2nd May 2022

Ranches Ladies Newsletter

Good Morning Ranches Ladies.

Happy Eid Al Fitr to you and your family!

Enjoy the Eid break this week.

Art Circle by Rajul Chander

I have been running the Art Circle for Ranches Ladies for last four years. We meet every Thursday from 10am to 12noon. I started the Art Circle with Silk Painting and now we have moved to Acrylic, although one can work on any medium. We have made some wonderful paintings and have created special friendships over the years.

A little introduction about myself – I’m a professional counsellor and an artist. My passion for art started at an early age. I enjoy all forms of creative art, and have worked on various mediums like oil, acrylic, silk, watercolors, pencil colors, glass painting, resin art, embroidery, zentangles, and mandalas. I have held several exhibitions in Dubai and India, with outstanding responses.

Since I find art extremely calming and therapeutic and a great way to express one’s creativity, I wanted to offer a similar experience for others. Running the Art Circle has been a most fulfilling experience to see members grow into great artists and create wonderful pieces of art.

We have done masterpieces by great artists like Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Klimt and others to understand different styles and techniques. We have covered real life to still life, and Impressionism to Pointillism. Ladies are free to bring their own ideas to paint, and what they create and express through their work is unique.

Members have often expressed that they find these classes de-stressing, calming, warm and positive. They enjoy painting in a group, with a lot of mutual appreciation. They also feel inspired to visit museums and exhibitions and learn more about art. They miss these classes when they travel and some of them paint even when they are away.

I see great passion in the Art Circle and I would encourage more ladies to join and experience it.

The Art Circle meet on Thursday mornings the venue may vary. If you would like to join them please email Rajul: circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

More Short Articles Needed!

A big thank you to Rajul for sharing her experiences with the Art Circle.

We need more short (200 to 300 words) articles with photos 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 favourite recipe
  • Your experience of relocating to or from Dubai
    …..plus any other topics you think would be of interest to other RL members

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

Summer Reunion Meet-up in London

Previous reunion lunch

Sue Fulham is interested in holding a reunion lunch in London during the summer for any present or past RL members. Please send a message to Carole Binbrek if anyone is interested and she will forward the message to Sue.

Tuesday Mornings

Coffee mornings at Larte

As it is Eid, we will only meet this Tuesday morning at Larte Restaurant in Studio One Hotel, Studio City, if there are enough people who want to meet. Please check on the RL members WhatsApp group.

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 (by Friday afternoon for inclusion in the next Monday newsletter)

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. Due to Eid this week there may be some changes.

Please check the Circles Calendar on the website. The May calendar will be uploaded asap.

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

International Lunch Circle

The next International Lunch Circle will be an Egyptian Lunch, hosted by Fadwa. The date has been changed to Thursday 19th May. Come and learn about Egyptian culture while enjoying delicious food.

To find out more and book your place, please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com, or send a direct message to Carole via the WhatsApp RL members group.


The next planned trip is to Dubai’s new Museum of the Future, on Wednesday 25th May, 10am.

If you would like to join, please book your ticket as soon as possible for the 10am slot, as tickets are selling out quickly. https://museumofthefuture.ae/en/book

For more information, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com or send a message to Allison via the WhatsApp RL members group.

Poetry Circle

The theme of the next Poetry Circle is ‘Food and Drink.’

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

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 

New – Story Telling Circle

If you would like to join the story telling circle, please email Carole at circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Climbing Circle

Indoor Climbing Wall

Our next evening climbing session will be Wednesday 11th May 7-9pm at Go Sports, Mall of the Emirates. We are all beginners and encourage each other, and the instructors are friendly and patient, so there is no pressure and we all have fun. No experience needed and you don’t need to be really fit, as you will build up the strength as you go. A great indoor, air conditioned fitness activity for the summer months.

For more information, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com or send a message to Mandy or Tracy via the WhatsApp RL members group.

Quilters Circle

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

Their first in-person retreat for over 2 years, exclusively for Ranches Ladies Quilters members, is scheduled for 10th-12th May.

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

Walking Circles

The Walking Circle, led by Mandy, are meeting (until the weather gets too hot) 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. 

The Beach Walking Circle, 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 either group please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Literary Lunch Circle

The Literary Lunch Circle are currently reading ‘The Secrets of Strangers’ by Charity Norman, a tense and often emotional suspense thriller, about a hostage crisis in a suburban London cafe. They plan to meet to discuss the book over lunch on Monday 16th May. All are welcome.

To join or find out more, please contact Ashfaa at 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.

Shanghai Circle

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

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.

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 Health, Dental and Spas are highlighted below:

KUUR Rehabilitation

20% discount on all physiotherapy, sports massage and lymphatic drainage
Sidra Tower, Shaikh Zayed Road
Tel: 044253318

Talise Spa

20% off services over 60 minutes with advanced booking.
Must show valid membership card.
Madinat Jumeirah
Jumeirah – DubaiBookings & enquiries email or call :
mjtalise@jumeirah.com 04 366 6818

306 Spa

306 Spa are offering 20% off on all services to Arabian Ranches Ladies with a valid membership card.
Use discount code “RANCHES20”

Discount not valid on hair extensions and chemical treatments
Prior reservation is required
Subject to stylists availability
Not valid in conjunction with any other offers and product purchase.



Dental Services
20% off Scale & Polish
110 Century Plaza, Jumeirah 1
Tel: 04 343 3315

Park Avenue Dental

Dental Services
10% discount for all members with a valid membership card
Daytona House, Motor City
Tel: 04 553 0931

Drs Nicolas & Asp Clinics

Dental Services
10% discount for all members with a valid membership card
Tel: 04 394 7777

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

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Have a great week!