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The region’s increasing population is one of the factors that drives growth in the UAE. Proofs are the mega projects which are on the way to increase capital investment.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has plans of extending the Dubai Metro’s Red Line, which is mapped to serve seven new stations, namely The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estates and Dubai Investments Park. Called Route 2020, this mega development, at the cost of $14.35 billion, is part of the country’s sustainable project to serve residents and visitors during and after the Expo 2020.
By 2025, three new lines will also be serving the swelling number of commuters in the existing two Metro lines. Blue, Gold and Purple Lines, as well as the extension of the Jumeirah tram route, will be part of the RTA infrastructure upgrade that will make Dubai Metro an astounding 200-kilometre rail network with 128 stations.
RTA is also in motion to complete the Dubai International Academic City road extension from Hessa Road at the entry point of Remraam up to the roundabout at the entry of Dubai Sports City. Upon completion in the second quarter of 2016, the commuters’ journey time is expected to be reduced from 20 to five minutes.
Setting another milestone for the UAE this year, Abu Dhabi’s 1,200-kilometre national rail network, the Etihad Rail, will begin the first phase of its commercial operations later this year. The railway will extend across the UAE, from the border of Saudi Arabia to the border of Oman.
The first phase of the Abu Dhabi Metro project is envisioned to start construction by the end of 2016 and start of 2017. It is planned to serve the whole of Abu Dhabi and will connect the emirate to Al Ain, Dubai, the Western Region and even Saudi Arabia.
* Midfield Terminal Complex is part of the Plan Abu Dhabi 2030
* Abu Dhabi Metro will link Dubai, Al Ain and the Western Region
* Dubai Metro will connect to Al Maktoum International Airport
Source: Cleofi-Krista Capili, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer