Speaking of the half-time show, this year will see the reappearance of Justin Timberlake, who took to the stage in 2001 as part of NSYNC and again in 2004 with Janet Jackson.
In recent years, we’ve seen Gaga (plummeting from dazzling heights), Beyoncé and Bruno Mars (with Yoncé pulling it back after almost losing her balance) and Madonna (who is queen and can do no wrong), owning the stage in huge showstopping performances.
Half-time show aside, the NFL championship event is a great spectacle in itself, and is annually the most-watched single day sporting event in the US.
The finalists are still unknown, and four teams (Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriot’s) are currently battling it out to get to the world stage.
So even if you’re not a dedicated NFL fan, it’s worth jumping on the bandwagon for an (early) morning of excitable screaming at the tele like your life depends on it.
We’ve rounded up the best places in Dubai where you can catch the sporting action and go wild at every touchdown. Let the fun begin.
McGettigan’s JLT Football fans can catch all of the NFL action while up to the eyes in chicken wings at McGettigan’s this Super Bowl. The live screening and commentary will be displayed across HD TVs and on the big screen in The Baggot. There will also be specials on food and drinks, hops bucket deals, burgers and a bites menu. Smashing stuff. Free entry. Mon Feb 5, 3.30am. Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster J, JLT (04 378 0800).
Nezesaussi Grill Downtown The bar is throwing open its doors from midnight on Sunday February 4, until 8am on Monday February 5, to welcome in sports fans for the Super Bowl celebrations with true American hospitality. An American special menu will include dishes such as a foot-long New York hot dog, chilli con carne, a fry-up breakfast and more. There will also be bucket deals on hops and happy hour on selected drinks from midnight until the game is finished. Prices vary. Sun Feb 4 to Mon Feb 5, from midnight until game ends. Manzil Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 423 8899).
Pay a flat price of Dhs150 per person at this bar that specialises in burgers plus, of course, chicken wings and onion rings, and you can enjoy a main course and soft drink in front of the action. You’ll need some sustenance to see you through it. Dhs150 (main course and soft drink). Mon Feb 5, 3.30am. Level C, Liberty House, DIFC (04 359 6900).
Perry & Blackwelder’s P&B’s will be putting on a special Super Bowl menu, which includes a free cup of tea or coffee to settle your pre-kick-off nerves. Dishes include the Go Long! chicken Benedict (Dhs68), the End Zone fried breakfast (Dhs68) and the Time Fumble jumbo hot dog and fries (Dhs68) among other tasty offerings. We can’t wait to get stuck in. Prices vary. Mon Feb 5, 3.30am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6197).
Expect a slap-up breakfast for just Dhs50 and happy hour drinks from Dhs28 to mark the momentous sporting occasion, which will be shown across 16 screens around the venue, plus an extra-large three-metre screen on the outdoor terrace. Result! Dhs50 (breakfast), from Dhs28 (drinks). Mon Feb 5, 3.30am. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills 2, near Nakheel Metro station (04 417 9999).