Where to Watch the FIFA World Cup 2014 Finals in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Catch all the action on supersized screens this World Cup – here are our top three locations
Barasti: The perennially popular beachside haunt has built an air-conditioned dome with two 12m screens and room for 1,200 fans. It’s screening every match, and the opening night will feature a performance by football freestyle duo the F2 Freestylers, whose unique blend of ball skills and choreography should kick off the season in style.
INFO: 7pm-late, 04 318 1313, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Rd, Dubai Marina, www.barastibeach.com
Atlantis, The Palm: The Mundial 2014 football tent will offer a plush beachfront atmos, styled as an Arabesque coffee and shisha hot spot. You can bring a lot of friends along to watch with, the tent seats up to 250 guests, and will show all matches across 13 screens. There will also be an a la carte menu featuring Arabic mezze and football favourites including burgers, nachos and spring rolls.
INFO: Opens daily at 7pm, minimum spend of Dhs100 per person (excluding shisha), Mundial Football Tent, Atlantis The Palm, 04 426 0350 Worldcup2014@atlantisthepalm.com.
Qube Sports Bar
With a stunning 360-degree giant cube screen, 16 HD flat screens and a top-nothc sound system, you won’t miss a second of sporting action in this ultra-high-tech venue.
INFO: The Meydan Hotel, Nads Al Sheba, Dubai, 04 381 3780, www.qubesportsbar.com
Taste Ronaldo's Legs
La Terazza is one of several restaurants in the UAE offering FIFA-themed menus. We especially love this one because it contains dishes such as 'Ronaldo's Legs' (peri-peri chicken) lollipops, Dhs55) from Portugal, and, from France, 'This is not Hollande' (crumble Brie bites, Dhs55), among other tapas.
INFO: 12.30pm-3am daily, Amwaj Rotana, JBR The Walk, Dubai Marina, 04 428 2000, www.rotana.com/amwajrotana.
Catch a Match in the Capital
Here are our picks of places showing the action…
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr: The Fairmont’s air-conditioned World Cup tent is right on the beach. With room for more than 600 people, it’ll screen every match live on its 12 flat-screen TVs. INFO: Groups of five or more get premium seating, 20 bottles of draught drinks and food platters (minimum spend Dhs1,500). Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, 02 654 3238, www.fairmont.com/babalbahr
Du Forum: With the largest capacity of any UAE venue showing the World Cup, du Arena should have a pretty electric atmosphere. You can catch the action on its enormous 10m screen, and if you’re fasting, suhour will be available. INFO: Yas Island, 050 905 5580, email@example.com, www.thinkflash.ae. Event is alcohol-free
InterContinental Abu Dhabi: All games will be shown in Belgian Café and the InterCon’s dedicated Sahara Tent. Belgian Café will sell half-price draught brews at half-time. INFO: Sahara Tent, 9pm-3am or match end daily. Belgian Café 8pm-2am or match end Sun-Thu, 8pm-2am or match end Fri-Sat, 800 423 463, www.dining-intercontinental-ad.ae
Wear Your Football Shirt for Freebies
Women who wear a team top to Reform Social & Grill will be rewarded with a free drink – one of a number of promotions at the British-themed restaurant, which has extended its opening hours to screen late matches. At La Fabrique in Deira, men and women who wear football jerseys can get two-for-one deals on selected drinks originating from the same country. INFO: Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Dubai, 04 454 2638, www.reformsocialgrill.ae. La Fabrique, Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre, Deira, 04 603 8201, www.facebook.com/pullmandubaidcc