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Dubai announces groundbreaking Metro expansion to boost connectivity and promote the 20-minute city concept

Dubai’s Metro is set to expand its current 64 stations to 96 stations by 2030, covering 140 square kilometres. This expansion will support the ‘20-minute city’ concept, making services more accessible within a short walking distance

Dubai announces groundbreaking Metro expansion to boost connectivity and promote the 20-minute city concept

The Dubai Metro service is set to expand with more stations being added in the coming years after a development plan was approved by the Emirate’s Executive Council. This expansion is part of the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, aimed at incentivising the 20-minute city concept, improving the transportation network in the city, increasing the number of Metro users, and the overall quality of life of Dubai residents.

The blueprint supports the ‘20-minute city’ concept

The government’s plan includes providing incentives for developers, supporting the ‘20-minute city’ concept, and increasing commuter numbers. Additionally, they plan to develop areas around Metro stations to boost economic opportunities, connect various modes of public transport, and improve the efficiency and convenience of sustainable transportation.

What is a ‘20-minute city’ concept, and how can it positively impact the real estate industry? As urban populations continue to grow rapidly, with projections indicating that two-thirds of the global population will reside in urban areas by 2050, there is a need to reconsider the traditional urban design approach. The conventional model of sprawling suburbs and long commutes to central business districts (CBDs) is increasingly deemed unsustainable by experts. In response, the concept of ‘20-minute cities’ is being advocated as a more viable alternative.

The goal is to provide incentives for developers and services to support the ’20-minute city’ concept while increasing the number of commuters

A ‘20-minute city’ aims to create urban environments where residents can access 80 per cent of their daily needs within a radius of just 20 minutes by walking or cycling. This not only promotes a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle but also reduces reliance on transportation methods like taxis. By fostering walkable and bike-friendly neighbourhoods, the 20-minute city model seeks to enhance the overall quality of life for urban dwellers while simultaneously addressing environmental concerns.

In light of these benefits, the adoption of the 20-minute city concept has the potential to boost the real estate sector. Properties located in areas that align with the principles of a 20-minute city, such as proximity to essential amenities and efficient transportation links, are likely to see increased demand from homebuyers and renters. Additionally, developers and urban planners may prioritise projects that contribute to the creation of 20-minute cities, thereby driving innovation in the real estate market and supporting sustainable urban development.

A boost to the Metro infrastructure

The Dubai Metro currently has two operational lines, the Green Line and the Red Line. The expansion plan aims to increase the number of stations from 64 to 96 and cover 140 square kilometres by 2030. By 2040, the goal is to have 140 stations covering 228 square kilometres.

In line with the vision, the Dubai Metro Blue Line project, costing $4.9 billion, is set to begin this year and will add 30 km to the Metro network with 14 stations, over half of which will be underground. Director General Mattar Al Tayer announced the commencement of the project earlier in February, aiming to improve public transportation, which currently accounts for 37% of transport users. The Blue Line will connect key urban regions like Dubai Marina and Expo City, benefiting various areas once completed.

Overall, the key goals of the project include increasing public transport share to 45 per cent, reducing carbon emissions to 16 tonnes per capita, improving public spaces for walking, and creating more shaded areas. Furthermore, it prioritises sustainable transport and aims to create a more environmentally friendly and accessible urban environment.

In conclusion

The Dubai Metro expansion transcends the realm of transportation infrastructure. It marks a pivotal step towards a more sustainable and liveable Dubai, one that prioritises the well-being of its residents and fosters a vibrant, interconnected future.