The organizers of a detached festival confirmed to CNN their plans to emulate the Munich Oktoberfest in Dubai Marina from October 2021 to 2022 – in parallel with the World Expo event.
“Oktoberfest in Dubai” is promoted by Charles Bloom, who helps organize the Christmas market in Berlin, and will have dozens of beer tents, food stalls, attractions and walks. The venue hosts up to 1
But reports of the event angered many Germans, some of whom criticized the prospect on social media.
And organizers have said they are not committed to any plans to relocate their festival, known locally as Wiesn, insisting the original will remain in Bavaria and the rival event has nothing to do with it.
“Recently, the media in German-speaking countries have been intensively reporting on the plans of a private person to hold Oktoberfest in Dubai,” the organizers wrote on their website. “Various language titles suggest that the Munich Oktoberfest is actually moving to Dubai, moving there or taking place in the desert this year due to a possible cancellation.
“The plans that have now become known are not being implemented by the organizers of the event in Dubai, either on behalf of or with the consent of the city of Munich.”
Dozens of tents, live music and portable breweries are planned in Dubai, while celebrities will arrive as key guests, Bild reported.
Oktoberfest was canceled last year due to the pandemic, and this year’s event could still be threatened as European countries struggle to control a third wave of coronavirus.