Dubai: A single burger served up on Tuesday before those attending the ‘Pink Bite’ auction by the Pink Caravan has fetched $10,000 (Dh36,700), breaking the record for the highest price paid for a burger in the world.
The burger was prepared by Pink Caravan ambassador Shaikh Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Thani, Chairman of the Department of Statistics and Community Development in Sharjah and cofounder of Musafir.com, in support of Pink Caravan’s mission of spreading the message about the importance of early detection to fight breast cancer.
The popular culinary fund-raiser, held at Galleries Lafayette, Le Gourmet, The Dubai Mall, saw seven of Dubai’s top chefs get together with Pink Caravan ambassadors to put together innovative pink-themed creations inspired by Emirati cuisine at their live stations.
During the hourlong auction, all ambassadors tried to sell their dishes at the highest price. Shaikh Al Thani was able to sell four of his signature burgers, one of which was bought by the owner of the luxury lifestyle magazine in the UAE, Villa 88 Magazine, for Dh36,700.
The Higher Organising Committee of the Pink Caravan announced that the charity auction managed to raise Dh108,755.
Many of UAE’s prominent government officials and public figures gathered to celebrate their shared spirit of giving.
“I have been an ambassador of Pink Caravan since the very beginning, and I am extremely honoured to be here today,” said Shaikh Al Thani. “Two years ago, we broke the world record by selling one burger for $7,000, 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.
“I am so proud of the charitable spirit of the people here in the UAE. 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 delicious burger was prepared with aged cheddar and veal bacon in a saffron brioche burger bun with seven spices and Harrisa burger sauce.
The Pink Caravan will continue its nationwide tour, ending with a closing ceremony in Abu Dhabi on March 17.