Business will boom on Metro completion

DUBAI — The road in Dubai, once compared to the Champs Elysees, now hardly bears any resemblance to the famous avenue, flanked by greenery, in Paris.

By Omer Zakieldin

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Published: Sun 4 Mar 2007, 8:43 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:52 AM

The ongoing Metro project has unfortunately, but unavoidably, adversely affected the owners of several restaurants on Al Riqqa Road and its vicinity — with many of them now claiming that they have temporarily lost an estimated 60 per cent of their customers, ever since the construction work began.

Several shops in Al Riqqa, known for its wide variety of sidewalk cafes and eateries, now open onto a fence partitioning them from the heavy construction work being carried out in the area.

“We can’t place our tables or chairs, or potted plants, on the sidewalk anymore as the road space has shrunk,” said Abubacker, manager of Golden Fork on Al Riqqa Road. We’re worried that this situation may continue for another two years.”

Suhail, superviser at a Subway outlet not far from Golden Fork, said, “It’s more difficult getting supplies into the restaurant these days.”

However, he added optimistically, once the Metro station opens near his outlet, business would boom and “we will be able to, most probably, recover all our losses given the large volume of commuter traffic which is expected on the Metro lines.”

The lack of parking space in the area is an additional cause for the temporary slump in business, restaurant managers maintain.

Meanwhile, the manager of a Lebanese restaurant said he didn’t have to close down, thanks to his restaurant’s popular home delivery service that has obviously not been affected by the Metro-related construction activity.

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