdubai@gmail.com

RL Circles News

The number of Circles are growing, so it is not possible to fit all the Circles and activities on this newsletter each week. There may be some changes to activities during the month of Ramadan.

Please check the latest Circles Calendar on the website for more circles activities.

The following circles are taking a break during April: The International Lunch Circle, Literary Lunch Circle, Gardening Circle.

The Bridge Circle are taking a break until September and The Hiking Circle will return in the cooler winter months.

Walking Fitness Circle

The Walking Circle are making the most of the beautiful morning weather. They are meeting at 7am on Mondays outside Arabian Ranches 1 retail centre main entrance. They usually walk for about an hour, with coffee afterwards back at the retail centre.

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

Walking at Kite Beach

The Hiking Circle are taking a break until the cooler weather returns. Instead, a group led by Monika are meeting at Kite beach (Blue Villas parking) on Thursdays at 6.30am. They walk for around 7-8 km and stop for coffee afterwards.

If you would like to join them please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com, or message Monika on the RL members only WhatsApp group.

Poetry Circle

The poetry circle meet once a month to share and discuss poems on a theme. The next meeting will be Monday 25th April, 2pm and the theme will be ‘Spring’.

If you would like to join the them please email Carole at circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Art Circle

The Art Circle meet 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.

Quilters Circle

Do you love quilting, sewing and embroidery? The Ranches Ladies Quilters Circle welcome new members.

Preparations are in place for their first in-person retreat for over 2 years, on 10th-12th May.

The retreat is exclusively for Ranches Ladies Quilters members and there are only a few places still available.

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

Book Circle

The Book Circle are currently ready Hamnet, a Women’s Prize for Fiction winning novel based around the life of Shakespeare, by Maggie O’Farrell.

They will meet on 29th April. If you would like to join them please email Jackie on circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more details

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

French Circle

The French Circle meet to learn and improve their French on Friday mornings. The venue varies. 

If you would like to join them or find out more, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Yoga Circle

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Mariana is teaching yoga on Mondays and Thursdays from 8.30am. 

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

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.

Mosaics Circle

The Mosaics Circle, led by Ayesha, are now meeting on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in Green Community East, DIP. The time is 9.30am-12.30pm during the month of Ramadan.

No experience is needed. To join or for more details, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com 

Pilates Circle

The Pilates Circle has now started on Thursday afternoons 2-3pm, at Optimal Fitness in Studio City. Gillian from Optimal Fitness is teaching the class and there is space for more ladies to join.

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.

There have been some recent updates to the discounts section on the website, so please check for up to date deals.

Discounts for Food and Restaurants are highlighted below:

Hamptons Cafe

Arabian Ranches Community Centre
15% off all regular items (does not include packages).
You must show your membership card


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

Little Neighbourhood Restaurant

Food and Drink
20% food and drink

Shop No 6, Remraam Community Center, Remraam Dubailand – Dubai
Tel: 04 876 9042


The Pangolin Restaurant

15% discount with membership card

Els Club Extension – Dubai Sports City 

Tel: 054 4438 288


Paul 3

PAUL Bakery & Restaurant
15% Discount for dine-in only
Arabian Ranches 2 Souq, Ground Floor
Tel: 04 422 4502
View details here: http://www.zomato.com

Spill the Bean 15% off

Shop No.#07, Block, The Sustainable City – Dubai
04 242 8671

Xocolatl – Chocolate

15% discount and next day delivery
on a min purchase of 200 dhs online
Al Hana Center, Ground Floor
Al Jafflia, Mankhool
Tel: 04 398 4622

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

Website: www.arabianranchesladies.com

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Have a great week!