The best places to celebrate Oktoberfest in the UAE
It’s that time of year when we don our Lederhosen, sip on our favourite hops and indulge in Bavarian delicacies in celebration of Oktoberfest.
Barasti Beach Bar
Barasti Beach Bar at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Waterpark opens its tent for Oktober fest, bringing back the annual Bavarian tradition in honour of the 183rd fest. To celebrate this year’s Wiesn with a blast, Barasti brings you The Oompah Girls – an all-female cabaret band dressed in traditional drindle. A singer, saxophonist, guitarist, keyboard player, and drummer will perform a varied collection of traditional and current pop classics. A selection of German cuisine will accompany the Bavarian entertainment. Available from Tuesday 27 September to Saturday 1 October.
GO: Visit www.barastibeach.com for reservations and more information.
A traditional German Oktoberfest is taking over Ernst, the Bavarian Biergarten and Wirtshaus at 25hours One Central Dubai. The celebrations will feature four German bands, two German chefs creating a traditional Oktoberfest menu of halal and non-halal options, one German market, and a limited-edition Oktoberfest ale on tap. Available Saturday 17 September to Sunday 16 October.
GO: Email email@example.com or call 04 210 2511 for reservations and more information.
Ribs & Brews
Experience a fun and eventful Oktoberfest on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal at Ribs & Brews inside Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City. Enjoy a Bavarian feast, German hops, Brätwurst and weisswürst, or accept the venue’s exciting caveman challenge. Several appealing offers have been introduced to celebrate the occasion, including three Steins for AED 237, with the fourth provided complimentary. Available Saturday 17 September to Sunday 16 October.
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04 435 5577 for reservations and more information.
Oktoberfest at Wavehouse features Bavarian-inspired dishes from AED 45 and pop-up draught stations on the venue’s terrace. Highlights on the food menu include homemade Brezen pretzels, bratwurst with sauerkraut, a Bavarian meat and cheese board spread, classic apple strudel and double German chocolate cake. There will also be a live house band on weekdays, a German Oompah band on weekends, stein holding competitions, face painting and stilt walkers. Available Friday 30 September to Sunday 9 October.
GO: Visit www.atlantis.com or call 04 426 2626 for reservations and more information.
Celebrate Oktoberfest at the vibrant c.mondo inside Centro Capital Centre Abu Dhabi. Expect a Bavarian-style celebration with a menu of German food and drinks, including pretzels, sausages, spätzle and lamb shanks. Offers include three sharing dishes and three litres of hops for AED 199, one dish and two glasses of hops for AED 99, or unlimited draught hops and selected house beverages for two hours at AED 99 per person. Available Saturday 17 September to Monday 3 October.
GO: Call 02 409 6514 for reservations and more information.
Le Méridien Abu Dhabi Hotel
Experience Oktoberfest vibes as the Le Méridien Village transforms into a Bavarian funfair. Indulge in numerous food stalls serving authentic German dishes and a wide selection of brews and hops. Elsewhere, an exciting games deck will take over the massive outdoor space. Make sure you take to the gram and snap memories for the grid with the decorated Octoberfest village as your backdrop. Available 28 October to 6 November, from 5pm to midnight.
GO: Visit www.lemeridienvillageexperience.com or call 056 688 5361 for reservations and more information.
The only sports lounge on Saadiyat Island is the ideal spot to indulge in Oktoberfest celebrations. Head to Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort to enjoy traditional Bavaria hops and a menu of Oktoberfest classics, including giant pretzels and apple strudel. Friday 30 September to Sunday 16 October.
GO: Email email@example.com or call 02 811 4342 for reservations and more information.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi, Corniche
Head to Hemingway’s at Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi for a spectacular Oktoberfest celebration. The venue has been transformed into an authentic Bavarian beer garden, where the outdoor space and gardens are illuminated to create an unrivalled festive mood. Enjoy an a la carte Oktoberfest menu of sauerkraut and condiments, an assortment of German sausages, roasted chicken, pretzel bread, mashed potatoes, and much more. Pair your food with German brews with a selection of drinks throughout the celebration. Available from 21 to 31 October, from 4pm to 2am.
GO: Visit www.bluexperienceabudhabi.com or call 02 692 4999 for reservations and more information.
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
Head to Saadiyat Island for a true German celebration on the Dolphin Lawn at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. Here, you can experience German culinary specialities, including a Bavarian snack with a choice of your favourite pint of hops such as Franziskaner, Erdinger or Löwenbräu for AED 79. Available Thursday 29 September to Sunday 9 October, from 4pm to 11pm (weekdays) and 12pm to 11pm (weekends).
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 056 660 8780 for reservations and more information.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
Experience double the fun and excitement during the Octoberfest celebrations at Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, where you can enjoy two venues for the ultimate Bavarian adventure. English pub Tavern turns into a Brew Fest funfair from noon until midnight, with selections of German paired with authentic German brews and special Octoberfest platters from AED 149. Meanwhile, B-Lounge transforms into a beer garden from 7pm to 11pm with a special German a la carte menu accompanied by German hops. Available from 28 October to 6 November.
GO: Visit www.sheratonabudhabiexperiences.com or call 02 677 3333 for reservations and more information.