Who run the world?

Grab your mother, grandmother, sister, best friend, work wife, or any other woman in your life that truly inspires you, and celebrate International Women’s Day in style.

March 8 shines a light on  women’s achievement, both political and social, while also reminding us the importance of why we continue to fight for gender equality – and it’s going be a long stand as according to the World Economic Forum, the gender gap won’t close until 2186.

Celebrates since the 1900’s, it’s only in the last few years that this occasion was truly global. In the UAE, the Gender Balance Council was established in 2015 to support the countries vision to become one of the world’s top 25 countries for gender equality by 2021.

Every year you can make a stand by taking part in various talks, buying a beauty or fashion products that donates proceeds to charitable causes – check out what Net-A-Porter is doing – or simply telling that shero woman in your life how epic she really is. Join us in celebration through one of these eight fabulous ways to mark International Women’s Day.

Modest statment

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To mark the day and support female innovation, Ounass has teamed up with Emirati brand House of Fatam to launch a limited-edition dress, embroidered with feminist empowerment. In Arabic calligraphy translating into Middle Eastern congratulatory sentiment, the artistic collar elevates its contemporary modesty with a cultural element that stands as a statement on diversity, heritage and pride in a multicultural UAE

Tune in


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Netflix and UN Women launched “Because She Watched” – a special Netflix collection of series, documentaries, and films to celebrate International Women’s Day. The collection, which will be available all year, is curated by female creators from behind and in front of the camera – including Sophia Loren, Janet Mock, Salma Hayek, Yalitza Aparicio, Millie Bobby Brown, Laurie Nunn, Lana Condor, Petra Costaand Ava DuVernay. 

These series, films and documentaries – Unbelievable, Luna Nera and Followersto Orange Is the New Black, Lionheartand Sex Education– have started important, often hard, conversations that have helped to challenge the way we see the world. 

Find the words

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When you can’t find the right words to express your feelings, we find a poem always does the trick. High street brand Mango has collaborated with artist couple Greta Bellamacina and Robert Montgomery on a poem that sends a message of empowerment. Because words have the power to change the world, Greta’s verses reflect on womanhood, a central theme in her work, while Robert creates the perfect background with the conceptual painting that invites us to think. In Greta’s words, “the poem is about accepting one another with all our heart. Its message is that together we are stronger than we are apart. It is about accepting the identities you decide to give yourself, rather than ones that are given to you by other; about moving forward, with love and accepting the differences of each one.”

Grab your besties


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We suggest skipping work early (okay, get permission) and grab your besties for an afternoon catching the sun rays at Nikki Beach. The glamorous destination is offering complimentary daybeds available on a first-come first-serve basis and the special offer will be available from 11am. For only Dhs130, enjoy a special offer inclusive of 6 selected beverages.

A real treat

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If you’re looking for an unforgettable spa experience, it doesn’t get that much better than the Mandarin Oriental, Jumeira. The luxurious spa has two unique treatments to choose from – Nomadic Sensory or Royal Saffron. A deeply replenishing experience of Nomadic Sensory improves circulation and increases blood flow while also firming the skin, meanwhile aromas reminiscent of the traditional spices of the desert unwind the mind. Royal Saffron is truly decadent, the blend of 24k gold, saffron and mogra, the Queen of Jasmine assist with cellular regeneration, pigmentation and rejuvenation, but also work towards empowering the spirit. The choice is yours.

Wear it with meaning


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To mark the day, NET-A-PORTER has commissioned leading brands and designers to create 20 exclusive T-shirts, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Women for Women International. The online luxury store has been working with the charity for three years now, supporting their efforts in helping women living in war-torn countries. Brands participating includes Gabriela Hearst, ALEXACHUNG, Amina Muaddi, Carine Roitfeld, ROTATE, Bernadette, Rosie Assoulin, STAUD, The Attico, GANNI, Nanushka, Charlotte Tilbury, Cecilie Bahnsen, Roxanne Assoulin, alongside a NET-A-PORTER x Ninety Percent collaboration.

Wear with pride

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, a celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world, The Abu Dhabi EDITION honours female guests in collaboration with prominent Emirati brand Madiyah Al Sharqi on an exclusive T-shirt. The statement piece is printed in signature minimal style with the slogan ‘Empowered Woman’, featured boldly in both English and Arabic languages.



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Known for its laid-back Mediterranean vibe, the elegant Cove Beach is encouraging women to enjoy a relaxing day of fun in the sun on Sunday 8 March, complemented by great bites and drinks. Chill next to the pool or on its idyllic beachfront and get a sunbed for free. You and your friends also get 30 percent off the total bill on the day. Cove Beach will give its female visitors a gift to take home as an extra treat. Note that free sunbeds offer is available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Do it for the girls

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Chloé has collaborated with UNICEF to launch a campaign called Girls Forward to mark International Women’s Day today. For this, they have collaborated with Lucy Boynton and Katie Holmes who will show their support for UNICEF gender equality programmes through social media. Chloé has also debuted a beautiful T-shirt, necklace and bracelet with 100% of purchase proceeds directed towards UNICEF, available to buy now on www.Chloé.com.

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