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Oktoberfest reassures Germans he won’t move to Dubai
(CNN) – Organizers of Oktoberfest, Munich’s announced and loud annual beer festival, sought to reassure distraught Germans by dismissing rumors the event would move to Dubai.

Local media reported that plans were being made to move this year’s event to the city in the United Arab Emirates, amid high rates of Covid-19 cases across Europe.

The reports shocked Germans, who reacted angrily to the prospect on social media.

But organizers said they were not involved in any plans to transfer the festival, known locally as Wiesn, and insisted he would stay in Bavaria.

“Recently, media in German-speaking countries have been reporting extensively on an individual’s plans to hold an Oktoberfest in Dubai,” the organizers wrote on their website. “Various headlines linguistically suggest that the Munich Oktoberfest is actually moving to Dubai, moving there or taking place in the desert this year due to a possible cancellation.

“The Oktoberfest is a Munich original and takes place exclusively in Munich,” a spokesperson for the Munich City Department of Labor and Economic Affairs, which is hosting the event, said in a statement.

“The projects which are now known are not being pursued by the organizers of the event in Dubai either on behalf or with the consent of the city of Munich.”

The plans were reported in German newspapers, including Bild, who wrote that German businessmen had been behind the plans since last year.

According to plans, dozens of tents, live music and portable breweries would be set up in Dubai, while celebrities would be flown in as main guests, Bild reported.

Oktoberfest was canceled last year due to the pandemic, and this year’s event could still be at risk as European countries fight to control a third wave of coronavirus.

The organizers have set September 18 as the start of the two-week festival. But Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter said “the decision on whether the Wiesn can take place this year or should be canceled for a second consecutive time has yet to be taken”.


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