Your Definitive Guide Of Where To Watch The Rugby World Cup In Dubai

From Stalwarts and Tournament Heroes to Potential Surprises

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The 2015 Rugby World Cup kicks off next Friday with England playing Fiji in Twickenham.

The 20 teams participating will navigate group matches and knockout rounds until the Final takes place on the 31st of October. Reigning champions New Zealand are favourites to retain the crown, however the home nations and fellow Northern Hemisphere countries are looking to put up a strong challenge. In truth, any of seven countries have a right to believe they are in with a chance.

And each country will be supported in Dubai by its expats, but where - other than the OSN Sports Package on your sofa - are the best places in Dubai to watch this years tournament?

Stalwarts 1: Barasti


Preview: Barasti shouldn’t need much of an introduction, it's guaranteed to have a good crowd for each match (well, maybe not for Samoa vs. Japan). The weekend games with evening starts are especially likely to get a good crowd in.

Most likely nation hangout: England / South Africa / mix

Clincher: It will have the air conditioned tent up for much of the tournament.

Stalwarts 2: Girders


Preview: Girders is the self proclaimed ‘Home of Rugby’ in Dubai. It’s got a rugby club vibe and always brings in a good match crowd.

Most likely nation hangout: Wales

Clincher: Great prizes on offer such as two tickets to the World Cup final including flights and accommodation, or Abu Dhabi F1 tickets.

Stalwarts 3: Bibi Bondi


Preview: Bidi Bondi is a hangout on the palm that's popular for all rugby matches as you get to have a few beers by the beach.

Most likely nation hangout: Australia

Clincher: Heineken Bucket only AED 130

Stalwarts 4: MgGettigans


Preview: McGettigans is the go-to Irish bar and best of the bunch in Dubai, especially when it comes to live sport. They have a separate Guinness tent area with a pretty large screen. Be sure to get there early if you're going for any of the Irish matches.

Most likely nation hangout: Ireland

Clincher: Ireland are going to win the World Cup (author may be biased).

Ones to Watch Out For 1: Nezesaussi

Preview: Nezesaussi Grill is going all out the event. With a name short for rugby powerhouses such as New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, we would expect nothing less. Likely to be busy until the very end.

Most likely nation hangout: South Africa for sure, with New Zealand and Australia probably flying their flags there too.

Clincher: Watching the beginning of the tournament with a legend of the game is a great way to get things started!

Ones to Watch Out For 2: Arabian Ranches Golf Club

Preview: Lets face it, golf clubs in Dubai are very luxurious so if they make an effort to show the big tournament it's going to be something to get excited about. Arabian Ranches are doing so and we can't wait.

Most likely nation hangout: England

Clincher: Every game live in Birdies Sports Lounge with happy hour included.

Ones to Watch Out For 3: Kickers Dubai Sports City


Preview: Kickers Dubai Sports City is fast becoming a popular haunt for live sport in Dubai Sports City. With outdoor and indoor screens you can enjoy the match after a game of football, cricket or work out in Fit Republik

Most likely nation hangout: Mixed

Clincher: They have different offers each day of the week and you can have your own keg on tap at the bar.

Ones to Watch Out For 4: Emirates Golf Club

Preview: Emirates Golf Club Rugby Tent is the official fan zone where a dedicated tournament theatre is being created to show the matches on 21 screens. With meal and brunch packages available, keep this one in mind for the big matches.

Most likely nation hangout: Mixed

Clincher: Another venue running a competition to see a live match, get down on opening weekend to see England vs. Uruguay.

Ones to Watch Out For 5: Barrel 12


Preview: Barrel 12 Urban Sports Bar is the equivalent of a new kid on the block called up to the squad based on potential but with no pedigree. Although it’s a sports bar, it hasn't got a great menu.

Nation Most Likely: Unknown

Clincher: Less busy than some of the other spots with the great palm location.

Could Spring a Surprise 1: Quantum Sports Bar


Preview: Quantum Sports Bar, Melia Hotel at this chic Spanish style hotel isn’t the first place that comes to mind to watch sports, nor is the location. It's the classier hangout to take in the world cup.

Most likely nation hangout: Italy, Argentina

Clincher: Beautiful views of the city from the rooftop pool bar, a nice place to wind down after the game

Could Spring a Surprise 2: Dubai Polo Club

Preview: The Dubai Polo Club isn’t the first place you would think of to watch the rugby but if you want to watch the action in a more serene desert surrounding, this is a great choice

Most likely nation hangout: The neutral rugby fan

Clincher: Hops and wings special for AED 45

Could Spring a Surprise 3: Perry & Blackwelder

Preview: If you are in the Souk Madinat for some food at the weekend and looking to catch the rugby, Perry & Blackwelder could be the place for you. A US BBQ chain, they will be showing all of the games live.

Most likely nation hangout: USA, mix

Clincher: WIN tickets and flights for you and a mate to watch New Zealand vs. Argentina or England vs. Wales live in London

Special Mention...Gardenfest presents: The Full Monty on 8 - Media One Hotel


Preview: A new, lively venue to enjoy the world cup. Come here for craft beers, a great atmosphere and a class setting to enjoy the game.

Most likely nation hangout: mixture

Clincher:A new venue offering themed nights, great atmosphere and good fun for the duration of the world cup. This will be a venue to watch for 2015.

D&A Restaurant and Bar - Jumeirah Beach Hotel


Preview: And last but certainly not least, the Dhow & Anchor bar. Watch the game on a huge outdoor screen, while enjoying a full bar on a terrace which spreads across two levels. Or sit inside where there are floor to ceiling windows with an uninterrupted view of the Burj Al Arab. Head there early as it's bound to fill up fast.

Most likely nation hangout: mixture

Clincher: With a 'roast of the day' available every day come here for a good feed before each match.

Written By

Richard Fitzgerald

Rich is a media fiend who hasn't been seen without an iPhone in hand since 2007. With a passion for all things health and fitness, what he lacks in hair he more than makes up for in creativity. As the founder of Lovin Dubai, he's our fearless leader.