Confusion Over Mother's Day + A Mother's Day Treat at Al Nafoorah

I’m probably the saddest mom yesterday since no one from my kids nor did the husband greeted me for mother’s day. As a mom, I expect my own to be the first to greet me on that special day. I didn't know exactly what happened because they were never like that, they were always the first to greet me in any event, and that made me wonder.

Last night, in the kitchen while my daughter was washing the dishes, she asked me what am I cooking for dinner and I soberly replied "meaty spaghetti" and followed it with a smile saying "because it's mother’s day today and I'm celebrating".

My daughter gave me a confused look and said "Is it mother's day today? Isn't it on May 8?" Which is true and she's right. In the Philippines, our home country, Mother's Day is celebrated every second Sunday of May which will fall on May 8 this year.

In the UAE though, mother's day is celebrated every 21st of March.

After realizing that her mom was hurt and her, feeling embarrassed for forgetting, she gave me a big fat hug and a big kiss and greeted me to make up for it.

It was not really a big deal; it was just me teasing them. I didn't greet my mom either because like my daughter, my mom is in the Philippines; in case I greet her, she will probably get confused as well.

Anyhow, to all the mothers in UAE who are celebrating and deserve a lovely greeting, let me greet you all a Happy Mother's Day.

How did you celebrate your mom yesterday? Or haven't you?

If you are on a hunt for a place to date your mom/wife anytime soon, listen up.

Al Nafoorah at Emirates Towers has something special.

Last week, Q Communications invited me and a few more mommies for a special Mother's Day lunch at Al Nafoorah in Emirates Towers. They served up a four course menu featuring the best of the Lebanese cuisine.

Al Nafoorah’s special Mother’s Day menu will be available from March 21st (UAE Mother's Day) for lunch and dinner. Priced at AED 120 per person (excluding beverages), mom’s meal is on the house when dining with three or more guests. The menu will also be available for the remainder of the week through to March 27th for both lunch and dinner.

If you've been following me here on the blog, you know that I am a sucker for Arabic food, mainly the hot and cold mezze. Hummus, Mutable, Tabouleh, Fattoush, Shanklish, Rocka salad, Baba Ganoush, meat sambousek, cheese rukak, fried kebbeh, spinach fattayer and lahme bel ajen, I love them all.

The ladies and I helped ourselves with the hot and cold mezze as we chat nonstop about almost anything, be it blogging to mommy duties to snapchat and to other restaurants around the city to try. To be honest, the mezzes quickly fills me up, but when you are eating Lebanese, you simply can't look forward to the main dishes especially at Al Nafoorah.

Unfortunately, I have to cut my lunch short but I really wish I could stay longer to be with them but I have to go back to the office as I have work. Nonetheless, I had a great time.

What I missed and will probably go back to try some other time are the mixed grill (shish taouk and kebab) Frikki bel Lahem, and vegetable maghmor served with white rice. For dessert, there's Um Ali, assorted Arabic sweets and a freshly prepared fruit platter.

The restaurant was full and I didn't have the nerve to point and shoot while people are eating but here are some supplied photos for your viewing pleasure.

For bookings or more information, please call 04 432 3232 or email

My Yellow Bells

Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.

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