DUBAI // The world’s most expensive burger has been sold at auction to raise money for a cancer charity.
The Dh36,700 Burgerstack was sold during the Pink Caravan’s Pink Bite breast cancer charity event, which raised Dh108,755 in total for the cause.
The auction took place at Galeries Lafayette, Le Gourmet in Dubai Mall with a host of the country’s government officials and public figures taking part.
“I have been an ambassador of Pink Caravan since the very beginning and I am extremely honoured to be here today,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Thani, chairman of the Department of Statistics and Community Development.
“Two years ago we broke the world record by selling one burger for US$7,000 (Dh25,700), and this year we wanted to top that.
“Of course, all proceeds will go to breast cancer awareness and free detection at an earlier stage.”
The event brought together seven of emirate’s top chefs and Pink Caravan ambassadors who collectively created innovative, pink-themed dishes at their live stations inspired by Emirati cuisine.
During the hour-long auction, all ambassadors tried to sell their dishes at the highest price.
Sheikh Al Thani sold four of his signature burgers, one of which was bought by the owner of luxury UAE lifestyle magazine Villa 88 Magazine for Dh36,700.
“I am so proud of the charitable spirit of the people here in the UAE,” he said.
“We may be celebrating 2017 as the ‘UAE Year of Giving’ but, for the people of this nation, every year is.
“It is the personal responsibility of every individual to participate in initiatives like the Pink Caravan, for it is one of the best ways to give back to the community.”
The Burgerstack was prepared with aged cheddar and veal bacon in a saffron brioche burger bun with 7 spices and Harrisa burger sauce, served with a milkshake.
“One burger bought for $10,000,” said Reem BinKaram, chairwoman of the Higher Organising Committee at Pink Caravan Ride.
“This was an incredible feat for not just the Pink Caravan and its supporters but for everyone who supports a good cause in the world.
“I am happy so many people got together and had such a good time, raising a significant amount of money, which will fuel Pink Caravan’s efforts to raise awareness about early detection of breast cancer.”
The Pink Caravan will continue its nationwide tour, ending with a closing ceremony in Abu Dhabi on Friday.