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Mawaqif to offer permits to food trucks in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI // Permits are now being issued to food trucks operating outside the city, Abu Dhabi Integrated Transport Centre said on Tuesday.

Locations where the vehicles are permitted include Al Raha Beach, Saadiyat Island, the E11 Abu Dhabi-Dubai road, Al Falah and Al Garm.

Parking regulator Mawaqif has also issued permits to companies hosting recreational activities.

“This step will contribute to diversifying the ways of offering services to the public,” said Mohammad Al Muhairi, Mawaqif’s general manager.

The move is to improve the quality of services and ensure environmental and health standards are met.

Companies must provide a location than will meet Mawaqif approval, such as a vacant area that does not obstruct the path of vehicles or pedestrians.

They must also obtain approval from the Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi Police and Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority.

A map showing the locations and technical schematics must be submitted and approved by police.

Applicants must also secure permits for each truck linked to a valid commercial licence. The company name and a complaints number have to be clearly displayed on each vehicle.

A no-objection certificate from the landlord is also required, and the truck must not be parked overnight at the location to avoid any penalty.

The permit covers the sale of non-alcoholic beverages, juice, ice refreshments and snacks.

A limited number of permits will be granted for each location, depending on the area’s capacity and whether or not such activity is required.

Specific places and timings set for occupying the area must be strictly observed.

In July, the Department of Economic Development announced that it would begin licensing food trucks to restaurants and catering companies owned by an Emirati or with a local partner.

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