Photos: Where to watch the World Cup in Dubai
With the FIFA World Cup set to start today, we've shortlisted 35 great spots to watch all the footie action live in Dubai. We've also added what deal they are offering you and your mates in celebration of the tournament. Grab some mates and get ready for 31 days of footie galore.
Atelier M has set up a fan zone especially for the tournament. Four massive screens will air every single second of the tournament so you can be sure that you won’t miss a single goal, penalty or theatrical dive. There will be special food and beverage packages to keep you fueled throughout the daily screenings that take place from 6pm onwards. The venue will also be hosting daily competitions that will see lucky fans walk away with jerseys from the teams taking part and one lucky winner also stands the chance to grab a Brazil shirt that has been signed by the legend that is Pelé.
Where: Atelier M, Pier 7
Deal: The special food and drinks packages start from AED136. Plus, daily prizes and live entertainment
Contact: +971 4 450 7766, website
Atlantis, The Palm World Cup Fan Zone
A whopping 2,000 people of all ages can watch the World Cup matches together. With a gigantic 28 square metre HD display you can choose to immerse yourself among the mega fans at “The Stadium” or opt for a more chilled vibe at “The Bench” which has a gaming corner. You could also win a trip to the Cup’s winning nation and a getaway to the hotel.
Where: Atlantis, The Palm
Deal: Ladies for free, Gents AED100 which includes two drinks
Contact: +971 4 426 2626, website
Garden on 8
With an air conditioned outdoor fan zone, a specially crafted food menu that includes the likes of Wiener schnitzel strips, tangy BBQ chicken wings and crispy chunky onion rings, and one massive screen airing every single of the FIFA World Cup, Garden on 8 really have gone all in celebration of this year’s World Cup. No really, they have. There’s live entertainment, tons of competitions and face painting too.
Where: Media One Hotel
Deal: Ventilated fan zone, footie menu, competitions and face painting
Contact: +971 4 427 1000, website
The Irish Village
The Irish Village has quite a neat set up in celebration of the FIFA World Cup. Fans can watch their team on the mega screen from tiered terraces while the venue’s lively staff ensure that their every need is catered to. There’s a minimum spend of AED100 – the fish and chips are delicious and well worth a try. Groups of 10 or more are advised to make a booking to secure their seat.
Where: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud
Deal: AED100 minimum spend for access to the viewing area
Contact: +971 4 282 4750, website
Perry & Blackwelder’s
With 10 screens airing every second of the footie madness, you sure not to miss a single goal, penalty or “dive” at P&B’s this World Cup. If you’re a foodie, be sure to check out their “Wing Your Way Around The World” offering, that features a selection of dishes from the many countries taking part in this year’s FIFA World Cup. The venue’s daily happy hour and special drink package – a bucket of six bottled hops, will keep you hydrated throughout the tournament. There’s a “Season Ticket” too. For every AED200 spent, guests will receive one stamp. The goal is to get to five stamps to receive an AED100 “milestone” voucher.
Where: Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Deal: Special food and drinks menu and daily happy hour
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website
This rooftop experience comes with an air-conditioned tent, pool parties and a line-up of live enterainment to create a matchday atmosphere. Multiple screens mean you won’t miss any goals and there’s the chance to win tickets to a World Cup match and a holiday of a lifetime. Nice.
Where: Five Palm Jumeirah
Deal: Daily happy hours
Contact: +9714 455 9989, website
Reem Al Bawadi FIFA World Cup Fanzone
For those looking for a dedicated area for everything and anything football related, here’s where you need to go. This Ramadan majlis turned FIFA Fanzone can seat up to 320 people. For food, they’re offering cheese nachos, chicken tenders, veggie wraps, BBQ chicken wings and beef sliders.
Where: Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Deal: AED120 for open beverages, complimentary popcorn and valet service
Contact: +9714 5509207, website
There’s a fan zone for guests to enjoy the venue’s electric vibes along with their teams. Be ready to cheer your nation on and scream at the screen as you dig into the football-inspired food and beverages.
Where: Arabian Ranches Golf Club
Deal: À la carte menu and 2-for-1 offer on selected hops and beverages
Contact: +9714 888 3444, website
Join in the action at this venue’s indoor summer garden, you’ll feel like you’re on the pitch as well. For women, they’ve even got a WAGs corner with special deals throughout the 90-minute matches.
Where: Pier 7, Dubai Marina
Deal: Win signed memorabilia, AED175 for five drinks, AED99 for three bar bites
Contact: +9714 4222 328, website
It has a new air-conditioned structure, so don’t worry about the sweltering heat. It’s also prepared a menu for the occasion, which includes fan-favourites such as burgers, nachos, flatbreads and many more. Once the night’s matches finish, you can celebrate your team’s victory at their late night parties, from June 17 onwards, with beats from Dubai’s best DJs until 2am.
Where: Soho Garden, Al Meydan Road
Deal: Three dishes from the World Cup menu for AED120
Contact: +971 56 822 2559, website
Toro + KO
The Barcelona-inspired tapas venue is set to offer all the action across three large screens. Klaus, the goldfish will be on hand (fin?) to help predict the weekly match results for a bit of theatre and fun. Be sure to check out Toro’s social pages for predications and offers.
Where: The Square, City Walk
Deal: AED120 for a bucket of five beverages, Happy hour during games AED26 for a glass of grape AED100 for a bottle of grape
Contact: +9714 590 5433, website
Forget the elephant, it’s football action in the room of this venue. The artisan gastropub has the perfect setting for all fans to cheer together and enjoy the football frenzy that comes accompanied with EE’s classic dishes.
Where: Taj Dubai
Deal: AED99 for hops and fish ‘n’ chips, AED79 for two hops and a burger/nacho platter
Contact: +9714 438 3100, website
Come and cheer at this venue’s air-conditioned terrace. Grab ten of your friends and get your selected hops tower on the house. Other food and beverage promotions include a special World Cup platter and discounted beverages during match games with tons more, too.
Where: Maison Mathis, Arabian Ranches Golf Club
Deal: AED199 for the platter and AED35 for hops
Contact: +9714 4501313, website
The Belgian Café
Watch the matches on the big screen as the venue offers sweet deals on food and beverages in the spirit of the World Cup, but especially for Belgium games. With a massive kick-off party to begin the fun, enjoy two whole kegs, split between guests, on the house. There are special offers for every Belgian game and goal, too.
Where: Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Deal: AED20 for hops, AED120 platter with two house beverages, 50 percent off Belgian hops at kick-off
Contact: +9714 447 0227, website
Le Petit Belge
Hunker down for great offers on food and beverages during the World Cup season. From smothered Belgian fries to black Angus beef burgers and mini hotdogs, it’s preparing the perfect football menu for games.
Where: The Pullman Hotel, JLT and Park Inn by Radisson, Motor City
Deal: AED30 for hops, AED25 for fries, AED100 for burgers and a pint, AED250 for five hops and five hotdogs
Contact: JLT +9714 242 7794, Motor City +9714 87 47 996, website
This chic venue offers an indoor and outdoor setting with views of the Arabian Gulf to relax and enjoy the game with family. There’s also a brand new themed food and beverage menu that includes hop battered onion rings, ciabatta pizzas and freak shakes.
Where: The Ritz Carlton at The Walk JBR
Deal: À la carte food and beverage menu with dishes starting from AED 45
Contact: +9714 318 6150, website
Check out the driving range and Marina skyline as you anxiously watch your team perform. With live screenings from Russia, a special World Cup menu and pre and post-game happy hours, Links is definitely a great place to be over the tournament.
Where: Address Montgomerie
Deal: A la carte and a 2 for 1 offer on selected hops and beverages
Contact: +9714 888 3444, website
Nezesaussi Grill Downtown
Infused with football fever, the South African haunt will be a haven for fans. With the memorabilia adorned walls and delicious food to complement the matches, you’re likely to catch the World Cup fever if you haven’t already.
Where: Downtown Dubai, Manzil Downtown
Deal: AED99 for two house beverages, chicken wings and a themed gift
Contact: +9714 888 3444, website
Get away from the scorching heat and hide out at this air-conditioned outdoor setting. Don’t miss a moment on the large LED TV screens and enjoy its World Cup menu. The venue’s adjacent Boulevard Lounge has a fun zone with foosball, face painting and a PlayStation console available.
Where: Manzil Downtown
Deal: Minimum spend AED150
Contact: +9714 888 3444, website
From Mexican chicken fajitas to savoury French crepes and Aussie beef burgers, rally behind your chosen team with more than just the typical football snacks. Watch the game indoors or at the pool with a nacho platter delivered in different styles including Russian, Argentinian and Brazilian.
Where: Production City
Deal: Minimum spend AED100, AED89 for a main course, AED69 for nachos and AED49 for pool access
Contact: +9714 248 7070, website
Fairmont The Palm
They’ve pitched an air-conditioned tent for fans from all over the world who are eager to support their team. Expect a special food and beverage menu for the matches and indulge in some popcorn shrimp and beef sliders with special offers on drinks served by waiters dressed as referees.
Where: Palm Courtyard, Fairmont The Palm
Deal: From AED95
Contact: +9714 457 3457, website
The Trophy Room
Listen up, there’s a new sports bar in town, called The Trophy Room. For some World Cup football action, catch the match on one of eleven screens, in the language of your choice. Try out the “Go for Gold” package for some golden chicken nuggets and golden fries, including a golden beverage.
Where: Fairmont Dubai, SZR
Deal: Longest happy hour on SZR
Contact: +9714 311 8316, website
With a dedicated World Cup venue, this two-story lounge is perfect for the occasion. Watch the match from the giant screen or maybe from one of the other twelve displays while you enjoy a snack platter and beverages. Parking is readily available and the place also has public transport access.
Where: Emirates Golf Club
Deal: Snack platter and beverage vouchers AED475 for four and AED1,120 for ten guests
Contact: +9714 417 9999, website
Wavebreaker Beach Stadium
This family-friendly tent on the beach is opening its doors just in time for the World Cup. Catch the games on one of the 15 screens at this air-conditioned tent and enjoy great menu offers, too.
Where: Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR The Walk
Deal: AED150 for a burger or sandwich and bottle of house hops including access to the JBR beach
Contact: +9714 399 1111, website
You can catch the matches at any of their locations but for a special brunch, JLT and the Souk Madinat are hosting an afternoon of international dishes from all over the globe with some World Cup tunes. Dress in your team colours for a chance to win some great prizes, too.
Where: JLT and Souk Madinat
Deal: AED269 for the buffet and à la carte menu
Contact: JLT +9714 356 0470, Souk Madinat +9714 447 0219, website
Reform Social & Grill
Celebrating England in the World Cup, Reform has a Local Fanzone in its air-conditioned tent. Happy hour prices are available during games on the big screen, there’ll also be challenges and prizes to be won. Great stuff.
Where: The Lakes
Deal: Three-hour package from AED255
Contact: +9714 454 2638, website
There will be a whole host of offers going on at the gastropub over the duration of the World Cup. You can enjoy free face painting, quizzes and more. Drinks are paired according to the countries playing on the day. And brilliantly, if a player scores a hat-trick, Tap House will give all guests a round of drinks. Come on, Harry Kane – don’t let us down.
Where: Club Vista Mare, The Palm
Deal: A free round for every hat-trick
Contact: 800 8277, website
The Els Club
Take your pick between the indoor bar and lounge 261, the outdoor air conditioned terrace and The Big Easy’s Overlook Lounge. All three are screening the matches live with tons of promotions on food, beverages and buckets of hop.
Where: Dubai Sports City
Deal: AED125 to book your place
Contact: +9714 425 1000, website
Tribeca Restaurant and Bar
The New York themed restaurant is offering free drinks for fans of each night’s winning team so be sure to make sure you’re there supporting your country. While you won’t be able to watch the matches, you can join in on the dance floor celebrations once the scores are announced.
Where: First floor, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR
Deal: Free drink for the night’s winning team
Contact: +971 50 345 6067, website
Burger & Lobster
There’s a World Cup package for fans down at its DIFC branch. Watch the matches on a 3x3 metre wide screen and enjoy the new package which includes Panko Popcorn, a mini burger, a Hot Mama mini burger, a mini shrimp roll, truffle fries and two bottles of hop.
Where: Burj Daman Building, 312 Al Sa’ada St, Dubai, UAE
Deal: AED195 for the package
Contact: +9714 514 8838, website
There are four different zones in the popular urban venue to catch the game. There’s a marquee, bar area, semi-private booths and a dining spot to take in all the action. Take part in a number of skill challenges to bag a complimentary bucket of hops.
Where: Mövenpick Hotel JLT
Deal: AED99 two-hour long beverage special, AED125 a hops tower
Contact: +9714 438 0000, website
Check out the football fan zone for live action on the big screen and a sports inspired menu with plenty of deals on house beverages.
Where: Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre
Deal: AED150 for a bucket of house beverages; AED79 for hops and burger; four sports menu items for AED99
Contact: +9714 217 0000, website
Lock, Stock & Barrel
The popular venues are serving up special deals throughout the tournament on drinks and food Buy-four-and-get-two free bottles of selected hops for the matches. At the JBR branch you can also head over to the secret garden for great offers on food.
Where: Barsha Heights and JBR
Deal: Buy four and get two free, food from AED79
Contact: +9714 392 7120, website
Steigenberger’s Der Brothaus Sommergarten
With the extension, the new fanzone Brothaus is a cool, indoor space that will be serving German beverages and bites with happy hour prices. If you’re not quite hooked, there’s also a huge prize on offer where you could win a week-long vacation at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersburg, Germany.
Where: Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay
Deal: Special menu offers
Contact: +9714 369 0000, website
For a completely different experience, check out these two fan zones for all the World Cup action. With a 12m wide screen, other large screens, live DJs and room for 8,000 fans.
Where: Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Deal: VIP packages available
Contact: +9714 318 1313, website
This fan zone will feature eight screens and a giant projector for all the goals. Wear your team’s jersey and you could even get a discount on your entire bill. Also, if you guess the score, you could walk away with some big prizes.
Where: Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road
Deal: AED110 for five bottles of hops, 20 percent off your bill
Contact: +9714 305 6843, website
From a nightclub to a World Cup spot, this JBR club offers an electric atmosphere for footie fans during the breaks. There’ll be tunes from international and local DJs, dance shows and great deals available. You could be walking away with some big prizes.
Where: Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, JBR
Deal: Free entry on any chosen match day and a free drink, AED5,000 for a table of ten on finals day
Contact: +971 52 634 1040, website
Say hello to the bar’s brand new screens for panoramic views of all the matches. Also, look out for some of their competitions to win free burgers, hops and weekend stays at the hotel.
Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
Deal: 50 percent off on selected drinks from 5pm-8pm from Saturday to Thursday, 30 percent off on selected drinks from 3pm-12am on Friday, AED110 bucket deal for five bottles daily
Contact: +9714 366 9131, website
The city's day to night beach club is ready to offer all the world cup action on a 16-foot screen with free entry at all times, which is brilliant. You can also enjoy unlimited food and beverages from 15 minutes before the big matches till the final whistle is blown. Expect to see original stadium snacks from pies to burgers and hot dogs. With live DJs and an electric atmosphere, you'll feel like you're at the matches in Russia.
Where: Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh Road
Deal: AED250 for World Cup Brunches during big matches, unlimited food and beverages during the matches
Contact: +971 4 399 0009, website
The Last Stand
If you’re looking to watch the tournament with family, The Last Stand should be your go to spot. Located in The Dome in Sports City, the pop up park features three massive screens and has been divided into two areas – The Family Zone and the Main Zone. As its name suggests the family zone is open to all those under the age of 21 and boasts a number of fun activities like foosball, human foosball and giant jenga – nice. The licensed main zone and is only accessible to those over the age of 21 and will see a string of DJs and live bands provide the tunes.
Where: The Dome, Sports City
Deal: Minimum spend starting from AED100
Contact: +971 54 778 8842, website