Ladies' offers in Abu Dhabi
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The casual Italian eatery serves up a delicious set menu every week, featuring treats like fried calamari, seafood linguine, chicken and mushroom pappardelle and tiramisu, plus three selected drinks, at discounted prices for ladies. We’re talking about 50 percent off. So, what are you waiting for, amica?
Prices vary. Every Thu, 6pm onwards. Eastern Mangroves Residence 1 (02 641 2231).
Partake in the century-old tradition of afternoon tea at this glittering venue with your BFF. This special deal will get you a second afternoon tea free upon purchasing the first. The lavish tray includes hand-crafted sweet pastries, warm scones and savoury sandwiches, served alongside a refreshing selection of hot and cold beverages.
Dhs160 (soft drinks), Dhs220 (bubbly). Wed Mar 8-14, 2.30pm-6pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road (02 694 4553).
Hilton Abu Dhabi
Ladies will receive a warm welcome at this Corniche-facing hotel and a generous 40 percent discount on meals at any of its restaurants – Bocca, La Terrazza, Vasco’s and Escape – during lunchtime.
Prices vary. Wed Mar 8. Bocca: noon, 3pm. La Terrazza: 12.30pm-3.30pm. Vasco’s and Escape: noon-3.30pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road (02 681 1900).
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
The luxury hotel will present its female guests with a 50 percent discount at all its restaurants. The deal is valid all day long, so you can tuck into half-price Italian at Bice, macarons at Brasserie Angélique, and sashimi at Tori No Su.
Wed Mar 8. Prices and timings vary. Deal excludes some beverages, package deals and business lunches. West Corniche (02 811 5555).
Lemon & Lime
The stylish venue has created four special courses to be paired with four mixed drinks. No prizes for guessing what the inspiration was for the dishes (hint: it’s in the name), so you know the set menu will be full of flavour.
Dhs120. Wed Mar 8, 8pm onwards. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).
The team has created a special menu that pays tribute to four Italian groundbreakers – Sonia Gandhi, Anna Magnani, Maria Montessori and Rita Levi-Montalcini – who’ve paved the way for other women within their respective fields.
Dhs240 (two courses), Dhs290 (three courses). Wed Mar 8, noon-3.30pm. The Galleria (02 627 9009).
The Turkish café will launch its “Ladies’ Mornings” to mark the occasion of International Women’s Day. The offer entitles women to a 50 percent discount on their bill every Wednesday.
Prices vary. Every Wed, 9am-noon. Deerfields Mall, Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road (02 563 2133).
The Dining Room
The all-day dining restaurant is sweetening the pot with its exclusive offer. Ladies dining there will get a complimentary dessert.
Wed Mar 8, 7am-11pm. Jannah Burj Al Sarab, Al Zahiyah (02 307 6307).
Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
The Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club is inviting its female members to join in on morning of yoga, meditation, self-defence and dance programmes. Attendees can also pop into a number of educational and discussion sessions on women’s well-being, with the chance to walk away with special surprise gifts.
Mar 8, 8am-1pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya (02 697 9302).
Pamper yourself with a deal that is fit for a queen. The Ultimate Royal Retreat begins with the application of the healing African black soap and a ten-minute stop in the hammam steam room to relax muscles and open pores. This is followed by a traditional exfoliation on the heated marble table to deeply cleanse skin. The session ends with a 60-minute deep tissue massage that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Dhs835. Open 10am-midnight, Wed Mar 8. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8900).
Emirates Palace Spa
Treat yourself or a friend to a day of indulgent pampering. This luxury spa is offering women a special package that includes a 75-minute signature Palace massage and the option to include either a Forlle’d customised facial using the niche Japanese cosmoceuticals line, or Bastien manicure and pedicure.
From Dhs1,055. Until Mar 31, 10am-11pm. Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, West Corniche Road (02 690 7978).
Hiltonia Beach Club
Grab some mates and head over for a day of leisure and fun in the sun. This beach club will be offering ladies complimentary access for the entire day. Just make sure you make a reservation in advance as spaces are limited.
Wed Mar 8, 6am-11pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 681 1900).
Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
The hotel is offering its guests an exclusive deal all-month long. The new package includes a 60-minute relaxation massage at the Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club in-house spa, plus full pool access and spa facilities use.
Dhs199. Until Fri Mar 31, 10am-6pm. Khalifa Park Area (02 657 3373).
Girls’ Night Out
Carry on the celebrations into the weekend at this popular English pub, where ladies receive free-flowing bubbly, with an emphasis on the “free”, every Wednesday night.
Free. Every Wed, 8pm-midnight. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, (02 657 3333).
Iris has gone old-school for its new Bring It All Back ladies’ night that involves four complimentary beverages for women and an awesome soundtrack of ’80s and ’90s hits.
Free. Sun 6pm-3am. Yas Marina, Yas Island (055 160 5636).
Ladies, let your hair down at this cool joint as you sip on unlimited lime-based mixed drinks available in 13 different flavours, from mango and passion-raspberry, to kiwi or the classic lemon. A soundtrack of 90s beats and authentic Mexican food elevates Wednesdays beyond your average ladies’ night.
Prices vary. Every Wed, 7pm onwards. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 582 3639).
Head to the swanky Italian restaurant for this fun evening event. The DJ will get the party started with groovy tunes, as canapés and chilled citrus and bubbly drinks make their way around. Guests are encouraged to wear a touch of yellow for the occasion.
Dhs50. Wed Mar 8, 6pm-8pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).
You’ve probably eaten at this Japanese restaurant in the past, but do you know it does a fab ladies’ night every Wednesday? Women can sip free-flowing lemon-based fizzy drinks as they dance the night away at this waterfront spot. And if you do get hungry, there is, of course, that delicious food menu.
Prices vary. Every Wed, 6pm-2am. Souk Qarayat al Beri (02 558 1117).
Wakataua Beach Lounge & Terrace
Kick off your heels and make your way down to this beach-front property for a night to remember. The chilled-out space has planned delicious finger foods and free drinks that you can enjoy with friends while DJ Lucy Stone keeps the tempo thumping.
Prices vary. Wed Mar 8, 4pm-2am. The Village at Le Méridien Abu Dhabi Hotel (02 644 6666).
The mall kicked off its International Women’s Day celebrations at the beginning of the month with live celebrity guest performance and free beauty treatments. The activities and giveaways continue this week, with visitors who spend Dhs300 at any outlet in with a chance to win beauty vouchers worth Dhs12,000 each.
Until Sat Mar 11, 5pm-10pm. Deerfields Mall, Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road (02 501 0826).
Happiness Island Resort
The resort that is located just off the city’s main island, is waiving the usual Dhs100 entrance fee for all women visiting on Friday March 10. Entrance includes a return speed boat ride from the port to the island, access to the infinity and waterfall pools, and the hill-top chalet that provides a 360 degree view.
Mar 10. Saadiyat Island (02 652 6777).
Women’s Art Month
Abu Dhabi Art Hub is focusing a spotlight on female artists all this month on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Its popular Live, Create and Exhibit residency programme has picked up five artists, one each from Morocco, Italy and Russia and two from Lithuania for the special commission. The women have been tasked with the job of creating artworks that best represent their cultural and traditional experiences, living in the UAE.
Free. Open Sat-Thu 9am-7pm. Abu Dhabi Art Month, Musaffah (02 551 5005).
The Emirates-themed waterpark is all set to relaunch its popular ladies’ night this week. The weekly affair will take its female guests on a fun-filled journey through the story of the Lost Pearl. The park, including its 40 rides and slides, will be completely manned (or rather, wo-manned) by an all-female crew, including DJs and lifeguards, for the event.
Every Thu 6pm-11pm. Yas Waterworld, Yas Island yaswaterworld.com (02 414 2000).
Six super-inspiring ladies
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Mariam Al Mansouri
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“Lady Liberty”. Major Mansouri continues to inspire little girls in the country and abroad, by leading the way by example.
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Business in heels
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This women-only networking group meets once a month to share, ideate and plan. The topics discussed at each gathering are varied – from entrepreneurship, nutrition, discrimination, living in the UAE, skill development and training, and more. The scheduled events bring together women from different backgrounds and professions for a constructive and social evening. The events are ticketed, taking place at different venues across the city, with the next meet-up well-timed for International Women’s Day.
Dhs50. Wed Mar 8, 7pm-10pm. Tamba, The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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