Real Madrid v Barcelona - Where to watch El Clasico in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

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There will be thousands of people in the UAE crowding around screens this Saturday as fans of Real Madrid and Barcelona watch their sides in action in El Clasico.

The two rivals look set to battle it out again for the La Liga title this season, with Barca making the stronger start under new boss Ernesto Valverde.

The Catalan giants hold an eight point lead over Zinedine Zidane’s side after 15 games.

Can Los Blancos – fresh off the back of their Club World Cup win in Abu Dhabi – continue their strong form at the Bernabeu?

With numerous places to witness the drama unfold, Sport360 has selected our pick of where to watch the game.

DUBAI

BARASTI

Where: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Al Sufouh Road – Jumeirah Beach
Promotions: A variety of deals on selected beverages.
Contact details: 043181313
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One of the best venues in Dubai to watch El Clasico.

The beach bar will be showing the match on its giant screen, and there will be eight new TVs positioned around the front bar area.

Food and beverages are served daily, with house beverages served from midday.

Barasti.

BIDI BONDI

Where: The Palm Shoreline
Promotions: 
Deals on buckets of beverages
Contact details: 
044270515
Social media: 
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An Australian sports bar located on Palm Jumeirah, Bodi Bondi has a superb outdoor area and several flat screen TVs with projectors to allow for a more cinematic view of the game.

The nachos, chicken wings and ribs are highly recommended for hungry fans. A lively atmosphere is guaranteed.

Bidis.

KICKERS

Where: Dubai Sports City
Contact details: 
044481592 
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The fun will continue as Kickers shifts indoors for El Clasico.

It’s a great chance to unwind at the end of a working week, while at the same time, enjoying the live football and some highly quality entertained.

Kickers is open from 12 noon to midnight every day and offers something for everyone.

Kickers.

LOCK, STOCK  & BARREL

Where: Grand Millennium Hotel Dubai, Tecom and Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR
Contact details: 0568347286
Social media: Facebook

Tecom’s newest bar quickly gained a reputation for its plethora of sports screens combined with an on-trend urban vibe, which is the perfect to watch the football.

The 8,000sqm venue encompasses 11 TV screens, two fully stocked bars, one music stage and a menu full of Southern American classics from Maryland-style blue crab cakes to mac’n’cheese.

Lock Stock.

NEZESAUSSI GRILL

Where: Manzil Downtown and Address Hotel, Dubai Marina
Contact details: 
044285888
Social media: Nezesaussi

Ultimate sports bar to watch El Clasico in Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina, Nezesaussi is the ideal habitat for all fans.

Its giant screens surrounding the bar make it a perfect venue to chill out and enjoy an après work drink.

REAL MADRID CAFE

Where: Jumeirah Beach Residence
Contact details: 
042775625
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The home of the Real Madrid Supporters club in Dubai and definitely one of the best places to watch El Clasico if you’re a fan of Los Blancos.

Located down by Jumeirah Beach Residence, the café looks out on to The Walk and makes for a picturesque setting while watching two of the best teams in the world battle it out.

Real Madrid Cafe.

MCGETTIGANS, DUBAI AND ABU DHABI

Where: JLT, Madinat Jumeirah, World Trade Centre (all Dubai) and Al Raha Beach Hotel (Abu Dhabi) 
Contact details: 
043780800
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McGettigans

McGettigans has seven bars in the UAE: four in Dubai, one in Fujairah, one in Al Ain and one in Abu Dhabi.

With reasonably priced food, the chicken wings are a winner and never fail to disappoint.

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COOPER’S BAR

Where: Park Rotana
Promotions: 
Happy hour deals are daily from 12pm-12am offering 50% off selected beverages.
Contact details: 
026573333
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One of the capital’s top sports bars, Cooper’s offers superb service and great choice of food and drink.

With four plasma screens, you’ll have a great view of El Clasico. ‘Cooper’s Nachos’ and ‘Fried Calamari’ are among the best dishes on offer.

Coopers.

SPORTSMANS ARMS

Where: Zayed Sports City
Contact details: 024034235
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Located in the International Tennis Stadium of Zayed Sports City, Sportsmans Arms is another great venue to watch the drama unfold in the capital.

The American/Irish concept restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy food after taking in the thrilling football action.

Sportsmans Arms.

NRG SPORTS CAFE

Where: Le Meridien
Promotions: Deals on buckets of beverages
Contact details: 026446666
Social media: Facebook

Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, NRG Sports Café is one of the leading sports bars in the capital.

With a spacious surrounding and wide screen plasma televisions you won’t miss any of the action from El Clasico.

NRG.

SEVILLE’S

Where: Pyramids at Wafi Mall
Contact details: 043244777
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Seville’s is a vibrant Spanish restaurant and bar with tapas, great al-fresco dining, and an abundant selection of regional specialty dishes created by Spanish chef Mariano Andres. It is home to FC Barcelona’s official fan club, so if you’re a Blaugrana aficionado, this is where you should be.

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There will be thousands of people in the UAE crowding around screens this Saturday as fans of Real Madrid and Barcelona watch their sides in action in El Clasico.

The two rivals look set to battle it out again for the La Liga title this season, with Barca making the stronger start under new boss Ernesto Valverde.

Ahead of the game we would like to test your knowledge: How well do you know Real Madrid, Barcelona and El Clasico?









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Early Clasico kick-off strategic move to lure Asia's cash and attention

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For the first time, Spanish football’s showpiece event, El Clasico between giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, has been scheduled for a lunchtime kick-off (16:00 UAE time) on Saturday as La Liga seeks to capture Asia’s attention and its cash.

“We are keen to provide our fans in Asia the opportunity to watch Real Madrid and Barcelona face off at a time that is convenient to them,” La Liga’s Chief Communications Officer Joris Evers told AFP.

With a potential television audience of 650 million people, according to La Liga, El Clasico is the most watched club match around the world thanks to its unique mixture of star protagonists and a fierce rivalry fostered over decades both on the field and off it by the distinct cultural differences between Catalonia and Madrid.

“It is the ideal shop window, the marquee match to show to people Spanish football,” Jose Maria Gay de Liebana, professor of economics at Barcelona University and an expert in Spanish football finances.

However, it is not just a boom in lucrative television rights that La Liga and its two biggest clubs are seeking with an early start this weekend, but a showcase for all of their lucrative sponsorship contracts.

Last year Barcelona signed a club record shirt sponsorship deal worth a minimum of 220 million over four years with Japanese online retailer Rakuten.

“They want to sell their products to international markets, above all in Asia,” added Gay de Liebana.

According to a study carried out by consumer analytics specialists Nielsen Sports, last season’s corresponding first La Liga Clasico of the season generated more than $42.5 million in media value for sponsors.

“The kick-off of the next El Clasico on December 23 is at 1300 Madrid time, 2000 in Shanghai, 1900 in Jakarta and 1730 in New Delhi,” continued Evers.

“These are all locations where we know there are many La Liga fans and where we will be hosting events to celebrate El Clasico.

“Additional events are being held in various locations around Asia. Through this and other initiatives we want to make existing fans even bigger La Liga supporters and, of course, we want to attract new supporters as well.”

LA LIGA LAGGING BEHIND

Such events are a sign of La Liga’s awareness of how the Spanish top flight lags behind England’s cash rich Premier League in the battle for Asian based fans.

The Premier League’s estimated $3.9 billion income from domestic and international TV rights a season dwarfs La Liga’s $1.9 billion revenue.

Moreover, whilst Asia is the Premier League’s biggest international market, it trails behind the Americas and the rest of Europe in La Liga’s rights deals.

“We have changed kick-off schedules so that they can be seen at reasonable times here in Asia and we will continue to take steps to ensure that this part of the world can enjoy La Liga as much as possible,” La Liga president Javier Tebas said at the opening of the league’s new Singapore office earlier this year, just one of a series of new La Liga bases across the world.

Tebas is acutely aware that Spain’s privileged position at the top of the European game is coming under threat from the Premier League’s economic power.

He has repeatedly warned the Premier League could become the NBA of European football, capable of poaching Barca and Madrid’s stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same way Barca were powerless to stop Qatar-backed Paris Saint Germain paying a world record 222 million euros for Neymar in August.

Madrid and Barca have combined to win the Champions League in seven of the past 12 years. However, for the first time ever England will have five of the last 16 of the competition in 2018.

However, Gay de Liebana believes La Liga’s focus shouldn’t rest solely on Asia, but take advantage of the cultural and linguistic advantages they have in Latin American markets, from where many of its current stars like Messi and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez hail.

“They have to gamble and look towards South and Latin America. They are emerging countries where there is a rising middle class and greater spending power,” he added.

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