3 Oktoberfest events to try in the UAE
Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus
They’ve been hosting an Oktoberfest at this keller in Deira for exactly 20 years now so you sense they know how to put on a Bavarian spectacular by now. Continuing all through the month, Hofbräuhaus will be serving Oktoberfest dishes such as German potato salad, Bavarian beef goulash and veal dumplings, an unending stack of pretzels, your favourite German songs from a live band flown straight from the Wiesn – or fairground – and, of course, glasses of the famous local brew. Prost!
When: Until October 28
Where: JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Deira
Price: From AED199 per person
Contact: +971 4 607 7977, website
Oktoberfest Party Tent
Dust off your dirndl and lather down your lederhosen as QD’s 2.0 party tent puts on a Bavarian bonanza, complete with oompah band, stacks of pretzels and schnitzels and, of course, hoppy stuff in massive glass mugs. It all kicks off on October 4 with the opening barrel ceremony.
When: 5pm-3am, until Saturday, October 14
Where: QD’s Party Tent, Emirates Golf Club
Price: From AED50
Contact: +971 4 417 9999, website
Oktoberfest in Brauhaus
They call this Abu Dhabi’s original Oktoberfest and with good reason. The celebrated German bar in the first ever Rotana hotel has pedigree and serves up all the usual goodies, from authentic German food, traditional games, lots of music and small green hats with feathers in them. Plenty of Gemütlichkeit, basically.
When: From 6pm, Until Friday, October 13
Where: Brauhaus, Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi
Price: From AED100
Contact: +971 2 697 9011, website