The weekend's best Dubai events and other things to do in Dubai this weekend, including deals at Dubai restaurants, bars, spas, cinema and more
Congratulations, you made it through the week and now it's time to relax and enjoy the many wonders Dubai has to offer, from morning until night. So whether it is parties or peaceful places you're after, we have it covered.
Down at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, this Belgian bar is serving up a whole bunch of massive screens for every game. During every match you’ll be able to get your hands on drinks from Dhs20, sharing platter deals for Dhs120, and the “Kick-Off Party” on Thursday June 14 from 4pm, with a bunch of free drinks being offered up by the bar in anticipation of the opening match. During Belgium matches you’ll also be able to get free bar snacks every time the team scores, with more offers on, too. Prices vary. Open Sun-Thu noon-2am, Fri-Sat noon-3am.
Named after golfing legend Ernie Els, The Big Easy is going to be showing all the matches this year, and has got a Dhs125 minimum spend in place for the group stage matches. For the knockout stages it’ll be Dhs3459 per person, but on Tuesdays both guys and girls will be able to get five glasses of bubbly or mixed drinks for just Dhs100 from 5pm until 8pm. Open Sun-Thu 5pm-11.30pm; Fri-Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm, 5pm-11.30pm.
As the World Cup kicks off, this bar (based on US sitcom Cheers) is offering a range of different food and drink deals to celebrate. Head along every day from 12.30pm until 3am and join in with a load of competitions, with discount prices starting from Dhs34. Prices vary. Open daily 12.30pm-3am.
We can’t think of many places that are going to have a better atmosphere than this cracking Irish pub. It’s a shame Ireland didn’t quite make it to the tournament, but either way this place is going to be rammed full, and full of great craic. You’ll be able to get bucket deals for Dhs150, any drink for Dhs30 during the match, buy-one-get-one-free for 30 minutes after each match, Dhs79 for any hops and burger combination, and if you’re going in a big group of you (ten or more), you can get unlimited house drinks for Dhs199 for the duration of the match. They’ll even dry clean your jacket for you while you watch the match, bizarrely. Open daily noon-2am.
This classy gastropub at Taj Dubai in Business Bay is serving up a bunch of deals during the World Cup, while also showing all of the games throughout the month-long tournament. You’ll be able to get your hands on a bunch of different promotions, including a burger (or nachos) with two pints for Dhs99. You can also get some of the pub’s top main courses (including fish and chips, bangers and mash or a curry) plus a pint for Dhs119. Open Sun-Thu noon-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am.
This fun-loving and trendy sports bar is running the “Keys to Cash” promotion during the tourney, and you’ll get a key for every Dhs100 you spend at the bar. Your key will unlock a mystery box, which contains a range of prizes, and one’s even got Dhs10,000 cash inside. With a 165-inch digital wall and a 100-inch TV, you won’t miss a kick. Open daily noon-3am.
This Pier 7 pub has five massive screens showing every match in a dedicated indoor summer garden, plus offers including five drinks for Dhs175, a dedicated area for ladies offering unlimited drinks and two courses for Dhs149, free drinks for every red card shown, plus the chance to win a signed jersey from either Ronaldo, Michael Owen or the 1966 World Cup-winning England team. Open daily 8am-2am.
This gastropub on the Palm Jumeirah’s Club Vista Mare is going all out for the World Cup. With one massive screen and loads of smaller tellies knocking about, the bar already has the hardware for it, but it’s also going to be running something called the Rewards Passport. Spend Dhs200 at the bar until the end of the tournament, and you’ll get 50 different special offers on food and drink to use daily during the World Cup until the final on Saturday June 15. Open daily noon-2am.
We think it’s the Best Sports Bar in Dubai – so much so that we gave it that very title at our Music & Nightlife Awards earlier this year. With dozens of screens dotted around this London Underground-themed pub in JBR, this is one spot where you’ll never miss a kick. There’s a strong daily happy hour (with drinks available for Dhs27), plus great grub, pool tables and more. With a huge projector screen in the middle of the bar, this will be one of the most popular spots in town during the tournament. Open daily noon-3am.
This newly renovated British pub is offering a bunch of different promotions for the matches. Get free drinks on entry if you’re wearing your team’s shirt at kick-off, get drinks for Dhs10 with every goal, bucket deals for Dhs150, plus burger and a pint for Dhs99. Open daily 8am-3am.
This New York-inspired bar (based on the neighbourhood of the same name) is running a really cool promotion during the World Cup. You’d want to hope to be Brazilian or German, because throughout the tournament, Tr!BeCa is offering a free drink to everyone whose national team wins. Bring your ID to prove your nationality, and if your boys have only gone and done it, you’ll get a free bevvie. Open daily noon-3am.
Head along to this Spanish restaurant at City Walk’s The Square, where you’ll be able to catch the game on a number of screens, and make the most of a tonne of different promotions. What caught our eye the most though, is the arrival of Klaus Oro Pescado, the score-predicting goldfish who’ll be in the restaurant and bar all month making his guesses. Go see him in the flesh… or in the scales… Open Sat-Wed, noon-1am; Thu-Fri noon-2am.
Fancy dangling in the air, refreshment in hand? The Flying Cup Dubai at The Beach allows you to enjoy a beverage while being suspended 40 metres in the air. Just don’t drop that capuccino. www.flyingcup.ae.
Down at JBR you’ll be able to head to a fully air-conditioned and smoke-free fan zone tent at Wavebreaker, the beach bar and grill. Every match will be screened live, and there are a range of food and beverage options available too, with a variety of deals starting from Dhs150. You’ll also get beach access with your purchases, and there are kid-friendly zones and activities. Prices vary. Open during every World Cup match.
This cinema is getting all of its Dubai complexes in on the action, with tickets to see all matches for Dhs90, except for the final, which is Dhs120. All tickets come with some classic cinema snacks too – a small popcorn and a Coke. If you’re a little more peckish you can also tuck in on nachos, hot dogs and ice cream too. From Dhs90. Various locations including Dubai Festival City Mall, www.novocinemas.com.
If you’re after cracking views of the Creek as well as views of the action, head to this bar at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, which will be constructing its own tent for the tournament. A range of sharing platters and drinks deals are available, starting from Dhs380 for four people, and ranging up to Dhs1,500 for ten people. Open daily 5pm-2am.
We can’t wait to catch the game here, this place is mega. With tonnes of screens, arcade game machines, foosball and even pour-your-own-pints, there are few sportier sports bars than this seriously sporty sports bar in La Mer. There are loads of footy-related activities, games and activations throughout the tournament, and if you pick four items from a select menu, you’ll get Dhs50 credit for the hops vending machines. Yes, hops vending machines. Open daily 10am-3am.
Head along to this lofty bar at the Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, where you’ll find some big screens ready to show the game. For every match during the tournament, you’ll be able to get unlimited select drinks during each match for Dhs150 per person. If all the action gets too much, head out on the terrace for some perfect views northwards towards Downtown Dubai. Open daily 11am-2am.
Dubai’s Beach Club of the Year (crowned so at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards), Zero Gravity is offering a unlimited package for Dhs250 for the duration of selected high-profile matches, with the games being streamed like on a 16ft screen, plus others dotted about the venue. You can get VIP table packages starting from Dhs1,000 for four people, and you can also expect classic footy food like pies, burgers and hot dogs. Zero Gravity will be free to enter for the entire tournament, so head along. Open for matches throughout tournament.
Usually a nightclub, this JBR spot is transforming itself for match day throughout the tournament, and is giving away some big prizes too. Daily prizes are being given away include free entry to any chosen match day plus a free drink, ranging up to a table worth Dhs5,000 for ten people to enjoy the final. There’ll also be live entertainment after the last match of each day. Open daily, 4pm-3am.