x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Our guide to international feasting during the Fifa World Cup in the UAE

Fans get hungry watching all that football: here's where to fill up while enjoying the game.

The Sepp Blatter platter at  Hubbly Bubbly in the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Hubbly Bubbly
The Sepp Blatter platter at Hubbly Bubbly in the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Hubbly Bubbly

Abu Dhabi

Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri

All the games will be shown in an air-­conditioned World Cup Arabesque tent where hungry fans can satisfy their ­appetites. Feast on football-themed Friday brunches through June 27. During each brunch, guests can enter a raffle to win a table for six in the tent, which will include drinks and snacks valued at Dh1,000. From 8pm until 2am. For more information, call 02 509 8555.

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

Chefs at Nahaam have come up with a specially designed World Cup menu and will serve people in the outdoor pool area. The games, including the 2am matches, can be viewed on multiple screens. From 11am until late. For more information, call 02 811 5666.

Crowne Plaza

Watch the games in Heroes at the Crowne Plaza on Hamdan Street, where you can try eight different burgers from eight football countries: Brazil, Australia, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, England and South Korea. From noon until 4am. For more information, call 02 616 6251.

Sofitel Hotel

Get your football fix at Chill’O Pool Bar, which will feature a live Brazilian barbecue as well as other football food favourites such as nachos and sliders. From 9am until late. For more information, call 02 813 7777.

Holiday Inn

You can watch all the World Cup games at Hubbly Bubbly on a huge video wall made up of four 48-inch screens. You’ll be well-fed with its Sepp Blatter platter – a ring of 12 miniburgers from the countries playing in the World Cup. The Sepp Blatter platter is also available at the Thirty 1st Bar. From 5pm until late. For more information, call 02 657 4857.

Yas Viceroy

You can watch all the games in style at Rush in the Yas Viceroy on a supersize screen. The nightclub will offer Brazilian-themed menu selections and bar bites throughout the games. The Brazilian community can enjoy a 20 per cent discount on all beverages during the matches. From sunset until 2am. For more information, call 02 656 0600.

InterContinental Abu Dhabi

Fill up on bites from the special sports menu offered at Belgian Cafe during the World Cup. The same menu will also be served under the Saharaa tent where you can watch all the games on two large projector screens and six TVs. From 6pm until 2am before Ramadan. From 9pm until 3am during Ramadan. For more information, call 02 666 6888.


Fairmont, The Palm

For an authentic Brazilian World Cup experience, hit up the Brazilian churrrascaria Frevo. Surrounded by South American culture, you can appease your taste buds with Brazilian-inspired snacks such as pichanha skewers and fried calamari. All matches played between 8pm and 3am will be shown. For more information, call 04 457 3457.

Sheraton Dubai, Mall of the Emirates Hotel

At the Vantage Bar and Terrace, if you predict the final score of the match before the game starts, you’ll have the chance to score a 30 per cent food discount on your next visit. Guess the final score of five matches correctly and win a table for yourself and four friends with a credit of Dh200 per person. From 11am until 2am. For more information, call 04 377 2356.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek

Take in the games at The Pub, which will host football and pub competitions along with food promotions. Special items on the World Cup menu, inspired from the countries competing, include British bangers and mash, German potato salad with beef bouletten, Spanish meatballs, French croque-monsieur and Italian gnocchi alla Sorrentina (dumplings with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese). From noon until 2am. For more information, call 04 205 7333/7444.

Latin Flavours

If you want a taste of Brazil this World Cup season but aren’t necessarily going just for the games, you can check out these Brazilian and Latin restaurants for some authentic South American flavour:

Chamas at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi. Call 02 666 6888

Frevo at the Fairmont, The Palm. Call 04 457 3457

Fogueira at the Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence. Call 04 439 8888

Pachanga at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort. Call 04 318 2530