Football fans in the UAE need to look no further than Zero Gravity in Dubai for the ultimate World Cup experience over the next four weeks.
Open to those aged 21 and over, from 18:00 to 03:00, beginning with the opening match between hosts Brazil and Croatia on June 12 right through to the final on July 13, the venue will be transformed into a Brazilian-inspired sporting stadium that won’t leave fans disappointed.
Supported by Budweiser, adidas and PlayStation, every element of Zero Gravity will take on the spirit of the game. There will be a graffiti sprayed ‘players tunnel’ featuring a timeline of classic football, as well as the PlayStation gaming lounge that will draw the crowds upstairs, to ensure it has that football feel.
The two-level venue can accommodate 2,500 inside, with an additional 3,000 outside, and with more than ten 65-inch LED screens around the club, as well as a massive 9×9 55-inch HD screen, every pod, stool, table and sofa will make for a premium viewing spot.
To add to the atmosphere, Dubai’s elite resident DJs will make sure the Brazilian party vibe thrives, before, during and after the final whistle.
If you’re feeling hungry during the matches, Zero Gravity staff have a dedicated World Cup menu that will offer fans a selection of scrumptious dishes. From only Dh45, dishes include ‘Golden Boot’ hot dogs and ‘Defender’ steak, and pies, served with potato wedges.
Cocktails include the ‘Quick Kick’, ‘Offside’ and a refreshing, fruity ‘Extra Point’ – special editions of a beverage will also be available with bucket deals.
What: Live World Cup matches at Zero Gravity
Where: Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai
When: June 12 to July 13
Contact: 04 399 0009
The anticipation is building with the World Cup just around the corner and if you want to watch all 64 matches then head to XL Beach Club in Dubai, who have planned special deals and giveaways.
XL Beach Club is no stranger to broadcasting live sporting events and over the next four weeks they promise to deliver the best football experience in one of the most vibrant and luxurious venues in Dubai.
To mark the importance of the biggest sporting competition in the world, the venue will be transformed into a fully air-conditioned facility – the XL Beach Club Arena.
It will have a full capacity of approximately 1,500 guests, so you won’t have to worry about the scorching heat.
The XL Beach Arena opens on Thursday, June 12 when hosts Brazil take on Croatia in the opening game of the World Cup.
Their resident DJ will be playing the best music before and after each game and there will also be football giveaways.
Additionally, for every Dh300 spent you will receive a stamp and when you have two stamps on your voucher, you will have the opportunity to win a Bentley in a grand prize draw.
To ensure fans don’t miss the action, 10 television screens will be positioned around the venue, along with a massive LED screen in the middle, meaning all fans are guaranteed the best seat in the house.
The venue is open to those aged 21 and over, with entry at Dh100 per person.
In exchange you will be given a voucher that can be redeemed in purchasing food and drinks during the game.
Fans can warm up for the game with the Happy Hour special, with 40 per cent off of selected beverages from 16:00 to 19:00 every night.
Other special deals include bucket deals and VIP packages starting from Dh5,000 which includes a private VIP Cabana seating and your own waitress during the matches.
Plus, if you fancy a bite then the kitchen will be open all night long. Food will include essential game favourites such as shawarmas, burgers, hotdogs and fries.
“The atmosphere during the matches will be great. We had over 1,000 people during the European Championships in 2012, and just last month over 600 people watched the Champions League final. We have arranged a lot of fun entertainment that will dazzle the fans," said assistant manager Darryl Phedball.
This year, XL Beach Club has partnered with BlinkNow, an internationally renowned children’s foundation, where a portion of XL Beach Club’s revenue from the games will go towards helping their cause in providing children in need with education, housing necessities and ultimately to help ensure them a brighter future.
In addition, XL Beach Club will accept table bookings, with Dh2,500 the minimum spend for a table.
What: FIFA World Cup 2014 live matches
Where: XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa, Dubai
When: June 12 to July 13
Contact: www.xlbeachclub.com or call 0566406161 for reservations and enquiries.