It might look like a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but it’s actually where you’ll find a commuter-friendly feed.
If you’re driving between Dubai and Abu Dhabi any time soon, don’t worry – you haven’t stumbled on the set of The Walking Dead or Mad Max.
The end-of-the-world-looking attraction on Sheikh Zayed Road is actually one of the UAE’s newest food truck parks.
Mad X is the fourth location of the Last Exit concept, and it’s sat right opposite the original Last Exit E11 branch, this time in the direction of Dubai to the capital.
The 500,000-square-foot attraction – which is more than three times the size of its counterpart over the road – will welcome diners from August 10, and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Aside from a diverse range of food trucks, Mad X is decked out with war rigs, monster trucks and abandoned cars half-submerged in the ground, with most of the destination built using recycled materials.
And just because it resembles a post-apocalyptic wasteland doesn’t mean it’s not visitor-friendly, with grassy areas, picnic tables and shady netted canopies.
Among the vendors setting up shop are some favourites also found at Fifties-influenced Last Exit E11, such as Burger Pit, Poco Loco and Starbucks, as well as other burger joints Johnny Rockets and The Stuffed Burger.
There’ll also be south-east Asian dishes from Pad Thai, Italian classic from 800 Degrees Pizza, Japanese offerings from Sushi Box and steamed snacks from Bao Bun.
You’ll also find Gyros, Hot Chix, Jaldi Jaldi, BBQ on Wheels, Dirty Dogs and My Karak trucks on site, according to developer Meeras.
In the near future, Mad X is also planning to open an indoor dining area with “theatrical effects” (the sound of which makes us fear we’ll fling a bao up the air in surprise).
With branches also in Al Qudra and Al Khawaneej, Meeras plans to open a further six Last Exits over the next two years.