9 places to watch the Rugby World Cup in Dubai
The Rugby World Cup is just days away, kicking off on September 18, and Dubai bars are gearing up for the crowds. Big screens and deals on food and drink will make it well worth leaving the comfort of your sofa. Here’s our ShortList of places to watch #RWC2015 live…
What: Boisterous and recently refurbished Sourthern Hemisphere-themed bar with TVs galore in the Manzil Downtown Dubai in Emaar Boulevard. A well-stocked menu of Australian and South African style dishes, including biltong (dried beef) and plenty of pies. Make sure to head down on September 18, as rugby legend Matt Burke will be in Dubai to kick-off the festivities at Nezesaussi Grill. Minimum spend for the evening with Matt Burke will be AED150 per person.
Where: Manzil Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai, +971 4 428 5933, www.vida-hotels.com
What: A list about where to watch sport in Dubai that doesn’t include Barasti isn’t complete. Expect massive screens, plenty of space, and lots of Rugby fans – especially of the English variety.
Where: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, +971 4 318 1313, www.barastibeach.com
What: If you’ve ever been here after Dubai Sevens, its rugby credentials ought to be pretty obvious. Casual, reasonably priced and renowned for its large portions of classic British grub, this is the place to be for a proper pub atmosphere.
Where: Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, +971 4 312 2202, www.rotanatimes.com
What: Traditional British-style pub that will find pockets of fans from all over the “home nations”. A favourite among Scots, Girder’s is one of the few places in Dubai that serves haggis, so you can try something new while you get your rugby fix.
Where: JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR, Dubai, +971 4 814 5590, www.jaresorts.com
What: McGettigan’s and its multiple venues across the world are going big on the rugby world cup. The venue at Dubai World Trade Centre has plenty of screens to watch the action, and a pie and beverage special for the duration of the tournament for AED79.
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, +971 4 3780801, www.mcgettigans.com
What: A favourite sports bar amongst residents of The Palm, Bidi Bondi has some great deals to take advantage of while the rugby is on. When it comes to sport, they show almost everything, so you can be sure to catch every rugby match live.
Where: Between Shoreline apartments 3 & 4, +971 4 427 0515, www.facebook.com/bidibondi.palmshoreline
What: The closest thing to actually being at the rugby, Irish Village have laid on a free stadium experience. A huge LED screen is being set up in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, and seats are always available, no matter what time you arrive. The Guinness Fan Zone has loads of rugby themed games where you can win some great prizes. the RWC 2015 with a stadium experience, like you are at the matches themselves.
Where: Garhoud, www.theirishvillage.com
The Address Montgomerie Dubai
What: The purpose built rugby lounge at Montgomerie will be screening every match from the opening ceremony to the final. With plasma screens, surround sound and comfy seats, this is the luxurious way to do #RWC2015. VIP packages are available starting at AED3,000 for a party of ten including food, atomizers, cold towels and select beverages.
Where: Emirates Hills, + 971 43905600, email@example.com
Vantage Lounge Dubai
What: With five screens, Vantage have made sure that you won’t miss a second of the action. Throughout the Rugby World Cup there will be food and beverage offers, as well as a Sports Brunch Club from 5pm every Saturday. Either join the crowd in the lounge or reserve a table for up to ten people.
Where: Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, +971 4 377 2356, www.vantageloungedubai.com
The Eloquent Elephant
What: This venue at Taj Dubai has two massive screens showing the matches, as well as food and drink offers for the duration of the tournament. Grab a main course and a house beverage for AED99 throughout the world cup.
Where: Taj Dubai, +971 4 4383131, www.tajhotels.com