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Abu Dhabi issues first permits for mobile food trucks

Abu Dhabi Integrated Transport Centre says limited number of approved trucks will operate in specific locations

Abu Dhabi issues first permits for mobile food trucks
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The first permits has been issued to allow mobile food-vending trucks to operate in the emirate of Abu Dhabia, according to the Abu Dhabi Integrated Transport Centre, also known as Mawaqif.

It said the trucks will be able to operate in specific locations outside Abu Dhabi Island, including Al Raha Beach, Saadiyat Island, the Abu Dhabi–Dubai main highway, Al Falah area and Al Garm, among other public areas and tourist locations.

Mohammad Hamad Al Muhairi, general manager of parking division of Mawaqif, said in comments published by news agency WAM: "Our aim is to improve the quality of services offered to community members through regulating mobile food-vending trucks and issuing permits after verifying all environmental and health stipulations and requirements.

"Regulating the business will also generate fresh investment prospects for individuals as well as small and medium size firms to invest in this field."

Mawafiq said permit applicants have to secure approvals from the Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi Police and Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority.

The permit covers the offering of non-alcoholic beverages, juices, iced refreshments and snacks as specified by the relevant licensing bodies.

The Abu Dhabi Integrated Transport Centre said that the number of permits granted in each location will be limited.

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