9 amazing Oktoberfest celebrations in the UAE.
Cleo Pimentel-Capili, Special to Guides
As the cooler winter season returns, the UAE welcomes a month-long celebration of all things German with Oktoberfest.
Here are 9 places to celebrate this German traditional holiday.
Oktoberfest in Abu Dhabi Beach Garden, Hilton Abu Dhabi
Das Element, a five-piece German band, will be performing live, while guests enjoy an elaborate buffet of salads, cold cuts, roast chicken, steamed fish, sausage counters, and live carving stations.
Freshly baked pretzels will be served on every table as well. And of course, lots and lots of German hops.
Location Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road Cost Dh160 net (food and entry) Timings 7pm until late Dates October 5 to 6 Contact 02 6924247
Le Meridien Abu Dhabi
This will be Le Meridien Abu Dhabi's 14th year in celebrating the Bavarian tradition! Listen to music, feast on authentic German cuisine in their transformed pool and garden and enjoy a real Bavarian party atmosphere.
Location Pool and Garden at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi Cost Dh120 for unlimited German buffet Timings October 26 and 27 From 7pm on Thursday and from 12.30pm on Friday Contact 02 6446666
The Beachcomber, Sheraton Abu Dhabi
The Beachcomber invites you to bring your dancing shoes and dance with the band while creating your unique Oktoberfest experience. This offering includes free entrance to the beach access for everyone.
Location The Beachcomber, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Cost Dh120 for unlimited German buffet Timings October 19 and 20 from 7pm on Thursday and 12.30pm on Friday Contact 02 6773333
Oktoberfest in Dubai Long's Bar
Celebrate one of the longest happy hours with your friends at this bar. They are also giving 30 per cent discount on selected house beverages for three days while you savour a variety of their Oktoberfest favourites like Thuringer Bratwurst, Weisswurst, and Berner Wurstel.
Location Towers Rotana on Sheikh Zayed Road Dates September 28 to 30, from 1pm to 3am Contact 04 3438000
QD's 2.0 Party Tent
QD's 2.0 will be decked out in the classic blue and white colours, with guests getting a special deal for dressing in Oktoberfest outfits. The festival is complete with an Oompah Band, traditional Bavarian brews and games, plus a variety of classic Oktoberfest foods.
Location QD's 2.0 party tent at Emirates Golf Club Cost Standard entry is Dh50 including 1 free hops. Free entry if dressed in Bavarian outfit Timings October 4 to 14 from 5pm to 2am Contact 04 4179999
If you're looking for a touch of Munich, head over to the 'Girders Garden Fest', which kicks off on Sunday October 1. Enjoy a traditional Bavarian themed festival, which will include German dishes including ME-nchener Weisswurste, glazed bratwurst and Kasekrainer just to name a few. While the bar's offer will include the most popular brands of German hops! There's plenty more to go around with live entertainment and fun games. There will also be an Octoberfest themed brunch on the 6, 13 and 20 of October this month.
Location JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR Cost a la carte Timings October 1 to 31 from 4pm to 1am, Friday brunch from 12pm to 4pm Contact 04 8145590
HofbrEnuhaus at the JW Marriott Hotel
This October, a piece of Germany will come to Dubai with authentic hearty German dishes, signature German brews and Bavarian songs from their live band arriving straight from the Wiesn. They will offer an a la carte menu from Saturdays to Wednesdays and the Oktoberfest buffet every Thursdays and Fridays.
Location JW Marriott Hotel Dubai in Deira Cost starts at Dh120 for the Bavarian buffet (food only); Dh60 for children aged 6 - 12 years old (free for children under 6 years old Dates September 27 to October 28, 2017 Contact 04 6077977
Grand Hyatt Dubai
Prepare to dance and sing along to the tunes of the "Die Kirchdorfer" band, flown in all the way from Munich for an authentic traditional German celebration in their air-conditioned Oktoberfest tent. They'll have German favourites such as Kalbsbratwurst, Spargel, Erdbeerschnitte or Veal Schnitzel.
Dress code for the Oktoberfest is smart casual or the traditional German/Austrian Dirndl and Lederhosen.
Location Grand Hyatt Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai Healthcare City Cost Dh195 per person for a buffet including barbeque with soft beverages and Dh249 per person for brunch including house beverages Timings October 11 to 28. A la carte and Buffet from 7pm to 1am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and until 2am on Thursday and Friday; Brunch from 12.30pm to 4pm Contact 04 3172222
Brothaus, Steigenberger's Brotfest
The terrace at Brothaus will transform into a German-style 'biergarten' with garden bench seating, Bavarian tablecloths, pennants and table decoration. The garden will be the perfect spot to gather with friends and family and enjoy authentic German bites and beverages.
Location Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay Cost Dh195 per person Timings October 1 to 31 from 12pm onwards Contact 04 3690000
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