By Andy Sambidge
Survey also reveals that 25% of motorists plan to use metro up to 3 times a week.
A home that is close to the office or a Metro station is more important than one with a good view, according to a survey of Dubai residents by master developer Limitless.
Being able to walk to work is the top priority when choosing somewhere to live for nearly 40 percent of people in the emirate, while having a Metro nearby is the most important factor for almost one in three (29 percent), the survey, published on Monday, said.
And residents who took part in the poll said they were prepared to pay more for these privileges, according to the research, which was carried out for Limitless by AMRB.
The research, which polled more than 600 people, also revealed that Dubai drivers were planning to 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.
Good views came only third on residents’ property wish list, followed by a socially active community and a view of a park.
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.
“Walkable communities, served by green transport systems, will reduce carbon emissions, cut congestion and allow people to spend less time on the road and more with those who matter.
"Our research sends out a clear message: people want to walk more and try alternative transport, to the extent that it influences where they live and how much they are willing to pay.”
The findings showed that cars are currently the most popular form of transport in Dubai. Residents drive, on average, on 24 days each month, with 80 percent travelling by car each week.
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What is the salary bracket for the 40% who want to walk to work? My guess is they are lower income earners. I don't believe there are many earners out there who are making 40K a month, 50K or more who would agree that living close to the Metro is more important than their view or other variables. This type of survey should differentiate the priorities of different income earners. Those with less disposable income (the 40% mentioned in the survey) may not want to spend money on a car, insurance, Salik, etc. if the Metro is a viable option to get to work. But those higher earners, with more disposable income, may prioritize needs differently. 600 people is hardly representative of Dubai. What are the age groups of the participants? What is the Nationality breakdown including the number of Emiratis who participated? Of the participants, who has children where their residence being located near their school is important? Lots of unanswered questions...
To me this seems more of a reason to justify their current high fare rates on the metro that they are charging. The metro is great and it is nice to have the metro around but to make good use of the metro they still need to drop their fare rates big time in order to allow for growth to take place in Dubai and convince more people to use public transport instead of driving their cars around work for small errands.