The Docks is the perfect place to catch all the Six Nations action

Alex Broun 23/02/2018
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If you’re looking for a place to catch the big Six Nations action down Al Satwa-Jumeirah way this weekend there isn’t any better atmosphere than The Docks at the Ramada Jumeirah.

The cosy Scott-themed pub has been the home to many Dubai sporting fans over the last six years and with recent improvements and updated menus it is bringing in a whole new clientele.

This Saturday it’s the perfect place to catch the huge Ireland-Wales match from Dublin at 18:15 followed by the Calcutta Cup clash between Scotland and England live from Edinburgh at 20:45.

When you can’t be at a huge sporting event, like the Six Nations, you want to watch it somewhere which makes it feel like you are actually there.

The Docks is such a place.

There’s six big screens so you won’t miss any of the action and the sound is turned up to create an atmosphere like you are actually at Lansdowne Road or Murrayfield.

At The Docks a lot of thought has gone into making the experience of watching big sporting events as exciting as possible.

Seating is comfortable, with everywhere in the establishment having an excellent view of the large screens, and easy access to the serving area.

There’s also a well-lit dart board if you’re feeling a bit of a Phil Taylor “Power” rush.

The food – crucial to any sport watching experience – is also first class.

Grab a meal at Ginger before at the Ramada Jumeirah before the natch

Grab a meal in Ginger at the Ramada Jumeirah before the match

Executive Sous Chef Gaurang Dilip Vikekar joined the Ramada team nine months ago and has made some shrewd tweaks to the menu at The Docks and the adjoining Cuisines and Asian-fusion Ginger restaurants.

The Murg Makhani, or Butter Chicken as Scots fans might know it, is among the best in town and is a huge favourite at The Docks around kick-off as is the British style Fish and Chips, with perfectly cut steak-fries.

But the smart move is to arrive a little earlier and check out Ginger, which Vikekar has got humming recently with a new Head Chef from Thailand, Prajaak, before taking up your spot in The Docks.

Watching sport can sometimes be a little bit tough on the waist line but at Ginger there are plenty of healthy options from Sushi, such as the tasty Spider Roll (soft shell crab, avocado, cucumber, tobiko), to Aromatic Seabass, (crispy seabass fillet with spicy sweet chili sauce and sweet basil leaves).

There is also the outstanding Asian styled lamb-shanks, taking an old English favourite and spicing it up with a Thai-twist that is both healthy and delicious.

There’s also plenty of great deals at The Docks such as two-for-one Happy Hours from 17:00 to 19:00 every day.

Ginger also has a great value Friday brunch from 12:00 to 15:00 just AED119 with soft drinks, AED229 with all beverages available.

Will it be Scotland the Brace against England? Find out at The Docks

Will it be Scotland the Brave against England? Find out at The Docks

This is followed by Dynasty, Asian-Fusion night at Cuisines.

On Thursday at Cuisines you can try the Butcher’s Block with fresh cuts of Brazilian beef and Australian and New Zealand lamb available for you to choose and then have perfectly cooked at the live grill station – for just AED99.

And this isn’t just a great spot for rugby fans, The Docks is open from 15:00 to 03:00 every day so it’s also a great spot to catch the big Champions League nights coming up over the next weeks and month.

On Tuesday night there is an evening brunch at Cuisines perfect for a delicious and great value pre-match meal, before slipping next door to catch all the Champions League action.

What: The Docks, live sports bar
Where: Ramada Jumeirah, Al Wasl Road, Al Satwa
When: 15:00 to 03:00 every day
Contact: + 971 4 702 7000

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Watch Ireland v Wales with Irish rugby union star Peter Stringer at McGettigan's JLT

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Peter Stringer (l) in action.

What better way to watch the Six Nations this weekend than by taking in the action with Irish rugby union star Peter Stringer at McGettigan’s JLT.

The 40-year-old scrum-half will be in attendance for the Ireland v Wales contest on Saturday, February 24 at The Baggot at McGettigan’s JLT.

Along with taking part in a Q&A before the game, Stringer will also provide his expert commentary and analysis at half-time.

Entry is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, with doors opening from 15:00, the Q&A commencing at 16:00 and the match kicking off at 18:15.

The talented athlete has played 15 seasons with Munster Rugby and represented Ireland and the Barbarians internationally.

He also appeared in four Heineken Cup Finals, winning two – in 2006 and 2008 – and has won three Celtic League titles and a Celtic Cup during his career with Munster.

The atmosphere at McGettigan’s JLT is expected to be rocking as Wales and Ireland clash in a tasty fixture.

Warren Gatland’s men will aim to sink Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes at Aviva Stadium, with Ireland owning two wins, three losses and a draw in the Kiwi’s tenure.

There should be no shortage of Ireland fans at McGettigan’s, which has turned into one of the most popular establishments in all of Dubai, whether for nightlife or to watch live sport.

Guests to restaurant and pub can enjoy happy hour beverages starting from noon to 20:00, or take advantage of the SOS Saturday Breakfast Special. The deal gives guests three house beverages and a breakfast dish for Dh109.

Options include a veggie breakfast, smoked salmon muffin, French toast, salted caramel and banana pancakes and a traditional Irish fry up.

Those who prefer a lighter start to the day, The Take It Easy Breakfast Combo offers guests a breakfast dish, a fresh juice and a hot drink for Dh89.

Head to McGettigan’s this weekend to get your fill of rugby, on and off the pitch, and rub shoulders with one of the sport’s premier names.

What: Ireland v Wales Six Nations with Peter Stringer

Where: McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lake Towers

When: Doors open at 15:00, with the Q&A from 16:00 and the match starting at 18:15

Contact: Visit www.mcgettigans.com/jlt for more information

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Experience Ladies Day Ice-Skating sessions at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi

Denzil Pinto 18/02/2018
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Females can end their working week by getting fit with ice skating at Ladies Day at Zayed Sports City.

Held every Thursday at their Ice Rink, it has already been a big success but 2018 promises to be even bigger considering there are more sessions than ever before.

With its first session starting at 08:30, the one-hour classes are the ultimate way of getting fit and socialising with your friends and family. They are held at 08:30, 09:45, 11:00, 12:15, 13:30, 14:45, 16:00 and for the first time at 17:30 due to popular demand.

“Ladies Day has been a long standing offering at Zayed Sports City Ice Rink and we recognised that we needed to add in more sessions that allow women and girls to feel comfortable exercising,” said Barry Bremner, general manager of Zayed Sports City.

“With ice sports gaining in popularity with females in the region, thanks to inspirational skaters like Zahra Lari, we were compelled to examine the schedule and find more time for them to participate. It’s important for us to help the entire population get fit and healthy, and we will take the appropriate action to ensure this happens.”

He added: “The extended hours of our Ladies Day programme has been very well received.

“There have been numerous requests for us to remain open after school or work, so we knew there was a demand for this. They spoke, we listened and where sessions used to end at 16:00, ladies can now skate with us until 18:30.”

Football, rugby and tennis are just some of the other sports played at Zayed Sports City. It’s part of their mission in promoting a healthy lifestyle for UAE residents and the Ladies Day programme is hugely significant.

“Being healthy and active is incredibly important and everyone deserves to be comfortable and confident when they exercise,” added Bremner.

“Our Ladies Only sessions at the ice rink are not only private, but they are some of the most social and fun sessions we have each week. It makes exercising much less of a chore and soon it becomes a habit. Plus, we have skates and safety equipment, so there is no up-front cost except for the session, which is only Dh40.

“If you’ve never skated before, our ice marshals are more than willing to give tips and help you find your initial footing. We also have certified female coaches, so anyone who needs a little extra support can book a lesson until they feel confident in their skills.”

What: Ladies Only Ice-Skating sessions

Where: Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi

When: Every Thursday

Contact: For more information, email [email protected].

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