Posted by Bob Brunskill
Properties located close to Dubai Metro stations have witnessed a sharp increase in consumer traffic since the transit system opened a year ago.
Daniel Mathew, general manager of Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, a hotel located a few metres from the Dubai Financial Centre Metro station, noted that the Metro has become an attraction for hotel guests.
"The majority of them [the hotel guests] are not UAE residents and they need to use public transportation for their daily activities," he told Gulf News. "The Metro also takes them directly to the shopping centres, main attractions as well as the airport."
Indeed, Fouad Sharaf, vice president of Mall of the Emirates - a shopping complex which has a bridge that connects it directly to a Metro station - noted that it receives about ten per cent of its daily visitors through the Metro.
He told the newspaper that this amounts to an average of 8,000 visitors on weekdays and 10,000 at weekends.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Dubai Metro, which celebrated its one-year anniversary yesterday (September 9th) has transported an impressive 30 million people since its launch.