Crouch, bind, sip…

The Rugby World Cup is officially in full swing. Where better to get in on the action than at one of the many fan zones scattered around Dubai? Otherwise, we recommend these sports bars.

The What’s On HQ is divided into Welsh supporters, British supporters and South African supporters. But let the record show that the last World Cup’s winners will be triumphant once again.

Catch the Rugby World Cup action at these fan zones in Dubai.


Across all of these iconic pubs you will be able to catch the Rugby World Cup action, however special fan zones have been set up in the JLT and Factory on The Palm branches which means you can pick up a drink from as little Dhs33 and enjoy the incredible atmosphere

McGettigans, various locations around Dubai @mcgettiganspubs

Garden on 8

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You don’t need to teleport to France to catch the game, you just need to head on over to Garden on 8 at Media One Hotel. Expect beer towers for Dhs239, bucket deals for a starting price of Dhs195, and a specially created rugby World Cup burger with popcorn, fries and a pint for Dhs99.

Garden on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, open daily 12pm to 1am on weekdays and 12pm to 2am on weekends, rugby matches from Sept 8. Tel: (0)4 427 1000/ (0)52 144 7438. 

Emirates Golf Club


Across The Pavillion, Topgolf and Spike Bar, there are a total of 24 different screens which practically guarantees uninterrupted viewing as all the action unfolds. At Spike Bar, catch the sporting action on the extra-large three-metre screen – perfect for up close TMO deliberating amongst friends.

Catch all the action at The Pavillion at Emirates Golf Club, Topgolf Dubai and Spike Bar.

Phileas Fogg’s


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The Arena is open which means the Rugby World Cup will be on the screens and you can guarantee this fan zone will be vibey and fun. Book your tables now and get ready for kick-off.

Phileas Foggs’s, Montgomerie Golf Academy, Emirates Hills, 8am to 1.30am. Tel: (0)4 572 4477 @thearena.dxb


Wavebreaker Rugby Nation

The beach stadium is back, with plenty of outdoor coolers, and multiple screens to choose from that are perfect to make sure you don’t miss a second of the game. This is the perfect sports bar for anybody who loves a beach bar too. Here you can enjoy pool and beach access for only Dhs129 which is also fully redeemable on food and drinks.

Waverbreaker Beach and Grill, Hilton Dubai Jumeriah, The Walk, Jumeriah Beach Residence, open daily 12pm to 11pm. Tel: (0)4 318 2319, @wavebreaker_jbr

La Baie


If you’re looking for somewhere to sit in the pool, cheer on your favourite team and catch all of the Rugby World Cup action live – then this fan zone is the right one for you. La Baie Lounge in JBR is ideal for unmatched sporting scenes and incredible rugby.

La Baie, Ritz-Carlton, The Walk JBR, open midday to 8pm daily. Tel: (0)4 318 6150



This Rugby World Cup season Barasti is turning up the heat in Dubai. Drinks will flow from as little as Dhs20, and when you buy five you get your sixth free. That sound like a good deal? Come to the beach club in your battle gear (rugby jersey) and receive a pint on the house. And don’t worry about the heat, the tent is airconditioned and enclosed until October.

Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, open daily 8am to 3am. Tel: (0)4 318 1313 @barastibeach

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