24th April 2023

Ranches Ladies Newsletter

Good Morning Ranches Ladies.

Hope you had a great Eid weekend and have a good week ahead.

Coffee Morning with HeroGo

There was a good turnout at Larte on Tuesday 18th April to hear an interesting and informative presentation by Donna from HeroGo: the UAEs first grocery subscription service that helps fight food waste.

Food wastage is a problem all over the world. Did you know that in the UAE, one third of food grown gets thrown into landfill? This is not only a waste of good food but also the water and other resources used to produce it. Landfills cause air pollution due to carbon dioxide and methane gases produced. 

Donna and the team at HeroGo are on a mission to reduce food waste by rescuing fresh produce that would otherwise be thrown away because of an oversupply, or because the fruit or vegetables are a different size or shape and get rejected by supermarkets. HeroGo is also raising awareness in the community about reducing food waste.

HeroGo grocery deliveries work on a subscription basis. You can sign up to receive a box of fruit, vegetables, or one with both, starting from 50 AED for a small box, every week or fortnight. The fruit and vegetables supplied will depend on what has been rescued that week, but you will be informed what is coming and get helpful recipe ideas on how to use the produce. You can pause or cancel the subscription anytime, with no strings attached. HeroGo hopes to expand to other types of groceries such as bakery, meat and dairy in the future. 

In a few clicks on the HeroGo website, you save up to 40% on your regular grocery bill – plus help to save the planet and its resources.


RL members can use code RANCHES to save 25% off first their 3 boxes. 

2023 is the Year of Sustainability in the UAE. A guide to building other lasting sustainable habits, such as promoting food portioning, switching to slow fashion, adopting a more plant-based diet and reducing red meat consumption is available on the UAE Year of Sustainability’s website.

Farewell and Thank you to Supriya

by Jackie Daair

Supriya Sharma has been running  the ATF Mahjong and Shanghai circles for many years but will be leaving Dubai soon to join her husband who has been relocated to New Jersey.

Supriya has been a member of RL for many years and writes  “RL club, just like Dubai, has become a part of me and I am ever so grateful to Carole and all the ladies such as Jackie, Hayet and everyone to keep this going, may it prosper even more and remain as beautiful.”

I would like to thank Supriya for all the support she has given to me as Circles Coordinator and I’m sure all the ladies would like to wish her and her family  all the best for the future.

Mary-Anne Hasdell and Marina Rashid have kindly offered to take care of the Shanghai circle.  Supriya will continue to manage ATF Mahjong via her business.

Tuesdays at Larte

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

Volunteer Needed

We urgently require a volunteer to coordinate discounts for Ranches Ladies. Shelly, who has been our Discounts Coordinator for some years, is now stepping down from this role. Thank you Shelly for all you have done for RL.

The Discount Coordinator role involves communicating with current and potential new discount partners from time to time, to keep the discounts updated. If you can help or would like more information please email ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Newsletter Contributions

What would you like to share with 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. The new calendar for May is now available.

International Lunch Circle

Global Africa Day is celebrated on 25th May and Jackie Daair has offered to host an African Lunch for the International Lunch Circle (date to be decided) if there are enough ladies either from an African country, or with links to one, who are willing to prepare dishes.  It would be great if there are some members willing to come in their national dress and tell us something about their home country. Anyone who is willing to help please get in touch with Jackie via circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

May 25th is Africa Day, formerly called African Freedom Day. It is the annual commemoration of the creation of the Organization of African Unity back in 1963, renamed the African Union in 2002. The OAU aimed to eradicate colonialism, foreign domination and exploitation, and encourage political and economic integration among member states. 

Art Circle

The Art Circle are continuing to create stunning paintings on different themes. They meet on Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon. If you would like to join email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Lunch Circle

The next Lunch Circle, led by Karen Weaving, is planned for Monday 1st May. The restaurant is to be decided. Please save the date – more details to follow.

Quilters Circle

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

Their Annual Retreat is planned for 15th to 17th May this year.

For more information, contact Saba at thequilterscircle@gmail.com

Poetry Circle

The Poetry Circle had a lovely session last Monday on Magic and the Supernatural. Jilly hosted and served a delicious cream tea.

The theme for the next meeting, planned for Monday 29th May, 2.30-4.30pm is Greek and Roman Mythology. If you would like to join, please bring 2 or 3 poems on the theme to read and discuss.

Contact Carole or email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com if you would like to join.

Walking Fitness Circle

Come and join the Walking Circle while the weather is still not too hot. 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

Spanish Circle

The 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

French Circle

The French Circle, led by Bea Sion, meet on Friday mornings and the venue varies. If you know some basic French but would like to improve and learn more, join the French Circle. New members welcome.

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

Italian Circle

Booked your holiday in Italy? Join the Italian circle to learn in a new and fun way the language. Each session is a speaking booster! No books no pens needed, bring only yourself.

Every Wednesday at 10am until mid June. For more information email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Storytelling Circle

The topic for the next Storytelling Circle meeting planned for Monday 8th May, 2.30-4.30pm in Arabian Ranches 1, will be ‘My Favourite Holiday Destination.’ Come prepared to talk for a few minutes on the topic.

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

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..

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 contact Mary-Anne Hasdell or Marina Rashid, or 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. 

There have been some recent changes to discounts, so please Check the discounts section on the website for up to date information.

Discounts for Nail Salons are highlighted below:

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

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