Get the ‘Arcadia Experience’ this weekend and meet your JVT neighbors

Do you want to know what’s happening at Arcadia? This coming weekend you can find out first-hand. Teachers and administrators will be on hand this Saturday, 19th November from 9am – 12pm to take you around.

Get a tour of the beautiful facilities and sample their after-school offering as well this weekend. There is lots happening, particulary for the little tots, from gymnastics to music & movement classes. I loved Arcadia’s spring carnival in the park and surely this will be another great morning of fun!

Did you know that it’s also possible for community groups to rent out a space at the school? Find out more on Saturday.

By the way, today is the International Day of Tolerance. What better way to mark the day than putting this community event on your weekend calendar.  The best way to promote tolerance is getting to know others, learning about different cultures and embracing the fact that we are not all the same.

Let’s aim to make JVT the most welcoming community in Dubai!

Be sure to sign up to join the fun!

Meet Gladys – your JVT beauty maven!

Gladys is for real; she does exist. And a very kind lady she is. If you haven’t yet experienced the latest in the JVT cosmetics scene, it’s time to meet Gladys!

I had the good fortune to meet her when I popped into Gladys Beauty Saloon last week. I stopped by, unannounced, and treated myself to a manicure and pedicure.  I can honestly say that I was not disappointed! As they didn’t know who I was, I observed and enjoyed the treatment. I was well taken care of by the lovely ladies who told me a bit more about the Saloon and its beginnings.

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Then I noticed Gladys. She was testing the latest paraffin wax treatment herself. It seems that Gladys wants to be sure her clients are getting the best so on this day she was trying out a new product she plans to offer. With twenty five years of work experience, Gladys understands quality. She is keen to offer the best services and especially wishes to make you feel right at home. Warm and welcoming, Gladys didn’t hesitate to pull open the front door to greet new arrivals. As she told me, “I just love the job of serving our clients.”

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After my treatment, I introduced myself and got the scoop on Gladys.  Having spent her formative years in the beauty business, a combination of factors led Gladys to open her own shop fifteen years ago with her first beauty parlour in Karama. The JVT addition is the fifth saloon she has opened, on 20th October, with others in Motor City, Dubai Marina and Al Barsha proudly flanking her original premises. She told me some stories of the early days, counting out her earnings with just enough to pay her team. Today, she leads her beauty empire with 60 ladies in a hands-on manner and with a great passion for her field.

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It’s wonderful to now count a full-service saloon inside JVT. While I only had time for a mani/pedi, there are all the options one would expect from full body massage treatments, eyebrow threading, leg waxing, hair cutting, coloring and styling. Do away with your tension and worries while Gladys girls take care of your hair, skin or nails! I, for sure, will be heading back for myself and with my girls for their next hair cuts.

Sorry for the guys, but this place is not for you. However, I recommend you stop in nevertheless and reserve a treatment for your lovely wife or girlfriend. It’s a great idea for a birthday gift, a delightful way to mark any holiday or why not, just to say ‘thank you’ to a special woman in your life.

Find the contact details and booking number on the JVT shops page.

http://www.gladyssaloon.com

 

Leisure Club for JVT

Three years away – but something to anticipate !

At Jumeirah Village Triangle, Nakheel has just announced that residents can look forward to preferential membership rates at the planned leisure club at Nakheel’s new hotel at the Al Khail Avenue mall, due for completion in 2019.

The 18-storey, 256-room hotel, to be managed under the Double Tree by Hilton brand, includes a pool deck, gymnasium, lounge, all-day restaurant, coffee shop and lounge. It will be directly linked to Al Khail Avenue’s 350 shops, restaurants and entertainment outlets.

Nakheel has published the following rendering of the expected leisure club:

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Sometime in 2018 – Relax in JVC

We’ll have to cross the road, but due to open first in 2018, Nakheel is creating a new community club at Jumeirah Village Circle by adding a pool, sports and restaurant complex to the roof of The Circle Mall. The JVC Club will feature a 300-seat restaurant, a swimming pool and sundeck, two tennis courts, a gymnasium and landscaped gardens, with views across the main community park.

The JVC Club will be located at the top of The Circle Mall, Nakheel’s 400,000 sq ft retail, dining and entertainment hub that is currently under construction.  Around 25,000 people already live in JVC, with a predicted population of 300,000 when the community is fully complete making this club a needed recreational venue.

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The Circle Mall complex, due for completion next year, will have 235 shops, restaurants and entertainment outlets across three floors.  Among them are a multi-screen cinema, Spinneys supermarket and a Faby Land family entertainment centre. There will also be a host of fashion, home and electronics stores, and a wide range of cafes and restaurants.  The mall complex also includes a mosque that can accommodate up to 300 people.

Already now in 2016 – Join the Jumeirah Islands Club !

There is no need to wait to swim and dine as Nakheel already has a lovely clubhouse close by. If you aren’t aware, the Jumeirah Islands Club offers favorable rates to residents of Nakheel communities. With their beautiful swimming pool, gym, restaurant and bar, it’s already a favourite destination among many Villagers.

‘Witch’ houses to hit for Halloween 2016?

Thanks to all the community for responding to my request about Halloween. We’ve been able to compile a nice listing so all the kids will know where to knock for ‘trick-or-treat’.

Be sure to leave your lights on and maybe hang a decoration or two. If you’d prefer not to be visited by any witches or goblins, it would surely be wise to post a note on your front door.

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Send some photos of your night out that can be posted on the JVT community blog!

Or let us know which house you thought had done the best decorations.

jvtcommunityblog@gmail.com

Playtime in the JVT Parks

The weather is gorgeous in Dubai and the JVT Parks are ready for action. All the parks now have sun coverings so kids will be able to enjoy the swings and slides for longer. It’s time to get your kids out to the nearby jungle gym and enjoy some physical activity. Or take your kids to the park in a different neighborhood and make some new friends! Below is a photo run-down of the JVT playgrounds. Which one is your favorite? Let us know!

District One:

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District Two: (note the lovely open gazebo)

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District Three:

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District Four: 

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District Five: 

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District 5 Tennis Courts

District Six: 

Our smallest district in the village, I couldn’t find a playground here 😦

District Seven:

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District Eight: 

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At play in the early evening

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District 8 Tennis Courts

District Nine:  the last and possibly most spread out district gets two play areas!

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Near blocks 9D & 9E

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District 9 Tennis Courts – near blocks D & E

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This one is near Near 9N

Nearby Fusion restaurant is a must try !

If you don’t know the Ghaya Grand, you should ! It is a five-star hotel located exactly 7 minutes from JVT making it a great place to enjoy the day poolside or a tuck into a nice evening meal. This week my husband and I were treated to an enjoyable and flavorful meal at Fusion to sample their brand new theme-night concept.

Be sure to read to the end for your chance to enjoy dinner for a family of four on the house!

Great place to take the family

Fusion is a remarkable dining option close to our neighborhood. It is a great place to take the family when you don’t have time to cook as it’s almost like being at home with your own personal chef. The food is impeccably fresh, the staff friendly and accommodating and there is plenty of variety to please any member of the family. I would describe the concept as a made-to-order buffet with live cooking stations. There are three cuisine stations – Asian, Indian and Italian – as well as a sushi counter, salad buffet and dessert selections. Each evening offers a different theme night so you will find, for example, on seafood nights that your fresh catch can be prepared Asian style, with an Indian flare or why not opt to top a pizza with some crustaceans!

When we visited, we started off with mocktails choosing a dragon fruit specialty that matched the Asia theme that evening as well as a lovely mojito. The combinations were both fresh and sophisticated.  I could well imagine spending an afternoon at the Ghaya Grand pool with a virgin mojito in hand. But, reverie aside, let’s get back to our dinner.

Fusion combines flavors effortlessly

We sampled almost all of the dishes and to not spoil the surprise for your own visit, I’ll elaborate on our favorites. At the salad station, the many unique bite size appetizer options were all appealing. It’s not often that you find such delectable little treats at a buffet. The minature broccoli pannacotta had the texture of a soufflé with an Asian twist.

At the Indian counter, my husband most enjoyed the mutton sheek kebab with mint sauce. This tasty treat was a real hit even although I could write volumes about the rich and creamy butter chicken, the fresh naan bread or the various curry dishes. The real thing to know is that Chef Anand hails from India and has been in the kitchen cooking since age 12!

At the Asian live cooking station, I was most impressed by the freshness of the vegetables. You can select your ingredients for a fresh noodle wok or ask the chef to whip up a portion of the two evening specialties. We enjoyed a steaming dish of vegetable rice noodles, fragrant and sweet. We also couldn’t resist having him make us a Kung Pao shrimp special. He gladly prepared mine with a bit less spice and it was a mouth watering treat. I was also delighted to see the special Peking duck trolley and couldn’t pass up the chance to savor a few yummy rolled pancakes with plum sauce. One of my all time favorites, I would say this came pretty close to the duck I’ve sampled in Beijing.

Ending our meal, I would also note positively the dessert selections. While we di2016-10-06_21-03-161d not find an overabundance of choices, the Opera cake was tasty and light, better than most desserts at the typical Dubai buffet where I find the wide selection generally heavy and overly sweet. I’d say Fusion has got it right in terms of quality over quantity.

The main negative for Fusion has got to be the lighting and the design. It was a real shame that the flamboyant Asian wok cooking, for example, was under dimmed lights. The flashy wall and ceiling designs can also be somewhat distracting from the overall experience. However, the wide variety of made-to-order, fresh and tasty selections will bring me back. I am eager to try seafood night next! Which night will you try?

If you’d like the chance to enjoy a meal at Fusion, click here to enter the competition for dinner for four.

All this month, Ghaya Grand Hotel is also offering readers of the JVT blog a very special deal:

*Buy 1 Get 1* offer for JVT residents.

Please note the following terms and conditions would apply:

–          Offer valid for 1 month, from the day of posting on 9 October 2016

–          Offer valid on Adults package

–          Includes food and water only

–          Email must be sent to marketing@ghayagrandhotel.com in order to make a reservation for the advertised promotion.

–          Prior reservation would be recommended to avail of this offer.

Pest Control in JVT from 9-13 October

Nakheel Notification:

In line with the Dubai Municipality’s standard pest control requirements, we will be conducting pest control treatment at Jumeirah Village Triangle from Sunday 9 October until Thursday 13 October 2016.

The work will take place at the landscaped areas, streets and main roads with treatments taking placebetween 9.00 am and 12.00 am on each day as scheduled below:

Area covered Day Time
Tulip Street and Orchid Street

Districts 2, 3 and 4

Districts 6 and 7

Districts 8 and 9

Districts 1, 2 and 3 (park areas)

Sunday 9 Oct 2016

Monday 10 Oct 2016

Tuesday 11 Oct 2016

Wednesday 12 Oct 2016

Thursday 13 Oct 2016

9.00 am until 12.00 pm

9.00 am until 12.00 pm

9.00 am until 12.00 pm

9.00 am until 12.00 pm

9.00 am until 12.00 pm

Kindly note that our pesticide treatment service provider and the material used for the procedure are approved by the Dubai Municipality, and the timings selected for the treatment follow DM standards.

As per Dubai Municipality advice, residents and their families are advised to stay inside with doors and windows closed during the procedure. Pets should also be kept inside if possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

For any enquiries or feedback, please contact us directly at JVT.community@nakheel.com

Praise for the Teacher on World Teachers’ Day

Today is the day to shower your children’s teachers with love and praise as they offer the same to your kids day after day! UNESCO proclaimed 5 October to be World Teachers’ Day in 1994.

To honor teachers, I reached out to the schools in JVT to find out what’s been going on in their classrooms since the start of the year. I chose to share the story of Miss O’Neill, Year One Teacher, at The Arcadia Prepatory School.

My wonderful pupils are bags of energy and enthusiasm – keen to explore every aspect of their learning in the most creative of ways. I have therefore adopted a very kinesthetic approach to my teaching and I have noticed the excellent progress each child has made through this multi-sensory approach, says Miss O’Neill.

frogline-arcadiaIn maths, her little ones are getting to grips with numbers and have recently started to explore the concept of adding and subtracting along a number line. Her children adore guiding ‘Fred The Frog’ along their number lines to embed this method.

To celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday and to promote their use of interesting adjectives, Miss O’Neill  held a ‘Gruesome Feast’ in honour of The Twits (an activity the children dived into through touch, taste and a bit of imagination…). For this, they made dream jars, like those featured in The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). I think they turned out great !

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It was amazing to hear the range of descriptive language that was unlocked in the children through a more exciting approach to learning!, said Miss O’Neill.

Thanks to teachers like Miss O’Neill all across Dubai and around the world, children today are being inspired to reach high, be creative and make full use of their potential. Goodness knows our world needs it.

Hats off to my favorite teacher Miss Grappi, now retired, and to my treasured sister-in-law, Miss Conrad, who is taking a break from teaching to recover from illness after dedicating a lifetime to making others smart.

Be sure to thank a teacher today !

 

New Apartments in JVT to let later this month

Soon, new residents to JVT will have more apartment options to choose from. There are a number of new low-rise buildings set to be completed in the coming months. I have been sleuthing a bit to give current residents and prospective new  Villagers an idea of what will be on the market soon.

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The first building I can tell you about is the five-storey Noor Apartments on Street D19 in District 2. I recently met the owner, his wife and their team on site as the building nears completion.

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By end October, they expect to be offering 107 apartments for rent at prices ranging from 40,000 AED for a studio to 150,000 AED for a 2 bedroom 153 square meter apartment. There will be basement parking, 24-hour security guard and a rooftop garden and kids’ play area. The ground floor will offer a large retail space of 228 square meters for which we hope there will be an exciting new shop.

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Rental available direct from the owner by calling 050 952 8861 or 04 360 7238.

No more honey wagons in JVT

You may have noticed that the unsightly sewage trucks have stopped passing through JVT on their way to offload the waste from Jumeirah Park. poopoo-truckNakheel, the master developer has confirmed to the JVT Community blog that a new route has been negotiated with the authorities to get these trucks off our roads. We should no longer catch a glimpse of the orange vehicles cruising along Tulip or Orchid Streets.

While disposal of Jumeirah Park sewage continues at the far end of our community, just outside the JVT limits, Nakheel has also taken the initiative to ensure that half of these trucks are diverted to another dumping location. Therefore, fewer tankers will actually be accessing that temporary disposal site.

I was informed by a company spokesperson that Nakheel is currently in the process of appointing a contractor to build a pipeline that will carry sewage directly from Jumeirah Park to the sewage treatment plant, ending the need to use the disposal point at the edge of the JVT community in the future.  This should be completed in 2017 giving residents the long-term solution we would expect.

After a few residents brought this issue to the attention of the blog, we actively sollicited information on the solutions to this problem from Nakheel. We will do our best to bring residents more updates on community infrastructure.

Photo credit: Zarina Fernandes/Gulf News from original article in Gulf News on 30 July 2016