Despite the unforgiving time difference, fans of American football can still catch the big event live from 3.30am in bars and restaurants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Where to watch Super Bowl LII in the UAE
Are you ready for some football? American football fans in the UAE can catch Super Bowl LII, which will see the defending champions the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, February 5 (with Justin Timberlake starring in the halftime show).
Set your alarm, because the Super Bowl will air at 3.30am (UAE time), but bars and restaurants around the UAE will be open in the early hours to show the game live. Here's where to watch it in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Nezesaussi Grill, Dubai
Watch action unfold on multiple television screens at Nezesaussi Grill - there is a huge screen in the middle of the room, as well as tables with their own TVs. The doors open at midnight and will stay open until 6am Monday so that you can have breakfast post-game. The breakfast menu features fried eggs, pancakes, waffles and more. Tables are on a walk-in basis only, so you can't book in advance. This means you may want to get there a bit early.
When: February 5 from 12am to 6am
Where: Nezesaussi Grill, 4th Floor, Address Dubai Marina
Spike Bar, Dubai
The Emirates Golf Club venue will have 16 screens dotted around, plus an extra-large three-metre screen on the outdoor terrace so fans won’t be craning their necks to see all the action. Guests can also pay Dh50 for a hearty breakfast as they watch the game. Doors will open at 3.15am. Booking is advised but not required.
Where: Emirates Golf Club, Dubai
When: February 5 from 3.15am
Details: Call 04 417 9999 or email email@example.com or visit www.dubaigolf.com/emirates-golf-club
The NFL game will be screened on both HD TVs and a big screen in this Irish pub's private function room, The Baggot. If you're not keen on breakfast they will also be offering wings and burgers, too. They won't be closing their doors and will be carrying on from the night before, but if you want to get there just for the game, the team is encouraging people to get there at about 2am in order to get a seat.
Where: McGettigan’s JLT, Dubai
When: February 5 (staying open from the night before)
The Sportsman’s Arms, Abu Dhabi
The live broadcast of the NFL championship game will be shown on a big outdoor screen or around the HD TVs inside. The menu includes glazed beef cheeks, Black Angus burgers and buckets of wings, and food and drink packages start from Dh125. Booking is advised but not required.
Where: Sportsman’s Arms, Zayed Sports City
When: February 5 from midnight.
Booking: Call 02 477 1066 or email reservations@sportsmansZSC.com or visit www.sportsmanszsc.com
Loca Abu Dhabi
Mexican hotspot Loca will be screening the game at their Abu Dhabi venue. The Loca team will be serving up Mexican-style breakfasts after doors open at 3.30am, right at kick-off. The good news here is that you can book a table in advance: booking is advised but not required.
Where: Loca Abu Dhabi, The Galleria Mall, Al Maryah Island
When: February 5 from 3.30am
Details: Call 02 582 3639 or visit www.locauae.com
Stars 'N' Bars, Abu Dhabi
For those who want to celebrate early, there will be a BBQ Tailgate Party here from 10pm to 3am as well as karaoke from 10pm to 2am. Watch across one of the 76 HD TVs, or on a 3x3 metre large screen outside on the dining terrace. Doors will be open from the previous night. Booking is advised but not required - although, at the time of publishing, 60 per cent of tables had already been booked.
Where: Stars 'N' Bars, Yas Marina
When: February 5 (doors open from the previous night, coverage starts at 3am)
Details: RSVP online or call 02 565 0101 or visit www.starsnbars.ae
Coopers, Abu Dhabi
The traditional pub will be showing the game coverage from 3.30am to 8.30am. Along with their big screen TVs, there will be a special American breakfast a la carte menu as well as other deals on food and beverages. Doors will open at 3am. Booking is advised but not required.
Where: Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
When: February 5 from 3am
Details: Call 02 657 3325 or visit www.rotanatimes.com/parkrotana