Almost a dozen of the UAE's most popular restaurant brands have a new home in what is probably the coolest service station on the planet.
Last Exit launches before the end of July on the border between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and is not only a mighty useful spot for those driving between the two emirates, but is a foodie destination worth visiting on its own.
Home to 12 vintage airstreams, each individually customised by big name foodie brands including Clinton St. Baking Company, Poco Loco, Operation Falafel, The Hot Dog Stand, and Urban Seafood (full list below), it is an utterly original and totally unique drive-thru experience, the likes of which we haven't seen anywhere before.
Located on the E11 near the Ghantoot turn-off, it is, in the most basic terms, a mighty useful spot to grab a bite to eat. But, beyond that, it is a 1,500 square metre gourmet food truck park, a brilliant throwback to the 1950s.
What's more, it is open 24/7, so those late-night drives back from concerts in the capital now don't seem so bad. Same goes for the 7am dash to a meeting, because The Brass and Starbucks are in place for that coffee you most certainly need.
How it works is simple; after taking the slip road, drivers are presented with 10 of the trucks set on individual tracks and each given their own intercom ordering service. From there, you can take a slip, park up and then choose to either eat in the car or head inside to the spectacularly decorated canteen block. Last Exit really is fit for a quick grab-and-go or wind down and leg rest.
The fuel station-esque indoor vantage point is set behind the food trucks, and feels like a classic car repair warehouse. Vintage posters, rustic tyres, metal and wrought-iron accessories decorate the walls and ceilings, and there are two respite rooms where customers are encouraged to take a breather with their families - both areas are scattered with wooden tables and barrel-like stools. The toilets provide visual entertainment with their walls covered in collages of “car sales” posters from the 1950s.
The accessories here have been sourced from the UAE, as well as the UK, US and Sri Lanka. There are also certain custom pieces made exclusively for Last Exit, with an aim of upcycling products, such as the bins, wash basins and lamp shades.
So how much does it all cost? Well, it’s free to drive through, visit or hang out at - and whoever thought you would 'hang out' at a service station, huh? - but all individual food and beverages prices vary.
FULL LIST OF OUTLETS
Big Smoke Burger
Clinton St. Baking Company
The Hot Dog Stand
All Day mini-mart
Opening late July. Unlicensed. Last Exit, Exit 1 on the E11 road towards Dubai. www.facebook.com/lastexitdubai