Snoopy lives here in the Village and will care for your furry friends when in need!

JVT is synonymous with animal lovers. I believe we must live in the most pet-friendly community in Dubai. We only acquired our four-legged friend just over a year ago but I now find my daily walks are even more pleasant when I cross paths with chatty and happy dog owners.

Therefore, I was especially thrilled to find out that the owners of Snoopy Pets happen to live right in our own community. I came across them when I was out on a long jaunt around the Village and noticed their branded van in front of a villa. Having piqued my curiosity, I got in touch and found out that they are happy residents here too!

dsc_0107-2I am especially excited to introduce the rest of JVT to Jim and Lindsey. Having lived in Dubai for ten years now, they set up home in our community in 2015. Together, they own and operate Snoopy Pets down in Al Quoz. A hop, skip and jump from JVT, I think any of our pet-owning residents should look into boarding their loved ones at Snoopy’s warm and caring home! Plus, Jim and Lindsey are offering bona-fide JVT residents a nice discount on their services. Read more to find out!

If you make a visit of their kennel, you’ll find 13 full time staff members caring for your domestic pets. They can board your dogs and cats as well as offering a vacation spot for rabbits and tortoises. If you need help for a day or a week, Snoopy is happy to oblige. With their own vehicles, they also offer Pet Taxis to pick-up and return your animals. I’m sure that really helps out when hectic holiday packing sets in and one forgets to plan time to take Fido to the kennel!  Even better, for those routine vet visits, Snoopy will accompany your pet to the clinic and bring him or her back home, safe and sound.  At their facility, they also have skilled groomers to give your kitty or doggy a nice trim.

For those of us who may be thinking it’s time to move on from Dubai, keep Snoopy in mind to handle your pet relocation. They manage both import and export of your treasured pets anywhere in the world. A specialty of the husband and wife team, relocations can be made easy when you have an experienced crew to help out. I enjoyed chatting with Jim about all the logistics involved with the paperwork and airport transfer. When we head back to Europe, I’d surely be happy to rely on someone so reassuring. “Moving is stressful at the best of times. In the UAE, often families are moving at short notice and not always under the most appropriate of times or circumstances. We’ve got a one stop shop to assist families to move their fur babies with as little stress as possible,” Jim noted. Lindsey explained how they plan and find individual solutions for each situation which allows the family to concentrate on other areas. “There is nothing better than seeing the relief when people realize they don’t need to worry about their pet and then the joy on their faces when they are reunited following the relocation,” she commented. In all their relocation jobs, they told me their philosophy is ‘pet first’. They always focus on the best option for the pet, then they consider the owner’s expense and last on their mind is Snoopy’s profit.

With a ten year track record, Snoopy Pets has built up a great clientele. Lindsey clearly loved working there since she joined them in 2011 and when the owner decided to leave the UAE, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take over the business.  Jim agreed to give her a hand for three months on the business plan and strategy development and hasn’t looked back since. Having decided to take the plunge to become business owners in 2013, they clearly believe in their formula and are passionate about their business.

When I asked them about one of the most memorable moments at work, it was the story of trying to catch 33 rescue cats that stood out. Arriving at the empty villa, they had to put them into correctly labelled, allocated and numbered travel boxes. With the only hiding spot being behind the oven, they didn’t expect much of a challenge. But it seems all the cats figured the oven was the best place to hide and they discovered that cats truly can run vertically and horizontally up walls! It seems all the shenanigans were watched by two dogs who sat in the middle of the floor, who did not move throughout the whole process until the last cat door was closed. At that point, they very calmly stood up, walked to their own boxes without being prompted and simply laid down in them. Thankfully, all cats and dogs arrived safe and well in their new home.

dsc_0114-2I couldn’t get them to let me in on life as a husband and wife team working together 24/7. Surely, this brings its own set of comedy sketches, but those are not for sharing I was told! But they did tell me they love living in JVT with the ability to enjoy plenty of outdoor walking with their own three dogs.

If you managed to read this piece to the end, you’ll be rewarded to learn that fellow Villagers will be offered considerable discounts if you quote the JVT blog and prove your residence!  Go meet Jim and Lindsey today for all your pet care needs and enjoy:

  • 25% off all Boarding
  • 25% off all Grooming
  • 25% off all pet taxi’s

Let us know if you spot Jim and Lindsey out for a stroll and be sure to thank them for their contribution to the pet care community in Dubai!

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Find them here:

Snoopy Pets LLC, Warehouse 6, Umm Sequim Street, (Near Marina Home Interiors), Al Quoz 4, Dubai, UAE

Web:     www.snoopypets.com
FB:          www.facebook.com/SnoopyPetsDubai
GPS coordinates:            25.108106, 55.224925

Google maps link under Snoopy Pets Relocations

A new treat in JVT: Noa’s Delices

A young couple living in JVT is soon bringing us a new culinary treat, Noa’s Delices!

Their business, Earnest Enterprises LLC, is behind this new venture. And earnest they are. This hardworking pair brings the neighborhood another family business which is sure to tantalize our taste buds. Part of the JVT community since a little more than one year, we are delighted that Stephane and Sunita chose to open their lovely little café restaurant right at home.

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I was lucky to recently meet the co-owner, Stephane, as he was sitting silently at an empty table in the quiet restaurant striving to get everything in place for the opening. I took the opportunity to pop in and then got to speak to the couple about how they got started. They began planning this project back in May, 2015 and feel it has been a marathon run ever since. With many hurdles, big and small, to overcome, they are rightly proud to have come nearly to the end of their race. “The experience has been priceless and worth any hardship we encountered along the way,” Stephane told me. I’m particularly excited to give the JVT community a sneak peak at what we can expect to find at our newest dining experience opening soon.

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Noa’s Délices is aptly named after the couple’s first miracle, daughter Noa. Their little princess inspired them to develop this food and drink outlet incorporating all of the Delights of a genuine, home-feel french café with traditional viennoiserie, patisserie and time-honored dishes. As ultimate foodies, they are clearly driven to develop an authentic dine-in concept offering traditional meals at an affordable price to delight their customers and build a loyal base of regulars. “We believe in being honest and bringing honest food to a table,” said Sunita.

I was especially thrilled to learn that JVTers will get a special treat with at-home delivery of Noa’s French Breakfast Basket. Brought directly to your doorstep, the basket will include real French pastries, breads, jams and butter.  I hope to be the first to put in my order for a fresh, daily ficelle! Anyone who has travelled to Paris will certainly agree with me that an early morning thin ficelle spread with delicious dairy butter cannot be beat.

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Passionate about their craft, the couple explained how they were often disappointed with a lot of French food outlets around Dubai which turned out to be either less than authentic or highly overpriced. They also found that JVT was lacking an establishment where families, office employees or neighborhood school staff could congregate to enjoy a good meal or light snack without having to take the car outside the community. These two points were central to convincing the couple to open their doors at the Imperial Residence Building next to Limitless. When I asked them why they chose JVT as their home, it was the variety of cultures and, above all, the tranquility which makes for peaceful and relaxing surroundings which won them over.

I found their enthusiasm for Noa’s Delices both charming and infectious. It surely made me want all the best for them. Not only do Sunita and Stephane intend to make us happy in JVT, they also plan to give back. They explained to me how they wish to contribute to humanitarian work from future profits they generate. “We are so passionate about our business because we believe in being real and in doing good,” Sunita explained. Since getting married in 2012, they have been working on setting up a business and dreaming about making their mark on the world. Let’s wish them lots of luck and help them achieve their dreams each time we dine at Noa’s Delights!

Opening any day now… See you there!

Location: Imperial Residence (across from Milestone)
Tel: 04 421 5180

Buying or Selling online made EZ

Are you looking to buy or sell something? Our neighbor Adham can certainly help through his new online venture EZ Heights.

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The company tagline is ‘Making it EZ for you to Browse, Click, Buy.’ As a social market place, EZ Heights is a classifieds website with a difference.  The site aims to make it easier to post your ads and communicate with potential buyers across all types of social media. The team is also keen to ensure the ads are authentic. All new advertisements are manually approved for quality control of the ads on the website. With over 200,000 listing on the site, this makes for a lot of work.

Among the useful features is the website ‘chat’ to help buyers and sellers communicate more efficiently without any phone calls. Another nifty add-on is the Whatsapp integration were you can share ads via Whatsapp as well as chat to buyers and sellers directly. As part of the EZ Heights community, you can review ads as well as update your status (looking for, need help with, etc).  See things you like from a regular poster? It is possible to ‘follow’ users so that you stay updated with their latest posts and products or services. “We integrated these social elements to make communication more efficient and more fun,” Adham explained. I think that EZ Heights should be a good alternative to posting about furniture, cars and villas for sale on the various JVT Facebook groups!

“I started this business because I saw a lack of quality classifieds websites in the UAE. The existing portals usually concentrate on quantity rather than quality,” says Adham. “We concentrate on both but mainly quality which is why we manually approve our ads.” He tells me that the actually the idea stems from his childhood when he would accompany his father to the Deira fish market. Seeing the exchange between people buying, selling and negotiating inspired him to “take the traditional market experience and modernize it online.”

Born and raised in Dubai, Adham moved to our community over this summer. “JVT is such a beautiful and quiet community, and since I started socializing a little with the people living here I found out that this is a nice and supportive community,” he remarks. “They even helped me find my lost cat (his name is cat) recently!” It is free to post an ad, but Adham will offer JVT residents with their own businesses up to 20% discount to purchase site banners. Just mention the JVT Community Blog when asking for this special privilege!

Get selling or buying by visiting: www.ezheights.com

JVT’s very own Quality cleaning service

JVT is a great community filled with young families, upwardly mobile couples and plenty of entrepreneurial folks. As you know, I take pleasure in presenting the companies created by fellow JVT residents, especially when they have something great to offer the community. I will also be happy to feature residents in a “Meet your Neighbors” series if your job involves a service that can be provided to those of us living here or looking to live here. Let me know if you would like to appear on these JVT blog pages !

Today’s story is about Melly. Melly moved here two years ago and started her own business a little over 4 months ago.  A recent start up indeed! However, she’s got lots of experience running the same business already in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain for three years now.

Melly is specialized in providing support to families without a live-in maid or who need a little extra help for a special party or maybe petcare while the whole family is away. Quality Touch Cleaning Services provides live-out maids and indoors training for live-in maids, standard and deep cleaning, the big clean when moving in or out of a new place, babysitting services, party help and even pet care, Most importantly,  Melly says that Quality Touch was founded on the idea of providing Quality Service. She explained that they heard about alot of dissatisfied friends and acquantainces who hired some extra, live-out help and she wanted to address that problem. She’s set up a ‘Know Your Customer’ list of requirements for her staff to ensure they provide top service at all times. With a work force of 35 people, Melly believes in treating her team well and striving to reach the 100% satisfaction guarantee. “We love to feel our customers are gratified,” she says.

With so many cleaning services available in Dubai, I asked Melly how her company is different. Being able to apply her experience in the hotel industry across Europe means that she has the skills in staff management, hotel housekeeping services, heavy-duty cleaning and gala reception management that sets her apart from the competition.

If you have tried out Quality Touch Cleaning, let us know what you think. If you haven’t given them a go, Melly is ready to offer JVT Residents a 10% discount and she’s got a loyalty program in the works as well. I’m going to be giving them a test run for sure!

On a more personal level, Melly told me how much she enjoys living in the UAE. She feels this is one of the safest countries in the world and she appreciates the multi-cultural environment we live in. She also remarked on the flexibility and ease of establishing a business here in the UAE. Of course, there was mention of the challenging road situation in JVT, but we know that is temporary and nothing dampens her pleasure of arriving home to her lovely garden and enjoying the company of friendly neighbors she tells me. “We have discovered that JVT is the most warm and welcoming community in Dubai. That was our first impression when we moved in and we have no doubt on it today.”

It’s wonderful to know that we have such enterprising neighbors and look forward to profiling many more of you over time!

Quality Touch Cleaning and Care Services
Horizon Tower, Office no 108, Al Barsha 1, Dubai P.O. Box 392502
Tel: 800 555 777
For French Speakers, call direct on: 056 641 4949