9th May 2022

Ranches Ladies Newsletter

Good Morning Ranches Ladies. Hope you have a great week

Walking Circle by Alex Meyer 

When I arrived here in Dubai more than 8 years ago as a newbie to the Middle-East, the first circle I joined was the Walking Circle. What a good decision it was! Not only has walking helped me improve my fitness level, but I met a lot of lovely ladies who gave me so many tips about life in Dubai and how to cope as expat in the UAE. Actually the Walking Circle should be re-named as the “Walking and Talking” circle, as both are so important for us. 

Walking is not only a very effective, but a smooth cardio exercise. It is also very good for maintaining bone density without doing harm to the joints, like running can do.  Moreover, walking is perfect for toning the body and a real calorie burner – one mile burns around 100 calories. Walking benefits not only the muscles, but also the soul and chases away all the cobwebs. 

It is such a nice feeling to  walk in the fresh morning air along the Ranches footpaths, through the well-kept greenery which is very pretty and home to so many birds. By the way – now the quails are having their chicks and it so sweet to spot the tiny, fluffy creatures. 

After the walk we have usually coffee at Costa’s and a well-deserved treat – a healthy smoothie or an unhealthy croissant –  and we update each other on the latest events like cinema, new nice shops or where to go on the weekend. 

Now I run the Walking Circle, with help from Mandy Peden when I am away.

There is no better start to the week! 

The Walking Circle are meeting at 7am on Mondays outside Arabian Ranches 1 retail centre main entrance. When the temperatures soar in summer it may be possible to start walking inside a local mall instead.

If you would like to join the Walking Circle please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com, or send Alex a message through the RL members WhatsApp group.

More Short Articles Needed!

A big thank you to Alex for sharing her experiences with the Walking Fitness 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@bruinders

Pop-up Shop at Sustainable City

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

Ranches Ladies are meeting on Tuesday mornings 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 (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.

The Circles Calendar for May is now available on the website.

Hiking Circle

Dibba Dhow Trip

The regular Hiking Circle is not meeting during the hotter months. However, there is an opportunity for a group to go on an overnight trip on 21st – 22nd May, organised by ECC adventures, to Dibba, Oman – about two and a half hours drive from Dubai. It Includes a late afternoon hike and a dhow trip. 10 ladies are required for an exclusive trip, if there are less then it may be with another group. http://eccadventures.com/product/dibba-oman-trip/

For more details contact Tracy Brunero via the RL members WhatsApp group, or 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.

International Lunch Circle

The next International Lunch Circle will be an Egyptian Lunch, hosted by Fadwa, on Thursday 19th May. This is now fully booked.


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 (or 10.30am if 10am sold out), 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.

Art Circle

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.

Climbing Circle

Indoor Climbing Wall

Our next evening climbing session will be Thursday 12th May 6-8pm 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

origami butterflies made by ladies from the 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. It will be possible for those abroad to join the retreat virtually.

The last meeting of the 2021-22 season is scheduled for Monday May 16th on Zoom. From September 2022 they hope to meet in person every month again.

For more information or to join, contact Vidhya at thequilterscircle@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 Thursday 12th 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.

Mosaics Circle

The Mosaics Circle, led by Ayesha, are now meeting on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in Green Community East, DIP.

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

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 Home and Living are highlighted below:

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

Eco Souk 
10% off all non-sale items. Use the code RANCHES10

Enjo – Environmentally Friendly Cleaning products

10% discount for Ranches Ladies members 

– show membership card or use code RLENJO


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

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

Kave the story of things
Free filter coffee!
Warehouse 20, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai, UAE
Email: hello@thestoryofthings.com
Phone: +971 (0) 55 102 4469

My Second Home – the upmarket doggie daycare is offering 20% discount to RL members

Dubai Investment Park -2

tel: 971 4 881 8002

email: info@mysecondhomedubai.com

Orb Relocations

Relocation Agents
15% discount on total move charges

Riot Photobooks – Quality Photo Book Printer

10% off
Online discount code RANCHESLADIES

G3 Shop, Concorde Tower – parking level

Cluster H, JLT
Tel: 04 445 8488

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

Shop & Ship by Aramex – Couriers
Lifetime membership $5 instead of $45

TRIBE – Home design & styling

10% discount off store & rugs
The Courtyard, Al Quoz  Tel: 050 142 8248

Tutoring Center
After-school tutoring
10% off
Knowledge Village & Sustainable City
Tel: 04 435 6548

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!