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As avid sports fans, the one thing we miss when overseas is watching our favourite sports teams. But no longer - well not in Dubai anyway. That's because there are now over 600 sports bars where we can watch almost any major televised top-level sports event whilst on holiday in Dubai.

In particular we need never again miss any major football (sorry America - soccer), rugby union (sorry America - it's a rough tough game a bit like your football, with similar odd-shaped balls, but without the wimpy headgear), or cricket (sorry America - 'you're in until you're out'...forget it,... you'll never understand it)!  But to watch it you need to know where to go.

That's why we set up this page - to help holiday-makers and business travellers alike find somewhere to watch their favourite sports whilst away from home.

With over 600 sports bars in Dubai, and you'll find them all at www.timeoutdubai.com. Our aim is just to highlight around a dozen, spread around Dubai, to get you started. They're largely those used and recommended by our Dubai-based family.

Nearly all sports bars cater for a multitude of sports, often more than one at a time, and some host local supporters' clubs for specific teams. We don't aim to tell you which team's supporters use which sports bars because these can change quite frequently. So if you're looking for the sports bar where fans of a particular club meet up just ask the regulars of any large sports bar and they should be able to tell you where to go. They probably will anyway, but in a pleasant manner!  

Whilst they're rather loosely called Sports Bars, it's a bit of a misnomer as they nearly all also offer meals ranging from bar snacks to  full restaurant services. The idea is to go early, select a good seat with a good view of a screen and enjoy a relaxed meal before the main event. A large bar may be showing more than one sport so ask the staff which sport/match will be on which screen. You may be best ringing first to check which matches are being shown, so where possible we've provided phone numbers.

What could be a better start to your holiday in Dubai than to relax with like-minded souls watching your favourite team, in convivial surroundings, with a drink in your hand?

Now, where do I go to watch Huddersfield Town? Oh well...!

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Here's a few suggested Sports Bars to get you started:

Barasti Bar - a great place to watch sports, especially Football (Soccer) and Rugby, on a giant poolside screen or one of the many TVs scattered around this venue. It's partly undercover (not inside) and partly in the open air but all areas overlook and even adjoin the beach. Good basic beach bar meals.A regular young expats meeting, relaxing, boozing and sports watching venue with special family reasons for holding it in high regard as it's here our daughter met her now husband (a Liverpool supporter!). Go to the Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, in Um Suqeim, just before you get as far out of Dubai as the Marina (you go left around the outside - ask for directions, follow the young crowd). Tel: 04 318 1313

Bidi Bondi - Obviously an Australian bar offering decent food with no smoking inside (rare in Dubai), an outside area and the chance to watch football, rugby and F1 amongst other sports. At Clubhouse Al Manhal, between Buildings 3 & 4 on Palm Jumeirah. Tel: 04 427 0515

Crown and Lion - a huge, typically English pub with comfy couches, huge pretendy fireplaces and plenty of flatscreen TVs, dart boards and a pool table. Plus a regular band and DJ.  Located at the Byblos Hotel, TECOM, in Al Barsha. Travel out on Sheikh Zayed Road for good homemade British food. Tel: 04 448 8000

Fibber Magee's - a smaller but quaint Irish sports bar with good food. Lots of different TV sports. No outdoor area. Can be a loud, raucous albeit friendly atmosphere. You'll find it off Sheikh Zayed Road between The Fairmont and Crowne Plaza. Tel: 04 332 3100

Harvesters - A football favourite with OK bar food and an outside area. You might find a few Manchester United fans here! Go to the Crowne Plaza Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road. Tel: 04 262 5555

(The) Huddle - Decorations include cricket memorabilia. Various screens and decent screen views along with decent bar food. It's at Citymax, Al Barsha. Tel: 04 409 8000

Irish Village - Large pub style venue with seating indoors and outdoors (by a small lake). A favourite expat hangout and as it's near many Emirates crew buildings it's frequented by many cabin crew. Good atmosphere and decent traditional Irish meals. As well as TV sports you'll often find they've live entertainment on. Find it beside the Aviation Club and tennis stadium in Al Garhoud. Tel: 04 239 5000

Locker Room - a cosy, atmospheric venue usually with plenty of sports fans, it's at the Golden Tulip, Al Barsha. Tel: 04 341 7750

McGettigan's - according to our Dubai family, this is a really nice Irish pub, with an outside area, serving good food (including breakfast from porridge and omelettes to a full Irish fry-up) but don't go if you want peace and quiet because it's generally heaving. If it's atmosphere (and sometimes a smokey atmosphere) and 'people' you want, it's a must. Great for Soccer, rugby, golf, horse racing, cricket and even Gaelic Football. It's at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road. Tel: 04 800 6247

Nezesaussi - According to family it's a nice place with plenty of screens and good food. As it's rather contrived name implies it specialises in New Zealand, South African & Aussie sports and teams. Find it at the Al Manzil Hotel in Downtown in the Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa area. Tel: 04 428 5888

Major, international, big prize money sporting events are becoming a regular feature of Dubai - why not combine your holiday in Dubai with a visit to one of them?

Underground (The) - themed to imitate London's Tube network and feeling a bit like a tube station with an additional outside area. Very popular with our Dubai-based, Liverpool-supporting family. Also a place to watch big match Cricket, Rugby and Formula 1. With good bar food and pitchers of ale you'll find it at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina. Tel: 04 408 4221

Yots Sports Lounge - multiple plasma screens and although it sounds as if it's at a posh spot the dress code is relaxed and laid back. You'll find it at Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina. Tel: 04 362 7900

For more TV information have a look at TV in Dubai

For information on the basics of taking a holiday in Dubai look at our Important Information page. Then you'll need to know Where to Stay, the best ways of Getting Around Dubai and the Places to Visit and Things to Do in Dubai.

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Your Dubai holiday will be a whole lot better for a dose of footie - but never, and we mean never, drink and drive in Dubai! You have been warned!

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