Dubai residents want homes close to office or metro

 
Dubai’s new metro network will be inaugurated on Wednesday. The  network is the first in the Gulf countries. AFPAccording to a survey of 625 Dubai residents by Dubai’s developer Limitless, being able to walk to work is the top priority when choosing somewhere to live for nearly 40 per cent of people in the emirate, while having a Metro nearby is the most important factor for almost one in three (29 per cent).

Residents say they are prepared to pay more for these privileges, according to the research, carried out for Limitless by AMRB. Good views are third on residents’ property wish list, followed by a socially active community and a view of a park.

Cars are currently the most popular form of transport in Dubai — residents drive, on average, on 24 days each month, with 80 per cent travelling by car each week – but drivers will switch to the Metro for some journeys when the new service opens.

One in four people will use it up to three times a week; one in five daily; and one in eight up to six times each week, the study found.

Saeed Ahmed Saeed, CEO of Limitless, said:  “Congestion is costly to health, wellbeing, the environment and the economy. There are an estimated 600 million vehicles crowding the roads on our planet, costing tens of billions of dollars each year in wasted fuel and lost productivity.”

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