Taking place just once every four years, the football World Cup is undoubtedly the beautiful game’s biggest stage and most coveted prize. And with it taking place just down the road, the fever pitch feels are all the more feverous for us this time around. The tournament takes place between November 20 and December 18, so expect the deals outline below to follow the same schedule (unless otherwise specified).
This list is for all of you that enjoy the odd 35 yard screamer, cursing VAR at the bar, or debating whether Mbappe could find it in his locker to ‘make the magic happen’ on a cold rainy night in Stoke — we have put together a round up featuring the happiest hours on comfiest couches; dedicated, huge capacity fan zones; a collection of monster-sized screens; and peak fan atmosphere whether your team’s journey ends in cheers or tears.
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As soccer pop-ups go, this 10,000sqm fan zone is table topper. And a quick look at the team sheet reveals some impressive stats — there’s a daily hosting capacity of 2,000 supporters, with a mammoth LED screen, measuring 16 x 9 metres (that’s about the same size as the floor plan to a small house). Other confirmed features include e-sports competitions (including, naturally, PS5 football gaming), food, beverage and retail outlets, a stage and roaming entertainment. General Admission will cost Dhs50, with an all Game Access Pass available at Dhs95, and there’s a season ticket for Dhs950. Big Leagues. There’s also a VIP shisha lounge with options for table bookings. abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net
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Launching in November, the new Fogg’s Food Hall is an extension of the locally renowned outlet in Phileas Foggs, in Dubai’s Emirates Hills. This will be the first food hall in Abu Dhabi and one of the biggest in the region. Guests will be able to watch the World Cup live, whilst tasting the flavours of 16 different cuisines. More details on this incredibly exciting new venue soon.
Yas Bay, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, opens November

With all the calorie battering activities available at the famous sports resort just next door, it’s fair to say that Marriott Al Forsan has competition hardwired into its circuitry. A perfect place then to come and scream incoherent coaching direction at screens, whilst your team inexplicably fail to magically hear you. You can also sink stripes and spots on the pool table, roll the dice on a boardgame or two and make merry with daily happy hour deals. Weekday happy timings are midday to 7pm with an extended 10am to 7pm session on weekends.
Marriott Hotel Al Forsan. Tel: (02) 201 4131, @marriottalforsan

Just for the Waka Waka of it all, The Galleria Al Maryah Island is errecting a massive screen on their Waterfront Promenade. It’ll be showing all the crucial clashes in gloriously rendered mega pixels, and one of the best ways to watch is by booking a table at lit Latin restaurant Loca. There’s a Dhs150 per head minimum spend but zero cover charge and it means you get to enjoy some genuinely fuego tacos with the on screen tackles. They’ve also got a special menu in honour of the Copa de Mundo – featuring fan favourite bites such as fajitas and burgers.  thegalleria.ae

For a more fancy sort of fan experience, the sophistcated supporter set head to the Four Seasons. Here you’ll get a choice of views – 65 inch scereens showing the creme of international football, or waterfront skyline views. There’s a daily 4pm to 7pm happy hour, craft cocktails and a menu filled with soccer spectating snacks. fourseasons.com

Ooh-ah Shangri-La, we said ooh-ah Shangri-La. That’s our terrace chant and we’re sticking with it. It’s all in honour of the Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi’s luxurious Football Village — a beachside soccer supporter’s paradise with table topping deals, authentic match atmosphere feels, and fan events of multinational appeal. The Football Village Day Pass really does allow you to make a day of it. It’s Dhs100 and includes two drinks as well as a cheeky permission slip for beach access — because whether your team are destined to win or lose, a day spent lounging by the sea is absolute ‘best life’ goals. They’re also offering a special Saturday brunches, inter-match quizes, a comedy cup and the opportunity to win some massive prizes.
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Khor Al Maqta, Nov 20 to Dec 18 daily 1pm to 1am, Dhs100 (includes two drinks and beach access). Tel: (02) 509 8555, restaurantreservations.slad@shangri-la.comshangrilaexperiences.com
Bridges Bar fairmont bab al bahr
Bridges Bar at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr may be relatively boutique in size, but its screens are still pretty massive and that’s important when it comes to choosing your spectating spot for a match. They also have a daily 4pm to 8pm happy hour (two-for-one on select drinks) and a pretty big Saturday and Sunday deal that will net you two pints of hops for just Dh1 when purchased with any main course. With the fact that also includes their giant burgers — we’ll mark that up as a cheeky hattrick of reasons to visit.
Bridges Bar, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs99. Tel: (02) 654 3238, @bridgesbar.abudhabi

Here you’ll find big screens showing every kick, header, save and speculative half-line volley with both indoor and alfresco seating to make the most of the UAE’s great outdoor season. In addition to a solid team sheet of beer and beverage options, the fan village at Al Raha Beach Hotel will include a series of food stalls, adding to the festival atmosphere. Here you and the squad can choose to support sport snack MVPs such as hot dogs, sliders, tacos and of course — local casual cuisine G.O.A.T, the shawarma. Entry is completely free, and to streamline the food and beverage service, a coupon system will be in place.
Al Raha Beach Hotel,  Channel Street, Al Raha Creek, daily 1pm to 1am (World Cup dates: Nov 20 to Dec 18).  Tel: (056) 545 0145 or fnb.alraha@danathotels.com

With multiple outdoor screens to watch live-action, football fans will love the atmosphere at B-Lounge. Alternatively, famed Abu Dhabi pub, Tavern, offers indoor seating for a more intimate ambiance, along with a menu of pub grub, paired with refreshing drinks during the whole season.
B-Lounge and Tavern, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort. Tel: (0)2 677 3333. marriott.com

With one of the largest outdoor LED screens in Abu Dhabi, Le Meridien Village will also have several seating options, in-theme food and beverages, live entertainment, and engaging side games keeping the sports spirit alive.
Le Meridien Village, Le Meridien Abu Dhabi. Tel: (0)2 677 3333. marriott.com

This Abu Dhabi beach club boasts an 800-metre coastline, and one of the largest outdoor LED screens in Abu Dhabi made for watching the game from one of the many pools. Enjoy uninterrupted live viewing from the VIP seats, with food and drinks packages available daily.
West Bay, Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi, Corniche, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (0)54 586 4442. radissonbluhotels.com

Here you can enjoy live World Cup action from a pleasant poolside perch. There’s a tiered pricing structure for certain zones but pricing starts at Dhs100 (includes two drinks) or a two hour free-flow package for Dhs299. There are some great mid-match deals available including snacks from Dhs30, beer buckets from Dhs50, cocktails from Dhs50 and bottles of wine from Dhs150.
Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi, Corniche, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (0)54 586 4442. radissonbluhotels.com

Velocity Sports Bar at Marriott Downtown is all about those big match occasions, with a massive team sheet of 36 HD screens including the two biggest indoor football screens in the whole of Abu Dhabi. Velocity has a starting lineup of five special F&B deals running throughout the World Cup — there’s a daily 3pm to 8pm happy hour with select beverages from Dhs24; the Halftime Bites package nets you one selected starter and three selected house beverages for Dhs99;  The Slide Tackle offers a clean interception on three sliders and one pint of Dutch beer for Dhs99; you can opt for a cheeky One-Two which includes a portion of ribs and one selected draught beer for Dhs129; Or triple down on snack time with a hot streak Hat-Trick — one portion of loaded fries and two selected draught beers for Dhs99.
Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Al Tibbiya. Tel: (02) 304 7777, @marriottdowntownad

Belgium, with its all-star golden generation team, are one of the favourites to take home football’s most coveted trophies this year. And like its common national namesake, we feel like this hugely popular venue is also a strong contender for glory over the World Cup. The Live Zone offers indoor and alfresco seating, big screen TVs and opportunities to win via a raffle. Deals include a beer bucket and bites combo for Dhs149; draught flights for Dhs129; a limo & lines (snacks and shooters) offer for Dhs199, and an ‘extra time’ nail biter – three hours of free-flow house beverages for Dhs249. Fingers crossed for no penalties.
Belgian Cafe at Radisson Blu Hotel, Yas Island, from match time to midnight. Tel: (02) 656 2000, @bbcyasisland

Y isn’t just a question, it can also be an answer. We’re thinking here specifically of the question — where can I experience some electric soccer supporting atmosphere during the World Cup. Y Bar have installed a stunning big outdoor screen, which on Saturdays makes the perfect backdrop for their red hot barbecue bonanza. Throughout the week, you’ll be able to get on the scoresheet with F&B packages such as Penalty Dhs199 — 180 mins of football-esque appetizers and bottled brews; Penalty Dhs229 — 180 mins of thematic appetizers, draft brews and prosecco; Penalty Dhs249 — 180 mins of thematic appetizers, draft brews, prosecco and other house beverages; Corner Kick at Dhs123 — buckets of five bottled brews; Corner Kick at Dhs149 — bucket of five craft brews; and tables of 22 or more will net a 50 per cent dicount on selected food and drink menu items. Off pitch, frequenting fans will also enjoy live entertainment including the atmosphere enriching sounds of a DJ.
Y Bar at Yas Island Rotana, Yas Island, during games to midnight. Tel: (02) 656 4000, @ybar_yasislandrotana

When it comes to a night out, Stills always looks like scoring. And it’s somehow managed to up its game even further for the upcoming football festivities. There’s a special Budweiser Fan Zone offering top flight refreshment combos and special sharing platters. See if you can tackle their Budweiser Fan Zone “Party Package” —Pre-Match – 149 AED unlimited House Pour with One Bar Bite (2 hours prior to the match) and then 20 per cent off food and beverage during the match. Or shoot for the zone’s Platinum Party Package which includes four hours of free-flow, and two bar bites for Dhs349 per head. The World Cup sharing platters start at Dhs59 for one person, it’s Dhs99 for two or Dhs179 for four. You can also win by prizes racking up correct result predictions.
Stills Restaurant & Bar at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Yas Island, match time to midnight. Tel: (02) 656 3000, @stillsyasisland

We end our tournament of tap-ins at Barouk. Hit up the breezy terrace for match companions of shisha and lush Levantine fare. The Heineken World Of Sports Party Package includes a Pre-Match option for Dhs149 which includes unlimited house pours with one bar bite (2 hours prior to the match), and then 20 per cent of f&b during the game. There’s also a Platinum Party Package option, which includes four hours of free-flow and two bar bites for Dhs349. And there’s a sundowner sharing platter with options at Dhs59 for one person, it’s Dhs99 for two or Dhs179 for four.
Barouk at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Yas Island, match time to midnight. Tel: (02) 656 3000, @baroukyasisland

Over in Al Ain, Makani is hosting the biggest outdoor screen in town for footie fans to catch all the action. Expect halftime games to participate in, nibbles, chilled fresh juices, signature mixes, and flavoured hubbly bubbly.
Makani, Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Al Ain. Tel: (0)56 685 3832. radissonbluhotels.com
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