Hotspots for sports fans
Consider yourself an avid sports fan? No matter how far you’ve travelled to visit Dubai, you can be sure that Dubai offers plenty of venues all over the city from where you can watch your favourite matches and never miss a minute of the action. Here are three of the best.
Don’t miss the action of your favourite team while in Dubai at these top sports-watching hotspots.
Where to go to watch the game in Dubai
Best for: An executive alternative
Unlike the typical taverns found in the UK, US or Europe, Velocity is a high-end, sophisticated venue, resplendent in a neutral palette of greys, silvers and blues accented by red velvet chairs and roof panelling. It isn’t all impressive appearances though, with five huge LED screens broadcasting all the major sporting action seven days a week. And you won't go hungry, either – the menu features a range of substantial snacks, with the red-hot buffalo chicken wings a particular favourite.
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay
+971 4414 3000
Best for: Classic Irish atmosphere
Something of a Dubai institution, McGettigan's has been a stalwart of the city's sports scene since the first branch opened its doors in 2010. McGettigan’s now has three branches in Dubai, including one in Jumeirah Lakes Towers and another at the airport. While all three are decent bets to catch a match, the World Trade Centre outlet – with its prominent circular counter, dozens of hanging TVs and new lounge, The Den – is top dog when it comes to sports coverage. Naturally, the venue is a favourite among Dubai's Irish contingent, so expect the atmosphere to be friendly, if a little loud on occasion.
Dubai World Trade Centre
Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 800 6247
Best for: The huge variety of sports on offer
When it comes to sport, the Southern Hemisphere nations of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia are impossible to ignore. Its name a portmanteau of all three of them, Nezesaussi (in the newly refurbished Manzil Downtown Hotel) has all the credentials any thriving sports venue needs. Catch everything from football to ice hockey and horse racing, while enjoying a hearty meal from the grill-heavy menu.
Manzil Downtown Dubai
+971 4428 5888
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