Etihad Rail set to accelerate growth in UAE real estate market

  • Etihad Rail will link the seven emirates and carry 60 million tonnes of freight and 36.5 million passengers by 2030.
  • Once operational, the project will benefit real estate markets across the emirate.
  • The project will limit travel time between Dubai and Fujairah to Abu Dhabi and Fujairah to 50 and 100 minutes, respectively.
  • The first stage of the project is already operational and connects the gas fields of Shah and Habshan to Ruwais.

Dubai: Etihad Rail, which is expected to carry over 60 million tonnes of freight and 36.5 million passengers by 2030, will transform the country’s economic landscape by linking 11 major cities across the seven emirates. The national rail network of the United Arab Emirates is expected to contribute to the country’s economy and sustainability, with the real estate sector making the most of it.

The proposed connectivity with GCC countries will also benefit the booming real estate market in the United Arab Emirates. It aligns with the UAE’s economic goals and agenda, such as the UAE’s Net Zero 2050 initiative and the UAE’s Centenary 2071 project.

The 1,200 kilometer long project will play a pivotal role in bridging the gap between the seven emirates, making commuting easier for residents of the UAE, according to Zoom Property Insights.

Ata Shobeiry, CEO of Zoom Property, said Etihad Rail will benefit the country in more ways than one.

“While this will certainly facilitate switching within the UAE, there will also be a significant impact on property markets in the emirates. Communities and neighborhoods near Etihad Rail stations will experience higher prices. In addition, the rental value will also increase. Apart from the boost in the real estate sector, the pioneering project will also bring economic prosperity and sustainability while reducing the carbon footprint,” said Shobeiry.

The impact on the Dubai property market

The Etihad Rail will pass through some of the notable communities in Dubai such as Arabian Ranches 2, DAMAC Hills, Town Square, Al Furjan, Green Community, Arabella, Mudon, Reem, etc. The impact will not be limited to these areas. , but nearby communities will also benefit from this mega project as they will witness an increase in real estate prices.

In addition, the rental market will also benefit from this project.

“It is difficult to give estimates on how much the price will increase once this one-of-a-kind project is ready to serve residents, but given the scale of the project, we can confidently say that changes to the real estate market in Dubai will be quite significant, for example, when areas such as Dubai Investment Park, Discovery Gardens and Jumeirah Golf Estates are connected to this $11 billion project, it will lead to increased demand for properties in these areas and by the following a price increase,” Shobeiry said.

Fujairah property market to benefit from Al Etihad Rail

Once operational, it will take 50 minutes to reach Fujairah from Dubai and 100 minutes from Abu Dhabi via Etihad Rail. This ease of switching will give a boost to the real estate market in Fujairah.

Currently, many people live in Sharjah and work in Dubai due to the lower cost of living. With the second phase of Etihad Rail becoming operational, Fujairah will be another prospect for tenants working in Dubai. This will impact its rental market.

Established in 2009, the first leg of Etihad Rail has already been operational since 2016. It is a freight service linking Shah and Habshan gas fields to Ruwais. There is no firm completion date yet for the announced second stage, we learn that the project is progressing quickly as more than 70% of the network has been built, according to Zoom Property Insights. The second leg will connect Ghuwaifat and Fujairah.

“Railway connectivity between the emirates will be a major boost for economic activity across the UAE. This will contribute to population migration, GDP growth and economic development of the country,” Shobeiry concluded.

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