The Last Exit

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In the bygone era, the iconic highway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Road, had a few mundane restaurants/cafes scattered across the 150 kilometers stretch. These would sell some traditional food items, some grocery items, and of course non-alcoholic beverages. Drivers of all kinds would stop by for refreshments and cool off their flail nerves with refreshing and chilled colas or for prayers. But, the food outlets remain very “regular” and “boring”.

In 2017, Meraas changed it all. It introduced a new, edgy, quirky, and exotic dining concept that was a combination of Hollywood movies and the iconic American food truck concept. It realized the need for upper-crust families to dine out in the cool environs of their vehicles. The first Last Exit Dubai was set up on Sheikh Zayed Road, on the way back from Abu Dhabi. This was called E11-Last Exit. E11 Last Exit is located on E11 (Sheikh Zayed Road), just while you are entering into Dubai Border. It was set on the very successful movie, “Cars”. While entering Dubai, you will find 4 huge cars placed vertically on a billboard. That is when you know that you and your family can have a delicious dining experience.

The basic idea of the Last Exit is to bring USA dining habits to their doorstep. The food, the menu, the taste, and the serving style; everything is styled on American Food Trucks business. The value addition here is that the food trucks are well designed, follow the best hygiene standards, and completely safe. The cleanliness is amazing. Also, you will get fantastic seating areas both indoors and outdoors. There is a super clean toilet area, there is a parking area as well as a grocery. Now, Meraas has added a “Dual Fuel Concept”, i.e., fuel to your car and fuel to your body. Fuel to the car is through a partnership with Adnoc and for your body, you have more than 7 food trucks and there is a big scope to add more.

There are 4 Last Exit Dining and Entertainment Destinations as of now.

E11 – Last Exit Abu Dhabi Bound

The edgy and apocalyptic theme, a Mad Max movie based setting, and a delightful man popped out from a rustic food truck; sums up the E11- Last Exit Dubai (Abu Dhabi Bound). Stop here to take a look at the detailing of this themed dining destination. Getting down from your car to order a coffee from Starbucks is optional but experiencing the whole area and taking selfies with one of the huge cranes in “break down” condition is absolutely priceless.

There are restaurants there which will offer you not only a nice seat but also very tasty food. The food options are varied and could include a steaming “Karak Chai” which means “strong tea”. This tea will have cardamom and ginger to give the tea a spicy edge. One Karak chai and you will be in Abu Dhabi without a wink of sleep.

There is plenty of parking for you in case you came here with your pals or family for an outing in the sun. Wintertime is perfect for a night trip to Last Exit Dubai – E11 to enjoy the cool breeze, wonderful edgy setting, and great food. Sit down and have a conversation backed by music played in the background.

Last Exit, is also having some recreational areas like table tennis and chess boards. You may bring your own Janga and pals to spend one good day outta here, as Americans say!

The Last Exit Dubai – The Pit Shop

This is where it all started. While this place was ready and to be inaugurated many tried to figure it out. Rumors had it that it was some Hollywood movie set. Some said that it is an extension of close by Dubai Parks. Very soon, the 8 colorful cars mounted on the huge billboard announced the arrival of the food truck dining experience in Dubai. Many visitors who had earlier experience of a food truck in the USA, could not help gushing over the place, the menu, and of course the food. Meraas, the developer, ensured that the food served in the Last Exit-E11 (Dubai Bound), is unique but hygienic. The rules were to be broken and hence you would see dining chairs that mock-up car seats, car parts, etc.

If it is fast food then it has to be a burger. The burger is the main menu here. There are all kinds of burgers here. There is Stuffed Burger, Burger and Chips, Burger from Burger Pit, and Burger from Johnny Rockets. Take your freshly made coffee from Starbucks or the Café De Roma to have a wink free drive. The place looks green due to manicured artificial grass. There are 5 bays and each bay has a street  

Last Exit Dubai – D63

While going to the famous Al Qudra Lake, on Al Qudra Street, you will find a buzz of activities. A lot of cyclists would be getting their gear while pet lovers will get the leash and harness ready for a walk with their beloved pets. The atmosphere is electric. However, the unmissable “Last Exit” American-style hoarding mounted on a tall pole. This place is a destination in itself and Al Qudra is becoming a beehive of leisure activities like cycling, swimming, open sky camping, and much more. The Last Exit here is central to all.

Set upon an artificial grass turf are the wooden tables and benches, which are designed in a rustic fashion. They are laid out between the food trucks, which can also act as a drive-through. Village props also feature in the area, providing soothing vibes to the customers. One can enjoy a peaceful meal and watch the many cars go by in the Last Exit, D63. Speaking of the various food outlets located in the Last Exit, there are various restaurants and coffee shops. Burger Pit, as the name suggests serves delicious burgers and fries. Café Peloton boasts a menu of classic café food as well as coffee. Hot Chix, one of the premier stops for tasty fast foods, serves burgers and even barbecued chicken. Last Exit, D69  is the one-stop-shop for customers with an empty stomach and a craving for chicken. My Karak takes a twist and surprises you with Paratha items such as Paratha with Egg and Cheese, sending your taste buds for a wild, fascinating but most importantly, tasty, ride. It also serves the classic Karak tea. The saddle is the only pastry and bakery shop, which serves croissants and crepes, with various coffees to top it off. It is a popular destination for desserts. The Brass is an excellent coffee shop located in the area, which serves high-quality coffee.

Other than the various food outlets, there is also the Zad Food Store, which sells authentic Arabic food-stuffs and other food items. Trek Bicycles Shop and First Ride are shops catered to cyclists in us. Trek sells Bicycles and Roller Skates, even selling safety items. The first Ride can help fix bicycles and cater to them.

Last Exit, D63, does not compromise on its parking or its customer service, both of which are not just satisfactory, but outstanding. The parking is quite spacious, large and even houses a smart station to charge electric vehicles, an initiative taken by SMART Dubai, supporting a greener, cleaner future. Located in the confines of the Last Exit is another restaurant Spicy Village, serving spicy delicacies, and also the ADNOC Petrol Station, which apart from selling petrol also houses a grocery store, where thirsty customers can buy a bottle of water or a packet of chewing gum for the return trip. The store also sells ready-made food such as puffs and rolls.

The ambiance of the Last Exit-D63, is exemplary. The employees of the food trucks are calm and courteous and are generally very helpful to the customers. It is very pet friendly, and you can amuse yourself by watching the many dogs that visit the area. It is also a very clean and well-maintained place, and it is highly recommended that you take your dog out for walks there. The aforementioned village props and the artificial grass turf provide a rustic and village atmosphere to just relax, forget about the world, and focus on your comfort. In summary, the Last Exit can be your ultimate stress-killer. Just a decent meal and a cup of coffee can make your day.

The Last Exit – Al Khawaneej

It is a hidden piece of gem. Al Khawaneej is seeing a lot of development in recent years. The newly established University City and the International City offer the Al Khawaneej area the crown of new development. Nestled among rolling green meadows, you will find Last Exit Al Khawaneej. This is the gateway to Oman and offers the driver an ideal dining experience before getting into our out of Oman. A ranch inspired destination, you will find plenty of shacks and saddles here with hays and horses. All giving you a look and feel of an American Ranch home. Stop here for a tall, dark, and delicious Coffee from Cupagahwa, add yummy pastry from the Saddle café and treat your kids to a meaty burger from the Dirty Dog.

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