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Inside the Middle East
May 20, 2012
Posted: 1037 GMT

Would you fly halfway around the world just to order a slice of pizza?

One American recently did just that.

Jon Gabrus, a self-described "Fat American," flew from New York City to Dubai for the sole purpose of ordering and eating a pizza, reported the UAE's National newspaper on Sunday.  Gabrus, 30, traveled a total of 6,850 miles in 13 hours to get the pie.

Why?  Because it wasn't just any pizza – it was Pizza Hut's new Crown Crust cheeseburger pizza, which apparently is not available in the U.S.  Plus, the trip was part of a comedy bit.

Here's the National on Gabrus' rationale:

The answer is that the Crown Crust pizza is unique to the UAE. Pizza Hut Middle East's menu describes it as "grilled mini cheeseburgers nestled in a golden crown crusts. All in a pizza topped with beef, fresh tomato and lettuce, delightfully drizzled with Pizza Hut's special sauce".

Americans cannot buy a pizza whose crust is studded with little cheeseburgers unless they have a passport and an airline ticket, but the country that invented fast food seems mesmerised by it. After numerous incredulous reports in the US media, a website called College Humor commissioned Gabrus to fly to Dubai and taste one.

No word on how many calories in the Crown Crust, but Gabrus did post a video on his "greasy" adventure to Dubai.

Interestingly enough, the other big story in the National on Sunday was on childhood obesity.

Here's what one Twitter user had to say on the new pizza-burger hybrid:

What do you think?

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Christina-Xena   May 22nd, 2012 12:06 am ET

(to the tune of "If loving you is wrong I don't wanta be right")

If loving this Cheeseburger Crown Pizza idea is wrong...

....I don't wanta be right.

Bring to USA!...USA!...USA!!!!

desert voice   May 23rd, 2012 10:19 pm ET

And think, in the Philippines, the poor are salvaging rotten pieces of half-eaten chicken from a garbage dump, in order to feed their children each day. For them it's a delicacy and it's called pag-pag. They are lucky if they can find this smelly, decomposing chicken every day, for children need to eat something every day! I wonder, how many good, fresh chickens could be bought for the money this empty-hearted man spent on his airplane ticket, only to stuff himself with the world's most expensive pizza?!


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