Football fever is at an all-time high as the emirate prepares for an exciting FIFA 2018 World Cup season. Staying true to its tradition as a city that does everything king size, this year there’s a huge lineup of exciting places to watch the FIFA World Cup in Dubai. Let’s find out some of the best restaurants, pubs, theatres and even outdoor venues that are prepping for the World Cup season in Dubai with larger than life screens and unbeatable deals.
Since this year’s tournament is in Russia, the match timings of the FIFA World Cup 2018 are slightly more favourable to us in the UAE than it was during the last tournament in Brazil. Here’s the complete calendar of all the group stage matches in the FIFA World Cup 2018.
The matches will usually be kicking off between 2 pm and 11 pm during the opening round of group stage fixtures. In the later stages, they will be at 4 pm, 7 pm and 10 pm, meaning there’s enough time to catch a game at your favourite pub or restaurant after work.
Restaurants and pubs to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Dubai
Some of the best trendy restaurants and sports bars in Dubai are welcoming football fans with exciting deals on their food and drinks during the much-awaited tournament. There are some interesting places to watch the FIFA World Cup in Dubai while munching on your favourite treats or guzzling down your favourite drinks.
Fan Zones or tents for watching the World Cup in Dubai
Many of the restaurants, clubs and cafes are also creating ‘Fan Zones’ to watch the games. Here’s our round-up of the best fan zones among the many places to watch the FIFA World Cup in Dubai.
Atlantis the Palm, World Cup Fan Zone
Starting June 14, you can catch all the exciting action, live from Russia at the dedicated World Cup Fan Zone tent in the iconic Atlantis Hotel in Palm Jumeirah. Accommodating a massive 2000 people this air-conditioned tent for watching the World Cup in Dubai will be split into two areas. The ‘Stadium’ which is the main screening area for hardcore fans complete with a huge bar and a gargantuan 24 sq. m. screen, and a second more relaxed zone called ‘the Bench” where you can relax on the bean bags and couches and catch the game and a gamers corner. With its unbeatable drinks offers, live entertainment and exciting vibe, this is one of the must-try places to watch the FIFA World Cup in Dubai. For the bigger games, we recommend that you book ahead.
- Minimum spend for a table: AED 1000
- Entry Fee to watch the World Cup: Free for ladies, AED 100 for men(redeemable on drinks)
Barasti Beach Club Fan Zone
Dubai’s favourite beach club is going all out with a fantastic fan zone to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Dubai. The Barasti SuperDome will have giant screens and live entertainment and will accommodate a huge crowd of up to 8000 football fanatics! This is not all, however, as there will also be a middle deck with an air-conditioned tent and a 12-metre-wide screen for those looking for another option.
- Entry is free throughout the tournament
Irish Village Fan Zone
What better place for watching the FIFA World Cup in Dubai than this award-winning Irish Pub in Garhoud? This is also one of the most unique looking setups to watch the beautiful game, with a predictably huge screen, and tiered terraces where you can watch each game, almost as if you are in a stadium! This is also one of the pet-friendly places in Dubai to watch the game.
- Entry fee is AED 100 which can be redeemed on drinks
Lock Stock & Barrell
Both venues of the Lock Stock & Barrel are great places to watch the FIFA World Cup in Dubai. These venues will both have dedicated fan zones where fans can watch football in Dubai. Throughout the tournament, you can avail of their FIFA World Cup offers of buy-four-get-two-free on bottles of hops at the outlets in JBR and Barsha Heights. There are also some interesting offers on the food menu and live entertainment to keep things interesting.
- Entry is free throughout the tournament
This award-winning Dubai Beach club has special FIFA World Cup offers of an unlimited drinks package of AED 250 for selected high-profile games in the series. You can also get VIP table packages starting from Dhs1,000 for four people, with classic football-friendly bites such as food like pies, burgers and hot dogs. The 16 ft. screen is the other highlight of this venue, which is one of the best places to watch the FIFA World Cup in Dubai.
- Entry is free throughout the tournament
Pubs and bars to watch the FIFA World Cup in Dubai
There’s nothing more fun than heading to your favourite pub and watching a game of footy with your best friends while loudly cheering to your team’s victory. Here are some of the best pubs to watch the FIFA World Cup in Dubai.
Atelier M, pier 7
This Dubai Marina hotspot has something far more interesting than just big screens for you to watch footy! This upscale bar at the Pier & is offering you a chance to win a Brazil jersey signed by the legendary Pele. With special world cup packages starting as low as AED 139, head to this trendy pub in Dubai to see all the action at the highly-anticipated tournament in Russia. If you are wondering where to watch football in Dubai for this tournament, this Dubai marina restaurant is the ideal choice.
Biggles, Millenium Airport Hotel
There are a whopping 17 different screens to choose from at this Dubai pub in Garhoud. The popular British hangout is the perfect spot to feed your passion for football, boasting an array of interesting eats and high-energy environment. Cheer your favourite teams while enjoying a wide selection of beverages and irresistible pub grub and avail the FIFA World Cup offers of HAPPY 4 YOU with 40% off on selected house beverages from Saturday to Tuesday, 4 pm to 8 pm.
A massive projector at The Baggot makes this Irish pub the perfect watering hole to watch football in Dubai. Dress in the colours of your favourite teams to stand a chance to win an exciting gift at this JLT bar.
QD’s Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
You can catch your favourite matches at QD’s, the popular hangout at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. There will be 8 LED screens across the venue screening the games where you can enjoy some of the amazing FIFA World Cup offers QD ‘s has introduced. These include offers ranging from vouchers of AED 380 for four guests (includes one vegetarian snack platter, two pizzas and two hours of soft beverages,) to AED 1,500 for up to 10 guests, (including two snack platters and 30 beverage vouchers).
Toro + Ko, City Walk
Head to this trendy bar at the Meraas development for a slightly kitschy take on watching football in Dubai. The score-predicting goldfish Klaus Oro Pescado, will be in residence at this Spanish bar and bistro for the length of the World Cup. The City Walk bar also has a range of amazing offers and promotions that you can make the most of while catching a game with friends.
Theatres Screening the FIFA World Cup Live in Dubai
You don’t just have to limit yourself to the restaurants and pubs to watch the magical game in the city. Head to these leading theatres screening the FIFA World cup live in Dubai and enjoy all the high-octane entertainment in the comfort of the seats at the cinema.
Footy fans can avail of the special world cup offers in Novo Cinemas, including the F ‘Game Day Bundle’ offer, with a free small popcorn and soft beverage when you buy a ticket. The matches will be screened in Megaplex Ibn Battuta Mall and Festival City Mall in Dubai.
- Tickets, including popcorn and one soft beverage, start from AED 90 for group matches, AED 100 for the round of 16 matches and AED 120 for the quarter-finals to the finals.
Vox Cinemas is set to screen eight matches until June 20 featuring both English and Arabic commentary. These theatres screening the FIFA World Cup live in Dubai include Burjuman, Cineplex Grand Hyatt, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and Mall of the Emirates. More matches may be added as the tournament progresses.
- Tickets cost AED 78.75 for Standard seats and AED 89.25 for VIP seats.
Reel Cinemas will also have live screenings of the World Cup the matches, at the Jebel Ali Recreation Club (dine-in cinema), Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall.
- Tickets cost AED 73.50 for standard tickets and AED 180 for the dine-in experience.
How to watch the FIFA World Cup in Dubai from your home
If you prefer to watch footy in the comfort of your home, worry not, we have the perfect solution for you!
For the Etisalat World Cup offer, subscribers can sign-up for a one-off standalone fee of AED 555, excluding VAT, to watch all the games of the FIFA World Cup from the comfort of their homes. Users can do this by signing up on Chanel 777 for the special world cup offer in Dubai.
Du has also announced a similar World Cup package of AED 551 to view all the 64 games of the 2018 tournament. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the calendar and find out if your favourite teams make it past the group stages.
There you have it! The list of different places to watch the FIFA World Cup in Dubai for 2018. We are super excited to see all the live action as the tournament unfolds. Have you decided where to head to cheer your favourite team? Let us know in the comments section, and don’t forget to stay tuned to more footy related information on the UAE’s most popular property blog!