64 matches. 32 nations. 1 tournament. Where will you be when it all kicks off?
With such a diverse population, it’s no surprise that Abu Dhabi comes alive during the FIFA World Cup, as fans from around the globe don their team’s colours and gather to cheer on their home country. This year will be no different as the action from Russia is broadcast live across the emirate from 14th June until 15th July.
Here’s our pick of places to watch the action, show your national pride and enjoy promotional offers for a fun night with friends and fellow footie fans.
The track-side tent erected on the terrace of Atayeb is all set to host fans throughout the tournament. There’s a menu of international hops from just AED 20 plus bar bites and snacks and, of course, big screen TVs for catching all the action. Yas Island. Open during match times. Contact: 02 656 0600, email@example.com
This popular pub will no doubt be swarming with fans catching the action on the huge screens. There are food and drinks deals as well as games and prizes in the dedicated fan-zone corner. Don’t forget to wear your nation’s jersey for a chance to win prizes. Park Rotana, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street. Daily noon-3am. Contact: 02 657 3325, rotanatimes.com/parkrotana
This popular sports bar will be brimming with fans catching the kick-off – and you won’t miss a trick with 38 screens displaying every pass and play. These guys are taking things seriously too: you can drink for free until the first foul is called, plus happy hour has been extended until midnight. Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, Hazza Bin Zayed Street. Sun-Wed 4pm-2am, Thu-Sat noon-3am, open for matches outside regular opening times. Contact: 02 304 7777, marriottdowntownabudhabilife.com
McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi
Even though Ireland hasn’t qualified, there’s plenty going on at this Irish spot. Enjoy happy hour from noon to midnight and a signature Irish breakfast if you’re peckish, while watching the games on the big projector and 21 TVs. Sun-Wed 3pm-3am, Thu-Sat noon-3am. On 15th June, a themed brunch will feature international dishes from the countries competing, Irish beverages, live entertainment and World Cup tunes. Dress in your country’s colours for a chance to win prizes. AED 229. Al Raha Beach Hotel, off E11. Noon-5pm. Contact: 02 652 4333, mcgettigans.com
Blu Sky Lounge and Grill
Take advantage of various dining and drinks deals at this popular sports venue where you can get your fill of burgers, pies, wings and beverages from AED 69+++. There’s even a VIP room if you want a more private screening, plus happy hour runs daily from opening to midnight. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Road. Sun-Thu 3pm-3am, Fri-Sat noon-3am. Contact: 02 818 4888, firstname.lastname@example.org
Le Royal Méridien
The marquee in Le Royal Méridien’s garden and pool area welcomes fans with promotions, interactive games, entertainment, prizes and more. Watch the action live from large screens and enter competitions like a predictor to win prizes. There are food stalls and a bar counter to keep you fuelled up until the final whistle. Fatima bint Mubarak Street. Open during match times. Contact: 02 674 2020, leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
While cheering on your team at this casual bar, take advantage of special combo deals on food and beverages. There are prizes on offer for those in team colours, plus if you spend more than AED 100 during the matches, you’ll be entered in to a draw to win a ticket to see the World Cup quarter final in Russia. Reservations recommended. Centro Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, next to Adnec. Daily noon-1am. Contact: 02 409 6666, rotana.com
The Lawn Club
Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s grass-floored tent is going for the indoor stadium vibe and you can watch the action on two oversized screens with live commentary. During half time, take on friends in a game of foosball or giant Jenga while enjoying live entertainment. If you have little ones in tow, the Rose Buds Children’s Club is open for children over three years
old from Eid until the tournament final. Al Maryah Island. Daily 4pm-3am. Contact:
02 813 5550, rosewoodhotels.com
The game is on at this bar where, aside from watching all the matches you can spin the wheel to win prizes and discounts, enter to win a weekend staycation in Dubai and enjoy a bite to eat from the special menu. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City. Open during match times. Contact: 02 201 4000, marriott.com
Stars ‘N’ Bars
A whopping 76 HD TVs are screening the matches live with commentary so you won’t miss any of the action at this sports bar. Enjoy special offers like buy-one-get-one-free on select drinks during the matches, plus receive a red card – the loyalty kind – where you’ll get a free brew if you buy five, and be in with a chance to win prizes. Yas Marina. Sun-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat noon-2am. Contact: 02 565 0101, starsnbars.ae
Grab as many friends as you can because there are several deals on food and drinks at NRG that are perfect for groups. There’s also a loyalty card promotion between 14th and 28th June where if you visit at least five times during the First Stage, you’ll get 30 percent off future bills during the tournament. Predictor games and raffle prizes will add to the action while during the knockout stage you can showcase your skills with a PlayStation 4 football tournament from 8pm to 10pm on match days between 30th June and 15th July. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, next to Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah. 3pm-late. Contact: 02 644 6666, lemeridienabudhabi.com
Abu Dhabi Golf Club
It may be more accustomed to hosting a different type of sporting event, but Abu Dhabi Golf Club is now set to be a FIFA fan zone with live coverage on three large screens showing each match in separate areas. Tuck into Russian speciality dishes like pampushki, as well as pub grub like wings and sliders. You can also check out the football history wall, take part in predictor competitions and play themed games. Sas Al Nakhl. Open during match times. Contact: 056 536 2260, email@example.com