Festivalgoers looking to get their fix of pretzels, beer, dirndls and lederhosen may be turning at the United Arab Emirates instead of Germany this year. A version of Oktoberfest is being planned for Dubai this fall, German media reported on Thursday. The as-yet-to-be-confirmed event vows months of festivities that will take place at the same time the metropolis is set to host the World Expo, which was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. What are the plans? The festival is set to take place in the Dubai Marina and is slated to run from October 7, 2021, through March 31, 2021. The event will seek to closely mirror the original Oktoberfest in Munich, according to the German mass-circulation Bild newspaper, which first reported on the plans. That includes some 32 beer tents, a giant Ferris wheel and even a life-sized replica of the famous Bavaria statue that stands on the festival grounds in Munich. Bavarian breweries and restauranteurs will be among the 620 … [Read more...] about Oktoberfest in the desert? Dubai eyes German festival
The city of Munich on Friday distanced itself from apparent plans to hold an Oktoberfest event in Dubai . Officials in the southern German city particularly took issue with media reports that implied the official festival was "moving" elsewhere this year. "Oktoberfest is a Munich original and takes place exclusively in Munich," the city statement read. "The organizer's plans for the event in Dubai, which have now been made public, are being carried out neither with the participation nor with the consent of the city of Munich," the statement added. Exploring 'legal options' Clemens Baumgärtner, the man in charge of organizing the Munich Oktoberfest, said although there was only a slim chance that the festival will be able to take place this year due to the pandemic, the idea of moving it to Dubai was "absolutely absurd." "We will explore all our legal options to protect Munich's Oktoberfest," he told German news agency dpa. Watch video 02:55 Share … [Read more...] about Munich hits back over Dubai Oktoberfest plans
The prestigious tournament was earlier scheduled to take place between May 21 to 31 at Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi. BFI had also received the NOC from the Sports Ministry to host the tournament and the preparations were in full swing. However, with the newly-imposed international travel restrictions from many countries due to the prevailing pandemic situation, BFI and ASBC jointly took a decision to relocate the tournament. Youth World Boxing Championships: Indian women finish at No. 1 spot with sensational 7 golds "It's unfortunate that we have to shift the venue out of India. We were very keen to host the championships in Delhi but we are left with no options. Boxers' safety is the most important concern for us and hence we had to take this decision. We are grateful to UAE for accepting our request and agreeing to co-host on such short notice. We are thankful to all member federations and ASBC for their cooperation," BFI President Ajay Singh said. "We … [Read more...] about 2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships to be held in Dubai; BFI and UAE Federation to co-host event
BRITS are keen to leave lockdown for Dubai's white, sandy beaches. But will the holiday hotspot be on the green list for foreign holiday destinations? Will Dubai be on the green list for summer holidays? Brits hope that the Caribbean and the UAE may make the cut for green list destinations. But at this stage, it appears unlikely that Dubai will on the green list for summer holidays . Which means it may end up on the amber list, or - even worse - the red list. CNBC reports: "The UAE's potentially indefinite status on the UK’s 'red list' for travel has stoked anger and confusion." Transport Secretary Grant Shapps indicated the Gulf state might stay on the red list as it's an international transit hub - despite its falling Covid cases and a successful vaccination campaign. “We’re not restricting the UAE due to the level of coronavirus in the UAE,” Shapps told an aviation event, adding, "the issue is one of transit". Just a handful of locations … [Read more...] about Will Dubai be on the green list for summer holidays?
ODI WC EXPANSION by Vijay Tagore • Published on Share Tweet The 2019 edition, which England won, was a 10-team affair © Getty The International Cricket Council (ICC) is to set to expand the scope of the men's 50-Over World Cup from the next cycle. There has been a debate over whether to expand the size to 16 teams but, in all likelihood, the ICC directors will settle for a 14-team format, played thrice before - in 2003, 2011 and 2015. The current format of 10 teams that has attracted widespread criticism, largely from the Associate members who have been deprived of taking part in the pinnacle championship, will be done away with. The inference is that the arrangement - aimed largely to ensure more India games so that the broadcaster can leverage on that financially -- is so lopsided that even a couple of full members - Ireland and Zimbabwe - failed to compete in the championship in 2019. For the last couple of months, … [Read more...] about ICC set to expand men’s ODI World Cup to 14-team event