The past few weeks have given us some of the best footy action around, and it's all been leading up to this climatic match.
England vs Croatia will be playing on Wednesday July 11 at 10pm GST. Don’t fret, because then there’s only one day to get through before the weekend kicks in.
It has been 28 years since England made it into the semi-finals, and Croatia 20 years, so expect both teams to be bringing their all for a spot in the final.
Now that you know the ‘when,’ it’s time to know the ‘where.’ Have a look at our list below of some of the best places to watch this exciting semi-final.
This stunning Palm Jumeirah rooftop bar transformed it’s venue into a fitting place to watch the World Cup, with the arrival of the VIP World Cup Extravaganza. With multiple TV screens showcasing the game, plus one huge central screen, all within a transparent air-conditioned tent, your view of the match will be as unrivalled as that of Dubai’s skyline. You’ll be able to watch the game from the pool, ordering sliders, sushi, gyoza and more from Dhs50, and there’s a range of drinks deals on too, including buckets for Dhs180. You can also win tickets to the World Cup itself, don’t mind if we do. Read more here.
Open for matches throughout tournament. FIVE Palm Jumeirah, email@example.com (052 900 4868).
Atlantis The Palm
One of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks has gone all-out for this year’s festival with what it’s calling “the ultimate” World Cup Fan Zone. Every match will be streamed in the Atlantis World Cup Fan Zone, which has capacity for more than 2,000 fans. With a whopping great 28sq m screen as the centrepiece, the fan zone will be split into two distinct areas. The Stadium will be the main viewing arena for fans, with the huge screen and more, while The Bench will have a chilled out vibe with a gamer’s corner, dedicated PS4 stand and even a chance to win a trip to the country that wins the World Cup. This is probably going to be one of the coolest places to catch the whole tournament. For big matches, booking a table is recommended and there’s a minimum spend of Dhs1,000.
Free (ladies), Dhs100 (gents, including two drinks). Open daily throughout tournament during matches. Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 426 2626).
Promising to bring “the best football experience Dubai has ever seen”, Barasti has launched two fan zones for the World Cup, and so far it has delivered on its promise. The Barasti SuperDome will have giant screens, live DJs, room for 8,000 fans and more, right down on the beach. Meanwhile, the middle deck will have its air-conditioned tent and giant, 12-metre-wide screen as per usual, so there are two areas to choose from.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-1am; Thu-Fri 10am-2.30am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 318 1313).
One of Dubai’s swankiest open-air clubs will be showing the final few matches of the World Cup. But, fear not the heat, because the club has undergone a revamp for summer, with now air-conditioning and screenings of all the matches. It’s a casual pool bar where you can rent beds, Jacuzzis, lounges and more, while kicking back for the game – there are even daily events, games and competitions to get involved with.
Open daily throughout tournament. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 388 8857).
Slightly further afield, you can head to Fairmont Ajman, where you’ll be able to hang out in the hotel’s “World Cup Arena”, with tonnes of screens, promotions, shisha and more available. VIP tables and three private majlis are available for hire on match day, too.
Open daily, timings vary. Fairmont Ajman, Ajman (06 701 5757).
Fairmont The Palm Dubai’s World Cup Tent
Fairmont The Palm Dubai’s huge tent has had many nights dedicated purely to showing every match of the World Cup. There are two screens showing the games, and a range of promotions have been running throughout the month, along with a Dhs95 minimum spend. Expect picnic benches, fake grass and all the other touches to make it feel like you’re in a proper fan zone.
Open throughout World Cup for fixtures only. Fairmont the Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 345).
Down at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach resort is a huge fan zone you’ll want to head to, as the hotel transformed its beach garden into a dedicated festival village for the World Cup. With a huge screen at one end, a temperature controlled infinity pool, a floating bar plus entertainment like foosball, ping pong, volleyball and even football pitches, you’re bound to have a cracking time. Take part in the crossbar challenge and try and win some daily prizes, and make the most of daily food and drinks deals before the after-parties see you through until the early hours.
Free entry. Open daily 4pm-2am throughout tournament. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, JBR (055 166 8092).
garden on 8
Media types who are looking for a quick escape from the office in time for kick off should leg it straight over to garden on 8, where the bar’s massive terrace has been covered over to create a special World Cup tent. With loads of screens (and one huge one) dotted around the terrace area, and with tonne of drinks promos, events and more to celebrate the tournament, you needn’t look further.
Open Sun-Wed noon-midnight; Thu-Sat noon-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Local Social Kitchen and Bar
This place has got some huge screens dotted about – 3x4m LED screens surrounded by beanbags, benches and bar tables. House beverages are down to Dhs29 for the tournament, with bites available from Dhs49 and a range of special match-day snacks including nachos, hot dogs and burgers.
Open daily noon-midnight. TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 247 6630).
Lock Stock & Barrel JBR – The Walk
A dedicated fan zone called The Secret Garden has been set up at our Bar of the Year. With its own private bar, a grassy area, all the action and a bunch of food and drink deals, you’ll be set for the last matches. Throughout the tournament you’ll be able to get buy-four-get-two-free on bottles of hops. Every Monday night for the tournament you can also join the curry club for Dhs79 which dishes up a whole curry, rice and naan bread with a house drink. The same applies on Wednesday, where you can pick select menu items with a drink for Dhs79, too.
Open Sun-Thu 4pm-3am, Fri 1pm-3am, Sat 2pm-3am. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 392 7120).
Lock Stock & Barrel Barsha Heights
On the upper deck of this massive Barsha Heights bar you’ll find a dedicated fan zone with big screens, loads of fan gear plus drinks deals. With every match of the tournament being shown on every screen in this cavernous bar, you won’t miss any of the action. With buy-four-get-two-free on bottles of hops, you’ll be set for the match.
Open Sun-Thu 4pm-3am, Fri noon-3am, Sat 2pm-3am. Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 514 9195).
Moroc Lounge & Bar
Head to the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate for the World Cup and you’ll find a range of promotions on the menu, including The Winger (buttermilk fried chicken wings in a smoked paprika sauce), and The Goalkeeper (a short rib beef burger with tangy barbecue sauce, onion compote and roasted peppers), starting from Dhs40. There’s also the halftime happy hour every day and package deals that start from Dhs75. You can also win daily prizes with a series of games running at the bar.
Open daily noon-2am. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate (04 444 5613).
Reem Al Bawadi Fan Zone
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel’s purpose-built fan zone is another winner. Get three house beverages or soft drinks for your Dhs100 entry fee, and with some huge screens showing the games, you can head over from noon until 3am every day. There’s even a Dhs250 package offering unlimited house beverages for the duration of each match.
Open daily noon-3am. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8555).
Reform Social & Grill
This proper Brit pub is going all out for the World Cup, launching “Your Local Fanzone” throughout the tourney. Footy fans can expect a specially-constructed air conditioned tent with a big screen showing every match. Loads of games and prizes to be won, and you’ll also be able to get special dishes for less, with a World Cup menu featuring burger and chips, fish and chips or a British balti (all including a pint) for Dhs99, or a Dhs225 package including a tonne of British bar bites (think mini burgers, scotch eggs, fries et al) plus five hops during all matches on after 7pm. Booking in advance is recommended.
Prices vary. Daily noon-7pm. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Living (04 545 2638).
Officially the city’s best new nightlife venue (according to the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards), this awesome outdoor bar and club has transformed itself to an indoor (and air-conditioned) football fan zone for the whole tournament. With every match being shown on multiple “cinema screens” (their words), you’re bound to get a cracking view of the match, with a range of drinks and food deals on offer too. Every match will have its own after-party going on until 2am, too.
Open Sun-Thu 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat 5pm-3am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (056 822 2559).
Swissôtel Al Ghurair
Just for the World Cup, this Deira hotel put up a dedicated fan zone showing every match on a number of screens, while also delivering a pretty epic offer. For matches you can get two snacks and unlimited selected beverages for Dhs65 – hard to argue with that.
Open for matches throughout the tournament. Swissôtel Al Ghurair, Deira (04 293 3000).
The Courtyard at Manzil Downtown
Enjoy the football action in the relaxed setting of The Courtyard at Manzil Downtown. Watch your favourite games on large LED TV screens at an air-conditioned outdoor setting at The Courtyard with a special World Cup menu on offer. The adjacent Boulevard Lounge fun zone features PlayStation, foosball and face painting.
Dhs150 minimum spend. Open daily noon-5am. Manzil Downtown, Downtown Dubai. For reservations or more information, please visit www.mydubaifootball.com or contact (04 888 3444).
The Irish Village
Want to watch the game on the terraces? The IV might just have the most original set up of any place showing the World Cup. A gigantic screen, and tiered terraces where you can watch each game, as though you’re in the stadium – there’s a Dhs100 minimum spend, and groups of ten or more can guarantee seating by booking in advance.
Entry Dhs100. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
The Last Stand Football Fan Zone
An absolutely epic fan zone has been put up at Dubai Sports City, one to rival the city’s best. With room for thousands of people, this place has three gigantic screens to see the match, a range of booking and seating options for groups and families, and more. Stop by the fun zone (where under 21s can visit until 10pm), where you can play giant jenga, foosball and even human foosball (sounds fun). After the footie action ends for the day you’ll also see live DJs and bands playing throughout the month. Entry costs Dhs100 and you’ll get that back in food and beverage coupons.
Dhs100. Open Sun-Thu 3pm-2am, Fri-Sat noon-2am. The Dome, Dubai Sports City (054 778 8842).
The Pavilion Stadium at the QE2
Head over to the QE2 at Port Rashid, where this legendary vessel has set up a huge air-conditioned tent housing massive screens, loads of different entertainment, competitions and daily deals on food and drink. Get four hops for Dhs110, and a pint plus burger or curry for Dhs80. Entry is free and reservations aren’t required but are recommended.
Open daily throughout tournament. QE2, Port Rashid, Deira (04 526 8888).
Want to win a keg of hops during the World Cup? Read on. With four different areas dedicated to catching the match, plus 19 TVs and two huge projector screens, you’re in for a treat at this funky JLT bar. Throughout the tournament you’ll be able to get an unlimited two-hour drinks package during each game for Dhs99, while there’ll also be a range of mini games and even a PlayStation tournament. Buy a tower of hops for Dhs125, and sign up for the tourney, where you can even win a keg of hops.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3am; Fri-Sat 9.30am-3am. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT (04 438 0000).
Usually a nightclub, this JBR spot offers a brilliant place to go for match day, and is giving away some big prizes too. Daily prizes are being given away include free entry to any chosen match day plus a free drink, ranging up to a table worth Dhs5,000 for ten people to enjoy the final. There’ll also be live entertainment after the last match of each day.
Open daily, 4pm-3am. Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, JBR (052 634 1040).
Dubai’s Beach Club of the Year (crowned so at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards), Zero Gravity is offering an unlimited package for Dhs250 for the duration of selected high-profile matches, with the games being streamed like on a 16ft screen, plus others dotted about the venue. You can get VIP table packages starting from Dhs1,000 for four people, and you can also expect classic footy food like pies, burgers and hot dogs. Zero Gravity will be free to enter for the entire tournament, so head along.
Open for matches throughout tournament. Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Velocity Fan Zone
With a happy hour that runs until midnight and drinks on offer for just Dhs12, this Abu Dhabi fan zone is also offering a free drink until the first foul of each match during the World Cup. There’s also Dhs3,000 in cash up for grabs, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win every time you buy selected drinks. It has 38 screens in total, including what it’s claiming to be the biggest indoor screen in Abu Dhabi.
Open Sun-Wed 4pm-2am, Thu-Sat noon-3am. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi (02 304 7777).
This classy steakhouse on the Palm Jumeirah is showing the rest of the matches, with a range of snacks and drinks available, including Dhs160 buckets of five hops and Dhs45 for a bucket of chicken wings.
Open daily 6pm-1am throughout the tournament. Dukes Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 9298).
Head over the Grand Hyatt Dubai’s Italian eatery to get your hands on various drinks promotions and special bites to eat. You‘ll be able to get a buy-five-get-one-free promotion, and a buy-14-get-four-free promotion on certain hops, plus a bunch of cracking Mediterranean grub on offer.
Open daily 12.30pm-2am. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2222).
Head to this Pier 7 spot for the World Cup and you’ll be in with a chance of winning a Brazil shirt signed by arguably the greatest player the world has ever seen – the mighty Pele. With live DJs livening up the post-match parties, and with packages starting from Dhs136 – this bar is ready to go.
Open daily 6pm-3am (throughout tournament). Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 450 7766).
This relaxed, poolside bar has gone big for the World Cup. Head along to Business Bay for a range of deals and promotions during the tournament. On top of the daily happy hour (offering food and drinks for Dhs30), you can get buckets of hops from Dhs159, a burger and a hops for Dh85 and a range of national cuisines during select matches from Dhs30. On top of that, correctly guess the score of the match and get two free drinks for the next game (there are only a few left…).
Open daily 10am-2am. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay (04 551 1544).
While Australia has unfortunately gone out of the World Cup, it doesn’t mean this venue will stop dishing out the deals. Found among the Shoreline apartments on the Palm, this Aussie-themed sports bar will do the trick. Home to some massive tellies, plus a decent brekkie and cracking burger, Palmies won’t be needing to head anywhere else for the rest of the season. Expect to watch the game in a fully air-conditioned fan zone tent, with 17 screens, a range of promotions on match activities and a whole bunch of competitions. There’s even a chance to win Dhs10,000 of travel vouchers.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-midnight; Thu-Fri 10am-1am. Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).
At this proper English-themed pub you’ll be able to catch the rest of the matches. Seventeen different screens will be showing all the games, with private booths also available, as well as a range of different drinks deals throughout the month-long footy festival.
Open daily noon-2am. Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, Garhoud (04 702 8888).
A City Walk’s La Ville Hotel & Suites, head to Blassa, where the venue is kitted out with a bunch of screens showing the match. Interestingly, there will also be themed packages depending on which team is playing (starting from Dhs99) – so think cheese and grape for France.
Open Sun-Wed 4pm-1am, Thu-Sat 1pm-2am. La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk (04 309 5948).
One of our favourite sports bars in the city, this antipodean bar has a load of screens, and properly livens up around kick off. Expect a bunch of deals on food and drinks, with a range of different areas and viewing options for everyone.
Open daily 4pm-2am. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Breeze Beach Grill
This uber-cool Club Vista Mare hangout has a mini fan-zone sorted out for the tournament, with a projector, a free-to-play pool table, foosball and a bunch of spot prizes to win throughout the month. Cracking beach vibes to go with the action.
Open Sun-Wed 11am-midnight, Thu 11am-1am, Fri 9am-1am, Sat 9am-midnight. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 568 3000).
A new addition for this year’s World Cup, Brothaus at Steigenberger Hotel – Business Bay has set up the Der Brothaus Sommergarten fan zone. With a range of massive screens, food and drink deals, there are plenty of reasons to head along. The fan zone will also be running a number of competitions and giveaways, including a week-long fully paid-for stay at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg in Germany.
Open daily throughout tournament. Steigenberger Hotel – Business Bay (04 369 0000).
Burger & Lobster
Head to this DIFC bar where you’ll be able to catch the game on a huge 3x3m screen. There’s also a dedicated World Cup package where for a bargainous Dhs120 you’ll be able to get your hands on five different dishes and two drinks. If you’re looking for a top place in the financial district, look no further.
Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Burj Daman Building, DIFC (04 514 8838).
Get ready for the big kick off party, as this classy 1920s-themed Belgian restaurant and bar cannot wait for the rest of the tournament. It’s keeping things strictly local, though, and Belgian nationals will be able to get a 40 percent discount (if you can prove your nationality) on food and drinks during Belgium’s matches. Good luck in the semi-finals.
Open daily noon-2am. The Ritz-Carlton DIFC (04 372 2323).
Capital Club in DIFC has confirmed it will be opening up its doors to DIFC Card holders (basically, everyone who works in the financial district) for the duration of the World Cup. Not only has the club, ranked by CNN as one of the ten most exclusive members’ clubs in the world, relaxed its door policy for the tournament, it’s also putting on some pretty mega deals. We’re talking bucket drinks deals for Dhs99, and even a bucket of 20 chicken wings for Dhs99 as well. There are also a number of other promotions, including two-for-one on a bunch of drinks deals and menu items, including classic dishes like fish and chips and the club’s signature burger.
Open Sun-Fri 7am-2am, Sat noon-9pm. Building 3, Gate Village, DIFC (04 363 0111).
Over at the Conrad Dubai, fans can catch the game on some huge 84-inch screens, but if you fancy a bit more of a private experience, hire out the bar’s “man cave” with its own giant screen, and unlimited drinks and nibbles for Dhs225.
Open daily noon-2am. Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7111).
Champions Sports Bar
Throughout the entire World Cup, this fantastic underground sports bar at the JW Marriott Dubai in Deira is offering live music, pool and a whole bunch of neon lights. This is a darkened sports bar hidey hole at its best.
Open daily, noon-3am. JW Marriott Dubai, Deira (04 607 7977).
Crossroads Bar & Terrace
Over at Raffles Dubai, this swanky hangout is showing every match on its big screen, and you can get in on the action with a range of deals. Bucket deals are available pairing six hops with three dishes for Dhs299, and there’s more going on too.
Open Sun-Wed 5pm-2am, Thu-Sat 5pm-3am. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
This American gastropub-meets-sports bar made it onto our shortlist for Sports Bar of the Year, and with good reason. During the World Cup, for every goal your team concedes, you’ll get 10 percent off your food bill (up to a maximum of 30 percent). With two huge projector screens, nine 50-inch TVs and a whole bunch of decoration, this is going to be one cool hangout for the tournament.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. The Westin Dubai – Al Habtoor City (04 435 5577).
While Scotland may not be in this year’s tournament, Copper Dog in JBR is going all out with its offers for the World Cup. Head along to this wonderful pub, which has tonnes of screens, plus some great grub (and even a free-to-play pool table), where they’ll be running a number of promotions. Starting with the Copper Dog World Cup Passport, you’ll be able to redeem Dhs500 on food and beverages all summer if you spend Dhs5,000 during matches throughout the tournament. A range of different drinks packages are available from Dhs200, and during the quarter-finals, through to the final you can purchase a four-hour unlimited food and drink package for Dhs350.
Open Sun-Thu 3pm-2am, Fri-Sat 10am-2am. DoubleTree by Hilton Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 559 5355).
Usually a pumping club twice a week, this gothic-looking party hotspot will be swinging its doors open from noon every day during the World Cup to screen matches. Get free entry and special rates on drinks from 4pm until 8pm. A nice warm up for those 10pm semi-final matches.
Open daily (during World Cup) noon-2am. Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City (056 992 6774).
Emirates Golf Club
This place is going all out with its fan zone. A dedicated two-storey lounge is being created for the World Cup, which will have one giant screen and 12 big TVs dotted around so every angle is covered. There’ll also be a whole host of different food and drink packages available, with packages for four starting from Dhs475 and packages for ten available at Dhs1,120.
Open daily throughout tournament. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living (04 417 9999).
Down at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach resort, a huge fan zone has been set up, as the hotel transformed its beach garden into a dedicated festival village for the World Cup. With a huge screen at one end, with a temperature controlled infinity pool, floating bar plus entertainment like foosball, ping pong, volleyball and even football pitches, you’re bound for a cracking time. Take part in the crossbar challenge and try and win some daily prizes, and make the most of daily food and drinks deals before daily after-parties see you through until the early hours.
Free entry. Open daily 4pm-2am throughout tournament. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, JBR (055 166 8092).
This sports bar in JBR revamped its garden area for summer (don’t worry, the massive screens are still there), so there’s now loads of comfy lounge seats in addition to its 103-inch TV and six 42-inch screens dotted about the bar. Get your hands on some smoked, meaty grub from the garden’s barbecue smoker wagon and kick back to some live music after the matches.
Open Sun-Thu 4pm-3am, Fri noon-3am, Sat 11am-3am. JA Ocean View Hotel (04 814 5590).
With eight screens, a giant projector and a tonne of match day offers, Harvesters is running a fan zone for the tournament. Open every day until Sunday July 15, the bar is offering 20 percent off your bill if you’re wearing your team’s shirt, get five bottles of hops for Dhs110, and if you can correctly guess the score before kick-off, you’ll win some cool prizes.
Open daily noon-2am. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 276 963).
ICON Bar & Lounge
This sports bar in Dubai Media City is offering a range of platters and food deals throughout the tournament, plus competitions to win free burgers, pints and even staycations at the Radisson Blu Dubai Media City. Get 50 percent off selected drinks from 4pm until 7pm daily, plus a five-bottle bucket for Dhs110. There are plenty of screens around, and multiple projectors too, so you’re not going to be far away from the action.
Open daily noon-2am. Radisson Blu Dubai Media City (04 366 9131).
One of the city’s top pubs, this JBR hotspot has seven screens showing every World Cup match live. And on top of that throughout the tournament, until Sunday July 15, there’ll also be a 25 percent cashback offer on purchases, as well as a range of drinks promotions.
Open daily noon-2am. Amwaj Rotana, The Walk, JBR (04 428 3084).
This Dubai Sports City bar (which threw a pretty epic bash for Euro 2016) has re-opened its doors for the World Cup, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Get buckets from Dhs150, 50 percent off drinks during a mammoth daily happy hour (from noon until 7pm at the weekend, and 1pm until 7pm from Sunday to Wednesday), and more going on during the tournament.
Open Sun-Wed 1pm-2am, Thu-Sat noon-2am. Dubai Sports City (04 448 1001).
Over at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai in JBR, La Baie is showing all of the games and is also putting on a dedicated international menu of food and drinks, with a range of promotions also available.
Open daily noon-1am. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 318 6150).
With a huge list of international food available during the tournament, Le Patio at The St. Regis Dubai – Al Habtoor City also has a cracking promotion during the World Cup: pick the goalscorer, and win great prizes. There are also two huge 3.5x2.5m screens, team decorations, plus a VIP lounge with private service, food and drinks (with a minimum spend of Dhs2,000).
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. The St. Regis Dubai – Al Habtoor City (04 435 5577).
Le Petit Belge, JLT
Undoubtedly one of the most popular bars in JLT, Le Petit Belge is offering selected drinks for Dhs30 during matches, loaded fries for Dhs25, burger and a drink for Dhs100, and a bucket of drinks with five mini hotdogs for Dhs250. With four sizeable screens in the bar area, you won’t find it hard to get the perfect view.
Prices vary. Open Sun-Thu noon-2am, Fri-Sat 10am-3am. Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster T, JLT (04 242 7794).
Le Petit Belge, Motor City
The most recent expansion of one of the city’s most popular Belgian bars is offering the same World Cup deals as its JLT-based older sister, with a range of dining and drinks promotions available for every match.
Prices vary. Open Sun-Thu 4pm-2am, Fri-Sat noon-3am. Park Inn by Radisson, Motor City (04 874 7996).
Over at Address Montgomerie, club house bar-meets-pub Links is going big for the World Cup, and you can watch the match with the awesome Dubai Marina skyline in the background, along with the club’s driving range. Head along from 5pm on match days and enjoy some pre- and post-match happy hours and food deals.
Open daily 5pm-11.30pm. Address Montgomerie, Emirates Living (04 390 5600).
Over in Arabian Ranches, you can get your hands on a whole host of different food and drink deals during World Cup matches, including nachos for Dhs59, sharing platters from Dhs199, selected drinks, towers and buckets from Dhs35, Dhs225 and Dhs169 respectively. There are also free drinks on offer if you arrive with ten of your mates.
Prices vary. Open daily 7am-2am. Arabian Ranches Golf Club (04 450 1313).
A range of footy-related games are being hosted at this La Mer eatery, and with the game being shown on the restaurant’s big screens, you can win 20 percent off your bill if your predictions are spot on.
Open Sun-Thu 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 8am-2am. La Mer, Jumeirah 1 (04 385 5525).
The most recent addition to the McGettigan’s chain will be showing the tournament on ten different screens, while dishing up a bunch of different deals throughout the month. Get a pie or burger with a pint for Dhs120 and special happy hour prices of Dhs25 on selected drinks during the group stage and round of 16.
Open daily 12.30-3am (throughout tournament). Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, JBR (04 453 5267).
It’s a crying shame that the Irish aren’t at this year’s World Cup (you can thank a Christian Eriksen-inspired Denmark for that), because this place would have somehow been even more awesome if the chaps from the Emerald Isle had made it to Russia. With more than 30 telly screens indoors and out (you might prefer indoor during this sweltering summer season), plus a whopping great projector at The Baggot, you will be hard pressed to find a better watering hole for the occasion.
Open daily noon-3am. Bonnington Hotel, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 378 0800).
This gastropub in Al Bandar Rotana calls itself the “only gastropub in the Dubai Creek area”. While catching the match on the pub’s big screens, get your hands on bottles of craft hops for Dhs25 each, or a platter of grub and a bucket of craft hops for Dhs225. Oh, and you get 25 percent discount voucher for every Dhs100 you spend, and you can use that at any Rotana pub across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
Open daily noon-2am. Al Bandar Rotana, Dubai Creek (04 704 2331).
Neighbourhood Social House & Eatery
Head over to Courtyard by Marriott, Greens Community, and you’ll be able to get your hands on some selected drinks for Dhs40 during happy hour from 6pm until 8pm as a pre-game before the big match.
Open daily noon-2am. Courtyard by Marriott, Greens Community (04 885 2222).
Head over to the Media Rotana in Barsha Heights, where you can catch all the games on projectors and big screens – so you’ll never miss a kick. That is, unless, you’re busy redeeming your Dhs25 cashback for every Dhs100 you spend in store during the World Cup. Now there’s a reason to keep going back.
Open daily noon-3am. Media Rotana Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 435 0000).
Nezesaussi Grill Downtown Dubai
A former winner of Best Sports Bar at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards, this funky antipodean spot is offering up two beverages, plus chicken wings and a mysterious “special World Cup themed gift” for Dhs99. Its sister bar in Dubai Marina is also running the same promotion, so head along to either branch and get involved with the action.
Dhs99. Open daily noon-2am. Manzil Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888). The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Perry & Blackwelder’s
This American eatery at the Souk Madinat Jumeirah is showing all the games on its screens, including the huge screen next to the main bar. Throughout the tournament, you’ll be able to tuck into a whole bunch of dishes, but we’re most excited about the dedicated chicken wing menu, which combines traditional flavours from around the world for the tournament (think salt and vinegar wings for England). There’s also a bucket of hops available for Dhs129, and a daily happy hour from 5pm until 8pm. You can also get a dedicated passport if you’re a repeat visitor, where you can claim back cash to spend at the bar every time you spend Dhs200.
Open daily noon-2am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Two massive screens loom over the cavernous branch of this popular pizza chain – a branch which puts live entertainment (of any form) at its core. And it won’t disappoint during the semi-finals and finals of theWorld Cup, because for Dhs119 you can get unlimited house beverages for the duration of each match. You can also get pints from Dhs30 during the tournament.
Open daily 11am-1am. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay, Bay Square (04 566 5722).
Player Sports Lounge
A new arrival on the sports bar scene, Player is getting ready for the last few matches of the World Cup in pretty epic fashion. You can expect to find some cracking drinks deals on throughout the tournament, while this fun-loving sports bar will also have 16 large indoor screens on which you can catch the match.
Open Sat-Wed noon-2am, Thu-Fri noon-3am. Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 503 6128).
If you’re after cracking views of the Creek as well as views of the action, head to this bar at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, which will be constructing its own tent for the tournament. A range of sharing platters and drinks deals are available, starting from Dhs380 for four people, and ranging up to Dhs1,500 for ten people.
Open daily 5pm-2am. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
Head to Desert Palm Resort Dubai and you’ll be able to get your hands on a bunch of different promotions. Open during fixtures, you’ll be able to get your hands on a pint and a burger for Dhs95, bucket deals for Dhs150 and for the semi-finals and final, you’ll be able to get unlimited hops and two food vouchers for Dhs245 during the match.
Open Sun-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri-Say noon-2am. Desert Palm Dubai, Wasan 2, Hatta Road (04 323 8888).
Stars ’N’ Bars
We can’t wait to catch the games here, this place is mega. With tonnes of screens, arcade game machines, foosball and even pour-your-own-pints, there are few sportier sports bars than this seriously sporty sports bar in La Mer. There are loads of footy-related activities, games and activations throughout the tournament, and if you pick four items from a select menu, you’ll get Dhs50 credit for the hops vending machines. Yes, hops vending machines.
Open daily 10am-3am. La Mer, Jumeirah 1 (04 439 9903).
If you’re after a sophisticated spot for catching the game, with some cool tunes, a decent 50 percent off happy hour from 4pm until 8pm, some bar sports and even a game of bowling while you watch the match, then look no further than The 44. This sports bar-meets-gentleman’s club at the Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City has a load of screens and tonnes going on.
Open daily noon-2am. Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City (04 437 3333).
The Belgian Café
Down at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, this Belgian bar is serving up a whole bunch of massive screens for every game. During every match you’ll be able to get your hands on drinks from Dhs20, sharing platter deals for Dhs120. During Belgium matches you’ll also be able to get free bar snacks every time the team scores, with more offers on, too.
Prices vary. Open Sun-Thu noon-2am, Fri-Sat noon-3am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 447 0227).
The Big Easy
Named after golfing legend Ernie Els, The Big Easy is going to be showing all the matches, and has got a Dhs125 minimum spend in place for the group stage matches. For the knockout stages it’ll be Dhs349 per person, but on Tuesdays both guys and girls will be able to get five glasses of bubbly or mixed drinks for just Dhs100 from 5pm until 8pm.
Open Sun-Thu 5pm-11.30pm; Fri-Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm, 5pm-11.30pm. The Els Club, Dubai Sports City (04 425 1000).
The Boston Bar
As the World Cup kicks off, this bar (based on US sitcom Cheers) is offering a range of different food and drink deals to celebrate. Head along every day from 12.30pm until 3am and join in with a load of competitions, with discount prices starting from Dhs34.
Prices vary. Open daily 12.30pm-3am. Jumeira Rotana, 2nd December Street, Satwa (04 345 5888).
We can’t think of many places that are going to have a better atmosphere than this cracking Irish pub. It’s a shame Ireland didn’t quite make it to the tournament, but either way this place is going to be buzzing for the semi-finals and final, and full of great craic. You’ll be able to get bucket deals for Dhs150, any drink for Dhs30 during the match, buy-one-get-one-free for 30 minutes after each match, Dhs79 for any hops and burger combination, and if you’re going in a big group of you (ten or more), you can get unlimited house drinks for Dhs199 for the duration of the match. They’ll even dry clean your jacket for you while you watch the match, bizarrely.
Open daily noon-2am. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
The Eloquent Elephant
This classy gastropub at Taj Dubai in Business Bay is serving up a bunch of deals during the World Cup, while also showing all of the games throughout the month-long tournament. You’ll be able to get your hands on a bunch of different promotions, including a burger (or nachos) with two pints for Dhs99. You can also get some of the pub’s top main courses (including fish and chips, bangers and mash or a curry) plus a pint for Dhs119.
Open Sun-Thu noon-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 438 3100).
The Golden Lion
This relatively new pub on the iconic QE2 cruise liner, now moored at Port Rashid, has kitted itself out in 1960s England memorabilia. It’s calling itself the “most authentic pub” in Dubai, so expect a whole lot of World Cup ’66 nostalgia and Three Lions on repeat…
Open daily throughout tournament. QE2, Port Rashid, Deira (04 526 8888).
The Huddle Bur Dubai
This fun-loving and trendy sports bar is running the “Keys to Cash” promotion during the tourney, and you’ll get a key for every Dhs100 you spend at the bar. Your key will unlock a mystery box, which contains a range of prizes, and one’s even got Dhs10,000 cash inside. With a 165-inch digital wall and a 100-inch TV, you won’t miss a kick.
Open daily noon-3am. Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai (04 407 8000).
The Lion by Nick & Scott
This newly renovated British pub is offering a bunch of different promotions for the matches. Get free drinks on entry if you’re wearing your team’s shirt at kick-off, get drinks for Dhs10 with every goal, bucket deals for Dhs150, plus burger and a pint for Dhs99.
Open daily 8am-3am. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 359 2366).
The Lotus Lounge
Head over to The Lotus Lounge at Anantara The Palm where all of the games will be shown on a 100-inch screen. Wear your team’s shirt and you’ll get a free pint every time they score.
Open daily 10am-midnight. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).
The Media Lounge
Head to this chilled out eatery in Dubai Media City, where there’s a range of international cuisines on offer, with the matches showing on screens throughout.
Dhs100 minimum spend. Open daily 9am-2am. Concorde Tower, Dubai Media City (800 8653).
The Scene by Simon Rimmer
This Pier 7 pub has five massive screens showing every match in a dedicated indoor summer garden, plus offers including five drinks for Dhs175, a dedicated area for ladies offering unlimited drinks and two courses for Dhs149, free drinks for every red card shown, plus the chance to win a signed jersey from either Ronaldo, Michael Owen or the 1966 World Cup-winning England team.
Open daily 8am-2am. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 422 2328).
The Tap House
This gastropub on the Palm Jumeirah’s Club Vista Mare is going all out for the World Cup. With one massive screen and loads of smaller tellies knocking about, the bar already has the hardware for it, but it’s running something called the Rewards Passport. Spend Dhs200 at the bar until the end of the tournament, and you’ll get 50 different special offers on food and drink to use daily during the World Cup until the final on Saturday June 15.
Open daily noon-2am. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 514 3778).
We think it’s the Best Sports Bar in Dubai – so much so that we gave it that very title at our Music & Nightlife Awards earlier this year. With dozens of screens dotted around this London Underground-themed pub in JBR, this is one spot where you’ll never miss a kick. There’s a strong daily happy hour (with drinks available for Dhs27), plus great grub, pool tables and more. With a huge projector screen in the middle of the bar, this will be one of the most popular spots in town during the tournament.
Open daily noon-3am. Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, JBR (04 408 4257).
As the countdown to the tourney is almost over, you’ll be able to head to this proper English pub in Bur Dubai. With giveaways, competitions and scratch & win promotions throughout the month, plus several large screens, you’ll be in for a cracking time.
Open daily noon-2am. Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai (04 397 7444).
Tr!BeCa Kitchen + Bar
This New York-inspired bar (based on the neighbourhood of the same name) is running a really cool promotion during the World Cup. Throughout the tournament, Tr!BeCa is offering a free drink to everyone whose national team wins. Bring your ID to prove your nationality, and if your boys have only gone and done it, you’ll get a free bevvie.
Open daily noon-3am. JA Oceanview Hotel, JBR (050 345 6067).
This brand-new bar only opened a fortnight before the World Cup kicked off, so expect a super shiny finish and wide-eyed enthusiasm from all the bar staff. Not only will the bar have a special set of promotions running for the remainder of the World Cup (coupled with what it’s calling the “longest happy hour on Sheikh Zayed Road”), but the bar will also serve a bunch of high-class bar snacks – think golden fries, and the like. There are 11 screens in total.
Open daily noon-2am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Toro + Ko
Head along to this Spanish restaurant at City Walk’s The Square, where you’ll be able to catch the game on a number of screens, and make the most of a tonne of different promotions. What caught our eye the most though, is the arrival of Klaus Oro Pescado, the score-predicting goldfish who’ll be in the restaurant and bar all month making his guesses. Go see him in the flesh… or in the scales…
Open Sat-Wed, noon-1am; Thu-Fri noon-2am. The Square, City Walk (04 590 5433).
Wavebreaker Beach Stadium
Down at JBR you’ll be able to head to a fully air-conditioned and smoke-free fan zone tent at Wavebreaker, the beach bar and grill. Every match will be screened live, and there are a range of food and beverage options available too, with a variety of deals starting from Dhs150. You’ll also get beach access with your purchases, and there are kid-friendly zones and activities.
Prices vary. Open during every World Cup match. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2319).
WXYZ, Aloft Me’Aisam
At the brand-new Aloft Me’Aisam in Production City, you’ll be able to catch every game in the WXYZ bar or by the pool with a minimum spend of Dhs100 (plus Dhs49 for poolside). There’ll be a range of food and drink promotions available, including themed nachos with your choice of German, Spanish, Argentinian, Brazilian or Russian toppings. All dishes will come with drinks options available.
Dhs100 minimum spend. Open during every World Cup match. Aloft Me’Aisam, Production City (04 248 7070).
Head along to this lofty bar at the Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, where you’ll find some big screens ready to show the game. For every match during the tournament, you’ll be able to get unlimited select drinks during each match for Dhs150 per person. If all the action gets too much, head out on the terrace for some perfect views northwards towards Downtown Dubai.
Open daily 11am-2am. Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 377 2356).
Further Afield - DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island
Up in Ras Al Khaimah you can chill out in the outdoor pool (including floating drinks…) to watch all the matches, or head to the Anchor Bar if you’re preferring air con at this time of year. At each you’ll be able to get four bottles of hops, with one free, for Dhs120 (plus fees), and in the Anchor bar you can get a beverage tower – that’s six pints – for Dhs150.
Open for matches throughout tournament. Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah (07 203 0000).
This cinema is getting all of its Dubai complexes in on the action, with tickets to see all matches for Dhs90, except for the final, which is Dhs120. All tickets come with some classic cinema snacks too – a small popcorn and a Coke. If you’re a little more peckish you can also tuck in on nachos, hot dogs and ice cream too.
From Dhs90. Various locations including Dubai Festival City Mall, www.novocinemas.com.
Reel will be showing the matches in all three of its Dubai locations, at The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall and the Jebel Ali Recreation Club, and at Dhs70 a pop you can see the match on the big screen, in comfort.
Dhs70. Various locations including The Dubai Mall, www.reelcinemas.ae.
One of the city’s plushest cinema complexes is showing the World Cup at its City Walk branch this summer. Kick back in comfort at the cinema to take in games throughout the tournament,
From Dhs70. City Walk, Al Wasl, www.theroxycinemas.com.