The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the Dubai Metro project, since it first became operational in 2009, has had a positive impact on the value of land and commercial properties in the vicinity of Metro stations, as well as areas linked by the feeder bus service by as much as 7 to 34 per cent.
According to a joint study conducted by the RTA’s Strategic Planning Department and the Dubai Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera), high demand for properties closer to the Metro stations has resulted in their prices soaring by up to 34 per cent, it said in a statement issued on Sunday.
“The study revealed the value of lands and properties adjacent to the Metro stations has soared since the operation of the Metro and reached in some cases up to 34 per cent as a result of the high demand for buying lands and renting properties in close proximity to the Metro stations; which is attributed to the ease of mobility, and the provision of multi transit options at lower costs of transit aboard the Dubai Metro; which is characterised by absolute minimal fares and high efficiency across the city, particularly for those inhabiting near the metro stations,” said Abdul Mohsin Younes, the CEO of RTA’s Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector.
“This explains the huge impact of the transit network on the economy of the emirate, and reflects the importance of the Metro in pushing up the economic development drive in the field of property development, and stimulating the tourist and commercial movement in various parts of the Dubai,” he added.
“The study monitored the changes in rates of these lands and commercial properties in 2011 compared to the rates prevailing in 2009 before the opening of the Metro; which illustrate the importance of the Metro in boosting the market value of lands and properties, particularly in the surrounds of the metro stations,” Younes explained.
The RTA Strategic Planning Department studied the impact of the Metro stations on the surrounding lands and properties in coordination with RERA, which provided the data about the rates of lands and properties in areas close or far from the Metro stations.
“A comparative study with the experiments of countries which have made advanced progresses in mass transit systems, particularly the Metro, such as the UK, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, and the US, revealed that public transit means in general have a positive impact on appreciating the value and rents of properties, and that such rates made remarkable hikes ranging from 3 to 50 per cent,” he continued. More info