Join the fun at Arcadia’s Arts & Crafts Fair next weekend on 25th November

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Get your Gardens Going JVT!

With our ample backyards, JVT is a great community for gardening.

This is the time of year to get your plants in the ground. This season, I tried to nurture some little seeds and lost more than half my crop. After sowing, some sprouted rather quickly and either I overwatered them or I set them outside too early for the process called ‘hardening off’. I assumed that since we are going from cool A/C to hot outdoors, the process wouldn’t take as long as when you are trying to get the young seedlings accustomed to the cold weather. As well, I discovered that the birds feasted on a few soft sprouts before I realized that I should cover them to save them from these attacks!

I had to resort to buying a few already strong tomato and eggplant potted plants which have acclimated well to the garden over the last two weeks. In a few weeks more, I should be able to transfer the cucumbers, red peppers and green bean plants I started from seed.

Our bokashi composting bin has been giving us a nice rich soil. I do fear, however, that we don’t have enough pollinators to visit our garden due to the regular pesticide spraying around the village. Maybe we can get Nakheel to reduce the poison routine!

Here’s wishing all the gardening villagers a successful and delicious harvest in a few months time.

Share with us your JVT gardening stories or pictures!

Term Two offers even More to Do !

Can you believe that first term at school is over? I can’t ! It seems like we just settled back from the summer.

But, the great news is that more and more is happening right here in JVT. There are new classes on offer and I encourage you all to have a look at the community website page with all the after-school and weekend activities for kids and adults alike. Click here!

The latest addition to after school activities round up is drama classes on Mondays with Ds2dio at Arcadia Preparatory school. Makes me wish I was young again!

The 30×30 challenge is now half completed. I hope alot of villagers are getting in shape. There is an evening walking group that recently got going with the cooler weather. Why not join in! They are happy to welcome the four-legged friends as well. I understand that the Dubai Mums group also does nightly walks. So, there are plenty of ways to be active around the neighborhood.

Are your youngsters in need of an outlet for all their energy?  Why not try the new weekend soccer classes on offer by AC Milan Academy. Not only will your kids learn the skill of the game, they also gain many great life skills as the Milan Club promotes. Other football classes are on offer as well for any day of the week! See the schedule on our Activities Listing for the program of FCBEscola Dubai as well.

Are martial arts your thing?  Judo and Taekwondo classes are offered by Budo Juku at Sunmarke. Shotokan Karate is also on offer right here in JVT with expert Sensei and former UK champion, Alex Gardner. Hoops Basketball has also started new kids classes. Dribbling the ball couldn’t be more fun with the Hoops team!

If you dance to a different drummer, try out The Shiamak Dance Workshop on Tuesdays – Thursday for children, juniors and adults. Their classes are a great means of self expression and a fun way to expend a lot of energy.

Swim classes are on offer by two different clubs at the Sunmarke school. High Performance Swimming is also offering free adult swim for two more weeks during the 30×30 challenge. Don’t miss the opportunity to get some advice on your strokes. Or see what’s on offer with Warriors Swim Club.

You can also avail of chess club and language classes in French, Spanish and Russian from qualifed teachers are all available right here in JVT with Headway Institute.

Details of all the class offerings are posted on the website and community calendar.


PS – If you’ve got a home or group activity going that is not listed, get in touch! We are happy to mention any activities hosted by residents for free. Let’s get moving JVT!

Decoupage Dreams! Meet Nancy Neel.

Meet Nancy Neel – a budding artist living here in JVT.

She and a friend discovered a shared passion for arts and crafts and recently embarked on a home-based creative venture. They have an instagram page for their home business to share their creativity and artistic taste.

Prodded by her son, Nancy also started a YouTube channel to document the items she creates. Watch some of her videos to see exactly how she creates her pieces! You can see the application of decoupage on a ceramic plate or glass vase. Be inspired by how she has recycled an old lantern or decorated a candle with decoupage to make your own creations.

Nancy says she is motivated by her friends and family. “They encourage me on this path to create my own style which is influenced by my passion of art and crafts,” Nancy tells me. “I fell in love with applying decoupage on all types of surfaces, especially on ceramics.”

She explained to me that, at some point, she decided “to stop being only a consumer and start to be a productive person” as well. Our world would indeed be a better place with a little less consumerism and a lot more re-use or upcyling of products and materials to give them a second life.

If you’re interested in her work, get in touch by email ( or give her a ring on 050-1008836 !

Halloween is here – visit these homes tonight

It’s time for Trick or Treating and these homes are ready!  A big shout out to Hannah Stonuary for compiling this year’s list.

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So many houses are decorated and waiting with a full supply of candies. Can you find these houses around JVT? Hint, these pics are from Districts 4, 8 and 9.

Send us a photo of your pick for best decorated villa this year and we’ll share the top choice on the JVT Instagram page.

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Take the 30×30 fitness challenge in JVT – don’t miss the free classes!

Are you ready to join the 30 x 30 fitness challenge ? Starting this weekend, Dubai is challenging us all to get active at least 30 minutes a day for the next 30 days. It’s a snap to participate right here in JVT!  I have learned about several free options that I’m excited to share with the community.

#1 –

Nakheel is planning a pop up gym at the District 1 park on Oct 26/Nov 16th.

They are also offering a 30 per cent discount for day guests using the gyms and pools at Jebel Ali Club, Jumeirah Islands Club, Masakin Al Furjan Club and Azure Beach Club on week days throughout the Dubai Fitness Challenge. Time to try out these recreational facilities!Thursday, 26 October.  

This exciting concept includes areas for tennis, football, BMX, skateboarding and parkour, with specialist coaches on hand.  It is located at the park at District 1 and is available for residents’ use from 7am to 9pm

#2 –

Jump in the pool with High Performance Swimming Club over for the next 4 weeks at Sunmarke school, every Monday and Wednesday evening , 7 – 8 PM for free adult swimming lessons . They will cater for beginners, intermediate swimmers or just general fitness.

The first session starts Monday 23rd October and the last session will be on Wednesday 15th November 2017. Exact dates are Mondays: 23rd October and 6th, 13th November and Wednesdays: 25th October and 8th, 15th November.

All you have to do is sign up with  your details and meet them at the pool! Click here and select ‘Adults Program’ to see the 30×30 challenge.

#3 –

Get fit and learn some defensive moves with a free adult Karate/Self Defence class on Wednesday 25th October from 6:30 – 7:00pm with Sensei Alex Gardner from Gulf Star Karate.

_MG_4648By the way, the first-class is always free with Gulf Star Karate, all year! Don’t forget to consult the full listing of after-school kids classes here.

Sign up for the 30×30 free adult karate class over email or by phone 0544002514

#4 –

Free boot camp for 30 minutes on:

Sunday at the park in 8P and Wednesday in district 1 both at 7pm.

Want more? You can find all kinds of free fitness classes all around Dubai on the 30×30 challenge website!

Calling all drama queens in JVT! New class starts at Arcadia

Are your children the real deal ‘drama queens’? It may be time to enroll them in the new musical theatre classes starting @Arcadia with Ds2dio Performing Arts school.

They are holding a FREE open day next Monday 16th October for kids and parents to learn more about this great after-school activity which will run weekly from 4:15 – 5:15pm each Monday thereafter.

Ds2dio’s carefully designed Drama & Musical theater program provides your promising young performers with professionally structured training that focuses on voice, acting and dancing to prepare for the professional stage. Your child will be inspired to explore and cultivate their creative talent under the supervision of professional artists. The vibrant team behind DS2dio includes the winners of Arabs Got Talent whose members are conducting classes at Ds2dio in JLT as well.

Their 2017 summer camp performance was Oliver Twist. Check out their YouTube video!


Rock up on the 16th or get in touch to find out more:

Tel: +971-55-8496193
View the WebsiteFacebook  Follow on Instagram: Ds2dio_Dubai

Think Pink and support Dubai-based Brest Friends this month

October is breast cancer awareness month. You surely know this. pink_ribbon_gs

I am circulating this post on the JVT Community website as a shout out to all the cancer survivors living in our neighborhood. There are a few, including me.

If you haven’t thought about Pink October, here are a few things you can do:

If you’re a lady, keep up with your self-exam and if you spot any lump – see a doctor, don’t wait! Many hospitals and clinics are offering free mammogram this month. It’s the time to start if you are over 45.

Ladies and gents find one event this October to join. Things will be happening all around Dubai to celebrate survivors and raise awareness on the importance of early prevention. Participate – it shows you care!

One suggestion: Join the Dubai Creek Striders for the 5k or 10k Pink Run on Friday 20th October at 6am from the World Trade Center.  Click for details and sign up. 

Contribute to the cause
brestfriendslogoWhy not also give a little? Any contribution – big or small – to Brest Friends will help more women get the care they need in the UAE. The local support group is working to help diagnosed women get through this terrible ordeal with dignity, understanding and the strength to fight. Set up in 2005 by Dr Houriya Kazim, the UAE’s first female surgeon, with the mission to save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer, Brest Friends is under the auspices of the Al Jalila Foundation and can legally accept public donations 🙂 Click here to give now!

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. Give your own shout out this month to all the courageous women and men you know who have or are fighting cancer. Take a moment to call or write them. They’ll appreciate your support!

New Kids in Town

More and more is happening in JVT since the summer. Firstly, we’ve noticed alot more children walking to school in the neighborhood. Arcadia has tripled their enrollment which is exciting news. We’d like to welcome the many new residents in the Village to our vibrant community. With the start of this school year, we’ve also seen an increase in the number of kids activities on offer @sunmarke. No more excuses for inactive children spending hours on a gameboy with such a great after-school offering within walking distance from home!


AquaTots Class with Swimming Warrior

There are some new kids on the block when it comes to after-school activities in JVT. We are excited to report that JVTers can now enroll their kids in basketball classes with Hoops Academy, sign up for swim classes any day of the week with High Performance Swimming Club or Warrior Sports, learn some new dance moves with Shiamak Dance Factory or brush up on their language skills in French, Spanish or Russian with Headway Academy. Chess class is also of offer with Headway this year.

Are you looking for football classes? It might be a tough choice to choose between AC Milan or FC Barcelona after-school classes, but at least you can feel spoiled for choice with this large offer on daily and the weekends

If martial arts is your thing, look no further than JVT! We are glad to have back the experts at Budo Juku with Judo and Taekwondo classes and Gulf Star Sports offering Karate classes to round out a great array of physical activities here in the neighborhood. Rumor has it that New York Sports is also coming to JVT with some exciting classes.

Visit the Activities Page for full details and sign up your kids now! Some of the activities, such as swimming, are also on offer for adults! You can also get a daily view by checking out the Community Calendar.

Don’t forget that The Arcadia Experience is coming up soon. Sign up with the school for a fun morning on 7th October to learn more about the life and times of our neighborhood school. Also, I have heard that Arcadia is planning a fun Arts & Crafts Fair for the whole community on November 25th. Mark your agendas now! We will be sure to share with you the full scoop on the plans as soon as we learn more 🙂

As fellow residents, we hope you find it helpful that we collect and consolidate information about what’s happening in the community. If you have information to share about community groups or events, drop us a line!