The organizers of a breakaway festival confirmed to CNN their plans to imitate the Munich Oktoberfest in the Dubai Marina from October 2021 to 2022 – parallel to the world exhibition.
The “Oktoberfest in Dubai” is promoted by Charles Blume, who helps organize the Berlin Christmas market. It will feature dozens of beer tents, food stalls, attractions, and rides. The location can accommodate up to 120,000 guests and there are “no restrictions on traditional Bavarian clothing, beer, music or the sale and consumption of any kind of food”.
However, reports of the event angered many Germans, some of whom criticized the view on social media.
And the organizers said they weren’t involved in any plans to reschedule their festival, known locally as Wiesn, and insisted that the original would stay in Bavaria and that the rival event would not be linked.
“Recently, the media in German-speaking countries have reported intensively on plans by a private person to hold an Oktoberfest in Dubai,” the organizers wrote on their website. “Various linguistic headlines indicate that the Munich Oktoberfest is actually being relocated to Dubai, is moving there or is taking place in the desert this year due to a possible cancellation.
“The plans that have now become known are not being pursued by the organizers of the event in Dubai on behalf of or with the consent of the City of Munich.”
Dozens of tents, live music and portable breweries would be set up in Dubai as part of the plans, 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 in jeopardy as European countries battle to fight a third wave of coronavirus.