Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has seen significant growth in urban development over the past two decades. To overcome the implication of this development, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has called for sustainable transport development at all levels, including the Light Rail Transit (LRT), which is a friendly mass transit system to satisfy the requirements of urban mobility, environmental sustainability, and green power efficiency. The shift towards sustainable mass transport systems has become the ideal choice to overcome the challenges accompanying the growth and development facing cities such as Dubai and to convert them into sustainable environmentally friendly places. Today, Dubai, as a global city, is seeing an extraordinary development of urban projects with a strong emphasis on targeting infrastructure and transportation systems. Therefore, the most sustainable transport system used to enhance urban development is the LRT system which plays a major role in shifting the city toward sustainability. Consequently, the Metro and Tramway systems are recognized as the optimal provision of public transport modes for high-capacity public transport systems in Dubai. This helps to improve infrastructure by promoting connectivity, economy, and a sustainable environment. The research investigates the impact of the Dubai Metro on accelerating Urban Development in Dubai. Urban transformation patterns around the main Metro Stations are analyzed in the study. Population densities, connectivity, and land use patterns were examined. Three main Metro Stations have been selected to study the surrounding urban pattern and population density. These stations namely: Jebel Ali, Al-Barsha, and Business Bay. To achieve the aim of the study, the following objectives are covered: a) to investigate the needs of the sustainable transport system to cope with the urban development requirements. b) examine the population density, connectivity, and accessibility around Metro Stations. c) analyze the impact of Dubai Metro on urban land use. Accordingly, the research approach uses the “Case study method” utilizing quantitative and qualitative tools. Conducting an in-depth examination of the Dubai Metro case study within a particular context which is land use pattern, population density and connectivity. GIS and Spatial Maps, interviews, case study analysis, and land use investigations have been used to reach the findings of this research. The findings indicate that the Jebel Ali district has the largest proportion of development in terms of residential and commercial land use, at 643% and 542%, respectively. In addition, the Al-Barsha district has seen developments in commercial and green space, while the Business Bay district has seen an increase in commercial space, lakes, and a decrease in green areas. Each of the three districts has small buildings surrounding Metro stations, indicating that the development occurred recently and as a result of the metro stations
Alhazmi Alefari, Dhabia Nasser, "THE IMPACT OF LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT ON THE URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN DUBAI, UAE" (2022). Theses. 928.