Is football coming home? We’re about to find out as England faces off with Croatia in the FIFA World Cup 2018 semi-final tonight. If you’re looking for a fan zone in Dubai to watch the nail-biting match, we’ve got you covered. Check out our favorite spots below…
1. Atlantis World Cup Fan Zone
What’s on: Atlantis Dubai is hosting a World Cup Fan Zone with a capacity for over 2,000 fans. Ladies enter for free and guys pay AED 100 on the door, which is redeemable against food and drinks. Minimum spend on seated tables starts from AED 1,000. The venue is split into two zones: The Stadium will be the main viewing arena, while The Bench will offer a more chilled out vibe, featuring casual seating and a gamer’s corner, complete with its own Playstation activation. There will also be a prize giveaways, daily challenges, a painting station and a high-tech VR football experience. For bookings, call +971 4 426 0666.
Location: Atlantis Dubai, Palm Jumeirah
2. Wavebreaker Beach Stadium
What’s on: Wavebreaker will feature a non-smoking, air-conditioned beach tent to screen all the Russia World Cup matches on three large screens. Special offers include full-day beach access with a snack item and a bottle of hops for AED 150. For bookings, call 04 318 2319.
Location: Wavebreaker, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
3. Qube Sports Bar
What’s on: Featuring 16 screens together with 4 huge projectors, Qube will be offering a range of range of Russian food specialties starting from AED 35, alongside beverage deals and complimentary games including pool, shuffle board and darts. For bookings, call 04 381 3780.
Location: Meydan Hotel
4. McGettigan’s JLT
What’s on: Throughout 2018 World Cup madness, McGettigan’s JLT will offer Happy Hour from Saturday to Wednesday, noon-8pm, with drinks starting from AED20 (and until 9pm on Thursdays.) Every Saturday from 11am to 3pm, there’s an SOS Breakfast special that includes a dish from a special menu and three house drinks for AED 109. On Thursdays, you can enjoy free flowing drinks for AED 199 from 9pm to midnight. For bookings, call 04 378 0800.
Location: Bonnington Hotel, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers
5. TORO + KO
What’s on: Tapas bar Toro + KO will feature three large screens and a variety of offers including sharing menus, a bucket of five beers for AED 120, and happy hour throughout the match on glasses of wine and sparkling from AED 26, and bottles from AED 100. For bookings, call 04 590 5433.
Location: The Square, City Walk
6. Emirates Golf Club
What’s on: Emirates Golf Club is hosting World Cup 2018 action in a purpose-built two level lounge, where games will be screened across one giant and 12 extra-large screens. Special group offers include a snack platter plus 8 beverage vouchers for AED 475. For bookings, call 04 417 9999.
Location: Emirates Golf Club, near Nakheel Metro
7. The Scene
What’s on: The Scene is launching its indoor summer garden featuring five huge screens, where guests can enjoy 5 bevvies for AED 175 all month, alongside bar bites at 3 for AED 99. They’re also hosting a Wags Corner for ladies with a special offer of 90 minutes of unlimited drinks and 2 courses for AED 149. For bookings, call 04 422 2328.
Location: Pier 7, Dubai Marina
What’s on: Matches at QD’s will be showcased on eight LED screens across the venue, alongside two big screens. There’s also a range of F&B offers, from AED 380 for four guests (inclusive of one vegetarian snack platter, two pizzas and two hours of soft beverages,) to AED 1,500 for up to 10 guests, (inclusive of two snack platters and 30 beverage vouchers.) For bookings, call 04 205 4500.
Location: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
9. Azure Beach
What’s on: Azure Beach is joining the 2018 World Cup action with two large screens to screen all the matches, along with special offers including four draft beverages with quesadillas and calamari for AED 230 for two. Shisha lover? Guests can also enjoy free shisha refills during the game. For bookings, call +971 52 777 947.
Location: Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR
10. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
What’s on: Head down to Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club to watch the matches on Lakeview’s massive 90-inch screen. Special offers include two bottles of hops for AED 50 or a burger and hops for AED 90. For bookings, call 04 295 6000.
Location: Lakeview, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
11. Burger & Lobster
What’s on: Bring your appetite to Burger & Lobster and enjoy the Russia World Cup 2018 matches on a giant 3×3 meter wide screen. Special offers include a combo package that features two mini burgers, a mini shrimp roll and truffle fries, along with two bottles of hops for AED 120. For bookings, call 04 514 8838.
Location: Burj Daman Building, DIFC
12. Armani Hotel
What’s on: Enjoy all the live football action in the Armani/Pavilion set at the foot of the Burj Khalifa. The tent will feature multiple giant screens, along with signature à la carte bites, beverages and shisha. There’s a AED 100 minimum spend per game per person (with the exception of semi-finals and finals.) For bookings, call 04 888 3666.
Location: Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa
13. Reem Al Bawadi
What’s on: During the 2018 World Cup, the Ramadan majlis at Reem Al Bawadi will transform to the RAB FIFA WC Fanzone — with space for 320 fans and a complimentary valet service available.
Location: Reem Al Bawadi, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
14. Bidi Bondi
What’s on: Bidi Bondi is hosting a fan zone tent featuring 17 screens, three of which are giant screens, along with ‘Ref Watch’ that includes promotions for red and yellow cards, pre and post match games and half-time competitions. Season ticket packages are also on offer for AED 155 per person, giving you deals on either five drinks or four drinks and a meal from the à la carte menu. For bookings, call 04 427 0515.
Location: Clubhouse Al Manhal, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah
15. Soho Garden
What’s on: Soho Garden will transform into a World Cup fan zone with a huge air-conditioned space that will feature multiple screens, menu specialties and post-match parties with DJs on the decks until 2am. For bookings, call +971 52 388 8849 / +971 56 822 2559.
Location: Soho Garden, Meydan
16. Perry & Blackwelder’s
What’s on: All the action will be shown live on 10 screens throughout Perry & Blackwelder’s. Special offers include a Wings, Rings & Things platter for AED 129, or a signature burger and a drink for AED 99. There’s also a daily ‘thirty thirties’ happy hour from 5pm-8pm, as well as a bucket of six bottled hops for AED 129. For bookings, call 04 432 3232.
Location: Souk Madinat Jumeirah
17. Zero Gravity Dubai
What’s on: Matches will be streamed indoors at Zero Gravity on a huge 16 foot screen, along with a VIP Fans Lounge on showcase and free entry. There’s also a special World Cup brunch on offer during big matches, including unlimited food and beverage served 15 minutes ahead of the match kick off until the referee blows the whistle at full-time. For bookings, call 04 399 0009.
Location: Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh Road
18. The Media Lounge
What’s on: Get in the World Cup spirit right after work in The Media Lounge with Italian and Lebanese food, shisha and a range of fresh juices and milkshakes specially crafted for the occasion on offer at a minimum spend of AED 85. For bookings, call +971 800 8653.
Location: Concorde Tower, Dubai Media City
19. Barasti Dubai
What’s on: The Barasti SuperDome is back and will include two fan zones with enough space for 8,000 fans. Featuring enormous screens, live special effects, DJs and drinks promotions, entry is free throughout the tournament. For bookings, call 04 318 1313.
Location: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
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