We’re just days away from the start of the quadrennial football tournament, but do you know where you’ll be watching it? Perhaps you’re planning on taking in a World Cup 2018 match at home, but if you’re after that high-octane atmosphere (without shelling out for a flight to Russia), you might want to head to a luxurious venue to join fellow spectators. Here, we’ve rounded up several spots around the UAE screening live games between June 14 and July 15. But that’s not all they’re putting on: expect delectable dishes, deals, and soccer-themed decor. Now, you wouldn’t find all of that at home, would you?
Armani Hotel Dubai
Because where better to watch the world’s biggest football event than at the world’s tallest building? The Armani/Pavilion, situated at the base of the Burj Khalifa, will bring together several large screens, an elegant menu of bites and beverages, Dubai Fountain views, and contemporary interiors under the shadow of the towering structure. The minimum spend per person starts at SAR/AED 100.
The Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island
For the month-long tournament, this modern hotel, which boasts sprawling views of the capital and the Arabian Gulf, is turning its Liwa Ballroom into a dedicated fan zone. With free entry and a wide menu of nibbles and drinks, the venue will be screening live matches across multiple TV screens, with seats available on a first come, first served basis.
The Penthouse Dubai
This rooftop spot at the Palm Jumeirah hotel is also setting up myriad screens to showcase the on-pitch action, all housed in a clear air-conditioned tent (so you’ll get idyllic views but without the summer heat). There’ll be deals on beverages and food, as well as live DJs and entertainment to put you in the party mood. Entry to the 16th-floor venue is complimentary, though there will be a minimum spend on VIP tables for large groups.
This oceanfront venue is transforming its Ramadan tent into a World Cup arena as the tournament kicks off. Expect a spacious, cool tent packed with giant screens, as well as beach views and an a la carte menu, with a minimum spend of SAR/AED 100 per person. Emirates Palace is also hosting a one-off World Cup brunch on June 16, which costs between SAR/AED 280 and SAR/AED 370, depending on which package you select.
The recently opened nightlife favorite is turning its outdoor bar into an air-conditioned indoor space, where every game will be televised live on “retro-inspired” cinema screens and speakers. There’ll be a range of dishes on offer, as well as an after-party following every match from June 17.
Atlantis The Palm
The iconic Palm Jumeirah landmark is creating a dedicated fan zone, with space for up to 2,000 viewers. Every match will be streamed live across screens, with two areas for guests: a more laid-back section with games and competitions, and a main viewing area with a stadium-worthy atmosphere. Entry is free for women, and SAR/AED 100 for men, which includes two beverages. There’s also the option to book tables for larger groups, with a minimum spend of SAR/AED 1,000.
Fairmont the Palm
This hotel is dedicating its courtyard to the World Cup, and setting up an air-conditioned tent with multiple screens, offers on beverages, and a menu full of football-appropriate nibbles. There’ll be a minimum spend of SAR/AED 95 per person on during matches.