Biggest screens and best atmospheres for the final matches
It’s been an eventful few weeks for football fans – an emotional 19 days (and counting), to be precise, spent glued to the screens as the best players from across Europe battle it out on the pitch. But soon it will all be over, with a wonderful Euro 2012 drawing to a dramatic close with the grand final on Sunday July 1. So whether you’re gearing up to watch the final stages in style, or preparing to beat the post-football blues (or perhaps make up for your 19-day absence to a neglected loved one), check out our list of more than 50 venues showing the finale.
Atlantis Only in Dubai would you find a football tent as elegant as Atlantis’s Euro Cup Tent – not surprising when you consider it’s normally used to host weddings. The 1,000-capacity venue boasts one of the largest screens in the city (10m x 6m) and a DJ playing terrace anthems, plus competitions, and even a footie net to practise your penalty kicks. Free. Open 7pm-late on match days. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).
The Arena Part of Jumeirah Beach Hotel, The Arena’s 800-capacity space is up there with the biggest tents in the city. It’s also home to several ‘state-of-the-art super screens’ plus some of the comfiest VIP options in town, with specially reserved areas and elevated seating for uninterrupted views throughout the match. Free. Open 6pm-2am on match days. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8706).
Dubai Ice Rink When it comes to watching football, size really does matter. And nowhere does it get bigger – in terms of screen size – than at The Dubai Mall, where the ice rink has been covered to create a family-friendly fan zone. It hosts a 20m x 10m screen (more than three times the size of its closest competitor). Dhs15 (stadium), Dhs55 (ice zone). Open daily 10am-midnight. The Dubai Mall, Downtown (04 448 5111).
The Underground Pub There’s a reason Time Out named this the city’s best sports bar. This transport-themed spot draws a local yet lively crowd. Open daily noon-3am. The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (04 408 4221).
Goodfellas This Bur Dubai pub is phenomenally popular with serious sports fans, making it the perfect place both for die-hard fans to get stuck in and casuals to get swept up in the atmosphere. There are two giant screens and 19 regular TVs to feast your eyes upon. Open daily noon-3am. Regal Plaza Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 355 6633).
Time Café This overlooked Karama gem’s USP is that it boasts a fantastic screen-per-fan ratio – 57 screens for a capacity of 350 (one per 6.14 people, to be precise). But it’s the fiery international crowd, who gather to yell, sigh, scream and chant, that we like best. Open daily noon-3am. Ramee Royal Hotel, Karama (04 33 4088).
Barasti Beach Stadium Expect a fully air-conditioned stadium purposebuilt for Euro 2012 at this beach hangout. The stadium will feature a giant 4m x 3m screen, 12 screens outdoors on the beach and space to fit 800 supporters. Open daily 11am-2am. Le Méridian Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333 / 04 318 1313).
Emirates Golf Club ‘Football Central’ This purpose-built football tent has a capacity of more than 400 as well as 15 screens, with competitions to win prizes. Special football packages start from Dhs290 for a reserved table for four, including a snack platter and eight beverage vouchers. Plus former England striker Andy Cole and ex-Ireland defender Denis Irwin, both Champions League-winners with Manchester United, will make an appearance on Friday June 15.
Opens two hours before the first match of the day. Emirates Hills, www.dubaigolf.com (04 417 9999).
Golden Foot Mega Tent This purpose-built venue is air-conditioned and boast an enormous HD cinema screen, smaller projection screens and a multitude of TVs, with a capacity of 2,000 people. Expect plenty of pre- and post-match entertainment, including DJ sets, games and live music. Open daily 6pm-3am. Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai Marina, www.dimc.ae (04 399 5777).
Grand Hyatt Dubai football tent Watch the football on large screens in a fully air-conditioned stadium-style tent, complete with ‘grand stand’ seating. Entry costs Dhs55 and includes one drink, with special packages available for groups. Riyadh Road, Oud Metha www.dubai.grand.hyatt.com (04 317 2222).
The Irish Village football tent Watch the games in an air-conditioned tent, complete with terraced seating, big screens and DJ music every night before and after matches. Bucket deals for early birds, and The Irish Village favourite snacks available throughout. Open Sun-Wed 11am-1am; Thu-Sat 11am-2am. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.irishvillage.ae (04 282 4750).
QD’s football tent QD’s special football tent is air-conditioned, with big screens and a capacity form more than 200 people. Tables can be reserved in advance by booking one of the packages, starting from Dhs350 for a table for four including snacks and ten selected beverages. Shisha available. Open daily 6pm-2am. Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, www.dubaigolf.com (04 295 6000).
XL Beach Arena Housed under a fully air-conditioned roof, this dedicated venue boasts a giant eight-metre screen as well as numerous smaller screens, while the private cabanas have their own LCD screens. Expect specially prepared fan-zones and spot prizes available to all guests with every purchase. Open daily noon-3pm. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, grandjumeirah.habtoorhotels.com (056 640 6161).
Barrels There’s plenty of seating for less sprightly fans, and 11 screens of various sizes – even small screens mounted to the walls at the end of tables, so you can eat while your view of the football remains undisputed. Open daily noon-2am. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Boston Bar This unpretentious spot is typically full of (mature) Brits and Eastern Europeans. With two-for-one drinks offers and ten screens around the bar, it can get quite lively in here during matches. Open daily noon-2am. Jumeirah Rotana, Satwa, www.rotana.com (04 345 5888).
Brauhaus Enjoy an excellent selection of German draughts at this traditional bar. Expect large screens on the beach next to Brauhaus as well as inside the venue itself, with special deals on Danish hops-based beverages. Open daily 6pm-1am. Jumeirah Rotana, Satwa, www.rotana.com (04 345 5888).
Dhow & Anchor Home of Dubai’s unofficial Tottenham Hotspur fan club (aka Spurs Al Arab), this place has two indoor screens and is laid-back enough that you can still dine during the match. Open daily noon-midnight. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah (04 406 8999).
Double Decker A quirky English-themed pub complete with red phone boxes. Watch all the games on Double Decker’s numerous screens and win fantastic raffle prizes during the weekly Friday Brunch and Saturday BBQ. Open daily noon-3am. Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.doubledecker.dubai.com (04 321 1111).
Dubliners Watch matches on large screens and tuck into home-cooked fare. Fill in the ‘guess the score’ card on your table to win a voucher for 50 percent off your bill. Open daily 11am-3am. Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud (04 282 4040).
Harvester’s Home of the Manchester United supporters club, this dark-wooded English pub stands out for its excellent grub. The gloomy interiors are warmed by the glow of 13 TVs and one giant screen. Open daily noon-2am. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.crowneplaza.com (04 331 1111).
Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Watch the games with Sir Geoff Hurst and Ron Atkinson in the Al Bahou grand hall, with an array of HD plasma TVs. There’ll also be a competition to win a range of memorabilia, from signed footballs to ’66 World Cup replica England shirts, plus photos with the legends. Groups of ten or more can take advantage of special packages, while the fan zone package, costing Dhs175 per person, includes a bucket of beverages and food from the live cooking stations. Open daily 6pm-1am. The Gardens, www.moevenpick-hotels.com (04 444 5613).
Locker Room This modestly proportioned venue has five TVs positioned around the bar and houses a larger crowd than could be considered a comfortable fit, but that only serves to liven the atmosphere. Open daily 1pm-1am. Golden Tulip Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.goldentulipalbarsha.com (04 341 7750).
Long’s Bar It may be the Middle East’s longest bar, but there’s little elbow room here, especially on weekends. Expect a good number of TV screens. Open daily noon-3am. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.rotana.com (04 312 2202).
Qube Thanks to its giant four-sided screen, everyone gets a front-row seat and a crystal clear view of the big matches. Don your national flag and paint your face with your team’s colours as Qube hunts for the ultimate Euro 2012 super-fan this summer. Staff will open the fan booth to photograph and film those who have gone the extra mile to support their team. Open daily, Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheeba (04 381 3231).
Spirals Prepare to dodge all manner of
aerial missiles as the crowd gets excited
and expect 15 screens of varying sizes. Open daily noon-4pm and 6pm-3am. Grandeur Hotel, Al Barsha, www.grandeurhotel.com (04 341 8777).
The Hub Every match will be shown on big screens. Enjoy promotions on beverages and traditional Irish dishes, happy hour from 6pm to 8pm every day and ladies’ night from 9pm to 11pm every Tuesday, where ladies can enjoy two free glasses of bubbly or selected beverages. Euro 2012 combos from Dhs90 and à la carte dishes from Dhs75. Open daily 6pm-1am. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach (04 448 4862).
Time Café This enormous sports bar can accommodate 350 punters, and the 57 screens (including two 107-inch LCDs) ensure there will never be more than six people sharing a screen. Open daily noon-3am. Ramee Royal Hotel, Karama, www.rameehotels.com (04 334 4088).
Wavebreaker Watch the games on a 15-foot LED screen at this beachfront venue. Entry costs Dhs85, for which you get a voucher for the same amount to spend on food, with buckets of hops-based beverages (five bottles each) sold for Dhs165. Open daily 10am-10pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, www.hilton.com/jumeirah (04 399 1111).
West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge Home to several screens, including a giant concave screen stretching from floor to ceiling, plus state-of-the-art audio and visual projection, this former fine-dining spot offers a bistro-style menu, beverage packages and American pool. Enjoy special dishes from the respective countries playing on any given day during the tournament as well as 50 percent off selected beverages between 6pm-9pm. Open daily 6pm-1am. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina, www.moevenpick-hotels.com (04 449 8888).
TIME Oak Hotel Catch the full line-up of Euro 2012 action at the newly refurbished Queen of Sheba lounge, complete with inbuilt plasma television screens located throughout the terrace venue. Guests can win thousands of dirhams worth of hotel stays and meals by entering the half-time raffle draw and football-themed quizzes. TIME Oak Hotel, Al Barsha, Dubai (04 437 7877).
Spikes Catch all the Euro 2012 action while enjoying Spikes’ pint promotions. Sharing platters (enough for two) are available for Dhs70 every matchday during lunch and dinner, until 11.30pm last orders. Al Badia Golf Club. To book a table, call 04 701 1127/28 or email email@example.com.
Dubai World Trade Centre Dubai World Trade Centre will show all the UEFA Euro 2012 matches in its Summer Sports Majlis. From 8 June to 1 July in Sheikh Saeed Hall 3, the matches will be aired on four giant screens in the 3,600 sqm venue, providing visitors with front-row seats to all the action. The venue offers a choice of casual lounge areas that can seat up to 400 people, or private majlis areas with their own TVs. Food and shisha will be available. To make advanced bookings, call 04 308 6979.
Carter’s Several screens, plus a daily happy hour between 6pm and 8pm, breathe life into this sporty bar. Open daily noon-1am. Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
Queen of Sheba lounge Get involved with a lively atmosphere of international football while tucking into international flavours, cuisines, shishas and take part in a range of football-themed competitions and raffles every day of the tournament. Bring seven friends and pay for five, or bring five and pay for four. Get a 30 per cent discount on all food and beverage on your fourth visit. Open daily, TIME Oak Hotel (04 437 7877).
Somerset's Enjoy pub grub, international sporting fixtures and a lively atmosphere with 30 per cent discount on food and 50 per cent discount on selected beverages from 4pm to midnight. Daily, Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai (04 310 4330).
The Glass Lounge A ‘VIP’ football experience with two large screens, table service, daily competitions, shisha and more. Open daily 8pm-2am. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (055 440 4411).
Hard Rock Café Watch your favourite Euro 2012 teams and get food and beverages specials and bucket deals. Open daily noon-2am, Dubai Festival City (04 232 8900).
West 14th Meal deals starting at Dhs35 and select hops packages on Euro 2012 game nights. Open daily 11am-midnight, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai (04 447 7601).
Radisson Royal Hotel Watch Euro 2012 on the screens while enjoying bites and drink deals Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai (04 308 0000).
Boston Bar This unpretentious spot is typically full of (mature) Brits and Eastern Europeans. With relatively reasonable drinks prices and ten screens around the bar, it can get quite lively during matches. Open daily noon-2am. Jumeirah Rotana, Satwa, www.rotana.com (04 345 5888).
Nelson’s An English-style pub that caters for major sporting events. Catch the Euros on a giant screen with a top-notch sound system, or on one of the numerous smaller LCD screens throughout the venue. Open daily noon-3am. Media Rotana, TECOM, www.rotana.com (04 435 0000).
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Dhurgham Jun 27, 2012 08:25 am
I looking to know where is the best place for Family to Watch Euro Cup 2012 specially we have kids also , So please any advice ????
Tommy Doherty Jun 18, 2012 07:00 am
I think you should mention that The Dubliner is home to the Dubai Glasgow Celtic supporters club - The Dubai Hoops. Since you have mentioned every other supporters club!
davis Jun 11, 2012 03:21 pm
Guys, I think the best place to watch Euro cup 2012 is at the Grand Central Hotel, rigga road in Deira. They have 2 venues showing the matches live on large screens and have got some excellent food and drinks promotions, not expensive like many other venues in the area. They are just less than a minute walking distance from the Rigga metro station in Deira and have plenty of basement parking. their ph no 042999977