Add those dirndls and lederhosens to your shopping cart as it’s time to party like a German in less than two weeks. What’s touted to be the most authentic Oktoberfest outside of Munich is set to roll into Dubai on September 17 and run for an entire month. The celebrations will be unfurling at Ernst, Dubai’s only Bavarian Biergarten and Wirtshaus. The German pub at 25Hours Hotel has already been getting the Dubaiites hopped up on authentic German hops and cuisine. Now, they’re gearing up to give the city’s residents a taste of the popular 212-year-old folk festival held every autumn in Munich.
Ernst will be levelling up the Bavarian vibes with a genuine Oktoberfest celebration that will run in tandem with the 16-day Oktoberfest in Munich but last an extra 15 days. From September 17, you’re in for a cultural experience like no other considering everything that the folks at Ernst have in store.
Music, food, ambiance, decor and drinks will all be as German as can be. Four different German bands will be flown into Dubai and will have special weekly performances scheduled, so you can do the schuhplattler (traditional German folk dance) in style . When it comes to food, two German executive chefs will whip up mouthwatering traditional Oktoberfest delicacies. But here’s the surprise: the menu will include both halal and non-halal options.
Want to take home souvenirs? There’ll be a German market set up in proper carnival-style, and you’ll be able to chug down on litre-full steins of a special brew flown in all the way from German brewery Paulaner: a limited-edition Oktoberfest ale. In Munich, this special ale is served in the Paulaner tent called Armbrustschützenzelt which attracts hordes of visitors. It’s hard to get that tongue-twister of a name right even without imbibing any of that special ale.
That’s your cue to polish up on your German and stock up on more words and phrases than just Prost and Guten Tag if you’re headed to this cracker of an event. We’ll get the ball rolling for you with this gem: Eins, Zwei, Drei, G’suffa!, which means One, Two, Three, Drink!