5th September 2022

Ranches Ladies Newsletter

Good Morning Ranches Ladies.

Hope you have a great week ahead.

Apron Strings

by Vidhya Michael

This is for all the current and future empty nesters here, me included. How do you let go of those tiny hands you gave birth to and let them loose into this cruel world?

Why do we use the analogy of apron strings? An apron is for protection; we love to protect our children and the strings are what hold them close. We have all kinds of options for what to do with those apron strings – loosen, untie slowly, or cut them completely. What should we do for the best – for our children and ourselves? Each one of us deals with it differently and for me it was different with each child. Did I show that it affected me at all? No way – I put on a brave front and kept smiling, and just cleaned the house from top to bottom for no reason!

Talking to someone who has been through the same journey helps, and so does keeping busy or
getting back to your hobbies with a fervour. You realise by the end of their first year being away
that they have created their own life and they need you less than before. We still hold on to
the strings…. then at graduation or even earlier, the realization hits you that it is time to cut the
strings completely and let go.

It is a tough time for all mothers but that is what life does, keeps throwing curveballs at us. Understand that life involves changes, accept them in good spirit and be gentle on yourself.

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 to catch up, join or renew your membership and find out about membership and activities. There are currently some refurbishments taking place at Larte, but we are still able to meet in the back section, until these are completed.

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

Membership Renewals

Thanks to all the ladies who have already renewed their membership.

If you have not done yours yet, you can renew at Larte Cafe, Studio One Hotel, Studio City on any Tuesday morning from 10.30am to 12 noon. New members are welcome.

Please bring completed membership form, your Emirates ID (or passport if ID unavailable) and fee of 120 AED.

Get more information and download the form on the membership section of our website: Ranches Ladies Membership and Renewals

If you are unable to get to Larte on Tuesday morning to do your renewal, you can ask a friend to bring your form, copy of your ID and membership fee.

Volunteers Still Needed!

Ranches Ladies cannot run without the valuable work of our members who volunteer as board, committee members or helping out in other roles.

We still urgently need volunteers for the web-team – to help, post to Social Media, respond to messages and update the website.

If you have any spare time and would like to find out how you can help, please email ranches.ladies@gmail.com or send a message on the RL members WhatsApp Group.

Share your story

Thanks to Vidhya for her thoughtful article on letting go of the apron strings.

We need more short (200 to 300 words) articles, with photos if possible, for the weekly newsletter. Can you contribute?

Here are some suggested topics, but feel free to choose anything else you think would be of interest to other RL members

  • Your travel experiences, favourite place in Dubai or wider UAE
  • Your Circle activities
  • Reviews/recommendations for places in Dubai
  • How you and your family celebrate cultural or religious festivals in Dubai
  • Your experience of relocating to or from Dubai

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

RL Circles News

The new Circles Calendar for September 2022 is now on the website.

Here are some of the Circles activities on in September.

Uni Mums

Do you have grown-up children at or soon to start college or university? Maybe you are dealing with the challenges of being an ’empty-nester’ as Vidhya described. Join the Uni mums WhatsApp group for support. They next plan to meet up in September or October – details to be decided.

Email Marina at circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

Mosaics Circle

The Mosaics Circle, led by Ayesha, are meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9.30am till 1pm in Green Community East, DIP. 

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

Walking Circle

Dubai Hills Mall

During the hotter months, the Walking Circle have moved indoors. New ladies are always welcome to join.

Meet at Dubai Hills Mall outside Marks and Spencer’s at 9am to walk for one hour around the mall before the shops open. We stop afterwards for refreshments and a chat at the small cafe inside M&S – they offer a loyalty card to get a free tea or coffee after you buy 9 drinks, and great pastries for an only an extra 1 AED when you buy a drink.

Closest parking is via Entrance E, Sharaf DG Parking P1.

Send a message on the RL WhatsApp group or email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

Art Circle

The Art Circle, led by Rajul, are planning to restart from 8th September. They meet on Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon to learn new techniques and create beautiful paintings. New members welcome.

If you would like to know more, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Indoor Climbing Circle

The Climbing Circle are planning to restart after the summer break, on Wednesday 28th September 6-8pm at Go Sports, Mall of the Emirates. New members welcome, no experience required.

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

Gardening Circle

Are you struggling to adjust to gardening in Dubai’s climate? The Gardening Circle get together to share tips and discuss ideas. They are planning to meet on Friday 30th September at 9.30am. New members welcome.

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

Poetry Circle

Do you like poetry? The Poetry Circle, led by Carole, meet monthly to read and discuss poems on a theme. Their next meeting is planned for Monday 19th September 2pm. New members welcome.

For more details email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Shanghai Circle

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

Pilates Circle

The Pilates Circle meet 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.

Literary Lunch Circle

The Literary Lunch Circle, led by Ashfaa, meet over lunch to discuss a book they have read. Meetings are usually on the 3rd Monday of the month, but may change.

Before the summer break they read Songbirds by Christy Lefteri, but the discussion was postponed as many could not make it. The current book is The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern. Both books will be discussed on Monday 26th September, 12.30pm at the Ranches Golf Club Restaurant. New members welcome.

To join or find out more, please contact Ashfaa at circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Book Circle

The Book Circle, led by Jackie, meet once a month to discuss a book they have read over coffee.

Over the summer, they have been reading ‘Pachinko’ by Min Jin Lee and ‘Blood Orange’ by Harriet Tyce.

The next meeting is planned for Friday 16th September 9.30am at the Ranches Golf Club Restaurant, where these books will be discussed. They are also planning to talk about the Jubilee Reading List – seventy books from across the Commonwealth selected to make up a reading list commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. New members welcome.

For more information, please email Jackie via circle.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Quilters Circle

The Quilters Circle will be restarting their meetings in-person on the 3rd Monday of each month, beginning on 19th September, 10am.

The Quilters Circle have a separate membership under the umbrella of Ranches ladies. New members are welcome. They will be happy processing registrations for the new quilting year (2022-23) on Tuesdays 30th August and 6th September 2022 from 10:00 a.m to 12 p.m at LARTE Cafe, Studio One hotel.

For more information or to join, email thequilterscircle@gmail.com

Circles restarting soon

Yoga Circle

Marianna is planning to restart her Yoga Class soon. More details to follow.

If you are interested please email circle.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

International Lunch Circle

The International Lunch Circle are planning to restart meeting once a month to share the food and culture of member’s home countries. However, volunteers required to cook, host or help with future lunches.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Carole on circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Scottish Dancing Circle

Carole is hoping to restart the Scottish Dancing Circle, which was very popular before COVID-19. If you are interested please send an email to Carole on 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:

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

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Only for AR Ladies. Book now through the website or on IOS/Android app
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Warehouse 20, Alserkal Avenue
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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

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Have a great week!