Sweet talk: Abu Dhabi smashes Guinness record for largest variety of desserts served

The 2,586 sweet treats were served at Umm Al Emarat park as part of Abu Dhabi Culinary Season

The UAE added another feather to its Guinness World Record cap on Saturday, December 7, when it served the largest variety of desserts at Umm Al Emarat park in Abu Dhabi. The 2,586 sweet treats surpassed the previous record of 2,234, at the World of Food Abu Dhabi food festival, which is part of the Department of Culture and Tourism's Abu Dhabi Culinary Season.

"Our desserts [were] created to represent the world, and we selected countries and regions from all continents so we could have the broadest range of ingredients and styles," says veteran Dubai chef Uwe Micheel, president of the Emirates Culinary Guild and director of kitchens at Radisson Blu Dubai Deira. He's not exaggerating.

Not only did every dessert contain at least two ingredients, and three or more servings – for 10,056 servings in all – the buffet table was weighed down by three tonnes of eggs, sugar, flour and butter, whipped up by 57 hotels, restaurants and caterers from all seven emirates.

Representative countries include: Albania, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, The Caribbean, Chile, China, Croatia, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nepal, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico,  Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, and Wales; plus a gluten-free section.

“The UAE has shown its diversity and global membership in a very special way with this new World Record,” adds Micheel.

The desserts were shared with park visitors and distributed to hospitality workers to ensure there was no food waste, while the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority was present to ensure food safety and hygiene requirements.


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