Flats and offices plan for metro station in Deira

Public-private partnership sought for proposed development

Plans are afoot to redesign neighbourhoods around metro stations
Plans are afoot to redesign neighbourhoods around metro stations

A proposed public-private partnership could see hundreds of new flats and offices built above the metro station in Deira

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is asking international real estate companies to submit bids for developing blocks of flats and offices above the two-level Union Metro station.

According to a report in The National, the RTA said it would be inviting property developers to submit plans to build a number of towers above the 19,000m2 station – the largest underground metro station complex in the world.

RTA said that the project above the station, also known in Arabic as Al Ittihad, would be the first of its kind in the region, as they strive to encourage more people to use the metro and leave their cars at home as well as attempting to bring more businesses and homes to old Dubai.

The public body said it would select a developer to build the flats, offices, shops and restaurants through a public tender process.

The exact size of the towers and mix of uses in them will be left to developers to determine, although Deira’s location close to Dubai International Airport will probably mean the buildings are unlikely to be more than 20 or 30 storeys high. The size of the plot is also likely to restrict the scheme to three or four towers.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA, said the project was part of a plan to redesign neighbourhoods around metro stations in Dubai.

“The project is aimed to raise the efficiency and users of mass transit systems through replanning of districts around the metro stations. The project will contribute to augmenting the ridership of the Dubai Metro and develop as well as landscape the urban environment in the vicinity of Al Ittihad Station,” he said.

“The project focuses on providing high-class residential and office environment characterised by pedestrian-friendly roads, greens, vital utilities, retail outlets among others,” he added. “The high population density in the project will contribute to supporting RTA drive towards encouraging the residents to use public transport.”

 

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