Yesterday, I went on an adventure that I am sure would interest other residents of JVT. I attended the grand opening day at IMG World of Adventure. Only 17 minutes from home, it is well worth the visit.
The rides are top notch and clearly on par with the world’s best. We did experience a few delays and a closed attraction due to some operational glitches, but I’d chalk that up to first day jitters and would expect that the little snafus get quickly resolved.
Here are the top three attractions that we enjoyed the most (although I hear the roller coasters are wicked but I just couldn’t tempt my kids to try!):
Ben 10 Hero Time is a 5D adventure located within the many Cartoon Network attractions. It’s a ride that will leave you wishing for more.
Avengers Battle of Ultron in the Marvel comic heros zone doesn’t disappoint either. I would say the sets and scenery in this ride were among the best we saw.
Hat’s off as well to the Lazy Town team for a spectacular half hour show. This was a display of energy that surely can’t be beat.
The restaurants are definately well above the typical fare you find at an amusement park. You can enjoy Indian samosas while seated in a tuk-tuk or dine on delicious Chinese cuisine, as we chose to do, feeling like you might have just stepped off a plane in Beijing.
In case you are not yet convinced and want to see a little more before you head out there, here are a few more shots to scroll through. My recommendation is certainly to make a full day of it (starting at noon) and experience the adventure first hand!
Grass is being laid in parks all around the community. Nakheel seems to be stepping up efforts to improve the visual appearance of the Triangle. In the last weeks, the master developer has been planting majestic palm trees along the roads and park pathways. I certainly rejoice to know that the vacant plots and barren parks will be given a new lease on life. Many homeowners did not wait to improve the look of streets all around JVT. We see lovely arrangements of cacti, bougainvillea, box shrubs, fan palms or desert rose lining the roads thanks to residents improving the look of their homes.
As of today, I’ve noticed workers replanting some curbside gardens along the main axes. I do wonder, however, if some of these spaces had beautiful established plants put in by the owners and which have now been discarded. I suppose we all garden outside our gates at our risk and peril. I would argue however that it is much more pleasant to stroll around and admire the different plant choices in well arranged gardens than the cookie cutter displays being planted. At least the latest plant choices are appealing to the eye.
Roadside Gardens getting a Make-Over (27 Nov 2012)
We still can find some sad examples of landscaping. The developer and their hired hands did not always succeed with the roadside garden plots. Wrong choice of plant? Insufficient water? Poor maintenance? Not sure, but at least some of the tree ‘sticks’ have finally taken root.
There are also trees I would note that have flourished much too well. Too many specimens of the villainous damas tree can be found closing off front boundaries and masking property walls. One can understand the desire to quickly banish the yard’s sand with a flourish of vegetation. Yet homeowners and tenants alike should be made aware of the damage inflicted by this tree. Its voracious roots can do untold harm to walls and break through swimming pools. A municipality campaign is underway warning of the perils in planting these trees. Some companies even propose free replacement. Don’t delay. Call now! 
The right place for the damas tree has been found: along the power lines. Within months these prolific trees should do their job and give our long avenues a beauty make-over. The power lines will soon disappear behind a lush green canopy.
One can hope !
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