Football fever is almost palpable in the UAE as a number of fan zones are set up in Dubai ahead of the Fifa World Cup 2022 Qatar. Read on for the best places where you can watch the games alongside great food, beverages, and fun.
Soho Garden, Meydan
Big screens at the Mega Fan Zone at Soho Garden, Meydan will play the games from November 21 to December 18 for about 3,000 people. Besides several seating options, the venue houses exclusive VIP booths with unmatched views of the screen and picnic tables to elevate the atmosphere. Also on offer is a menu of burgers, sliders, hops and shots, as well as games, competitions, live performances, and DJs.
McGettigan’s, Dubai Media City Amphiteatre
One of the most popular fan zones in Dubai is the takeover of the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre by McGettigan’s. The venue claims to be installing the UAE’s largest TV screen which will undoubtedly add to the thrill of watching the matches from November 19 to December 18. All package prices are fully redeemable on F&B inside the fan zone, with general access starting at AED 50 and including access to WinterFest. For an exclusive experience, the Fanzone Deck is a reserved area with dedicated service points for F&B, a cocktail-style table for four from AED 800, and a picnic table for six from AED 1200. There are also VIP boxes with a capacity of 30 guests with their own dedicated service staff, and four hours of unlimited F&B packages starting at AED 10,000.
Address Hotels and Resorts
Taking the football frenzy outdoors, Address Hotels and Resorts has set up dedicated spaces where fans can watch the match with stunning views of either the Marina skyline (Address Dubai Marina), Ain Dubai (Address Beach Resort) or Burj Khalifa (Address Fountain Views). Those who prefer seclusion can head to Address Downtown where any room booked between November 20 and December 18 is guaranteed to have a TV showing the match.
The Football Park in DIFC
For a more luxe experience, fans can make their way to the Football Park Fan Zone in DIFC. The dedicated space open throughout the month is located on the podium level of Gate Avenue and houses a giant screen. On offer are Michelin Guide Dubai restaurants, exclusive lounges, a butler service, premium drinks, and a chauffeur driver service. While prices have not been announced, fans can register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A unique space is being set up by the Emirates Towers where 500 fans can watch the matches against the backdrop of the Museum of the Future from November 20 to December 18. Located on the ground floor of the Plaza Terrace, the outdoor arena will offer a menu of international cuisines, while month-long entertainment will be provided by award-winning hospitality company 7 Management. The venue is also equipped with VIP lounges with private screens.