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Everyone knows that everything started in the desert. In fact, the UAE is a desert country well known for having gone through a rapid succession of dramatic, impressive changes in its landscape.
But no matter how ambitious, unique or monumental the construction projects may be, without supporting infrastructure in place, the property milestones in Dubai we know today might not be as successful without the current mass transit systems in place, namely: the massive Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, Palm Jumeirah Monorail and the upcoming Dubai Trolley in Downtown Dubai.
Places like Discovery Gardens, Jebel Ali, Al Qusais, Rashidiya and others, including communities close to the various airport terminals and a number of malls, would not have become as popular as they are now nor would have prospered as much without improved access via the Dubai Metro. In fact, prices of properties – whether for rent or sale – in areas located near or along the path traversed by the Metro have increased.
Now, the Dubai Tram in the Dubai Marina area is already linked to the Dubai Metro, while the 5.45-kilometer Palm Jumeirah Monorail is connected, in turn, to the Dubai Tram. The Dubai Trolley, on the other hand, will be seven kilometers long, and will ply through a route that will take passengers around the most popular settings in the so-called “Centre of Now,” namely The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, The Address Downtown Hotel and Opera District.
Areas farther out of the city may someday enjoy access to the Dubai Metro as there are still some planned expansions such as extending the Green Line into Dubai International Academic City and International City, and extending the Red Line up to the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border.
With mass transit links improving and expanding, residents and investors also gain access to a wider array of properties, whether they are looking to rent or buy or set up shop.
• The Dubai Trolley is the newest mass transit system in Dubai
• Dubai Metro to expand until International City, Abu Dhabi border
• Dubai Tram is linked to Palm Jumeirah Monorail and Dubai Metro
Source: Claire Dangalan, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer