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Harbir Deol, Planning Manager, and wife Praveen Kaur have been living on Street 8 of Discovery Gardens with daughter Harveen for the past three years.
The family, who moved from Al Nahda in Sharjah, describes their current neighbourhood as ''amazingly green, peaceful and less congested.''
Reminiscing her life in Sharjah, Praveen says, Sharjah is too conservative, crowded and noisy as compared to Dubai.
''Our life in Sharjah was stricken with traffic jams and lack of adequate parking facilities. We were spending as much as four hours of driving time every single day, plus an occasional extra hour or two in the event of an accident that would hold the traffic even longer.''
Praveen reckons that they were able to save more in Sharjah, but is quick to admit that after moving to Discovery Gardens, she realised that saving money was pointless in the absence of mental peace.
''Spending four hours on the road on a daily basis led to sleepless nights and terrible headaches. Since Harbir works in Jebel Ali, his current commuting time has been drastically reduced to 15 minutes. As a result, we are able to spend more time together as a family.''
She adds, ''Our lifestyle has surely changed a lot. My family loves the fact that even if we are not going out anywhere, we chill out by simply sitting outside our apartment and enjoying the winter sun, or going for a walk or a swim. Now, we have more get-togethers with our friends as there is no parking problem here. Discovery Gardens has offered us a far better lifestyle with peace of mind.''
Having the Ibn Battuta Mall in the immediate neighbourhood is a big plus for the residents. With many shops selling premium brands, an IMAX screen and a full-fledged food court, the mall is nothing short of an entertainment destination.
Transport is never a problem as bus services are available in the neighbourhood. There is also the Ibn Battuta Metro Station.
Praveen says they enjoy their life in Discovery Gardens. ''A friendly neighbourhood with a warm community feel is the hallmark of our life here. There are frequent get-togethers, and celebrating festivals with other members of the community adds to the joys of life.''
Discovery Gardens has exceptional facilities like tennis and basketball courts, jogging trails, swimming pools, play areas and cycling paths which were instrumental in luring them to the community. Another convenience is that their daughter Harveen's school, Delhi Private School, is located nearby.
Although Praveen enjoys their stay in Discovery Gardens, she feels that there is a dire need for a gym near their place as most of the gyms are located near Street 1, which is very far from Street 8. She wishes that a gym would open in the recently opened Discovery Gardens Pavilion located close to their house.
Praveen admits that traffic nightmares have been a major problem in the past, but the opening of the new section of the First Al Khail Road linking Discovery Gardens to Jumeirah Lakes Towers has helped ease the traffic flow heading towards Shaikh Zayed Road and Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, bringing much-needed respite to the residents.
• Safe and secure
• Retail outlets within and near the community
• Clinics and salons
• Schools and nurseries
• Restaurants and cafes
• Bus and Metro connectivity
• Absence of gyms in other clusters
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Source: Bandana Jain, Special to Freehold