Chefs in the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi kitchen create largest sculpture in the world made entirely of dates

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ABU DHABI – The culinary team at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi used dates from all over the region, such as ajwa, khalas, munaify, mashrooq, sellag, wanana, rabia, khodri and more to create the world’s largest sculpture in honor of Iftar.

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi today announced the creation of this sculpture that is made in the shape of a traditional Arabic coffee pot. The sculpture, reaching 5 meters high, took five days to build by a team of 30 people. Located at Lobby Lounge, this structure, which used 16 varieties of dates, was created in honor of Ramadan and the traditional fruit eaten when breaking fast during iftar.

Members from the kitchen, housekeeping, engineering, administration and front office participated in the construction of the sculpture, which now graces the hotel lobby entrance. The display welcomes visitors coming to Sofra bld Grand Iftar.

“Dates are a long-standing tradition within the Middle East community and are widely known for their health and protective benefits. Creating this piece of art for Ramadan honors this fruit used to break the daily fast during iftar. We invite you to come and see it for yourself and Ramadan Kareem to all,” said General Manager Thomas Guss.

Guests visiting the Grand Iftar at Sofra bld are given a selection of dates from around the region to gently break their fast before sampling the traditional Middle Eastern dishes prepared by the culinary team this Ramadan.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages over 95 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 39,000. Shangri La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.

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