No rent rise pledge as metro boosts shopper numbers

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By Andy Sambidge www.arabianbusiness.com

Mall of the Emirates has no plans to increase retail unit rents despite seeing footfall rise since the opening of the Dubai Metro, a senior official has said.

RENTAL PLEDGE: Mall of the Emirates, which is currently undergoing expansion works for more shops, says the impact of the metro will not lead to rent increases.
RENTAL PLEDGE: Mall of the Emirates, which is currently undergoing expansion works for more shops, says the impact of the metro will not lead to rent increases.

Fuad Sharaf, vice president of Mall of the Emirates, said there had been an increase in the number of customers at Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Center since the metro began operating in September.

But in comments published by Khaleej Times on Wednesday, he pledged that rents for retail operators in the malls would not be going up as a result.

“It is not sufficient enough to start making estimates based on one month of the metro’s operation – we need to be reassured that this is not a phase and numbers will continue to increase,” Sharaf told the paper.

He said that even retailers whose contracts are to expire in the coming few months will not be subjected to an extra payment based on the installation of the metro.

In June, research firm CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) said rents for retailers in Dubai fell 10 percent in the first quarter of the year.

Prime rents fell by over 10 percent in several markets in the quarter, including Athens, Dubai, Barcelona and Dublin.