All eyes are on Kiev as Liverpool and Real Madrid do battle in the Champions League final on Saturday night.
If you’re not one of the lucky few with a ticket, there are numerous places to witness the drama unfold – and Sport360 has selected some of the best spots to catch the action in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
REAL MADRID CAFÉ
Where: Jumeirah Beach Residence
The home of the Real Madrid supporters club in Dubai and definitely the best place to watch the final if you’re a fan of Los Blancos. Located down by JBR, the café looks out on to The Walk and makes for a picturesque setting while watching two of the best teams locking horns.
Where: Ramee Rose Hotel, Al Barsha
Contact details: 04 450 0111
If you’re a Liverpool fan and want to watch the game with plenty of supporters, then head down to Goodfellas. It promises to be a lively atmosphere, especially as the Official Liverpool Supporters Club in Dubai will be there.
Where: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Al Sufouh Road
Contact details: 043181313
One of the most popular venues to watch the final. The beach bar will show the match on its giant screen, and there will be plenty of TVs positioned around the front bar area. There are plenty of options for food with a variety of deals on selected beverages.
Where: Lobby level of Manzil Downtown Dubai on Emaar Boulevard
Contact details: 044285888
Nezesaussi is a premier spot to watch the game with plenty of televisions located around the sports bar. Flags, jerseys, boots, balls, trophies and other memorabilia are scattered around the interior, giving Nezesaussi a proper sports feel. It even has a jukebox if you want to add music to your celebrations should your team win.
MCGETTIGAN’S (DUBAI AND ABU DHABI)
Where: Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai World Trade Centre, Madinat Jumeirah, JBR, Al Ain, Fujairah,
Contact details: 043780800
Depending on where you’re based, McGettigan’s boasts a great atmosphere and the chicken wings never fail to disappoint! Sporting events often attract big numbers and Saturday is set to be no different.
Where: The Palm Shoreline
Contact details: 044535421
An Australian sports bar located on Palm Jumeirah, Bidi Bondi has a great outdoor area and several flat screen TVs with projectors to allow for a more cinematic view of the games. The nachos, chicken wings and ribs are highly recommended for hungry and emotionally drained fans. A lively atmosphere is guaranteed.
STARS N BARS
Where: Yas Marina, Yas Island
Contact: 02 565 0101
With 76 TVs around the venue you won’t miss that all important save or that winning goal. For fans in the capital there is nowhere better – you won’t be short of match atmosphere and you can even take advantage of their special beverage promotions.
Zayed Sports City’s Ramadan Bowling tournament is already under way but there’s still time for you to join and be in with a chance of reigning supreme.
Since the event, supported by ADNOC, began on May 13, there has been no shortage of numbers descending on the capital every night as they test themselves against the region’s best bowlers.
The Determination Division ended on Monday but qualifying is still open for the Youth, Graded and Open categories.
Zayed Sports City are no strangers to hosting their Ramadan bowling tournament with previous years proving huge success. And their general manager Tony Kouris, believes 2018 will be no different.
“We are very excited to bring back the Ramadan Bowling Tournament thanks to the generous support of ADNOC,” he said. “It embodies community in a very unique way, with divisions to involve everyone amongst a diverse population. Throughout the years the attendance continues to increase, more Emiratis are participating and we’ve added a division for people with determination, which speaks to not only the success of the tournament, but also its importance to the UAE’s sport landscape.”
He added: “This tournament is quite fun in that the challenge never stops, with elements of talent, strategy and a big dose of competitive camaraderie. Anyone can participate in the Open division and we also have categories for amateur bowlers, youth and people of determination, so everyone has a fair chance to compete.”
Bowlers must participate in at least 3 series’(two for youth) which consists of three games in order to quality. Bowlers can take part in as many as series as they wish, with the top three being used to determine ranking for each bowler.
With a cash prize of Dh140,000, Kouris expects competition to be fierce which bodes well for competitors and spectators.
“Rankings change every night as bowlers try to beat previous scores and the participants are always pushing each other to do better. With Dh140,000 in cash prizes on the line, including a nightly prize, the format is interesting to join and watch,” he said.
With tennis, rugby and football just some of the sports that are staged at the venue, the Ramadan bowling tournament is significant for Zayed Sports City every year.
“The Ramadan Bowling Tournament has been a much anticipated event since the Khalifa International Bowling Centre opened in 1999,” added Kouris. “To be hosting it again in the Year of Zayed is something we, and our supporter ADNOC, are very proud of. Bowling is truly welcoming of everyone, and in Ramadan we will see people young, old, determined, professional and social, from varied nationalities and backgrounds, playing alongside each other on our 40 lanes.
“The togetherness element, central to the Ramadan spirit, is really embodied through the tournament and beyond that we get to encourage a healthy lifestyle. It’s integral to our mission and we continue to be humbled by its success.”
What: Ramadan Bowling Tournament, supported by ADNOC
Where: Zayed Sports City
When: Now until June 6
Reform Athletica, the new boutique fitness studio in Dubai, has officially opened its doors to the public.
Nestled away in the prime location on Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Reform Athletica is a one-of-a-kind fitness studio that differentiates itself from other workout offerings in the market.
Inspired by the vibrant fitness scenes of New York, London and Los Angeles, the energetic studio launches with a brand philosophy of offering ‘accessible fitness for all’ and focuses on the maintenance of fitness at all stages of life as an enjoyable part of a regular fitness routine.
“Reform Athletica is a product of our love for fitness and art. We were inspired by our personal experience of the benefits of regular Pilates and TRX exercise and decided to open our own studio designed to represent our vision of the ideal exercise space,” said Dina ElShurafa, founder of Reform Athletica.
Offering fun, addictive exercise in a comfortable, intimate and personal environment, the new luxury, exclusive studio ensures their classes are capped at 10-12 people at a time, promising customers a personal training experience in a group environment.
The fitness studio will offer their signature classes – called Reform Method and TRX Athletica – that are all designed to effectively combine strength, endurance, cardio and flexibility training, resulting in a full body workout in every session.
Personal training is also available in two beautifully designed private studios.
Reform Athletica has sought to work with other local home-grown brands such as Nai, Spill the Bean and Koldpress juice, that share the same passion and vision of giving back to the community and making a difference by raising environmental awareness.
The fitness studio will also be offering only filtered water to consumers to fill up their branded S’well bottles and biodegradable sweat bags to aim to reduce the use of plastic and decrease wastage.
The new feel-good positive destination promotes health, balance and the importance of being environmentally-friendly, all housed in an artistic hub filled with creative displays by the likes of Mandy Barker – whose work is motivated to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans whilst highlighting the harmful effects on marine life and ultimately ourselves.
Reform Athletica promises that no prior experience is required for any class with a brand philosophy of accessible fitness for all.
Classes start from Dh130. Packages are available, including a 40-class package for Dh4,200 that is valid for 12 months.
What: Reform Athletica
Where: Villa 40, 165a Jumeirah Street Jumeirah 1, Next to Mercato Mall, Dubai
When: Open every day
Contact: Call 04 323 3670 or email [email protected]