PWe were all inspired by England’s Lionesses roar to victory over the summer. It has certainly got us hooked here at British Mums and we’d never thought we’d hear ourselves saying that we are looking forward to the impending FIFA World Cup 2022!

The options to watch the game here are endless. You could watch it in a cosy pub with a few girlfriends or in a mini arena with hundreds of other football fans. Whatever you fancy, this is all you need to know to prevent yourself becoming a World Cup widow.

The tournament kicks off in Doha on Sunday 20th November, with the host nation Qatar playing Ecuador at 7pm. Group stages will run from Monday 21st November until Friday 2nd December, with the round of 16 running between Saturday 3rd December and Tuesday 6th December. Quarter-finals will be held on Friday 9th December and Saturday 10th December, followed by the semi-finals on Tuesday 13th December and Wednesday 14th December. The match for third place will happen on Saturday 17th December, followed by the final on Sunday 18th December. There will be World Cup fanzonesand pop-ups appearing all over Dubai as well as coverage at the city’s favourite sports bars and pubs. And we’ve got it all covered for you! Here are the best places to watch the World Cup in Dubai.

Arabian Ranches Golf Club

You won’t need to go far if you live in AR1 to watch all the World Cup action on screen. The golf club section will have massive LED screens along with football themed packages and themed nights. A football fan’s dream right there.


Barasti is the place to be when a World Cup is on, they go all out! In previous years they have put up a huge football shaped dome where you can watch the drama of the cup unfold.


There are 20 TV screens across this new modern sports barlocated at Pier 7, and if you want a break from the footie you can keep entertained with the darts boards and a golf simulator. The menu is ideal to snack on while watching the game: steaks, gourmet Neapolitan pizzas and fresh salads.

Bridgewater Tavern

The best thing about the Bridgewater Tavern at JW Marriott Marquis is the amazing happy hour, and it coincides with when the games are on, win win! It’s a relaxed sports bar, with some yummy food and its Business Bay location is beautiful. It has lots of screens, with a menu of burgers, sandwiches and snacks, with most of the plates coming in between AED 60 and AED 100 which we think is great value.

Crafty Fox Gastropub & Sports Bar

This is a sports bar and gastropub in Jumeirah Golf Estatesand it has an atmosphere to watch the World Cup in Dubai that is family-friendly. The venue looks out across the lush, green fairways and serves up high-end food like duck breast and veal Milanese.

The Fanzone by McGettigan’s

If you are a massive footie fan, this is the place to be. Opening on Sunday 20th November through to the World Cup Final on Sunday 18th December, the Fanzone by McGettigan’s will comfortably hold up to 5,000 fans including the lawn area in front of the main stage that has a giant screen. Plus, the premium deck at the back of the fan zone will hold over 650 people, which is a mixture of high tables, picnic tables and VIP boxes, all available to book.

FireLake Grill House Terrace

This place has it all: a huge 3 metre x 4 metre LED screen which can be seen by all and choose between cosy indoor space or head to the terrace outdoors. There is lots to choose from the menu of this popular grill restaurant, including special additions, with drink promotions running throughout the World Cup.

The Irish Village, Studio City

This is another venue with an enormous outdoor screen. The second branch of The Irish Village is great value for money, and it has a large terrace area boasting plenty of space and top views.


This is one of Dubai’s sportiest of sports bars and is of course located in Sports City. It will be showing all the World Cup action on their large screens, and Kickers has a pub grub menu and laid-back feel which attracts those who live in neighbouring communities like JVC and JLT.


There are two McCafferty’s across Dubai (they have one in JVC and another in Al Furjan) you can be sure to get a good view of the match. All the World Cup matches are shown on the giant LED screens on the terraces. Whether moving about the venue or staying inside, HD TVs streaming the games are dotted throughout so you won’t miss a thing. Craving Irish comfort food? Pick one of the belly-busting items on the menu.

McGettigan’s JLT

Irish pubs are the perfect place to watch the World Cup and this JLT one is no different. It is a large space, inside and out, and with 30 different screens dotted around you’ll never miss out on the footie action. Add in some decent food and drinks deals and you’ve got a top combination for watching the World Cup in Dubai.

 Mr Toad’s

This British-themed pub chain can be found in the Premier Inn Hotels across Dubai and will be showing the World Cup matches They have daily happy hours, pub food and an atmosphere like we’d get at home, it’s a fail-safe place to catch the game. We recommend checking with them beforehand if they’re showing the match you’re after though.


There is just one thing to tell you about this place: a 200 inchscreen! Offside in Dubai Marina also has an additional eight screens so you’ll never miss a goal. It’s ideal for groups to watch the game with lots of long tables and it has a beer pong table, foosball, pool table and darts area, there’s basically plenty to keep everyone entertained before the match begins. Plus, it’s just been revamped and extended, so even more space for your friends.

Phileas Fogg

At Phileas Fogg you can watch the World Cup games right on the golf course. This is an upmarket, British sports bar vibe with superb views of Dubai’s skyline. So, if you want company, head over to the 33,000 sq ft space complete with restaurant, sports pub, garden and a covered amphitheatre that can hold up to 1000 people.


If you fancy watching the game in a cooler atmosphere, this French bar and restaurant offers guests an alpine experience right in the heart of Dubai. With inside and outside options available, this spot offers a mix of elegance and authenticity. There’s an exterior DJ booth to dance the night away should England lose, and you want to drown your sorrows.

Reform Social & Grill

This is a family friendly gastropub that will offer something for everyone. With outdoor options for all age groups, it’s a spot for football and those who are not so keen on the game.

The Duck Hook in Dubai Hills

Step into the Duck Hook and you’ll feel like you’re in an English Country pub.

This venue will have outdoor seating and big screens for the games and you can bring your pooch too as its dog friendly! Its menu is perfect for the whole family with indulgent pub grub and food for little people.

Time Out Market

Time Out Market Dubai will be showing all the games from the World Cup, so order from one of the 17 restaurants, sit back and absorb all the action. It will have a stage area dedicated to showing the games with commentary, with seats for the first 100 people. There will also be a screen installed in the Atrium, near to SLAB cocina, which will be muted, making it the perfect place to have dinner with your family or friends and keep an eye on the game at the same time.