Oktoberfest 2021

Wiesn on the way to the desert

While the Oktoberfest in Munich is on the brink of cancellation for 2021, there are plans for an edition of the Wiesn in Dubai.
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While the Oktoberfest in Munich is on the brink of cancellation for 2021, there are plans for an edition of the Wiesn in Dubai.

Due to the ongoing Corona pandemic, the Oktoberfest in Munich is also on the brink of cancellation in 2021, although a decision has not yet been made. Meanwhile, there are apparently concrete plans to hold the festival in Dubai. Criticism comes from Munich.

In autumn, the Expo world exhibition will take place in Dubai. Now plans are apparently flourishing to host an edition of the Oktoberfest in the Gulf state at the same time. This is reported by various newspapers. According to the report, the festival is to extend over around eight months - from 7 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

620 businesses are involved in the implementation, an area of 400,000 square metres has been reserved, a spokesman for the organisers announced. Beer tents, rides, stalls and folk music are planned. Four million guests are expected to come each month. According to media reports, the Berlin Christmas market boss Charles Blume is responsible for the plans.

Last year, the Wiesn in Munich was cancelled due to the ongoing Corona outbreak - and this year, too, the festival seems unfeasible against the backdrop of the pandemic in Bavaria. Because about half of the population in Dubai has already been vaccinated, the festival could take place in the Gulf. Hygiene concepts and safety standards should be in place, the organizers say.

Criticism from Munich

Whether the plans for this desert party will be realized, however, is still up in the air. In any case, Munich is very critical of the venture, as the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. According to the paper, the official Wiesn boss, Munich's economic advisor Clemens Baumgärtner (CSU), says: "An Oktoberfest in Dubai, that's like a demonstration for democracy in Pyongyang." There will certainly not be a municipal license for the desert Wiesn.
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