Nat Geo brings Ramsay adventures to Mideast

Chef Gordon Ramsay cooks a feast with Chef Najat Kaanache to celebrate Berber New Year in Morocco.
Updated 30 July 2019

Nat Geo brings Ramsay adventures to Mideast

16-Michelin-star recipient and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is embarking on a culinary adventure around the globe in National Geographic’s new series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, which will air every Monday at 9 p.m. KSA time. The Arabic language version will air starting Aug. 5 on National Geographic Abu Dhabi.

In this new series, Ramsay is on a mission to immerse himself in new cultures, dishes and flavors. From Peru, Laos and Morocco to Hawaii, Alaska and New Zealand, Ramsay will be roaring through valleys, diving into oceans, hiking through forests and scaling mountains in his relentless pursuit of culinary inspiration. 

“We are delighted to bring Gordon Ramsay’s new series to Middle Eastern audiences. At National Geographic, we have been using our media platforms to explore the world’s cultures for over 130 years, a mission we see echoed throughout Gordon Ramsay: Unchartered,” said Sanjay Raina, senior vice president and general manager, Fox Networks Group. “In National Geographic’s trademark style, the new series effortlessly blends high entertainment with factual-based knowledge, satiating audiences’ universal curiosity to learn about the world around us.” 

“It has been an amazing journey traveling off the beaten path with National Geographic and connecting with locals to learn and share incredible stories of unique traditions, delicacies and the extreme lengths it takes to harvest native ingredients,” said Ramsay. “I have learned way more filming this series than I have in the last 10 years.” 

Premiere episodes include:

• Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted — Peru’s Sacred Valley

Ramsay travels by motorbike through Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas to discover traditional high-altitude cuisine.

• Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted — New Zealand’s Rugged South

Ramsay journeys to the remote corners of southern New Zealand to unlock the secrets of traditional Maori cuisine. 

• Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted — The Mountains of Morocco

Ramsay travels to Morocco, where he embarks on an adventure deep in the Middle Atlas Mountains to understand ancient Berber cuisine. 

Learning from the locals, he rappels over a waterfall to meet mushroom hunters, milks a camel and experiences the life of the Berber people. 

He puts his new skills to the test, cooking a feast with chef Najat Kaanache to celebrate Berber New Year.

• Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted — Hawaii’s Hana Coast

Ramsay travels to Maui, Hawaii, to explore the exotic ingredients of Hawaiian cuisine. 

• Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted — The Mighty Mekong of Laos

Ramsay travels to Laos, where he takes on a rapid stretch of white water, kayaking down the Mekong in search of culinary inspiration. 

• Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted — Alaska’s Panhandle 

Ramsay journeys to the rugged Alaskan Panhandle to learn survival skills and discover Alaskan cuisine.

Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

Updated 18 August 2019

Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

A massive 155-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton will be up for grabs for lovers of rare collectibles as Emirates Auction announced it will organize the Middle East’s first auction to sell the giant dinosaur skeleton. 

The online auction will be conducted by Emirates Auction, which specializes in organizing and managing public and electronic auctions, at a starting value of 14.6 million dirhams (SR14.9 million, $4 million) and will end on Aug. 25. 

The 24.4-meter-long by 7-meter-high skeleton, which dates back to the Jurassic period, is the first of its kind in the world to be installed at the Dubai Mall. 

Back then the 25-year-old dinosaur weighed up to five elephants and was one of the long-necked herbivorous dinosaurs and has a tail tapering to a long, thin whip-like end to defend itself against predators.

The dinosaur belongs to the Diplodocus longus variety, deriving it from the Greek words “diplos,” meaning “double,” and “dokos” meaning “beam.” 

Nearly 90 percent of the fossil’s bones are original, making it a stunning discovery in the history of palaeontology. The remains of the adult dinosaur were discovered in a sleeping position in 2008 at the Dana Quarry in the US state of Wyoming.

The auction will be an ideal opportunity for those looking for excellence to supplement their collections with a historic masterpiece rarely found around the world.

The specimen was previously displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the US state of Texas. It was sourced through Khalid Seddiq, founder of Etihad Modern Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi, and was put on permanent display at The Dubai Mall in 2014.

Emirates Auction is a UAE-based auction company in the Middle East. Founded in 2004, the company specializes in automobiles, vehicle license plates, real estate and properties, asset liquidation, VIP mobile numbers, jewelry, time-sensitive items, and heavy machinery, plant and construction equipments. 

Emirates Auction has achieved a number of milestones in a short span of time since its establishment, breaking 10 Guinness World Records along the way.

With increasing annual sales and registered bidders across the UAE, GCC and North Africa states, Russia and other countries across the world, the auctioneer conducts over 200 online and physical auctions per year. The company is credited with significantly contributing to the development of auction concepts in the Arab world.