Dubai chose to host the canceled Oktoberfest in Germany, upsetting some traditionalists
Germany’s Oktoberfest, which has been canceled for the second year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is due to take place in Dubai, upsetting traditionalists.
Authorities in Dubai are reported in German media for endorsing the festival, which will run for six months, much longer than the typical Munich two weeks, starting in October in the Dubai Marina.
Beer will be imported from Germany, as well as genuine service staff. “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson, actor Steven Seagal and “Terminator” politician and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger have reportedly been invited.
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The Dubai event is hosted by Charles Blume, who oversees Berlin’s Christmas markets, and catering entrepreneur Dirk Ippen. It raised eyebrows because of Dubai’s conservative drinking laws.
Speaking on Radio Charivari, a Munich-based radio station, Blume said permission had been given on the understanding that guests, who could be drunk, would be taken back to where they are staying on buses, to keep them out of sight. seen.
In normal years, Oktoberfest typically attracted 6 million visitors to the Munich festival grounds. It was scheduled to take place from September 19 to October 4, but Germany is still struggling to vaccinate its population, while the United Arab Emirates are at a more advanced stage.
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Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder said it was “with a heavy heart” that the festival was canceled for a second year, but promised that “Oktoberfest will be held again and will be big again”.
Separately, Buckingham Place has confirmed that Queen Elizabeth II has launched two beers made from barley grown on her estate at Sandringham in the Norfolk estate. This is the Monarch’s first time in brewing, and Sandringham Golden India Pale Ale is sold in his gift shop for £ 3.99 ($ 5.53) a half-liter bottle.