Meals on wheels

The growing food-truck industry can benefit the community and the economy

More food trucks would benefit start-ups and customers.. Christopher Pike / The National
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Though we don't have an established street food culture, the increasing number of food trucks has helped to create an urban buzz, at least during winter. Dubai is becoming a culinary hotspot with steps up such as Last Exit off Sheikh Zayed Road and features 10 food trucks from some of the emirate's most popular outlets. And, as The National reported yesterday, Abu Dhabi's already-licensed restaurants will also have the opportunity to set up their own food trucks and apply for a licence from the Department of Economic Development.

While this is good news, it only benefits those restaurateurs who are already in business. We hope these licences will soon be available to entrepreneurs who can’t afford permanent premises. A great variety of cuisines should be available in different price brackets to cater for all segments of society. As long as there is available space and hygiene and other standards are maintained, we should encourage start-ups to join the food revolution.