Where to watch the World Cup in Abu Dhabi
A month of football kicks off in Russia today and most venues in the capital will be showing all the games. Keep checking our list – we’ll be adding more bars and tournaments throughout the tournament
The new Saadiyat Rotana hotel will be showing all the games in Hamilton’s Gastropub and you’ll get a 25 per cent cash back voucher to spend on your next visit when you pay.
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily June 14 to July 15. Tel: (02) 6970000. Taxi: Saadiyat Rotana. rotana.com
Novotel Al Bustan
Poolside bar Waves has a huge 4K video wall showing the games and F&B deals running, plus they’re running an Xbox competition with prizes up for grabs.
Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, Al Aman, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 5016086. Taxi: Novotel Al Bustan, Airport Road, near Adnec. novotel.com
The new Corniche destination has two indoor seating areas showing all the games, and you can eat dishes from its outlets including Barbacoa, Cupagahwa, Dough, Stuffed Burger, Casa Latina, Eat Sol, Belgaufra, Scratch, and more. There’s a Dhs30 minimum spend to be able to sit in one of the indoor areas.
A’l Bahar – Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (800) 86823. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Corniche. al-bahar.ae
Head to the Corniche and watch the matches at the hotel’s Al Barza tent. The venue has LED screens plus wide-screen TVs showing the action.
Sofitel Corniche, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily June 14 to July 15. Tel: (02) 8137777. Taxi: Sofitel. sofitel.com
You can catch all the games in two venues at the Grand Millennium – Porters pub and Sky Lounge Thirty One. Porters will be serving a themed menu and there’s competition prizes up for grabs.
Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, daily June 14 to July 15. Tel: (02) 4953936. Taxi: Grand Millennium. millenniumhotels.ae
The hotel’s Ramadan becomes a World Cup tent once the Holy Month concludes and you can watch all the goals on two 7x4m LED screens. There’s room for 500 people in the tent and a Fan Zone with Foosball, Pool Tables and PlayStations.
Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, Dhs100 minimum spend. Tel: (02) 6907999. Taxi: Emirates Palace. emiratespalace.ae
The Belgian Café on Yas Island is showing all the games on eight HD screens and one huge LED screen. Entry is free, there’s no mimnum spend and if you correctly predict the score of the match you’re watching, you’ll get 50 per cent off your bill.
Radisson Blu, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6562000. Taxi: Yas Island. radissonblu.com
Head to the hotel’s Hubbly Bubbly tent to catch all the actions and to try dishes from its a la carte menu.
Holiday Inn, Al Sarafat, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6574888. Taxi: Holiday Inn, Airport Road. holidayinn.com
Cooper’s pub in the Park Rotana will be screening all the games, and they’ll be serving bar bites from Dhs15 and drink and grub combos for Dhs125. You’ll get a free drink if you wear the football shirt of the team playing on each day of the tournament.
Park Rotana, Al Matar, Abu Dhabi, daily June 14 to July 15. Tel: (02) 6573325. Taxi: near Khalifa Park. rotana.com
Heroes pub and the Crowne Plaza’s Fawanees tent will be showing the games and there’ll be food promotions, plus prizes up for grabs.
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily June 14 to July 15. Tel: (02) 6166261. Taxi: Crowne Plaza. ichotelsgroup.com
Tilal Liwa Hotel
Head to the Western Region to catch the games at the hotel’s Layali Bar – there are drinks and food deals available during matches.
Tilal Liwa Hotel, Western Region, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 8946111. Taxi: Tilal Liwa Hotel, Western Region. danathotels.com
The recently-opened Pearl Rotana’s bar is showing all the games and has special deals on offer every night, such as its Friday fondue night.
Pearl Rotana, near Adnec, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 3075555. Taxi: next to Adnec. rotana.com
Abu Dhabi Golf Club
The golf club near the Westin has a Fan Zone running throughout the tournament with three large TV screens showing the action. There’ll be classics like beef sliders and also Russian dishes for you to try as well, plus competition prizes are also up for grabs. Former England player Robbie Fowler is also at the club this World Cup – he’s hosting a brunch on June 16 and will be in attendance for England’s game with Tunisia on June 18.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 8853555. Taxi: next to the Westin. adgolfclub.com
The Sheraton has a World Cup tent and is offering a 25 per cent discount on drinks to fans wearing their team’s shirt.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily June 14 to July 15. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com
Eastern Mangroves Hotel And Spa By Anantara
You can see the games at all-day dining outlet Ingredients, or in the hotel’s Anantara Tent while eating bar snacks such as beef sliders, buffalo wings and more.
Eastern Mangroves Hotel And Spa By Anantara, Salam Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6561000 Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. abu-dhabi.anantara.com
The Beach Rotana’s German outlet Brauhaus has opened a tent for the tournament – inside are ten TV screens and the hotel is offering 25 per cent cash back vouchers that can be used in any participating Rotana hotel.
Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily June 14 to July 15. Tel: (02) 6979302. Taxi: Beach Rotana. rotana.com
@Twelve is where you can take in all the action – the outlet has deals if you book a VIP booth for six people costing Dhs400, plus a free drink if you don your team’s jersey. Snack platters are available for Dhs99.
Aloft Abu Dhabi, Adnec, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, daily June 14 to July 15. Tel: (02) 6545193. Taxi: Adnec. aloftabudhabi.com
Head to the Al Ain Rotana to see the games in the hotel’s Zest Garden Tent.
Al Ain Rotana, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, daily June 14 to July 15. Tel: (03) 7545111. Taxi: Al Ain Rotana. rotana.com/alainrotana
Sports bar NRG is the place to be for all the matches at Le Meridien – the hotel has plenty of offers during the tournament, including a loyalty card. Visit NRG five times during the group stages and get 30 per cent off future World Cup bills at the outlet.
Le Méridien, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily June 14 to July 15. Tel: (02) 6446666. Taxi: Le Méridien. lemeridienabudhabi.com
Bab Al Qasr
The bar at Peruvian outlet Limo is the place to watch the football at Bab Al Qasr, along with its pool bar Loop. There’s a minmum spend of Dhs75.
Bab Al Qasr Hotel, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 2053000. Taxi: Bab Al Qasr, next to Etihad Towers. millenniumhotels.com
McGettigan’s – Al Raha
You can catch the action on 21 screens in the pub in Al Raha and there are several deals available – on a Saturday you can get breakfast, juice and a hot drink for Dhs89.
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, daily June 14 to July 15. Tel: (02) 6524333. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. mcgettigans.com
McGettigan’s – Al Ain
Al Ain’s branch of McGettigan’s is also showing all the games over the next four weeks.
Danat Al Ain Resort, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, daily June 14 to July 15. Tel: (03) 7046174. Taxi: Danat Al Ain Resort. mcgettigans.com
Hilton Al Ain
The hotel’s gardens have been transformed into a football arena with several LED screens to watch the action, plus Tex-Mex and Middle Eastern dishes to try.
Hilton Al Ain, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dhs100 to Dhs120. Tel: (03) 7067006. Taxi: Hilton Al Ain. hilton.com
Emirates Park Zoo
Yes, you can even catch all the action while surrounded by wild animals. The zoo has a large screen and will show all the games, and food is available in its restaurant.
Emirates Park Zoo, Al Bahia, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 5010000. Taxi: Emirates Park Zoo. emiratesparkzooandresort.com
The South African hotel has two venues for the games – its sports bar Blu Sky, and its Kahraman tent. There will be competition prices including VIP room packages up for grabs.
Southern Sun Hotel, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 8184888. Taxi: Southern Sun, Al Mina Street, Tourist Club. tsogosunhotels.com
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
At 900sqm, the hotel has one of the biggest tents in the city for the World Cup matches. There’s a menu featuring burgers and pizzas, competition prizes and more. The grand prize is tickets to one of the quarter-final matches in Russia.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6543238. Taxi: Fairmont. fairmont.com