We British Mums in Dubai enjoy a good evening get-together when we finally manage to get the kids in bed, but not all of us want to hang out with the teens and twenties in packed bars for the chance to grab a glass or two of free grape… So what else can we do in the evenings with our gang that is fun, sociable and affordable? We’ve rounded up some alternative Ladies Nights as inspiration for your diaries…

Cookery Classes

Enjoy heading into the kitchen to cook up a storm? Make your next girly gathering a cookery class, where you and the other attendees will learn how to make a selection of new dishes, before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Some of the venues offering the service are licensed too (such as The Chef’s Palette at Fairmont The Palm), meaning you can still enjoy a tipple or two as you tuck in and catch up with friends.

Book Clubs

There are plenty of organised book clubs running regularly in Dubai, giving you the chance to get stuck into a good novel, before meeting up with fellow members (usually on a monthly basis) to discuss the book and socialise. A quick Google will bring up most of the groups – but failing that, why not start your own with friends? Create a small group on the British Mums website, pick a book, get reading, and then choose a time, date, and location when you have all reached the final page. After all, if there’s anything that will pull us away from our Netflix addiction, it is the lure of a good page turner.

Exercise Groups

From pounding running tracks with friends to keep you motivated, to meeting a new gang at a local boot camp when the sun sets, to heading to a mall to walk off the pounds with a group of girlfriends (and maybe a few detours inside the shops), evening activities can give a boost to a health kick too.

Dinner Party Circuits

Most of us British Mums in Dubai have seen the show ‘Come Dine With Me’ in the UK – so why not start your own dinner party circuit with friends for a bit of fun in the evenings? You don’t have to score your friend’s efforts (if you still want to be their friend, that is), but having a weekly, fortnightly or monthly rotation written in your diary will ensure the evening happens – and you only having to cook (and pay for the food) on your night too.

Discount Nights

Why squeeze into a packed bar on an organised Ladies Night, when you can get an equally fabulous deal on quieter evenings when you can actually hear each other speak (this is definitely a sign of age, but we don’t think we care if it means there isn’t a bun fight over space on a comfy sofa?) And the good news is that with the launch of apps like Guzzle and Cheers, we can still have a good night out without risking the kid’s school fees…

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