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Ok­to­ber­fest, every­one’s favourite Ger­man fes­ti­val, is back. Learn what’s brew­ing

01 HIL­TON ABU DHABI

Bavar­ian cel­e­bra­tions at this ho­tel off the Cor­niche will take place at its Beach Gar­den. You’ll find huge pret­zels on ev­ery ta­ble and an ex­ten­sive buf­fet menu of clas­sic Ger­man dishes such as obazter kaese (cream-cheese and Camem­bert spread), bread dumplings with creamy mush­room sauce, braised red cab­bage, sauer­kraut, a carvery, and ap­ple strudel with vanilla sauce. Oc­to­ber 5 and 6

Hil­ton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, Dhs160. Tel: (02) 6924247. Taxi: op­po­site Hil­ton Cor­niche. hil­ton.com

02 AL AIN ROTANA

For the sec­ond year run­ning, the Gar­den City is host­ing Ok­to­ber­fest cel­e­bra­tions at the Al Ain Rotana. Oc­to­ber 19 sees an open­ing night bash, with a buf­fet from all-day restau­rant Zest fea­tur­ing veal schnitzel with as­para­gus, bratwurst with sour cab­bage and more, plus mu­sic and games. On Oc­to­ber 20 and 21, the cel­e­bra­tions move to Vic’s – the ho­tel will be of­fer­ing an a la carte menu, and there’ll also be a cook­ing demo on Oc­to­ber 21 from a chef vis­it­ing from Ger­many. Oc­to­ber 19 to 21

Al Ain Rotana, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Thur 7pm to 10pm, Dhs99 buf­fet. Tel: (03) 7545111. Taxi: Al Ain Rotana. rotana.com

03 DU FO­RUM

The city’s big­gest cel­e­bra­tion is called, not sur­pris­ingly, Ok­to­ber­fest and is or­gan­ised by the Crowne Plaza on Yas Is­land, although it takes place in the du Fo­rum. It’s back for a fifth year and you can ex­pect the usual se­lec­tion of Ger­man bev­er­ages and a huge food menu, in­clud­ing bratwurst and sauer­kraut. There’ll be prize draws as well, plus live mu­sic. Fi­nally, there’ll be an Ok­to­ber­fest themed brunch at the du Fo­rum on the Fri­day, run­ning from 12.30pm to 4pm. Septem­ber 28 and 29

du Fo­rum, Yas Is­land, Abu Dhabi, Thur 7pm to 2am, Fri 7pm to 2am, Dhs99 to Dhs325. Tel: (800) 86823. Taxi: du Fo­rum. ya­sis­land.ae

04 LE MÉRI­DIEN

Head to Al Zahiyah for au­then­tic Ger­man dishes and foamy drinks – the ho­tel’s pool gar­den will host Le Méri­dien’s Bavar­ian cel­e­bra­tions. There’ll be live mu­sic, plus pret­zels, sauer­kraut, sausages, potato salad and more at the buf­fet. Oc­to­ber 26 and 27

Le Méri­dien, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Thur 7pm, Fri 12.30pm, free en­try, Dhs120 buf­fet. Tel: (02) 6974354. Taxi: Le Méri­dien. lemeri­di­en­abud­habi.com

05 BEACH ROTANA

The Ger­man pub in Beach Rotana, Brauhaus, has tra­di­tional games and food next month. There’ll also be live mu­sic to ac­com­pany dishes such as pret­zels, sauer­kraut and schnitzels. The band will be play­ing live daily from 6pm. Oc­to­ber 4 to 13

Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 6pm. Tel: (02) 6979011. Taxi: next to Abu Dhabi Mall. rotana.com

06 MAR­RIOTT HO­TEL AL FOR­SAN

Khal­ifa City res­i­dents can head to the Mar­riott and lis­ten to tunes per­formed by a Ger­man band. The ho­tel’s bar Ap­paloosa is the venue for this year’s fes­tiv­i­ties, although there’ll also be a ‘ brew gar­den’ if you want to sit al­fresco. Septem­ber 28 to Oc­to­ber 6

Mar­riott Ho­tel Al For­san, Khal­ifa City, Abu Dhabi, daily 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 2014131. Taxi: Al For­san Sports Re­sort. mar­riott.com

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