Oktoberfest reassures Germans it will not be shifting to Dubai


(CNN) — The organizers of Oktoberfest, Munich’s heralded and raucous annual beer competition, have criticized plans to create a rival occasion in Dubai and sought to reassure Germans that the unique will not be shifting.

Organizers of a breakaway competition confirmed to CNN their plans to emulate Munich’s Oktoberfest on the Dubai Marina from October 2021 till 2022 — operating parallel to the World Expo occasion.

“Oktoberfest in Dubai” is promoted by Charles Blume, who helps manage the Berlin Christmas market, and is ready to function dozens of beer tents, meals stands, sights and rides. The situation hosts as much as 120,000 visitors and there might be “no restrictions to conventional Bavarian costume, beer, music or sale and consumption of meals of any sort.”

However stories of the occasion have angered many Germans, a few of whom criticized the prospect on social media.

And organizers stated they weren’t concerned with any plans to relocate their competition, identified regionally as Wiesn, insisting that the unique would stay in Bavaria and the rival occasion was unconnected.

“Lately, media in German-speaking international locations have been reporting intensively on plans by a non-public particular person to carry an Oktoberfest in Dubai,” organizers wrote on their web site. “Numerous headlines linguistically counsel that the Munich Oktoberfest is definitely being relocated to Dubai, is shifting there, or is happening within the desert this yr as a result of a doable cancellation.

“The Oktoberfest is a Munich authentic and takes place solely in Munich,” a spokesperson for the Division of Labor and Financial Affairs of the Metropolis of Munich, which organizes the occasion, stated in a press release.

“The plans which have now change into identified usually are not being pursued by the organizers of the occasion in Dubai both on behalf of or with the consent of the Metropolis of Munich.”

The plans have been reported in German newspapers together with Bild, which wrote that German businessmen had been behind the plans since final yr.

Below the plans, dozens of tents, reside music and transportable breweries could be arrange in Dubai, whereas celebrities could be flown in as headline visitors, Bild reported.

Oktoberfest was canceled final yr because of the pandemic, and this yr’s occasion may nonetheless be in jeopardy as European international locations battle to manage a 3rd wave of coronavirus.

Organizers have set a date of September 18 as the beginning of the two-week competition. However Munich’s Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter has stated “the choice as as to whether the Wiesn can happen this yr or needs to be canceled for a second time in a row has not but been made.”

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