The Dubai Metro turned one on the 9th September! Over the last year, more than 30 million people have hopped on the new network. Numbers for August averaged 3.3 million, marking a huge 183% increase from the 1.8 million passengers recorded in October last year.
Shopping malls close to the stations have also witnessed an increase in customer traffic since the opening of the network. “The impact has been very positive," said Fouad Sharaf, Vice President, Mall of the Emirates (MoE), who told local newspaper Gulf News, that around 10% of daily visitors to the MoE travel via the Metro. With weekday mall numbers totalling 70,000 to 80,000 visitors a day, rising to 100,000 at the weekends, that amounts to nearly 8,000 to 10,000 Metro commuters on a daily basis.
The Metro has also had a positive influence on the property market, with some tenants starting to consider the location of the Metro station when looking for a new place to live. It certainly spells good news for The First Group’s two Hotel Apartment projects in Tecom. With Metro Central occupying prime position right beside the Dubai Internet City Metro stop, and Grand Central just a few minutes away, travel for future residents could not be more convenient!