The World Alba White Truffle Auction will be hosted in the GCC for the first time in its 18-year history this November. The charity auction will be held at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre on November 12, which will be held concurrently with the Grinzane Castle in Alba, Italy (the historical location of the auction) and Hong Kong, linked by satellite and broadcast worldwide. Last year the auction, which linked Philadelphia and Hong Kong with Alba, sold a twin truffle weighing 1.17kg to Chinese chef, Zhenxiang Dong for $118,000; a big slice of the $530,000 raised on the night. Attracting connoisseurs from across the globe, this year’s auction is expected to raise over $600,000, the proceeds going to the Al Jalila Foundation – a not-for-profit organization established by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Five truffles will be sold with a final, signature truffle being sold by Alba to worldwide bidders, which is expected to break the record as the most expensive truffle ever sold. Each of the five truffles on auction are linked to a local Dubai restaurant, who will offer the winning bidders an exclusive dining experience for eight people as part of their purchase; as well as having their purchase prepared and served by a renowned chef such as Gary Rhodes or Reif Othman. The auction will be held in The Great Ballroom on Sunday November 12 at 4pm.