Access Granted

In spite of my initial fears of moving to the ‘Middle of Nowhere’ JVC has proven to be a great choice for me. There were the initial teething problems of Taxi Drivers who had no idea where JVC was, or even worse pretending to know where it was only to get very lost along the way, this lead to me adopting a kind of hyper-vigilant state whilst in Taxis only failing the one time when I fell asleep after a night shift and awoke on Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road, speeding towards Jebal Ali.

Having to make a big U-turn to access JVC was also irritating but no worse than getting in to Business Bay from Al Khail Road side. Street 1 and Street 2 were the only access points for quite some time and heaven forbid if a taxi driver called to say he was in Street 1 and needed directions to your house (there were the days before Uber)……. There were so few land marks that finding said taxi driver might prove impossible, unless you could walk to ‘Atlantis Accommodation’.

There was also the problem with no traffic lights and zero street signs. Many a time I approached a cross roads only to find someone zooming through from the other direction. A couple of people came a cropper at these junctions; we saw the wreckage on our evening walks. Over time the powers that be made speed bumps all over the place to counteract the speeding and this worked, although your suspension might not have been happy about it.

But things have changed:

Taxi drivers now know where you are so they come straight to your location, rather than having to roam the streets trying to figure out where they are in order to give ropy directions. All of the streets and sectors are sign posted with blessed Google Maps getting updated regularly on all the new buildings. I cannot express how happy I am to hop in the back of a cab and ask for JVC and they ask ‘Mohamed Bin Zayed Road or Al Khail?’ I know that they know where we are heading.

Two new access roads have been opened which makes getting home a lot easier and even if you do miss the first turning then there is always an appropriate 2nd option. Gone are the days of driving in massive circles, trying to get back to Street 2.

Traffic lights at most junctions make driving a lot safer, no more slowing down to make sure you don’t get wiped out by a maniac. And even better than that? The speed bumps are slowly being removed so you don’t have to worry about scraping your undercarriage on the tarmac. I see massive chunks of tarmac dug out after most speed bumps in Dubai and it always makes my eyes water.

There of course are some teething problems with existing roads being dug up for reasons unknown. This has caused for some interesting interactions with Uber drivers who are 100% reliant on their GPS- ‘what do you mean, you can’t find my location?’ It has also meant that routine drives to the shop have been lengthened into battles of will between me and the constant diversions (At the time of writing: I have only given up and come home once). The one way system has also proven a little tricky for some to grasp, with a friend of mine calling to say she had just met an ‘idiot’ driving in the opposite direction and nearly running her off the road, only to find that it was she who was in the wrong. Bless her.

Most of the promotional blurb about JVC speaks of it being at the center of New Dubai and it really does have easy access to most places.

  • Hessa Street takes you straight to Sheikh Zayed Road or Jumeriah Beach Road, although it might take you a little longer to get home, especially rush hour. There is something to do with the over-passes that just slow everything down.
  • Al Khail Road, my personal favorite, will take you straight to and from the Airport, if you need to get away.
  • Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road will also take you there but not in such a direct fashion. But hop on there to head to Abu Dhabi.
  • Al Khamilia Street takes you the back way to Springs, Emirates Lakes and Jumeirah Lake Towers.