The best places to see New Zealand v France for the big prize
So you’ve begged the boss to give you the day off work (or at least sneaked in an extra-long lunch hour), given your country’s replica shirt a good dusting-off and gathered the troops.
All that’s left now is to decide where to watch the biggest game in world rugby as New Zealand take on France on Sunday October 23 at noon (UAE time) in the battle to lift the prestigious Webb Ellis Cup.
It’s been a long and arduous path to the final, with its fair share of agony (such as Kiwi fly-half Daniel Carter’s injury) and ecstasy (remember Tonga’s win over finalists France?). If you’re a supporter of one of the finalists, you’ll be rubbing your hands with glee on Sunday morning; if your team was cast aside by one of these two juggernauts, you will doubtless have picked a favourite to lift the trophy. Who will triumph? Of that, we have no idea. Where should you watch it? Ah, that’s something we can certainly help you with…
Where to play rugby in Dubai
Sad it’s all over? This is only the beginning. Get yourself involved…
Men: Dubai Dragons train every Monday and Wednesday at 7pm at Za’abeel Park. For info, call Dan Heal on the number below. www.jebelalidragonsrfc.com
(050 297 0081)
Women: Dubai Exiles holds training sessions for women and under-17
girls at The Sevens. Girls train on
Fridays and Sundays, with women on Mondays and Wednesdays. For info,
call Megan Novak on the number below. www.dubaiexiles.com (050 653 4767)
If there’s a better place to celebrate as your national team lifts the trophy than at Barasti Beach, we haven’t found it yet. This beloved beach bar will be screening the match on the giant poolside screen, as well as on eight
new TVs scattered around the venue. Alcohol will only be served after noon.
The deals Get a bucket of selected drinks for Dhs125, four pints of hops for Dhs120, or a pint of hops and fish and chips for Dhs99.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 3333)
It may be styled after the famous Cheers
bar from the hit US TV show, but the clientele is made up primarily of Brits. With 14 screens and relatively reasonable drinks prices,
things could get rowdy – dancing a victory shuffle on the bar, while heavily discouraged, does occasionally happen.
The deals Buy one, get one free on selected beverages during the game. There’s also a breakfast buffet for Dhs55.
Jumeira Rotana, Satwa (04 345 5888)
Can Can Brasserie Terrace
This French venue has been open 24 hours a day during the tournament, and will show the final on one giant projector screen and two large LCDs. Fans heading here for the match can take advantage of a branded hops welcome package upon arrival, as well as
a breakfast buffet from 6am to 10.30am.
The deals Six bottled hops for Dhs180, food sharing plate Dhs495.
The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 372 2323)
Emirates Golf Club
A regular haunt of rugby-loving expats,
the golf club will be showing the match on more than 15 screens. Hungry? Try the breakfast buffet for Dhs58.
The deals Drinks packages start from Dhs675 for a reserved table of 10, including 24 bottles of hops and two food platters, or Dhs725 for a table of 10 with 20 drinks vouchers (valid for hops, grape, short drinks and soft drinks) and two platters.
Emirates Hills (04 380 2222)
If you want to drink alongside fans who know their rugby, this quaint Irish bar is the place. It fills with rugby teams from across the city, mainly from the British Isles, on any given day of the week, which makes for a raucous but friendly atmosphere.
The deals There’s a happy hour during the match, with 30 per cent off all drinks.
Behind Crowne Plaza hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400)
Dubai’s newest sports bar boasts a giant screen, as well as several smaller ones
dotted around. It welcomes fans from any country to shout for their team (or, indeed,
jeer their rivals).
The deals Spend Dhs100 or more and you could win a trip to New Zealand. There are also bucket deals for Dhs99 during matches; pints of ‘hop of the month’ are Dhs23; and sports platters are Dhs65 including a pint.
Citymax Al Barsha (04 409 800)
The Irish Village
Always a Time Out favourite for watching sport, this expat haunt will be open at 9am
on match day, instead of the regular 11am, with fry-up breakfasts served throughout
the morning. The match will be shown on
18 screens in the bar.
The deals Buy eight pints of selected hops and get a 20 per cent discount thereafter.
The Aviation Club, Garhoud (04 282 4750)
Ireland’s elimination by Wales in the quarter-finals did little to abate the enthusiasm of a passionate McGettigan’s crowd. The Irish pub boasts a marquee and offers breakfast, from porridge and omelettes to full Irish fry-ups.
The deals There aren’t any special deals per se: it’s the crowds that pull people in.
Bonnington Hotel, JLT (04 356 0560)
The bar has plenty of screens on which to get a good view of the big match, and a decent menu crammed with steaks, pies and other meaty treats for Kiwis to console themselves if the result doesn’t go their way.
The deals Get five bottles of hops for Dhs125, and enjoy a special lunch menu.
Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888). The Rugby World Cup final is on Sunday October 23 and will be aired at
noon (UAE time) on OSN Sports •