22nd May 2023

Ranches Ladies Newsletter

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

Chocolate Ice Cream After school

By Tania Rocco

In the last few years, the constant in my life had been ‘building the future’ of my children and equipping them for the underlying edge the time is forcing on them.

There seemed to be a reason to panic: all the messages are surprisingly similar no matter the medium we read, watch, consult: the future of our children is uncertain, challenging in a way we, as parents, do not understand because our tools are not sharp enough for it.

How do I equip my children for this ‘uncertain’ future? 

The recipe is simple it seems: More is better. More Technology and academics, loads of very diverse after school activities and for a well-rounded education, sending them to the other end of the world to do community service, encounter new cultures and real world issues and of course adding to all this lots of resilience (as if we can get resilience off the shelf).

Did I get the expected result? Are my children ready to face the big bad wolf? The bleak future? They might have more tools up their sleeve but one thing for sure, they were exhausted and miserable and we, as family, had gradually lost our connection, too busy living and building the future.

After a couple of alarming incidents, we decided that our children deserve better. This is not what we wanted for our children and for our family, so we toned down on the non-essentials. 

And now, there is more passion and pleasure in what we do. The activities we practice are those we really enjoy. Traveling is in the same spirit: we enjoy discovering the world and it is not for a ‘higher’, futuristic, university targeted purpose. Most importantly, we relish each other’s company (most of the time).

As for our family, we seem happier:  we have more time to hug, laugh, enjoy a silly tv show and a big chocolate ice cream after school rather than a daily rugby or gymnastics training.

And their future? My children are building it one day at a time embraced by our love and support.

Step up for Bone Health at Larte – 23rd May

Come along to Larte, Studio One Hotel, this Tuesday from 10.30am to learn about bone health and osteoporosis with Dr. Nathalie Chaloub, Consultant Rheumatologist at Mubadala Health Dubai. 

Osteoporosis often develops without symptoms or pain but can lead to bone fractures later in life. Women are four times more likely than men  to develop osteoporosis. Find out how to prevent or manage osteoporosis while enjoying tea or coffee and pastries.

Click on this link to register:


Committee Lunch

Committee members with Shelly (back middle of photo)

Last Friday, Ranches Ladies Committee members had a lunch to say ‘Thank you’ to Shelly, who has been our Discounts Coordinator for some years but is stepping down from this role due to other commitments. Thank you to Shelly for all you have done for Ranches Ladies.

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.

Newsletter Contributions

Thank you to Tania for sharing her thoughts on raising children to face the future. What can you share with other RL members? You could write about what you have been doing in your circles group or other RL events, recommend places to visit in and around Dubai, or anything else.

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.

Quilters Circle

The Quilters Circle had a very successful annual retreat from 15th to 17th May at Citymax Hotel in Business Bay. Here are some photos from the first day of the retreat. More photos and write-up to follow.

For more information on The Quilters Circle, contact Saba at thequilterscircle@gmail.com

Art Circle

In the Art Circle, ladies are learning new techniques and making lovely paintings on varied themes.

The Art Circle meet on Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon. If you would like to join email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Gardening Circle

The Gardening Circle are meeting at the Garden Concept store, Sheikh Zayed Road, on Monday 29th May. Come along to learn about looking after your garden during the summer months.

Jewellery Clinic Circle

The next Jewellery Circle Clinic is planned for Wednesday 24th May from 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.

Line Dancing Circle

The Line Dancing Circle, led by Carole, meet on Wednesday mornings. The venue has changed to Melodica Dance Studio, near Waitrose in Motor City.

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

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

Pilates Circle

Gillian from Optimal Fitness is teaching the Pilates circle at Optimal Fitness in Studio City (opposite Studio One Hotel).

There are now 2 sessions on Mondays 10.30-11.30am and Thursday afternoons 2-3pm. New ladies are welcome to join.

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

Crochet Circle

The Crochet Circle, led by Debra, meet on Tuesdays from 1-2.30pm. New members welcome,

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

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

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

Proposed New Circles

Box Fit

BOX FIT CLASS in Savannah, Arabian Ranches 1. 🥊 ALL LEVELS OF FITNESS WELCOMED ! 🥊

Please contact Dayle on +971585761801



Please contact Dayle on +971585761801


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 Food and Restaurants are highlighted below:

New discount – HeroGo

Fruit and Vegetable Home delivery

Fight Food waste and save money on your grocery bill

Use code RANCHES to save 25% off your first 3 boxes. 


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 discounts.rl@gmail.com

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Have a great week!