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    An all-new cabaret show is happening at Al Habtoor Polo Resort – here’s what to expect


    by Team Emirates Woman
    3 hours ago

    Looking for a last-minute weekend plan? An all-new cabaret show is happening at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
    The Dinner Show features the latest cabaret entertainment in Dubai bringing international talent as well as regional artists for a night packed of dazzling performances.
    Running all throughout summer, the cabaret will showcase diverse acts and unique performances to keep yourself entertained.
    The show opens with Rocking Opera with West End talent Aaron Pryce-Lewis and Glain Rhys, who have performed in Les Miserables and Phantom of The Opera respectively. Expect an electrifying evening with special appearances from local talents such as talented pianist Ryan Gibb and guitarist Timi Ridgway.
    Show starts at 7:30 pm on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 and is priced at Dhs450 per person inclusive of dinner and beverages. Extend the evening into a staycation with packages at Dhs699 for two guests which includes an overnight stay, breakfast at the hotel’s dining restaurant and two tickets to the show.
    For the upcoming shows happening on June 2 and 3, expect West End The Musicals, starring Siwan Henderson, and Steffan Hughes. Coming soon later on in the month will be A Night at The Movies featuring Tom Hier and Jade Davies from Footloose and Westside Story. The series of performances comes to an end with the spectacular All That Jazz, starring Phantom of The Opera and Les Miserables stars Luke McCall and Mared Williams.

    The Dinner Show, Al Habtoor Polo Resort, Wadi Al Safa, Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, Dhs450 per person. Tel: (050) 937 2905, (show bookings), (0)4 436 2222 (staycations),
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    The secret is out: 15 luxe speakeasies to visit in Dubai


    by Sarah Joseph
    3 hours ago

    For the ultimate hidden experience, speakeasies are the best way to get to know any city.
    What started during the ‘Prohibition Era’ has gone on to become a modern-day refined concept today, that has now gained popularity in different parts of the world.
    After taking over basements, warehouses and other hidden spaces in the 1920s in New York, speakeasy bars became a hallmark for niche cocktails and delectable delights. What first needed a password to enter is now open to the public, however, it’s only if you know you know.
    To champion this undying spirit, Dubai has opened a plethora of speakeasies that add a hint of mystery from the moment you enter.
    So, if you’re up for a little prohibition-style secrecy, Emirates Woman is here to help with all the underground bars that are worth a visit.
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    8 minimal coffee shops for a midday break in Dubai


    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

    We all need our daily dose of caffeine, so why not enjoy somewhere aesthetic?
    For a quick midday break or to simply catch up on some work, Dubai has a host of refined spots that are sure to cater to both your tastebuds and eye.
    From concrete interiors to a minimalist palette, Scandinavian interiors have gained huge traction over the years as spaces have sheltered away from the overcomplicated design.
    So, If you’re on the hunt for pared-back spaces with a clean design, Emirates Woman has curated the ultimate guide on all the places to bookmark ASAP.

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    4 calming venues with sound healing classes in Dubai


    by Sarah Joseph
    15 mins ago

    With the hustle and bustle of city life here, it’s important to take a few moments and cleanse the mind.
    Based on the principles of vibration, resonance and integration of the mind and body, a sound healing session is the best way to balance the mind, body and soul.
    To heal yourself from a cellular level, sound meditation uses different frequency levels to soak in the good vibrations and let go of the bad.
    If you’re looking to embark on your wellness journey, Emirates Woman has curated the ultimate guide of sound healing classes to rejuvenate you for the week ahead.

    This wellness café and studio offers a host of calming classes, including sound healing. By making wellness easy for everyone, Paus takes visitors on a holistic healing journey through movement and spirituality. From Candlelight sound healing to sound healing for women only, these classes take everyone on a meditation journey as they bathe in the soothing vibrations of Tibetan bowls.Located at Villa 1202, Al Reef Villas, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 2, this wellness hub is open daily from 7am to 10pm and classes start at Dhs120 for 60 minutes.
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    For a private one-on-one session, SEVA ensures everyone can embark on a solo sound healing journey by healing the energy flow through a 60-minute class effective for all. With a strong reset, everyone can find the inner piece. The vibration of the strings causes all thirty trillion cells of the body to resonate, to dance—forming patterns that release blockages that have prevented the cosmic pulsation to flow freely through our being. The private session is priced at Dhs700 for 60 minutes, for a complete cleanse. Everyone can choose from a host of sessions which include, Gong Sound Bath, Crystal Bowls Guided Sound Healing, Private Sound Healing Session and Tibetan Singing Bowls Sound Healing. Post-class, there’s access to high-quality vegan food and fresh juices for everyone to savour. Located in Jumeirah, SEVA is open daily from 8am to 10pm.
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    Yoga House

    This neighbourhood yoga studio promises a breathing community in the heart of Dubai. Designed as a place to connect with each other, the sound healing sessions are taken in combination with other journeys such as the cacao ceremony and more for a more impactful session. The sound of the Crystal Bowls creates a feeling of peace in a loving and compassionate way, bringing everyone back into perfect balance and harmony. The sessions start at Dhs250 and take place in both Greens and Dubai Marina.
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    DNA Health & Wellness

    This premium wellness centre DNA offers a range of holistic well-being classes, including evening sound healing with crystal bowls led by the expert practitioner and meditation facilitator Prem Amit. When the body’s systems become stressed or compromised certain frequencies become out of tune and everything can become affected. With sound healing, utilising various instruments and tones, the body is gently brought back to its natural state of harmony. The first session is priced at Dhs80 and each single session is later priced at Dhs125. Located at Al Manara on Al Wasl Road, Dubai Marina and Al Serkal Avenue, this clinic is open daily from 8:30am to 8pm.
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    The best venues for remote working in Dubai


    by Sarah Joseph
    4 hours ago

    With hybrid working being considered the norm after the pandemic, remote working is now more popular than ever.
    Whether you’re embracing the WFH culture or simply thinking of your next big business idea, finding a productive environment can help ease the process.
    Keeping this in mind, here are some of the best spots in Dubai to enjoy the ultimate digital nomad experience.
    Twiggy by La Cantine

    With subtle hints from the sixties making its way back, this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant combines the beach with an elegant atmosphere that will want to make you stay all day long. Designed with a 100-metre infinity pool and endless blue skies, this Parisian-inspired venue is the new hangout spot in which you can both work and play. From sushi to a plethora of desserts, guests can work in style at either the restaurant or the sun-dappled terrace. Located at Park Hyatt Dubai Lagoon, it’s open daily from 12pm to 2am.
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    NETTE at The Matcha Club

    This urban sanctuary is the perfect escape from bustling city life. With both fitness and food in one haven, guests can relish someone’s mouthwatering dishes and drinks as they work and eventually end the day with a game of padel tennis, to keep those creative juices flowing. From iced matcha to avocado toast, the options are endless, making it the perfect place to stay focused on work all day. As a modern blend of French-Japanese cuisine, this laid-back dining concept has gained popularity in no time. It’s open daily from 8am to 10pm and is located in Al Quoz.
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    This newly opened venue offers relaxation and time to unwind all day, allowing one to work in a tranquil environment. From fresh dips to delectable desserts such as churros, there are plenty of options to choose from the menu. With views of the glittering waters of the Arabian Gulf, the beachside restaurant brings you closer to nature and lets you get inspired by the energy of the earth. Located at Dukes the Palm hotel, a Royal Hideaway Resort, it’s open from Monday to Thursday 10am to 1am and Friday to Sunday 9am to 1am and is all set to give you the ultimate Bali feels.
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    This Mediterranean-inspired eatery is inspired by coastal tones that are served in a distinctive environment and atmosphere. From the classic shakshuka to a delicious summer salad, there are a wide variety of options to keep you fuelled as you work throughout the day. With minimal interiors and delicious desserts, guests can switch off and work productively during the day. Located at Town Square Park, it’s open daily from 8am to 11pm.
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    Social Distrikt

    The experimental food haven brings several homegrown food brands under one roof. From workshops to a recording studio, the options for innovating are endless. This brand new food and bar hall allows diners to sample food from around the world with alfresco options to experience the outdoors. Located at The Pointe in Palm Jumeirah, it’s open from Monday to Thursday 9am to 1am and Friday to Sunday 9am to 2am.
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    Risen Café & Artisanal Bakery

    This café warms you from within with its alluring aroma of freshly baked bread and pastries. With a strong focus on sustainability and locally produced ingredients, guests can stay here for hours without being disturbed and can focus on their work without any distractions. Located at Millennium Plaza Hotel, it’s open daily from 7am to 10pm.
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    21 Grams

    Inspired by the Balkan Peninsula, this café is the first of its kind in the UAE with daring dishes that are sure to tingle your taste buds. With pastries handcrafted from scratch and irresistible coffee, this restaurant has become a popular place to network and work from. Located in Meyan mall, it’s open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 6pm and Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 11pm, with Mondays being closed.
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    The Arts Club

    This private member’s all-exclusive club housed in the heart of Dubai provides guests with a sophisticated haven for like-minded individuals to work and socialise together. From entrepreneurial workshops to a rich cultural programme of events, this vibrant community of people is connected through their love for the arts. Besides its exclusivity, members also have an opportunity to experience artist studio visits and panel discussions. Located at the ICD Brookfield, it’s open on weekdays from 8am to 2am and on weekends from 10am to 3pm on Saturday and 10am to 2am on Sunday.
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    Remaliya Cafè

    This exclusive café is nestled in the heart of Dubai with an array of healthy options including hero dishes such as a smoothie bowl or an almond porridge. With an array of facilities including the beach which guests will have access to, the space is the perfect place to work, be it a group project or simply if you’re in the need of inspiration. Located inside the Dubai Ladies Club in Jumeirah, it’s open daily from 8am to 10pm.
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    Friends Avenue

    With a fresh blend of all your favourites including Açai bowls, gourmet burgers, a breakfast-style menu and healthy smoothies, Friends Avenue Café lets you enjoy your food completely guilt-free. Aimed to provide food that reminds you of home, this concept launched in 2015 and has been a hit ever since. Located in Fortune Executive Tower, Cluster T, It’s open daily from 7am to 10pm.
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    Splendour Fields

    Bringing a fresh new concept to JLT is the newly opened dining destination, Spendour Fields. This chic neighborhood eatery occupies the entire ground floor of The Park with its Instagrammable views. Designed for breakfast, lunch and a relaxing dinner, this one-of-a-kind destination promises a welcoming experience with its earthy tones, allowing visitors to take a quick break from the city. With a healthy produce-driven menu, this serene venue promises delectable delights such as baked goods, a coffee bar and carefully prepared dishes. The restaurant is located at The Park in Jumeirah Lakes Towers.
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    Planet Terra

    For a new vegan spot in Dubai, Planet Terra has opened its doors with a myriad of dishes to tantalise your taste buds. The restaurant was born out of a desire to create a space where diners can eat intentionally and nourish both their body and mind. With dishes such as Kimchi Pad Thai and organic coffee, guests are spoiled for choice. At the newly-opened family-run café, guests will discover an entirely vegan menu created with animal-free ingredients that are sourced fresh from ethical and sustainable suppliers, locally and internationally. Located within the residential community of Greens in Panorama Building and is open from 7:30am to 10:30pm.
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    How I got my job as… Co-founder of homegrown low-tox homecare brand

    Welcome to the Emirates Woman weekly series ‘How I got my job as…’ where we speak to some incredible entrepreneurs and businesswomen both based in the UAE and globally to find out about their career paths that led them to where they are now; what their daily routines look like; the advice they’d give to those starting out; and the hurdles they’ve had to overcome.
    This week Emirates Woman chats with Soraya Sawan, co-founder of homegrown homecare brand Rooted Regimen. A full collection of non-toxic, plant and mineral-based household cleaning products that blend beauty with ease, effectiveness, and respect for the environment – ultimately transforming the home into a clean, fragrant sanctuary.
    Home cleaning products aren’t usually known for their pleasure but Rooted Regimen adds a joyful twist to practical day-to-day domestic chores. Built on the idea to create the healthiest and safest home environment for the family, Soraya alongside her husband Bassem developed a superior collection of cleaning solutions that are non-toxic and powerful in equal measure. Each Rooted Regimen product is formulated using green-rated natural ingredients certified by the Vegan Trademark, while the bottles can be refilled.

    What was your favourite subject at school?
    Without a doubt, my favourite subject was history. I loved learning about how civilizations developed, and understanding how the world came to be as it is today. It was fascinating to me.
    What was your first job?
    My first job was at a regional business publication covering banking, finance, real estate, and social economic issues where I was the Banking & Finance Editor before being promoted to GCC Bureau Chief to further expand the publication.
    What eventually brought you to Dubai?
    Before moving to Dubai, I had visited every year since 2005 for vacations. My trips became work-related as of 2008, and in 2009 I moved to head up the GCC operations of the regional business publication.
    What inspired you to enter the consumer goods space?
    Our journey to starting Rooted Regimen really began 10 years ago. When we got married in 2013, we brought Leo (our Golden Retriever) home. As a puppy, Leo suffered from extreme skin allergies, severe breakouts and never-ending skin infections. My husband Bassem also struggled with allergies his entire life and was taking antihistamines daily. We were also trying to start a family, and I struggled with endometriosis and then had to undergo surgery and years of IVF. It felt like there were so many different things going on with our health, and we just wanted to feel better.
    We were really looking for ways to make our lives healthier and lower our toxic load. Once I got pregnant with our first daughter, I really wanted to understand the ingredients in everyday products. Finding truly non-toxic cleaning products was the biggest challenge. For a long time, we had no choice but to use products that claimed to be ‘plant-based’, but in reality most still contained artificial fragrances, SLS, colorants, and other chemicals we didn’t want in there. We found some cleaner products abroad, but over time we spent a fortune on shipping to Dubai, which we knew wasn’t sustainable. Since we couldn’t find anything that really met our needs, and saw a huge gap in the UAE market, we felt we could create something ourselves.
    Talk us through the concept of Rooted Regimen.
    Rooted Regimen’s mission is to make homes healthier by offering products that are safe for everyone, yet powerful, affordable, and better for the planet. We currently offer a completely non-toxic, 100% plant and mineral-based, hypoallergenic refill-based home care solution that tackles all your home care needs from laundry to dishwashing, floor cleaning, and everything in between.
    Our Complete Starter Kit contains refillable cleaning bottles, our proprietary All-In-One Concentrate, and Bio Boost (a powerful powder that can be used for laundry and surface de-staining and to replace your dishwasher tablet). To create the different cleaners, customers simply fill their bottles with water and All-In-One Concentrate by following the simple fill lines on each bottle. Each 1L bottle of concentrate can make 12 bottles of cleaners (All-Purpose Cleaner, Glass Gleaner, Bathroom Cleaner, Laundry Liquid, and Dish Liquid) and reduces single-use plastics by over 90%.
    What are the key elements of your role?
    As a startup, Bassem and I do everything together. Before we launched, we spent months creating the business plan, products and formulas, working on our brand logo/identity, we designed our labels, packaging, and website – literally, every single thing! Bassem has years of experience in product development and management, technology and operations, so he’s an absolute ace with this side of the business. With my editorial and PR experience, I handle marketing, social media, content creation, and press. It’s just the two of us right now, with the support of a network of amazing partners and agencies, so we run everything by each other and make all decisions for the business as a team.
    Talk us through your daily routine.
    I have two daughters, Lily and Chloe, who keep me so busy. So in the mornings I take Lily to school, work out, spend time with Chloe, work on Rooted Regimen, cook (if there’s time), and then pick up Lily from school. Once we’re back home I try to get some more work in, but spending time with my girls is my number one priority during the day. Bassem and I put the kids to sleep and then have dinner, and either work or watch a series together.
    What advice do you have for anyone looking to follow in the same footsteps?
    When you’re convinced of an idea and see a need in the market, don’t be discouraged and go for it. Just be ready to make sacrifices, and deal with lots of criticism and strong opinions along the way.
    What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
    “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” After having kids, I found this concept really challenging as for a long time I felt like taking care of myself was selfish and was taking time away from my family. In reality, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t feel good, and ultimately neither will those around you. So, fill your cup before filling everyone else’s. Don’t get me wrong, there are still days where my cup is perhaps only half full, but I try my best to do a few things throughout the week that make me feel good, be it getting in a morning Pilates class, catching up with friends, getting my hair/nails done, etc.
    And what is the worst?
    When I decided to leave my full-time job, so many people warned me not to stay out of the industry or full-time work for too long. They cautioned that if I left for more than a year or two, I’d regret it as opportunities would be slim. I’m glad I didn’t listen.
    I left my last job for a lot of reasons, but the main one was to focus on my health and start a family. I spent years going through IVF to eventually be blessed with two incredible daughters. My husband has been my biggest supporter, and I’m forever grateful that I was able to step away from work and spend time with our kids during their formative years. I will never regret spending this time with my girls, and I hope they remember when they’re older that mommy was always there for them.
    What are your future goals and plans for your brand and career?
    Since our launch in February, we’ve been focusing on the UAE market. We are working on plans to ship to the rest of the GCC and Levant soon. We’re also working on some other exciting products to hopefully expand the Rooted Regimen brand into personal care. Watch this space!
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    All the mental wellness clinics to visit in Dubai


    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

    With the high-pressure society we live in, mental health is quite often an overlooked subject.
    To delve into the matter, it’s important to provide an opportunity for people around the world to make mental health care a reality for all.
    As the UAE continues to break the stigma surrounding this, mental health clinics have gained popularity to address factors surrounding depression, fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks and more.
    With the outbreak of COVID-19, several clinics have adapted to Zoom healthcare services, adding a new meaning to virtual sessions, along with in-person sessions as per usual.
    If you, or anyone you’re aware of, might require these services, Emirates Woman has curated a guide to all the mental health clinics here in Dubai.
    The LightHouse Arabia

    With a team of over 30 psychologists to address different areas in one’s life, The LightHouse Arabia provides high-quality services to help with a wide range of mental health and well-being challenges. From adoption support to psychotherapy, the in-depth sessions make it one of the leading mental health clinics in the UAE. With various events hosted every month, the interactive sessions make it helpful for people to address their problems in a community-driven environment. Located in Villa 1, Al Wasl Road, Al Safa 2, it’s open daily from 8am to 8pm with Fridays being closed.
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    Priory Wellbeing Centre

    Each treatment programme is tailored to the specific needs of each individual ensuring the best possible outcome is achieved. Knowing that everyone has a different pace, the sessions are tailored to each person’s potential in their own time. With a team of professionals, the therapies provide an experience to suit each patient. From cognitive behaviour therapy to individual therapy, the clinic helps everyone to work through their problems and discover more about themselves. Located in Dubai Healthcare City, Block F, it’s open on Sunday and Monday from 8am to 7pm, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 6pm and Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm, with Fridays being closed.
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    Thrive Wellbeing Center

    In a judgment-free environment, this clinic helps clients accomplish their goals while supporting them in a warm, empathic and seamless manner. Combining the latest research, the professionals know that mental health is just as important as physical health. From parenting support to individual therapy, the expert psychologists support people through a range of challenges including depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues and trauma. The clinic also conducts a host of workshops for people together in a group. Located in Saba Tower 1, Cluster E in JLT, it’s open from Sunday to Thursday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday 10am to 6pm.
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    Wise Mind Center

    This clinic is committed to building a sense of community and belonging ensuring that anyone who visits is never treated as an outsider. Creating a confidential space to explore and harbour lasting change, Wise Mind Center ensures its clientele is kept small for quality over quantity. With individual access to each therapist, the services are provided in Arabic, English and Dutch. Located in Lake Central Tower, 1209, Business Bay, it’s open daily from 10am to 8pm, except Friday’s are closed.
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    American Wellness Center

    As the ever-increasing societal pace wears people down, the clinic was born to make the brunt of modern life a lot easier. This multi-specialty clinic ensures every session is carefully tailored as per the customer’s surrounding concerns. From mindfulness training to parenting skills training, both children and adults are looked after in a safe environment with highly qualified experts. Located in Al Faris Building 39, Dubai Healthcare City, it’s open from 8am to 10pm.
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    Camali Clinic

    With a step-by-step guided programme created to address any challenges, the clinic creates a personalised schedule to overcome each obstacle. By identifying the root cause of each patient’s personal challenges, clinically proven counselling sessions provide a holistic approach to addressing its client’s mental health. Various emotional and behavioural issues are addressed with love and support. With two locations, it’s situated in Block A, Ibn Sina building no. 27 in Dubai Healthcare City and Cluster M, HDS Center, in JLT.
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    Exclusive: At home with Michele Barclay, Founder of BROWZ


    by Camille Macawili
    3 hours ago

    Swipe through for a tour inside the home of Michele Barclay, Founder of BROWZ.
    Michele Barclay, Founder of BROWZ, speaks to Emirates Woman about designing her personal space and how it reflects her personality.
    How long have you been in this space?
    We have lived in this home for five years now. During that time, we have re-designed it many times.
    Have you custom-built any bespoke pieces?
    We custom-designed our living room sofa to be extra-large and deep enough for us all to lounge in complete comfort. The kitchen sofa was also custom-built in white linen with a concrete base. The original grey tiles in the living area were changed to wooden flooring, to give a more grounding warm feel and the stairs were carpeted. We also opened the kitchen by adding in large sliding doors to enhance the natural light and bring the garden in.
    How do you think the interior buys reflect you?
    A Zen-like space that is minimal and flowing. White gives a sense of lightness of being and a place to fully recharge and totally switch off. The clean lines provide focus on the key pieces while providing a place to enjoy Pilates and meditation.
    Describe your taste in three words.
    Minimal, spacious, grounding.
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