9 places to watch the UFC fight in Dubai

Conor McGregor will take on Khabib Nurmagomedov on Sunday

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Set your alarm clocks to ring in the early hours of Sunday October 7, UFC fans, as the hugely anticipated UFC 299 fight will be kicking off at around 6am.

Arguably UFC’s biggest star Conor McGregor and the undefeated Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov are going head-to-head over in Las Vegas, and you can watch it all go down right here in Dubai.

You can expect some of the city’s best Irish watering holes to swing their doors wide open for the fight, but a few other (possibly neutral) places will be putting on the big show.

Since it’s on a work day, you may want to pick a spot closer to your workplace – unless you’re planning on taking the whole day off.

There’s no time to waste – pick a spot to head over with a bunch of your pals and get your game face on.

Barrel 12
Living on The Palm? You’ll definitely want to head over to Barrel 12, which will be showing the fight from 5am.

Just for the occasion, the sports bar will be whipping up a breakfast bap, stuffed with hash browns, eggs, sausages, and a whole lot more.
Free entry. Sun Oct 7, 5am onwards. Palm View East, Palm Jumeirah (04 552 4000).

Bridgewater Tavern
Scared you won’t wake up in time? Well, you could always head over to the Bridgewater Tavern the night before and stay with them until the match finishes.

That’s right, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai's buzzing bar will stay open all night long, so you can mosey on in at any time to nab yourself a great spot at the bar with a massive screen to catch all the action.
Free entry. Open all night. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 3000).

Fibber Magee’s
You’ll definitely expect to see a lot of fans of McGregor in here, but you can also expect a cracking breakfast along with a tea or coffee to give you that extra kick to start your day.

For Dhs75, fans can indulge in Fiber Magee’s signature breakfast which features sausages, hash browns, black and white pudding, mushrooms and tomatoes. On a diet? Opt for the Healthy Breakfast, featuring a pancake topped with low-fat yoghurt, granola and a mix of fresh berries.

If you’re looking to start off your day with a mighty feed, look no further.
Dhs75 (breakfast). Sun Oct 7, 5am onwards. Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).

garden on 8
It gained a lot of attention during the summer's World Cup as being one of the top places to go, and now that garden on 8 is putting on the UFC fight, it looks sure to be popular.

Fans can head over to this rooftop bar at 5am to watch the two lightweight champions, with a beautiful sunrise as your backdrop.

There will also be a special breakfast burger available to tuck into for Dhs49, while drinks can be ordered à la carte.
Free entry, Dhs49 (breakfast burger). Sun Oct 7, 5am onwards. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1062).

McGettigan’s JLT
McGettigan’s JLT will be opening up bright and early for one of the biggest fights in UFC history, and you even have a hefty breakfast buffet while you watch it.

For Dhs79, UFC fans can tuck into the Irish bar’s list of breakfast trimmings, including sausages, hash browns, scrambled eggs, black pudding and just about everything to make up a full Irish breakfast – the perfect meal to have if you’re rooting for McGregor.
Free entry, Dhs79 (breakfast buffet). Sun Oct 7, 6am-10am. Next to Bonnington Hotel, JLT, Cluster J, JLT, www.mcgettigans.com/jlt-dubai/ (04 356 0560).

Original Wings & Rings
Need some wings with that knockout? Original Wings and Rings will be up and at ‘em, opening its doors at 4am to show all the hype and build up before the fight gets well underway.

You’ll be able to take your pick from the menu, including the traditional or boneless chicken wings Dhs3 and piece. Let’s just say it’s a high-protein type breakfast.
Free entry. Sun Oct 7, 4am onwards. Liberty House Building, DIFC, www.buffalowingsandrings.com (04 359 6900).

Reel Cinemas
Looking for an even bigger screen? The big fight will also be showing live at Reel Cinemas at Dubai Marina Mall and The Dubai Mall at 4am. The Dubai Mall will also be putting it on in its impressive Dolby Cinema, so you can hear each hit and the roaring crowds just like you were there.

Better yet, Jebel Ali Recreation Club and The Dubai Mall will also throw in a Guy Fieri’s breakfast sandwich, with pulled beef brisket, fried egg, cheddar cheese on a toasted sourdough bread, along with a pint of hops for Dhs80. Yum.
Sun Oct 7. Jebel Ali Recreation Club: Dhs80. 6am onwards. The Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall: Dhs50 (standard), Dhs80 (breakfast bap). 4am, www.reelcinemas.ae/en/movies/ (04 449 1903).

The Irish Village
It just wouldn’t be The Irish Village if it didn’t put Ireland’s biggest fighting star’s anticipated match. So of course Time Out Dubai's Pub of the Year will be screening the match live from 6am.

It’s Dhs100 for entry, but you’ll get that back as a Dhs100 voucher to be used on breakfast items and drinks. Reserve a table too so you can buddy up and watch the match with your fellow UFC mates.
Dhs100. Sun Oct 7, 6am onwards. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.theirishvillage.com (04 282 4750).

Vox Cinemas
Reel Cinemas isn't the only one putting on the big show, as Vox Cinemas in City Centre Deira and Mall of the Emirates will also be screening the fight from 5am.

Standard tickets will be priced at Dhs40, while if you’re looking for the VIP treatment, you get VIP tickets for Dhs50.
Dhs40 (standard), Dhs50 (VIP). Sun Oct 7, 5am onwards. City Centre Deira, Mall of the Emirates, uae.voxcinemas.com (600 599905).

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