Time Out has a list of football supporters clubs in Dubai, with details on the best sports bars to watch with your fellow fans
Time Out Dubai staff
Arsenal UAE ‘Arsenal UAE is now 1,000 members strong,’ says Gary Falke, club secretary. ‘We meet in Velocity at the JW Marriott Marquis on match days, and we also host golf games and a festive dinner. Newcomers can meet the team at the game – sign up and you’ll get your membership card. Members get discounts at the bar, access to tickets, discounted merchandise and monthly competitions.’ email@example.com or visit Arsenal UAE on Facebook.
Burnley FC Dubai Clarets ‘We’re a very small but sociable group of supporters,’ says Jamie Holt, club organiser of The Dubai Clarets. ‘We meet at either The Underground Pub at Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa or Bidi Bondi on The Palm, depending on who is showing the match. Newcomers are always welcome, just turn up in a Clarets shirt.’ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dubai Hoops Celtic supporters’ club ‘We are a friendly club and we offer discounts in the pub to all our members,’ says Martin McGinty, club chair of the Celtic supporters’ club. ‘We meet at The Dubliner’s for every match, and currently have about 75 members. We host annual charity events, including a golf match against the Rangers supporters’ club.’ email@example.com, www.dubaihoops.com.
Dubai Lions – Official Aston Villa FC Supporters’ Club ‘The Dubai Lions are a relatively new and rapidly growing AVFC supporters’ club that now has more than 50 members,’ says Mark Forrester, chairman of the Aston Villa FC Supporters’ Club. ‘We meet for all match days at the Centre Circle Sports Bar, Ramada Chelsea Hotel, Al Barsha.’ firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/DubaiLionsAVFC.
Dubai Reds (Liverpool) ‘With more than 300 registered members and around 50 members regularly meeting at Goodfella’s Sports Bar, Ramee Rose Hotel, we have a fantastic match day atmosphere,’ says John Lambert, club secretary of the Liverpool FC supporters’ club. ‘More than just a place to watch the game, though, we organise regular football tournaments and golf days. We’ve even been able to arrange the visits of Anfield legends such as Roy Evans, Rob Jones and Jerzy Dudek.’ www.dubaireds.com.
FC Barcelona Fan Club UAE ‘We are the only officially registered FC Barcelona fan club in the UAE,’ says its mysteriously anonymous administrator. ‘We have grown our membership base dramatically since 2009, when FC Barcelona participated in the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi. We have 109 members and we hold regular gatherings at our official home, Seville's Restaurant & Bar, Wafi. Our members can also apply for match tickets through us.’ email@example.com, www.barcauae.com.
Manchester City FC Dubai ‘MCFC Dubai is a hub for Man City football supporters to meet with fellow Blues and watch the games together,’ says Mark Lynch, founder and chairman. ‘It’s an open house so everyone is welcome to come down and meet like-minded people. Regular match day meetings are held at the Crown & Lion pub in the Byblos Hotel, TECOM. We have a membership base of more than 150.’ firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mcfcdubai.blogspot.co.uk.
Manchester United Supporters’ Club UAE (MUSC UAE) ‘We are the official supporters’ club in the UAE recognised by Manchester United Football Club,’ says Ziad Al Jamaan, MUSC UAE club secretary. ‘We have over 150 officially registered members and Harvester’s in the Crowne Plaza on Sheikh Zayed Road is our official venue where we watch all games live. Our members receive benefits such as guaranteed match tickets and chances to win signed memorabilia.’ www.facebook.com/MUSC.UAE.
Sunderland AFC Supporters’ Club UAE ‘We are the SAFC supporters’ club for those living in Dubai’ says Stuart White, chair of the club. ‘We meet up for all Sunderland’s games in Champs Bar, Boutique 7 Hotel, TECOM. We have around 50 members regionally, and as well as watching the match, we have a Facebook page for general Sunderland banter and news.’ email@example.com, or visit Sunderland AFC Supporters’ Club UAE on Facebook.
UAE Chelsea Supporters’ Club ‘We have almost 100 members and we meet at Loca in Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa,’ says Toby Young, treasurer. ‘We also host various social events throughout the season including a Christmas party and an AGM. Our members can purchase tickets to games in advance, and the club is run by the fans, for the fans, with all income being spent on club activities and fan discounts.’ www.chelseasupportersclub.ae.
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West Ham United
The Dubai Hammers were formed as a result of a number of smaller groups of West Ham fans meeting to watch the play-off final in 2012 together. At the start of the 2012/13 season the club was became official and now has over 100 members backed up by a Facebook following of over 400.
The club have a long standing agreement with Nelson’s Bar in the Media Rotana, Tecom which includes branding of the bar on match days, discounts to all members and free half time chip butties for all.
The Dubai Hammers also arrange a yearly special event which have so far included members only access to a private training session with the first team in Dubai and a Q&A with their former manager. This year the club are hosting an evening with three former Hammers legends.
Venue Nelson’s, Media Rotana, Tecom
Colours Claret & Blue
Main rivals Millwall, but due to lack of fixtures between the two attentions have turned to Tottenham and Chelsea