27th February 2023

Ranches Ladies Newsletter

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

A Weekend in Hatta

by Vivienne Mendonca

Kayaking on Hatta Lake

Since we moved to Dubai in 2019, we have enjoyed visiting different emirates in the UAE as a family, especially when international travel was limited during the pandemic. Although Hatta is only about 90 minutes drive from Dubai city, in the same emirate, this is the first time that we have been there. 

Hatta, close to the Oman border, is a hidden gem in the UAE, so it is not surprising that the Dubai tourism board is promoting Hatta as a great place to visit. The landscape is quite unique, as there are mountains in almost any direction that you look. It was great to get out of the city, enjoy the fresh air and look up at mountains instead of buildings. It also  makes a nice change from visiting the beach on a staycation. We found that the restaurants in Hatta were less expensive than in Dubai and the portions were bigger.

The highlight of our weekend was kayaking on Hatta Lake, which was formed by the construction of Hatta Dam. The lake is surrounded by mountains and the water, although very clean, appears a beautiful green turquoise colour. It is recommended to get to the lake in the earlier part of the morning to avoid queues and before the sun gets too hot. 

We also visited Hatta Wadi hub, an activity centre which is great for kids, with climbing and other activities. Other activities available include hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and camping. 

You can visit Hatta as a daytrip from Dubai, but it also makes a great weekend trip. It is a nice drive as you pass by the desert dunes and then into the mountains. If you want a longer trip, you could visit Hatta on the way to or from Fujairah or Oman.

Circles Coffee Morning – Tuesday 21st March

Mark your calendar for our Circles Coffee Morning from 10.30am on Tuesday 21st March. It will be a great opportunity to meet the circle leaders and find out more about what’s on offer at RL!

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

Can you share something you have been doing in your Circle group? 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.

Gardening Circle

The Gardening Circle met last Thursday 23rd February. They spent a lovely morning in Ayesha Saleh’s garden talking about which plants are best for a shady area. Ayesha’s garden is like a fairyland with so many pretty plants, water features and ornaments. A big ‘thank you’ to Ayesha for her hospitality and fabulous Victora sponge!!

The Gardening Circle, led by Jackie, meet once a month to visit gardens or garden centres, share expertise and tips on everything to do with gardening. If you would like to join them next month, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

New – Italian Circle

The Italian Circle is back and completely new! Join us on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 am and learn how to speak in Italian in a blink of an eye.

Every week we will improv real life situations through guided and non guided role plays. Amaze your friends with your Italian whether you’re going on a holiday or just to an Italian venue in Dubai! Don’t expect a traditional frontal lesson, you will be the star on stage! Warm up exercises to gain focus, concentration and free your creativity. Activities to learn vocabulary and grammar! Fun is guaranteed! All levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes.

The Italian Circle will be led by Paola and Nicoletta. Paola is a certified Italian teacher with 10 years of experience in Dubai.
Nicoletta is an actress with many years of experience in improv theatre and collaborates with Italian performers in Dubai.

For more information, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Storytelling Circle

The Storytelling Circle meet once a month on a Monday afternoon from 2.30 – 4.30pm at Carole’s villa in Savannah, Arabian Ranches 1. Members come prepared to talk for a short while on a given theme.

The theme for the next meeting on 13th March is “My Favourite Author.”

New members welcome. Email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Art Circle

The Art Circle, led by Rajul, are continuing to creating stunning paintings on various themes, using new techniques they are learning.

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

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

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.

Mosaics Circle

The Mosaics Circle are having fun creating some beautiful pieces.

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

To join or for more details, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com 

Cinema Circle

The Cinema Circle, led by Marina, meet on Monday mornings at Mall of the Emirates (provided there’s something good to see!) and often stay for coffee and cake or lunch after the film.

A choice of films will be emailed on a Thursday afternoon and the highest vote wins. 

To join email ranchesladiescinema@gmail.com or circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Lunch Circle

The Lunch Circle is restarting, led by one of our new members, Karen Weaving.

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). They can accommodate a maximum of 20 ladies and there are now only 2 spaces left.

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

Hiking Circle

The Hiking Circle are making the most of the cooler months to get out of the city and enjoy the natural beauty of the UAE. Days and times vary. Here is a photo from last week’s hike.

If you would like to join them on future hikes please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Literary Lunch Circle

The Literary Lunch Circle, led by Ashfaa, met last week and had a very interesting discussion about the novel Demon Copperfield by Barbara Kingsolver.

The book for March is bestselling novel, Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. It follows the story of Elizabeth Zott, a brilliant chemist in the 1950’s and 60’s. who is forced to become a television chef when she finds herself a young, single mother.

The next meeting is planned for Monday 20th March. 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 Food and Restaurants are highlighted below:

Hamptons Cafe

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


Paul 3

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

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

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Have a great week!