1 Dubai World Trade Centre
Screen size: 30m x 7m
Where: Sheikh Saeed Hall 3, Dubai World Trade Centre
The atmosphere: This depends on how busy the vast venue is: it caters for up to 1,500 football fans, and hopes to ‘replicate the fervour of the matches in South Africa’. Crowd or not, this is the widest screen in Dubai, includes food and non-alcoholic drinks and offers World Cup 2010 memorabilia for sale.
Price: Dhs50 for the finals. There are no contact details – just turn up!
2 The Dubai Mall
Screen size: 20m x 10m
Where: Dubai Ice Rink
The atmosphere: Cool, we suspect. Centrally placed on the rink, the screen boasts top-notch audio as well as being one of the biggest. Wander to the Waterfront Promenade at half time and browse the football history tent, while keeping an eye open for stilt walkers, mascots and various performers wandering about.
Price: Dhs50, including 20 per cent discount at McDonald’s.
3 Grand Cinemas
Screen size: 19m x 13m
The atmosphere: It’s a cinema! Although we’re sure cheering does happen, it’s not the same as standing in a mosh pit swinging a scarf over your head. However, we love the idea of a comfy seat, popcorn and feeling as though we’re there on the field among the players.
Prices: Dhs100. Call 04 232 8523 or see www.grandcinemas.com
4 The Palladium
Screen size: 16m x 9m (equal to four double-decker buses)
Where: Dubai Media City
The atmosphere: Concert-like and family-friendly. As well as being able to watch the game on this mammoth HD screen, you can wander around the Sponsors Village, where you’ll find a PlayStation zone, goal striker simulator, DJ booth, Dubai drumming sessions, face painting and more.
Price: Entry is Dhs60 including one drink. Call 04 363 6897, see www.thepalladiumdubai.com or www.timeoutdubai.com
5 Barasti Beach Stadium [aka ‘the Dome’]
Screen size: 12m wide (equivalent to 100 TV sets)
Where: In front of Barasti Bar
The atmosphere: You will find vuvuzelas here. Walking into this green-lit, five-storey marquee is like entering another world, so far, far removed is it from the casual beach setting outside. In here it’s all cheering, jeering, silly dancing and screaming over the deafening sound system. While this may sound like hell to some, it guarantees an atmosphere.
Prices: Free entry. Call 04 399 3333.
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The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7418).
Al Forsan: Pair the game with a South African-themed three-course menu and 50 per cent off all South African beverages during the game.
Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa (04 809 6194).
Aprés: Complimentary drink for ladies on arrival, Dhs25 thereafter. Men get a bucket of bottles for Dhs99. Mini-burgers and pizzas with toppings themed on the national cuisines of the teams playing.
Mall of the Emirates (04 341 2575).
The Arena: In the JBH conference centre. A 1,332sq m indoor area and five-star food and drinks. Free supervised children’s zone.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8874).
BarZar: Super-size screens, public fan zone with stadium-style seating, live DJ and band performing between matches. Games and prizes, a football and nation-themed menu and buy-one-get-one-free deal one hour prior to the game.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
Belgian Beer Café: Book a table for four for Dhs200 and get special drinks and a food platter. There are daily lucky draws with great prizes, including four nights at the Millenium Hotel in London’s Mayfair. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha (04 423 4111).
Bidi Bondi: Win a Dhs1,000 bar tab for being the best-dressed in your team’s colours.
Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).
Biggles: You may just have time to join the Biggles Football Club and earn lots of perks. Go to the customer relations desk for more information.
Millenium Airport Hotel, Garhoud (04 702 8888).
Boston Bar: Food and drink deals, plus happy hour until 8pm. Buy five pints and earn a free snack.
Jumeirah Rotana, Satwa (04 345 5888).
Champions Sports Bar: Huge plasma screen, plus themed dishes according to which countries are playing.
JW Marriott, Deira (04 607 7977).
Charlie’s: Large screen complemented by happy hour from 8pm-10pm, plus food platters.
Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 0333).
Dhow & Anchor: Super-size screens with sea views; happy hours with 50 per cent off drinks between 7pm-8pm and food and drink specials.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).
Double Decker: World Cup pavilion with live music, DJs and giveaways. Giant LCD screens with food and drink offers.
Al Murooj Rotana, near Trade Centre (04 321 1111).
Elements: Correctly guess any match result and your table eats and drinks for free.
Wafi Mall, Oud Metha (04 324 4252).
Emirates Golf Club: Free entry to the air-conditioned marquee, screening matches in HD. Two snack platters and select beverages for nine people for Dhs675.
(04 380 2222).
Evory Lounge: Dhs190 per person for six selected house drinks and unlimited soft drinks. Snack buffet for Dhs80.
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0000).
Fox & Hounds: English-themed pub with drinks deals.
Marco Polo Hotel (04 272 0000).
Grand Hyatt: Dubai Air-conditioned stadium-style venue, with large high-res screen and a DJ when there’s no footie, plus drink and food deals. Entry is Dhs45 including one drink.
Oud Metha (04 317 1234).
Harvesters: Staff will be dressed as refs, with whistles and red and yellow cards for guests to use.
Crowne Plaza Dubai (04 331 1111).
Hofbräuhaus: Authentic German fare in a special World Cup platter. Pay Dhs120 for food and get one drink free. Prizes, too.
JW Marriott, Deira (04 607 7977).
The Hub: Specials on selected drinks, plus competitions and giveaways.
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach (04 448 4848).
The Hush Football Lounge: Purpose-built venue on the sand with huge HD screens, shisha and food, face painting and live entertainment.
Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
Icon Bar & Lounge: Drink and finger-food specials. Also has private venue for groups of up to 120 people.
Radisson Blu Media City (04 366 9111).
Irish Village: A 1,000-capacity tent, plasma screens, football-themed menu and deals.
Aviation Club, Garhoud (04 282 4122, ext 308).
Harry’s Place: For every Dhs100 spent while taking in the World Cup games, you gain a chance of winning two tickets to Johannesburg. Plus a 6pm-8pm happy hour and live entertainment.
Renaissance Dubai, Deira (04 262 5555).
Le Méridien Village: Majlis area with snacks and drinks, plus 50 per cent off your bill if you guess the correct score.
Garhoud (04 702 2560).
Long’s Bar: A ‘grass’ pitch where you can try your goal-kicking skills, plus drinks promotions and prizes. Book ahead.
Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 312 2202).
Madison: There’s a World Cup menu, five bottles in a bucket for Dhs100 and a quiz.
Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Moods Lounge: Guests receive a raffle ticket for every Dhs200 spent to be in with the chance of winning tickets to Vienna.
Sheraton Jumeirah, JBR (04 399 5533).
Nelson’s: Food and drink specials, games, competitions, live music, guest DJs and prizes. Enter the raffle and you could win flights for two to South Africa.
Media Rotana Dubai (04 435 0260).
Player’s Lounge: ‘Predict and Win’ promo throughout the tournament.
The Country Club Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 398 8840).
The Pub: Prizes, a World Cup menu and 31 per cent off your bill if you guess the score.
Radisson Blu Deira (04 205 7444).
The Q: The Q and Mojito bars offer Brazilian music, prizes and 50 per cent off drinks from noon-5pm and 30 per cent off until 8pm.
Holiday Inn Al Barsha (04 323 4333).
Red Lion: A temperature-controlled garden with eight giant screens, plus competitions.
Metropolitan Hotel Dubai (04 343 0000).
Scarlett’s: Transforming itself into Scarlett’s Football Clubhouse, the lively Emirates Towers bar offers drinks specials, live DJ, games and prizes.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8088).
Sherlock Holmes: Happy hours during the game, plus special-themed dishes.
Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa, Bur Dubai (04 351 9111).
Somerset’s: There’s a national-themed food and drink menu, big screens, quizzes and a raffle. Everyone gets a free drink for every goal scored (excluding penalty shoot-outs).
Mövenpick Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 336 6000).
The Terrace: The Mondial Tent at this Media City bar has giant LCD screens, food, drink and shisha, plus a DJ, games and competitions, with chances to win big prizes.
Media Rotana Dubai (04 435 0270).
The Terrace: Air-conditioned enclosed balcony at Thai Kitchen.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).
The Underground: Special offers on buckets, pitchers and food.
Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5000).
Time Café: Dubai’s biggest sports bar, with 55 screens. Free entry.
Ramee Royal Hotel, Al Barsha (04 334 4088).
Vista: Two large TVs on the shisha terrace, plus screens inside and prizes.
Holiday Inn Express, Knowledge Village (04 427 5500).
Wafi: Air-conditioned marquee on the terrace of Carter’s or indoor viewing with tapas at Seville’s.
Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
The Wharf: Classic English menu plus large screens, drink offers, games and prizes. Sports quiz every Tuesday from 8.30pm-10.30pm.
Mina A’ Salam (04 366 6730).
Yesterday Pub: Happy hour from 8pm-10pm, with Football Finger Lickin’ platters.
Four Points by Sheraton Downtown (04 354 3333).