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Rocky Real Estate has won the leasing rights for retail units in the Dubai Metro and is now looking for tenants. Across Dubai Metro stations there are 116 shops on the Red Line and 79 shops on the Green Line of which a substantial number have been leased.
Etisalat’s deal alone reportedly cost AED135m, helping the RTA to raise nearly AED2bn as it looked to claw back some of the costs of constructing the metro. The RTA confirmed in 2009 that the cost of building the Metro had nearly doubled from AED15bn to AED28bn.
Dubai Metro transported 5.9 million passengers last month, its high-est monthly average in two years, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) reported on Wednesday. The number puts the daily average for Green Line just over 50,000 passengers, while it is around 160,000 for the Red Line.
"The Rail Agency of the RTA is all set to chalk out a comprehensive plan to close the existing gaps at the Metro stations and trains in a bid to improve the quality of services for special needs people," said Adnan Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of the Rail Agency. He said the new initiatives was being launched in light of the study conducted by the Rail Planning and Development Department to assess the basic requirements of special needs people while using public transport.
A visual presentation was then conducted featuring the present and future projects of Rail Agency, and highlighting the most important lessons learned from the implementation of the Dubai Metro Project; one of the largest projects throughout the region.
"It is not allowed to park vehicles under the elevated tracks or dump any waste or set up any business on the right of way of the Dubai Metro," a senior official of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) told Gulf News. He said motorists who park their vehicles under the elevated track or any non-designated areas near the Metro facilities risk being fined or having their cars towed away.
Residents and visitors to Dubai have been urged to leave their cars at home and use the Dubai Metro and buses on the occasion of Free Public Transport Day being observed in the emirate on November 1. The Metro is a key mass transit mode that has attracted much attention recently judging by its popularity among all segments of the community and the number of commuters served during the first year of operation which exceeded 30 million passengers," noted Al Hammadi
The operating times for Dubai Metro are to be extended by up to one hour, from October 15, but only on Thursdays and Fridays. "Now passengers will be able to use the metro from 6am to 12pm on Thursdays and from 1pm to 12am on Fridays," said Adnan Al Hammadi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Rail Agency of Dubai Roads and Transport (RTA). Currently, the trains run from 6am to11pm from Saturday to Thursday and from 2pm to 12am on Fridays.
"We are considering to increase time but it will only be done after a comprehensive study of the usage of the Dubai Metro and the passengers' needs and ridership is completed," said Ramadan Abdullah, director of operations at the Rail Agency of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).