The FIFA World Cup 2022 tournament will begin in Doha on Sunday November 20, with Qatar playing Ecuador at 7pm.
Group stages will run from Monday November 21 until Friday December 2, with the round of 16 running between Saturday December 3 and Tuesday December 6. Quarter-finals will be held on Friday December 9 and Saturday December 10, followed by the semi-finals on Tuesday December 13 and Wednesday December 14.
The showdown for third place will happen on Saturday December 17, followed by the final on Sunday December 18!
We have for you a list of World Cup fanzones and pop-ups to the city’s favourite sports bars and pubs, to watch the World Cup in Dubai.
If sitting outside is your thing, this could be the place for you to watch the beautiful game in its full glory. Olea’s terrace features a 120×84-inch screen, with a packed a-la-carte menu for good measure.
Open daily 6.30am-11am, 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-11pm. Kempinski Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 0000).
Salero Tapas & Bodega
This Mall of the Emirates spot offers guests tapas and an a-la-carte menu. And with a selection of plasma screen TVs to watch the games, you can combine football with food in this Spanish-themed hotspot.
Open daily noon-1am. Kempinski Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 0000).
The Huddle Al Barsha at the Mall
Inside Citymax Hotel at Al Barsha at the Mall, The Huddle is a good spot to watch the World Cup in Dubai if you’re around that part of town. There’s a special World Cup-themed food and drink menu to tuck into as you watch.
Open daily noon-3am. Citymax Hotel Al Barsha at the Mall (0501007046).
One Music Lounge
This Al Jaddaf spot boasts not one, not two, but four screenings for the biggest tournament sport has to offer. With surround sound complimenting the hop buckets and a discounted food bill (if you book ahead) this place could be your Dubai go-to for this year’s World Cup.
Open daily 5pm-4am. Occidental Hotel, Al Jaddaf (055 200 5475).
Lock, Stock & Barrel
You can catch all the Premier League action in all branches of this phenomenally popular bar along with a cracking happy hour deal and a belly-busting Sunday roast.
Mon-Fri 4pm-3am; Sat 1pm-3am; Sun 2pm-3am. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 392 7120) and Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 514 9195).
This Dubai institution is set to roll out a host of deals and prizes – including an England shirt signed by John Barnes – at its outlets across Premier Inn Hotels in the city. The popular British-style setting will offer a special round-the-world menus plus a host of drinks offers – complete with HD screens.
Dubai Al Jaddaf (056 411 4602); Dubai Silicon Oasis (04 336 3184); Dubai Investment Parks (04 885 1899); Dubai International Airport (04 885 1899); Ibn Battuta Mall, (04 278 2222); Dubai Barsha Heights (050 143 8751).
Nelson’s is a traditional pub at Media Rotana. Feel like you are on the sideline with its high-definition video wall that broadcasts live sport as well as the booming sound system. With an array of hops on tap it is a winner.
Open Sat-Wed 12pm-2am; Thu and Fri noon-3am. Rotana Media, Barsha Heights, rotana.com (04 435 0000).
The Huddle Bur Dubai
The Huddle in Bur Dubai is one of Dubai’s oldest sports bars. It will be showing all the World Cup action on its large HD screens, themed games, live music and DJs. The food menu includes burgers, tacos, pizzas and match day wings.
Open daily noon-3am, Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai (050 100 7065).
Somerset’s Bar & Garden
This spot serves an international menu and there’s also a well-stocked board games corner. Inside, Somerset’s has 14 large screens and a projector with darts and pool available, and a daily happy hour.
Open daily noon-2am. Movenpick Hotel & Apartments, Bur Dubai (04 336 6000).
With four massive HD screens in the garden, along with large screens inside, Brew House and Brew Garden is a good option to watch the World Cup in Dubai. Along with the screens, there will be deals on drinks and lots of pub grub.
Open daily noon-2.30am. Citymax Hotel Business Bay (0504480493).
This Southern-style smokehouse serves up meaty dishes and artisanal mixed drinks. Plus, during the World Cup, they are offering unlimited pints for Dhs199 during all matches.
Open daily, 5pm-1pm. The First Collection, Business Bay (04 873 4440).
FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar
The popular downtown venue has been a football fan favourite over the years, for good reason. This year, guests will get to watch the games in a special arena set up on the terrace overlooking the Burj Khalifa. With happy hour specials, a comfy set-up and top views, what more could you need?
Open daily noon-1am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront (056 404 4169).
The Football Park
There’s going to be a World Cup watching zone called The Football Park at the Podium level of Gate Avenue and it looks like it’s going to be a classy affair. Along with a la carte dining, there will also be premium drinks, a chauffeur driver service and even the chance to rub shoulders with celebrities or former football players.
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Orange Feels Bar & Shisha Lounge
During the World Cup 2022, you can watch all the action unfold on the three large outdoor screens on the pool deck at Orange Feels Bar & Shisha Lounge. Hotel Indigo is an ideal spot if you’re wondering where to watch the World Cup in Dubai, particularly if you’re close to Downtown Dubai.
Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 210 2222).
Fan Zone by Mcgettigan’s
Fanzone by McGettigan’s will comprise the venue’s massive lawn, that can host up to 5,000 fans, and the main stage which will boast the biggest HD screen in Dubai!
Location: Amphitheatre at Dubai Media City
Enjoy the thrills of the game and live music by a guest DJ with brilliant views of Dubai Marina and the Arabian Gulf. Enjoy free entry from 10:00 am every day for fans over 21-years-old.
Location: Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh Road