30th January 2023

Ranches Ladies Newsletter

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

Interior Design Presentation Coffee Morning

by Margaret Duce

On Tuesday 24th January a large number of Ranches Ladies and friends, attended the Coffee morning held at the Larte, Studio One Hotel, Studio City,  where we were enthralled by a presentation given by an experienced and knowledgeable young lady called Marta Paloma of Interior Design Studio AM.

Marta explained many helpful and useful ideas on how to enhance and improve the overall look of a room by simple but very effective adjustments, resulting in outstanding and remarkable appearances.

For instance, the uniting of furniture with a rug or small carpet should be done by positioning the carpet underneath the front legs of a settee.  Along with an idea regarding a rug in the dining room area and as to how it should be placed. Curtain rails should be placed a good foot above the frames of windows – a fact which seemed to have escaped the curtain firm who came to fit mine! 

The use of mirrors and their placement can enhance rooms by optically giving the impression of enlarging the dimensions of a room, by reflecting and extending the refraction of light. Marta also mentioned complementing furnishings, using a colour wheel,  or the use of monochromatic hues and shades.

Dressing a room is a personal choice, along with your choice of modern or classic furniture, that also applies to textures along with cushions.

Marta ended her talk by having a question and answer session which proved to be very interesting too.  One particular idea was raised regarding metals.  Apparently you don’t need to have one particular type of metal as it is acceptable to vary the metals without spoiling the overall presentation of a room.

I found the talk to be most interesting and I learnt a considerable amount. It was enlightening and gave us new ideas as to how to visualise and maybe revamp a room or two!     

Hayet gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the members. Thank you to Marta for such an interesting presentation.

Special Event – 14th February

Join us at Larte, Studio One Hotel on Valentine’s Day from 10.30am for a very special Pizza and Pasta making Workshop.

Advanced booking required. Please contact Josephine or email ranches.ladies@gmail.com

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 Pizza and Pasta making special event on 14th February.

Wanted – Newsletter Contributions

Thank you to Margaret for sharing her thoughts on the Interior Design Coffee Morning. What can you 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 on the website for more activities.

Literary Lunch Circle

The Literary Lunch Circle last Monday for the first time in 2023 at a nice restaurant called “Huqqabaz Garden” in Mall of the Emirates. They enjoyed discussing the book “Seven Moons by Maali Almeida” over a nice meal in great surroundings.

The next book is Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver – a reimagining of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, set in a modern-day rural American community contending with poverty and opioid addiction.

They hope to meet to discuss this book on the 20th of February.

Gardening Circle

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 the previous meeting.

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/

French Circle

Do you want to improve your French? The French Circle, led by Bea, meet on Fridays from 10am to 12pm. New members welcome.

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

Art Circle

The Art Circle, led by Rajul, have been busy learning new techniques and creating beautiful paintings. New members are welcome.

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

Crochet Circle

The Crochet Circle, led by Debra, are now meeting on Tuesdays afternoons, 1pm to 2.30pm (not Thursdays).

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

Mosaics Circle

The Mosaics Circle, led by Ayesha, meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.30am in Green Community East, DIP.

No experience is needed. To join or for more details, email 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

Quilters Circle

Ranches Ladies Quilters are a group within Ranches Ladies who love creating with quilting, sewing and embroidery. 

Meetings are usually on the 3rd Monday of the month at 10am. The next meeting is planned for 20th February.

If you would like to join the quilters, contact Vidhya at thequilterscircle@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.

Shanghai Circle

The Shanghai Circle meet to play on Fridays 2.30-4.30pm at Shakespeare’s and Co, Arabian Ranches 1. If you would like to join them, please email  Supriya: circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

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.

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

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


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 Nail Salons are highlighted below:

Nail Salons

Chi nail spa

Chi Nail Spa – Nail & Beauty Salon
20% (Excluding Thursday & Friday)
Motor City, Detroit House
Tel: 04 457 2485


Cocoon Nail Spa – Nail & Beauty Salon
20% discount on all services Sun – Tue
excl. public holidays, on min spend of AED 150
Motor City, Daytona House
Tel: 04 447 2795

The Nail Spa

The Nail Spa – Nail & Beauty Salon

15% discount – Monday to Thursday only
Arabian Ranches Golf Club
Tel: 600 544 001

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

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