Oktoberfest reassures Germans he won’t move to Dubai
Organizers of a separation festival have confirmed to CNN their intention to emulate Munich’s Oktoberfest at the Dubai Marina from October 2021 to 2022 – alongside the World Expo event.
“Oktoberfest in Dubai” is promoted by Charles Blume, who helps organize the Berlin Christmas market, and is expected to feature dozens of beer tents, food stalls, attractions and rides. The location accommodates up to 120,000 guests and there will be “no restrictions on traditional Bavarian dress, beer, music or the sale and consumption of food of any kind.”
But reports of the event angered many Germans, some of whom criticized the prospect on social media.
And the organizers said they were not involved in any plans to relocate their festival, known locally as Wiesn, insisting that the original would remain in Bavaria and that the rival event was not bound.
“Recently, media in German-speaking countries have been reporting extensively on an individual’s plans to hold an Oktoberfest in Dubai,” the organizers wrote on their website. “Various headlines linguistically suggest that the Munich Oktoberfest is in fact moving to Dubai, moving there or taking place in the desert this year due to a possible cancellation.
“The projects which are now known are not being pursued by the organizers of the event in Dubai either on behalf or with the consent of the city of Munich.”
According to plans, dozens of tents, live music and portable breweries would be set up in Dubai, while celebrities would be flown in as main guests, Bild reported.
Oktoberfest was canceled last year due to the pandemic, and this year’s event could still be at risk as European countries fight to control a third wave of coronavirus.