13th February 2023

Ranches Ladies Newsletter

Good Morning Ranches Ladies. Happy Valentines Day for tomorrow – don’t forget our special event at Larte.

Earthquake in Syria and Turkey

Yuri V., CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Around the world, there has been shock and sadness after the worst earthquake in 100 years brought devastation to large parts of Syria and Turkey on 6th February. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.

Please consider what you can do to help by supporting legally registered charities who are bringing aid to victims.

Special Event – 14th February

This Valentine’s Day, 10.30 am – 1 pm, Ranches Ladies will explore pizza and pasta making with visiting Italian chefs Giuseppe and Geualdo at Larte, Studio One.

The event will include an introduction to the Slow Food Movement, a pasta and pizza-making workshop followed by a Q&A with the Chefs.

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

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.

Wanted – Newsletter Contributions

What’s Your Story?

What can you share about what you have been doing in your Circle groups? Could you write about your favourite place to visit, or anything else that would be of interest to other RL members?

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.

Lunching Out Circle

One of our new members, Karen Weaving, is restarting the monthly Lunching Out Circle, which was very popular prior to COVID.

The first lunch is planned for Monday 6th March from 12 noon at Avli by Tashas Greek Restaurant in DIFC.

Their 3 course business lunch is 130 AED and a deposit is required in advance to book your place (as the restaurant charge for no-shows).

WhatsApp Karen on +971 55 571 9552 or email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com if you are interested in joining.

Karen will be at Larte from 11.30am this Tuesday to take sign ups with deposits.

Crochet Circle

The new Crochet Circle, led by Debra, have made a great start to the year. Lesley has just started a scarf, Anel is crocheting a basket out of t-shirt yarn, Debra is making a cot blanket and Dominique has just completed a handbag.

If you would like to join them, they meet on Tuesdays from 1pm – 2.30pm. Email circle.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Spanish Circle

The Intermediate Spanish Circle, led by Maria, 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

Embroidery Circle

The new Embroidery Circle, led by Saba, are meeting on Thursdays 10.30am-12pm (not Wednesday as announced earlier) at Saba’s home in Al Furjan. Materials will be supplied for new ladies to get them started.

To find out more, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Hiking Circle

The Hiking Circle have been enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery in the UAE. Here are some photos from a recent hike to the top of Al Rabi.

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

Art Circle

The Art Circle, led by Rajul, have been busy learning new techniques and creating stunning paintings on various themes.

New members are welcome. Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon. Email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Literary Lunch Circle

This month, the Literary Lunch Circle are reading 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.

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

Book Circle

The Book Circle, led by Jackie, are reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry – a stunning and heartbreaking tale of four very different people whose lives intersect during the state imposed emergency of 1975.

They will meet on Friday 24th February, 9.30am in Arabian Ranches Golf Club. If you would like to join, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Poetry Circle

The next Poetry Circle meeting is planned for Monday 27th February, 2.30pm in Savannah, Arabian Ranches 1, on the theme of Magic and the Supernatural. New members welcome. Please bring along 3 poems to read and discuss.

If you would like to join, 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

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.

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.

Mahjongg Circles

The Mahjongg Monday Circle, led by Sharon, are meeting to play on Mondays from 10.15am to 1pm, upstairs in Shakespeare and Co, Arabian Ranches 1. 

The Mahjongg Tuesday Circle, led by Supriya, meet to play ATF Mahjongg on Tuesdays 11am-1.30pm at Shakespeares and Co. Arabian Ranches 1.

Please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.


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 Home and Living are highlighted below:

Piano Lessons by Maria Sierra

Experienced piano teacher, Maria Sierra, is offering 20% discount on lessons for RL members – adults or children. (Normal price is 200 AED per hour for lessons at Maria’s home.)

Tel: Maria 055 200 6996

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

Enjo – Environmentally Friendly Cleaning products

New offer for 2023: free cloth/fibre for any purchase of AED 500 and above.

(10% discount has been discontinued.)

– 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

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

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

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