UEFA Champions League comes to Abu Dhabi (sort of)
What’s On has news of a new UEFA Champions League restaurant in Abu Dhabi, opening at Yas Mall in May. You can also buy sports kits there.
The world’s first UEFA Champions League store and restaurant is set to open its doors in the capital.
The Champions League Experience will open in Yas Mall in May and will consist of, ‘a 17,000sqft retail concept featuring a unique retail and restaurant offering where fans can purchase merchandise from top teams including Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Chelsea,’ according to fashion retailer Marka, the company behind the deal.
The store’s restaurant will be showing next season’s Champions League matches live and diners will get to watch the action on wide-screen TVs while sitting in stadium-style seating. The outlet will also feature autographed memorabilia from some of the top players in the world, such as Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard and Real Madrid and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Got deep pockets? All the items on display will be available for purchase.
Want to know more about your favourite team? The Champions League Experience will also be home to a museum where you can brush up on the history of your favourite team.
Marka are planning a second branch of The Champions League Experience in the UAE, according to the company’s CEO Nick Peel. “We are now also in discussions to open a flagship UEFA Champions League Experience location in Dubai, with an anticipated opening in late 2015.”
It’s the second football-themed restaurant to open in the capital this year. Diego Café, a restaurant themed around the Argentinian legend Diego Maradona, is expected to open this month in Nation Galleria on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche.