Mum’s the word this March as we celebrate UAE Mother’s Day
Oh, mums. Where would we be without them? They keep us alive when we’re young, and guide us as we grow up.
With UAE Mother’s Day being celebrated on 21st March, it’s a great time to show your mum your appreciation for everything she does for you. Consider it one day in exchange for the 365 a year that she worries about you and tries to make you the best person you can be.
Whether your mum loves to be spoiled or prefers less fuss, here are some great ways to show her you care.
A tranquil retreat perched above the bustling city centre, Zayna Spa is a great place to treat your mum to some well-deserved downtime. Try the full-body massage, a 60-minute personalised treatment that will really work out any stress and tension, or an express facial for those with busy lives who need a deep cleaning and brightening treatment. This Mother’s Day, the spa is offering a buy one, get one free promotion on any 60-minute body treatment until 15th March, or you can buy a gift card for a treatment of your choice. Grand Millennium Abu Dhabi, next to Al Wahda Mall, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street. Daily 10am-11pm. Contact: 02 495 3822, millenniumhotels.com
There’s nothing like a spa treatment soundtracked by waves lapping against the shore – we mean the real thing, not a CD version. This March, Iridium Spa at The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is moving some of its treatments outdoors to beach cabanas so you can treat mum to a massage or facial by the sea. Better yet, the special Mother’s Day promotion means she can enjoy a 30-minute back massage, complimentary skin analysis and AED 100 voucher to use on a future treatment, all when you book a one-hour facial – just quote the Love Your Mother deal. AED 570. Saadiyat Island. Daily 9am-10pm. Contact: 02 498 8996, email@example.com
All mums are heroines, which is why ESPA is offering a dedicated Hero treatment just for them. The 90-minute experience targets the back, face and scalp to relieve tension in key areas. What’s more, throughout the month of March, you can enjoy a complimentary
upgrade to a two-hour treatment with hot stones, a personalised facial and scalp massage.
AED 840. Venetian Village, next to The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqtaa. Daily 10am-10pm. Contact: 02 818 8051, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips & Toes
Mums-to-be are just as worthy of being celebrated on Mother’s Day, so if you know an expectant mum who deserves to be pampered then gift her the new pregnancy massage at Tips & Toes. The prenatal treatment is a great way to reduce stress and improve overall wellness. AED 289 throughout March. Various branches including Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. Wed-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun-Tue 10am-9pm. Contact: 02 445 8834, tipsandtoes.com
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
There’s nothing like a sophisticated afternoon tea with mum to enjoy a good catch up. On Mother’s Day, you can spoil her in the stunning Lobby Lounge at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers with tea for two, plus you’ll receive complimentary access to the Observation Deck at 300 where you can take in some of the best views in Abu Dhabi from 74 floors above the Corniche. 21st March. AED 220. Corniche West, opposite Emirates Palace. 2pm-6pm. Contact: 02 811 5666, email@example.com
If your mum isn’t one for fancy dinners and being fussed over then enjoy a simple but tasty family meal at Taqado Mexican Kitchen. The Mama’s Day promotion on 21st March includes a free meal for mum when a child orders a Mini Lunchadores Combo. While little ones enjoy horchata and churros for just AED 30, mum can pick from various Mexican dishes including burritos, quesadillas and salads with a choice of fillings and sauces. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. Sun-Wed 9am-11pm, Thu 9am-midnight, Fri noon-midnight, Sat noon-11pm. Contact: 02 677 0700, taqado.com
A special Mother’s Day spread is being laid out for one day only at Latest Recipe. Choose from a selection of international favourites at this modern all-day-dining restaurant where mums eat for half the price and will receive a few sweet surprises, too. 21st March. From AED 149 with soft drinks. Le Méridien, next to Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah. 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 644 6666, thevillageatlemeridienabudhabi.com
If your mum loves a gourmet meal in good company then Market Kitchen has just the ticket with its Mother’s Day Brunch. Celebrate your mum in style and enjoy a four-course sharing menu together; she’ll receive a welcome beverage, too. 23rd March. From AED 250 with soft drinks. Le Royal Méridien, Fatima bint Mubarak Street. 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 800 101 101, marketkitchenabudhabi.com
Bring together the whole family on Mother’s Day for an international buffet featuring Arabic specialities, live cooking stations with food made to order and a spread of sweet treats. Mums dine for half price. 21st March. From AED 140 with soft drinks. Centro Capital Centre, next to Adnec. 6.30pm-11.30pm. Contact: 02 409 6666, rotana.com
If your mother is a foodie then the culinary team at this Italian restaurant will spoil her rotten. For one day only, the team is hosting a special Mother’s Day three-course menu of fine Italian food inspired by the chefs’ own mothers’ favourite dishes and secret recipes. Relax in the sophisticated but casual setting with the rest of the family for lunch or dinner. 21st March. AED 180 for lunch, AED 350 for dinner. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. Noon-midnight. Contact: 02 627 9009, firstname.lastname@example.org
Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort
If a meal isn’t quite enough to show mum your appreciation, then why not whisk her away for a staycation? Head to the remote Jebel Dhanna for a two-night stay in a sea-view room. Mums will receive a welcome bouquet of flowers, buffet breakfast, traditional afternoon tea and an hour’s pampering in the spa as part of the package. Valid 21st to 24th March. AED 899 per room per night for a minimum of two nights’ stay. Near Ruwais. Contact: 02 801 2222, email@example.com
Mother of the Nation Festival
Okay, so strictly speaking, this isn’t a dedicated Mother’s Day event, but given
the name and theme of the event, it certainly offers a great way for little ones to spend quality time with mum. Running from 22nd to 31st March, the event pays tribute to the ‘Mother of the Nation’, HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak. With themed zones including Happiness and a Souk, there are plenty of family activities for mums and kids to take part in, including zip lining, arts and crafts and games. AED 25 per adult, AED 15 per child. Corniche. Sun-Thu 4pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 2pm-midnight. Visit: ticketmaster.ae, motn.ae
Does your mum love live music? If she’s the cultural type then grab tickets to the one-night only performance from renowned ‘little orchestra’, Pink Martini. Playing as part of Abu Dhabi Festival 2018, the eclectic multi-lingual band will perform a range of songs in various languages with special guests and even local musicians on 21st March. From AED 175. Emirates Palace. 8pm. Visit: 800tickets.com
WORDS Rachael Perrett