23rd January 2023

Ranches Ladies Newsletter

Good Morning Ranches Ladies. Hope you have a great week.

The Joys of Hiking in the UAE

by Mandy Peden

As ladies, we all know that we should exercise to help with bone strength as we get older, and outside walking is one of the best and easiest ways to keep fit, both mentally and physically.

There is a lot to see and experience, once you get out of the city into the wadis and hills.  During our hikes, we walk by farms and see goats, sheep, plants and trees, all growing naturally.  We sometimes also spot rock pools with toads and fish.

I started hiking in the UAE regularly over a year ago with just a few of us and I admit, I felt embarrassed that I was not the fastest and that I was always huffing and puffing at the rear.  Others would finish and dash off to do something else, whilst I reached the car totally exhausted and sweating.  By the time I got home, my back and knees would hurt. So out came the icepacks, painkillers, and a darkened room, until I felt human again.

The great thing is no one ever made me feel bad for being so slow, they would encourage me and make conversation.  I’ve made so many new friends of the trails, who I’d never had got to know otherwise.

I love the buzz I feel from being outdoors, so nature helps me overcome the pain. Watching a donkey with its young or seeing a goats skip makes my heart sing.  

Over a year later, my muscles are stronger, my balance has improved and I‘m no longer tagging along, unless I choose to.  

There is such a short winter in the UAE where we can be outside, and I want to enjoy it.

Come and join us in the Hiking Circle to make the most of the cooler months, get out of the city and enjoy the natural beauty of the UAE.

Hikes are usually on Wednesday mornings but days and times vary. If you would like to join us, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Coffee Morning Presentation – 24th January

Don’t miss a special presentation by AM Interior Design Studio, at Larte, Studio One Hotel on Tuesday 24th January.

Get helpful interior design tips while enjoying tea or coffee, catching up with old friends and making new ones.

For more details see the RL members WhatsApp group or email ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Save the Date – 14th February

A special Ranches Ladies event is being planned for Tuesday 14th February. Please save the date. More details to follow soon.

Emirates Literature Festival

1st – 6th February

The 15th Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will be held between 1st and 6th February with events at both The Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City and the new Mohammed Bin Rashid Library in Al Jadaf.

Emirates LitFest is the Arab World’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word and one of the world’s leading international literary festivals, with around 250 local and international authors participating in around 300 sessions and workshops on a wide variety of topics. Check the Emirates Lit Fest Website to book tickets.


Tuesdays at Larte

Join us for tea or coffee and a chat on Tuesday mornings at Larte, Studio One Hotel in Studio City, 10.30am to 12 midday. You can also join or renew your RL membership and find out about activities on offer.

Don’t miss the special event coffee mornings coming up on 24th January and 14th February.

Wanted – Newsletter Contributions

A big thank you to Mandy for sharing her love of hiking. What would you like to share? We need short (200-300 word) articles for this newsletter, with photos if possible. It would be great to have an article for each week’s newsletter.

Please email any items for the newsletter to ranches.ladies@gmail.com before midday on Friday for inclusion in the next Monday’s newsletter.

RL Circles News

The number of Circles activities have increased so it is not possible to fit each one on the newsletter every week. See the Circles Calendar for January on the website for more activities.

Gardening Circle

Following the Gardening Circle’s successful meeting on 13th January, Angelique from Agriculture Box has kindly offered to repeat her workshop on organic urban farming at her villa in Jumeirah on Friday 3rd February, for those who missed it.

Twelve spaces only. Please contact Jackie Daair or email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com to book.

Agriculture Box promotes planting in specially designed containers with a carefully balanced growing medium. An additional advantage of these containers is that they are light and easy to move around your garden or balcony.

Organic Urban Farming Systems http://agriculturebox.com/

Uni Mums

The Uni Mums Circle are planning to go for lunch at Sansation, Motor City, on Wednesday 25th January, 12.30pm. If you would like to join, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

Uni mums, led by Marina, are a group for those with grown-up children at college or university. They meet around once a term and have a WhatsApp group.

Spanish Circle

The Spanish Circle, led by Maria, are having fun while improving their Spanish. They meet in Dubai Marina with beautiful view over the marina. Thursday mornings for beginners and Friday mornings for beginners and intermediates.

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

Art Circle

The Art Circle, led by Rajul, have been busy creating beautiful paintings on different themes. New members are welcome.

Join them on Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon. Email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Pilates Circle

Gillian from Optimal Fitness is teaching the Pilates circle on Thursday afternoons at 2pm, at Optimal Fitness in Studio City.

As there are now a lot of ladies coming, Gillian has offered to start a second class on Mondays at 10.30am, if there is enough interest.

Please email Email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com to join or for more information.

Yoga Circle

Mariana is teaching yoga outdoors. 5pm on Tuesdays and 8.15am on Fridays.

Email circle.ranches.ladies@gmail.com to find out more.

Line Dancing

Join the Line Dancing Circle to have fun and get fit on Wednesday mornings at Studio One Hotel.

Contact Carole or email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Poetry Circle

The date for the next Poetry Circle has been changed to Monday 30th January. The theme is New Beginnings. 

The poetry circle are meeting once a month to share and discuss poems on a theme. If you would like to join please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Jewellery Clinic Circle

The next Jewellery Clinic Circle is planned for 25th January, 11am. Bring along any old jewellery that has sentimental value or some that you don’t wear anymore. Hayet can help you redesign it or fix it and enjoy wearing it again.

WhatsApp Hayet or email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

International Festival Lunch Circle

Carole organises the International Lunch Circle who meet around once a month to share the food and culture of members’ home countries. This year they are focusing around International Festivals.

Volunteers required to host or help with future lunches. Please contact Carole on circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Walking Fitness Circle

The Walking Circle meet on Mondays at 7.15am outside the main entrance of the Community Retail centre in Arabian Ranches to walk for around one hour. Tea/coffee in Costa afterwards at 8.15am.

New ladies are always welcome to join, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

Beach Walking Circle

The Beach Walking Circle, led by Monika, 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 circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Storytelling Circle

The date for the next Storytelling Circle is Monday 13th February, on the theme of jewellery.

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

Crochet Circle

The Crochet Circle, led by Debra, meet on Tuesdays afternoons and Thursdays mornings.

Email circle.ranches.ladies@gmail.com if you would like to join them.


Your RL membership is your passport to great discounts from our dozens of discount partners. Please make sure you present your valid membership card to avail a discount. 

Check the  discounts section on the website for a full list.

Discounts for Hair and Beauty Salons are highlighted below:

Paintbox Hair Ladies Salon, Arjan

20% off Hair and Nail Services, excluding Balayage packages, Tuesdays to Fridays

Must show valid RL membership card

Paintbox Hair, G09 Block A, Diamond Business Centre1, Arjan

052 864 9867

Casa Havana Beauty Salon

20% Discount for 1st time customers
10% discount on all visits (excluding threading and hair extensions)
Villa 892, Al Wasl Rd Umm Suqeim 1
Tel: 04 321 5757/056 157 7878

Chill salon

Chill Salon – Hair Salon
20% off on first visit to Palm Jumeirah Salon only

Shoreline Building 1, Palm Jumeirah

Tel: 050 5788506

(Media City branch has been relocated to Palm Jumeirah)

10% off on all services at all branches


Marasi Drive

Hotel Indigo, Dubai Downtown
+971 (0) 505788506


Intercontinental Hotel 2nd Floor
Tel: 052 428 3225

Derma Lounge – Beauty Salon

Derma Lounge

10% Discount off Services at the salon 

Not valid on products

Valid RL membership card must be shown to avail discount

Tel 043681453

Arabian Ranches 1 Community Centre


Hair & Beauty

L’Atelier Hair and Beauty is now offering 20% discount on bills over 200 AED every day
Motor City (Kojak Building), Springs Souk and Jumeirah Village
Tel: 04 420 1946/04 420 3096


Marquee – Hair Salon
Offering 15% discount on Monday to Thursday
Arabian Ranches Golf Club
Tel: 04 420 7700

Only You 2

Only You – Hair & Beauty
20% discount on all services every day
Apex, Atrium 204, Motor City
Tel: 04 422 4180

Refinery Beauty Lounge

10% discount at our branch in Waitrose Al Thanya

10% discount at our branch in Centro – The Villa



Sugar Beauty Lounge
Sports City, Mall of the Emirates and Jumeira Lake Towers
Monday to Wednesday: 

20% reduction on all nail, body, skin care and hair treatments.
40% on Keratin, Botox, Collagen and Protein

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 

20% on minimum spend of AED 250

Discount is not available 5 days before and during public holidays
Valid Ranches Ladies card must be shown
tel: Sports City 044520989 or MoE 043549001

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

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Have a great week!