Ranches Ladies Newsletter
Good Morning Ranches Ladies. Hope you have a great week.
Today is the Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey at 11am UK time (2pm UAE time). It will be available to watch on the BBC News website https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-62941138
Ladies Active Indoors
by Josephine McBurney
Every year, almost as soon as you’ve forgotten it, Dubai’s sweltering summer returns. As airport terminals fill up, those not heading home to family rush to find air-conditioned activities. When faced with the same quandary this year, I had the pleasure of joining Hiking Circle’s newest offshoot – Indoor Climbing.
Though previously not keen on climbing to new heights – I prefer to leave that to pilots, astronauts and Elon Musk – I jumped at the opportunity to try a new activity. Guided by our expert instructor, Nyi Nyi, from ECC Adventures, we started indoor climbing at Go Sports in Mall of Emirates.
With chalk in hand (I promise it’s worth it), Nyi Nyi ran us through the drill – teaching us the different types of knots used, how to anchor ourselves and set off on the wall. While it was a tough start (I have since learned we did not commence on the beginner’s wall!), the satisfaction of getting higher and higher, followed by the feeling of abseiling back to the solid ground was wonderful. It felt terrific reaching the top of the wall the first time and squealing, “I have done it!” However, we will need more practise before we start washing the windows on Burj Khalifa!
From late April until the end of June, different Ranches ladies came and went. Thankfully, I had a regular rock-climbing buddy in Mandy, and we were able to encourage and watch as we both improved over the weeks with the gentle guidance of Nyi Nyi, other staff and climbers.
Indoor Rock Climbing restarts later this month, and I would highly recommend it to all. It’s a different challenge, and if you’re 5’3 like me, you’ll enjoy finally seeing the view from up there! The next indoor climbing is planned for Wednesday 28th September 6-8pm at Go Sports, Mall of the Emirates. New members welcome, no experience required.
If you prefer solid ground, the Ranches Ladies Walking Circle has moved indoors until the cooler and less humid months, allowing us to keep walking year-round. We walk in Dubai Hills Mall, the newest of Dubai’s malls. We every Monday at 9 am, outside Marks & Spencer’s, for an hour’s walk. People walk at different paces and some days we may be more energetic than others, so everyone walks and their speed in groups of 2 or 3. And the best part? At 10 am, we convene at the M&S café for a lovely hot or cold beverage and social chat before heading home around 10.30 am.
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Some former Ranches Ladies members who are in the UK keep in touch and meet up at least once a year. Here is a photo from their recent get-together in London.
Tuesday Mornings and Membership Renewals
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 and find out about membership and activities.
If you have not yet renewed your membership, or you would like to join as a new member, you can do this at Larte Cafe, Studio One Hotel, Studio City on any Tuesday morning from 10.30am to 12 noon.
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.
Thanks to all the ladies who have already renewed their membership.
Our website is http://www.arabianranchesladies.com and you can find us on FB and Instagram as Ranches Ladies
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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 2 roles:
Membership Coordinators – to help sign up new members on Tuesday mornings and maintain membership list.
Web-team members – to help post to Social Media, respond to messages or update the website.
If you have any spare time and would like to find out how you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message on the RL members WhatsApp Group.
RL Circles News
The number of Circles activities are increasing so it is not possible to fit them all on the newsletter. See the Circles Calendar on the website for more details.
Walking at Kite Beach
Now that the weather is improving, the Beach Walking Circle, led by Monika, is planning to restart. They will meet at Kite beach (Blue Villas parking) on Tuesdays at 6.30am, walk for around 7-8 km and stop for coffee afterwards.
If you would like to join them please email email@example.com, or message Monika on the RL members only WhatsApp group.
The Art Circle, led by Rajul, are meeting on Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon to learn new techniques and create beautiful paintings. New members welcome.
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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 email@example.com
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.
For more information or to join, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com to find out more.
The Poetry Circle, led by Carole, meet monthly to read and discuss poems on a theme. Their next meeting has been moved to Tuesday 20th September at 2pm (due to the Queen’s funeral Monday on 19th). The theme is ‘Dreams and Wishes’ New members welcome.
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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Circles coming soon
One of our new members, Maria, has offered to take on the Spanish circle ( beginners & intermediate) if there is enough interest. Meetings would be on either Wednesday or Thursday mornings either is someone’s home or a cafe, details to be confirmed once there are enough sign ups.
If you are interested please email Jackie via email@example.com
New – Line Dancing Circle
Carole is starting a Line Dancing Circle, probably beginning of October. If you would like to join please contact Carole or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Marianna is planning to restart her Yoga Class soon. More details to follow.
If you are interested please email email@example.com
Are you a native French speaker or fluent in French? The French Circle are looking for a new leader.
They are planning to meet once a week to improve their French while having fun at the same time. If you are able to help please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Carole is planning to restart the Storytelling in October. For more details please contact Carole or email email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a different hobby or interest and would like to start a new circle, please let us know.
Email email@example.com for information on any circles.
Share your story
Thank you to Josephine for sharing her experience with the Indoor Climbing Circle.
Do you have something to share? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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 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
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Have a great week!