It’s a huge deal for British and Irish rugby fans: Every four years the Lions tour the Southern Hemisphere, and this year it’s New Zealand’s turn to host and compete in a rugby series that captivates a nation. Wondering where to watch the action in Dubai? This should help…

1. Nezesaussi Grill

Both Nezesaussi restaurants are offering breakfast menus available from 9am to 12pm to accompany each Lions match. There are screens big enough to ensure that you don’t miss a single tackle.

Manzil Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard , Downtown Dubai. Tel: (04) 4238899. Taxi: Manzil Downtown.

ALSO: The Address Dubai Marina. Tel: (04) 4367777.

2. Perry & Blackwelder

Opening its doors early on game days, American smokehouse P&B’s is streaming the games from 11am on match days across 12 screens. Hungry? Tackle some hearty portions including fish ‘n’ chips sliders, the All Black burrito and the scrum down sharing appetiser platter.

Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh, Dubai, daily from 11am. Tel: (04) 3666197. Taxi: Madinat Jumeirah.


Saturday 17 June:
New Zealand V British Lions 11am (UAE time)
Australia V Italy 2pm (UAE time)
South Africa V France 7pm (UAE time)
Tuesday 20 June:
Chiefs V British Lions 11am (UAE time)
Saturday 24 June:
New Zealand V British Lions 11 (UAE time)
Australia V Italy 2pm (UAE time)
South Africa V France 7pm (UAE time)
Tuesday June 27:
Hurricanes V British Lions 11am (UAE time)
Saturday July 1:
New Zealand V British Lions 11am (UAE time)
Saturday July 8:
New Zealand V British Lions 11am (UAE time)

3. Dhow & Anchor

dhow and anchor

Or you can drop anchor at the D&A inside Jumeirah Beach Hotel and enjoy a Full English Breakfast and a drink for just Dhs95 on match days. Join them on Saturday June 17 for the unofficial fourth Test match against the mighty Maori All Blacks.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Beach road, Dubai, daily 9am to 2am. Tel: (04) 4068999.Taxi: Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

4. McGettingan’s JLT

McGettingan’s has gone all out for the British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand, creating a dedicated Lion’s Den Fanzone in JLT. Kick start the action with a Lions Burger (brioche bun, pulled meat, English glazed apple, crumbed Welsh black pudding, Irish brie & Scottish whiskey BBQ sauce served with skinny fries) or a Kiwi Burger (Grilled lamb patty, cucumber, garlic & mint yoghurt, fried egg, Iceberg lettuce with crispy yam fries) and a drink for just Dhs99.

McGettingan’s JLT, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3780800. Taxi: Bonnington Hotel. For more discounts and deals, visit

5. Bridgewater Tavern

The two-leveled sports watering hole in JW Marriott Marquis has the biggest TV screens in the city. If that’s not enough reason to make Bridgewater Tavern your home for the Lions Tour, the food and drink package should convince you. It’s Dhs275 for two food items and five beverages.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay Tel: (04) 4143000. Taxi: JW Marriott Marquis.

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