A football fan’s guide to Dubai
For those who eat, sleep and breathe the beautiful game

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, we select the best activities in Dubai for the true football obsessive. Whether you’re in the mood to see the world’s best players weave their magic, or go for a kickabout yourself, you’ll discover plenty of options in this city full of football fanatics.

Where to kit yourself out with the latest footballing threads

Where to kit yourself out with the latest footballing threads

If you’ve got a favourite club or national football team, show your support by picking up their latest replica shirt. The Dubai Mall is the perfect place to start. Head to Dubai's largest shopping complex, where you’ll find a suitably massive sporting goods store in Stadium. The shop sells an assortment of jerseys from teams including Manchester City and Barcelona – as well as all the best kit if you’re heading out for a game yourself, from boots to goalie gloves.

Another top-notch option for all things football is Go Sport in Mall of the Emirates. The store also has a comprehensive offering, whether you’d like to don a club shirt or simply pick up a new pair of shin pads. Finally, if you’d like to save a few dirhams, check out the selection of sporting items on offer at the Dubai Outlet Mall, where there are always bargains to be had. Pick from myriad world-famous brands, with the Nike store a great place to start.

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Meet fellow fans of your team at a supporters club

If you’re passionate about the beautiful game, Dubai is the perfect place to be. Pretty much every major team boasts a local supporters club, where you can meet like-minded football devotees. Manchester United fans convene on match day at The Red Lion in Metropolitan Hotel; check out the society’s Facebook post, which has almost 6,000 members, and go down to the venue to make some new footballing friends.

If Spanish football is more your thing, head along to Real Madrid Cafe at The Beach, JBR. Devoted to the glamour and glory of the Galacticos, you’ll be able to meet plenty more Madrid supporters at the venue – as well as watching matches and discussing all manner of soccer topics (just don’t bring up Messi vs. Ronaldo). For those who love Liverpool, the Dubai Reds supporters club meets at Goodfellas in Ramee Rose Hotel, Barsha Heights – where you can cheer on Jurgen Klopp’s men to your heart’s content.

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Where to get your dose of energetic footballing fun

For anyone feeling inspired by World Cup fever, there are plenty of places in Dubai to play a variety of sports. If you simply fancy an impromptu football game with friends, head over to Allstar Sport on Umm Suqeim Road – which offers five-a-side and seven-a-side options, as well as holiday camps and academy training for young players. Sportsmania in Jumeirah Lakes Towers is another great pick for five-a-side action, as well as being the home of the Juventus Academy Dubai.

If you’d like to make your football meet-ups a more regular fixture, there’s the option of joining a weekday league – meanwhile various corporate packages round out the centre’s impressive proposition. Other major footballing venues in the city include the 25,000 square metre Dubai Sports World in the Dubai World Trade Centre, with six indoor pitches for five- and seven-a-side matches, plus the eye-catching Koora Dome, which is part of Al Wasl Sports Club and boasts three indoor pitches with FIFA-approved artificial turf.

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Check out these fun and quirky football activities

If you love gaming as much as you love football, check out the Sport Academy at the Hub Zero indoor entertainment park. Go head-to-head with friends and family in a no-holds-barred Pro Evolution Soccer tournament, or get physical by playing football using state-of-the-art Kinect software.

If your young ones are soccer crazy, take them along to Goal Junior, a football-themed arena located in The Dubai Mall. Aimed at children aged five to 15, Goal Junior provides a whole range of fun activities for them to wrap their foot around. Finally, if you’re seeking a football attraction with a difference, look no further than 'Snookball' at Kickoff Sports & Amusement in Oud Metha. As its title suggests, the innovative game blends the best of snooker and football.


The best spots to grab a delicious bite while watching the big match

What better place to watch the World Cup than in a world-class venue? Armani Hotel Dubai is launching the stunning Armani/Pavilion specifically to show all the action at this year’s football fest. The pavilion will feature extra-large television screens, as well as a delightful menu of a la carte bites and chilled beverages. Spend is AED100 per game per person up till the semi-finals. Another top venue to check out is The Courtyard at Manzil Downtown. The Arabian-style, air-conditioned spot in Downtown Dubai will show the matches on large LED screens, accompanied by a special World Cup menu to satisfy your appetite.

For visitors who would rather entertain themselves than watch the tournament, the adjacent Boulevard Lounge fun zone features PlayStation, foosball and face painting. Minimum spend is AED150 per person. Or maybe you’d prefer Breeze Beach Grill on Palm Jumeirah – with great offers on food and beverages throughout the tournament, plus a fan zone, foosball, pool and shuffleboard competitions, and much more.

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