Things are really heating up for football fans across the world with the 2018 FIFA World Cup reaching the exciting semi-final stage. As Belgium, Croatia, England and France battle it out for a place in the final, here are some of the best places to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Abu Dhabi. Cheer your favourite teams on from these exciting venues in the capital, and make the most of the exciting rollercoaster that this World Cup season has been so far!
Tents to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Abu Dhabi
Most of the hotels in Abu Dhabi are going all out to woo the lovers of the beautiful game with spectacular tents to watch the World Cup. Here’s our pick of some of the best tents to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Abu Dhabi.
Anantara Eastern Mangroves Tent
The ultra-luxe ambience of Anantara Eastern Mangroves is the perfect foil for the high-octane entertainment of the world cup. You can switch between the upscale rooftop bar or the chilled tent to enjoy this football season with your friends. There are multiple HD screens, lots of bar food and plenty of drinks to keep things exciting at this Abu Dhabi hotel live screening of the FIFA World cup 2018.
- Entry free, open from noon to 3 am.
Emirates Palace Tent
The impressive Ramadan tent in the Emirates Palace has been transformed into a full-fledged fan zone for football fans in Abu Dhabi. With 500 sofa seats, two 28 sq. m. LED screens and plenty more inside, this venue will redefine your whole experience. Visitors to this Abu Dhabi World Cup tent will be happy to know that ‘Happy Hour’ is one hour before kickoff and throughout the tournament, there will be a 15% discount on beverages. Families wanting to enjoy the game can book a family Majlis for up to 20 people for AED 5,000.
- Minimum spend is AED 100, open daily 2 pm-midnight.
Yas Viceroy Terrace Tent
Close to the celebrated Yas Marina circuit on Yas Island, the Yas Viceroy has kitted out a special terrace tent complete with multiple big screens for football fans in the capital. They are serving bar bites, shisha and a range of beverages. Hops start from as little as AED 20 during the game.
- Free entry, open during the matches.
Pubs to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Abu Dhabi
There’s nothing more fun than watching the beautiful game in the company of your close friends at a cosy pub in town. There are quite a few cool pubs in Abu Dhabi to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup that fit the bill.
Belgian Cafe, Radisson Blu Yas Island
Fans of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and the boys in Red will feel right at home watching the semi-finals of the FIFA 2018 World Cup at the Belgian Cafe on Yas Island. The management has added an extra element of fun and declared that if you predict the score of the game correctly, you get a cool 50% off your bill! Happy hour is between 4-6pm, where you can enjoy 50% off on all beverages.
- Entry free. Open Sun-Thu noon-2 am, Fri-Sat noon-3 am.
Cooper’s Bar and restaurant, Park Rotana
This one is for the England fans out there. A traditional English pub with wood panelled walls and a friendly barman, this pub is just the place to find out if England will make it to the finals in this edition of the FIFA World Cup. The pub fare starts from AED 15, hop buckets go for AED 97, bucket and pub grub combos are AED 125. There is also an unlimited beverage package for AED 129 during the 90-minute duration of the game. You also get a free drink if you walk in wearing a jersey of one of the teams playing.
- Entry is free. Open daily noon-2.30 am
Star’s n Bars, Yas Island
You will definitely not be missing any part of the game in this popular Abu Dhabi hangout which boats a whopping 76 HD screens where you can catch all the live action! If that doesn’t sound like reason enough to head here, Star’s n Bars also several promotions on offer, including a buy five beers and get the sixth one free, buy one get one free option on selected hops, and the chance to win your own height in hops.
- Entry is free. Open Sun-Thu 5 pm-2 am, Fri-Sat noon-2 am.
Other Live Screenings of the FIFA World Cup in Abu Dhabi
If you want a more immersive football viewing experience for the semi-finals and finals in the capital, head to the plush comfort of the cinemas live screening the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
Football fans can watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Abu Dhabi in style at the Novo Cinemas. Try the special ‘Game Day Bundle’ offer, which includes a small popcorn and soft beverage with every ticket bought, or indulge in some of your other favourite movie snack treats. The games will be screened at World Trade Centre Mall and Baniyas Abu Dhabi. Tickets, including popcorn and one soft beverage, start from AED 120 for the semi-finals and the finals.
Vox Cinemas is yet to announce their semi-final and finals package, so we recommend that you check their official website for the latest updates.
If you are planning to watch the game in your home, subscribe to Du or Etisalat, which are offering standalone World Cup deals priced at AED 551 and AED 555 respectively.
There you have it! Some of the best options for watching the World Cup in Abu Dhabi. If you are planning to head to Dubai and catch the game with friends, check out our guide for some of the best places to watch the World Cup in Dubai and cherish the last few games of this epic tournament!