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RTA Announces New 1.6km-long Al Khaleej Street Tunnel

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has issued a contract for the construction of a new tunnel along Al Khaleej Street.

Mon, Apr 15, 2024 4:27pmGrey Clock 3 min

The new 1,650-metre, six-lane tunnel will span from the end of the ramp of Dubai’s Infinity Bridge in Deira to the intersection of Al Khaleej and Cairo Streets. This tunnel is a key component of the Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project, a large-scale initiative by Road and Transport Authority (RTA) that spans 13 kilometres. It involves enhancing Sheikh Rashid Road, Al Mina Street, Al Khaleej Street, and Cairo Street, and includes the upgrade of 15 intersections.

The project serves about one million residents and aims to reduce travel times from 104 minutes to just 16 minutes by 2030, according to Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of RTA’s Board of Executive Directors.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director General & Chairman of RTA’s Board of Executive Directors

New Dubai Al Khaleej Street Tunnel

The upcoming tunnel will feature three lanes in each direction, capable of handling up to 12,000 vehicles per hour, significantly easing traffic flow. It aims to provide a smoother commute from Infinity Bridge towards Deira and vice versa.

The project also includes converting the intersection of Cairo and Al Wuheida Streets from a roundabout to traffic signals, improving Cairo Street, and linking the bridge ramp from Dubai Islands to the new tunnel.

Al Tayer added the new phase “will serve the residents of Abu Hail, Al Wuheida and Al Mamzar along with development projects like Dubai Islands, Dubai Waterfront, Waterfront Market and Hamriya Port.”

Current RTA Dubai Projects

In addition to the Al Khaleej Street Tunnel, the RTA is currently enhancing Sheikh Rashid Street with a 4.8 km project. This project includes the construction of three bridges totaling 3.1 km in length to support more than 19,400 vehicles per hour.

The bridges are strategically designed to improve traffic flow across significant intersections, with the first bridge being 1.3 km long and accommodating up to 10,800 vehicles per hour. The second, at 780m, supports 5,400 vehicles per hour, and the third, measuring 985m, facilitates 3,200 vehicles per hour.

Furthermore, the project extends to upgrading 4.8 km of roadways along several streets, the construction of two pedestrian bridges, and the enhancement of infrastructure such as street lighting, drainage, and irrigation systems.

The RTA has successfully completed multiple phases of the larger Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project, including the opening of several bridges and intersections along Sheikh Rashid Road and connecting roads. They have also completed bridge constructions to Dubai Islands and along Al Khaleej Street.

Additionally, improvements at the Falcon Intersection have been finished, featuring two major bridges on Al Khaleej Street and supporting infrastructure to accommodate over 24,000 vehicles per hour. The ongoing work includes further tunnels and intersections as part of this expansive project.



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UAE Residential Market Review Shows Strong Growth and Record Transactions in Q1 2024

The total transaction volume in Abu Dhabi for the first quarter of the year reached 2,795.

Thu, May 16, 2024 4 min

The CBRE Middle East, a global leader in commercial real estate services and investments, released its latest edition of the UAE Residential Market Review for the first quarter of 2024.

Abu Dhabi Market Overview

During the first quarter of the year, the total volume of transactions in Abu Dhabi stood at 2,795, registering a 22.6% increase compared to the year prior. This increase has been underpinned by an 18.1% rise in off-plan sales and a 34.5% rise in secondary market sales. In the year to Q1 2024, Abu Dhabi’s average apartment and villa prices increased by 4.3% and 2.3%, respectively.

Abu Dhabi’s rental market witnessed a total of 46,130 residential rental contracts in Q1 2024, registering a decline of 10.9% from the year prior. This has been due to a 15.5% decline in the number of renewed rental contracts registered and a 2.4% drop in new rental registrations over the same period. In the year to Q1 2024, average apartment and villa rents have increased by 4.5% and 1.1%, respectively. On the supply front, only 80 units have been delivered in Abu Dhabi in the first three months of the year, with all of this new stock being in Al Raha Beach. An additional 8,660 units are expected to be completed by year-end with 55.8% of this scheduled stock located in Yas Island, Al Sowwah, and Al Shamkha.

Dubai Market Insights

In Dubai, price growth has continued to accelerate during the first quarter of 2024, with average prices increasing by 20.7% in the year to March 2024. Throughout this period, average apartment and villa prices increased by 20.4% and 22.1%, respectively. Although headline average sales rates are still marginally below the 2014 highs by 0.1%, several prominent residential neighbourhoods have already surpassed their 2014 figures.

As of March 2024, average apartment prices stood at AED 1,486 per square foot, and average villa prices reached AED 1,776 per square foot. Average villa sales rates are currently above their 2014 baseline by 22.9%. Rental growth has also gained momentum in 2024, after a period of moderation in 2023. In March 2024, average residential rents registered a year-on-year increase of 21.2%, up from the 20.4% growth registered a month earlier. Over this period, average apartment and villa rental rates grew by 22.1% and 14.5%, respectively. Data from the Dubai Land Department revealed that, in the year to date to March 2024, the total number of rental registrations stood at 159,941, marking an increase of 5.8% from the previous year. As for supply, a total of 6,526 units were delivered in the first quarter of the year, with 59.7% of this supply being located in Meydan One, Jumeirah Village Circle, and Al Furjan. A further 46,086 are expected to be handed over the remainder of the year. However, given historic materialisation rates, the report expects that a limited portion of this upcoming stock will come online as planned.

Record-Breaking Transactions

March 2024 witnessed another record in Dubai’s residential market, with transaction volumes reaching the highest monthly figure on record, marking a year-on-year growth of 13.2%. Throughout this period, off-plan sales and secondary market sales increased by 20.2%, and secondary market sales increased by 2.2%.

In the first quarter of 2024, Dubai’s total transaction volumes reached 35,310. This is the highest total ever recorded in the first quarter of the year, marking an increase of 20.5% from the year prior. Over this period, off-plan transactions recorded an increase of 23.9%, and secondary market transactions rose by 15.2%.

However, in Q1 2024, the total number of sales transactions within the prime market segment registered a decline of 2.1% compared to the year prior. Throughout this period, super-prime transactions recorded a drop of 16.5% year-on-year to stand at a total of 227. These declines witnessed in both markets have been largely underpinned by significant declines in off-plan sales largely attributable to the high levels of demand for off-plan properties and the limited level of upcoming supply. In terms of performance, in the first quarter of 2024, average prime prices registered a year-on-year increase of 16.0%, standing at an average of AED 4,661 per square foot, and average super-prime prices grew by 14.8% over this period, reaching AED 4,978 per square foot.

Taimur Khan, CBRE’s Head of Research MENA in Dubai

Future Projections 

Looking ahead, CBRE expects Dubai’s residential sales market to maintain its upward trajectory. Prices in both the apartment and villa segments of the market will continue to grow, however, not at the same pace. On the rental front, we forecast that residential rents will continue to increase. That being said, the rate of growth will likely moderate.

Taimur Khan, CBRE’s Head of Research MENA in Dubai, comments: “The UAE’s residential market started the year on a relatively strong note, where the elevated demand levels continue to drive performance. The strong levels of activity and high absorption levels, which have reduced available supply, will continue to support price growth in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai over the remainder of the year. In terms of rental growth, we expect that rental rates in Abu Dhabi will continue to rise, with prime areas set to outperform the market. In Dubai, residential rents will continue to increase; however, not at the same rate that we have been seeing to date, and we expect that the rate of change will diminish in the second half of the year.”

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