World Cup 2018: Watch France v Belgium in Abu Dhabi

Catch the World Cup semi-final in one of these 11 great spots

World Cup 2018: Watch France v Belgium in Abu Dhabi

England versus Croatia might be hogging most of the World Cup attention, but the other semi-final promises to be an absolute classic.

France take on Belgium in a battle of the heavyweights, with more world-class stars on the field than there are in the Abu Dhabi sky at night.

Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Hugo Lloris and pals will tackle Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne and co for a place in the World Cup final at 10pm UAE time on Tuesday night.

And there are plenty of great venues in the UAE capital for you to catch the action.

Here are 11 of our favourites.

ANANTARA TENT

Switch between roaring on your nation on the Impressions rooftop bar, to cheering with your compatriots in the Anantara tent.

Whichever way you prefer to watch the match, you can enjoy it on multiple HD screens across the hotel while munching on delicious snack dishes like dynamite shrimps, buffalo wings, beef sliders and nachos.

Free. Open daily noon-3am. Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara (02 656 1000).

BARFLY BY BUDDHA-BAR

Head down to this spot in the Venetian Village and you’ll find a range of special offers, activities and prizes that can be won during the World Cup.

Staff aren’t giving away too much about what the mystery prizes are, but we’re sure they’ll be better than watching England lose a penalty shootout.

Free. Open Sat-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri 1pm-2am. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (056 177 7557).

BALLERS FAN ZONE

Le Royal Méridien and PJ O’Reilly’s have opened up a huge tent for the World Cup, which sits over the hotel’s pool.

It is filled with big screens, hosts brunches, has daily challenges and games, and fans are able to win loads of prizes throughout the tournament.

There’s also be live music from bands including The Boxtones, Sweet Chilli Jam, The Sheenagh Murray Trio and the Yeah Yeah Nahs. Entry is free and the tent is hosted by radio star Sonya Mac.

There’s also a VIB (that’s Very Important Ballers to you and me) area, which will have deals on food and drinks and a WAG’s Oasis (for all the wives and girlfriends that don’t want to watch the games.

Free. Call for opening times. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

BELGIAN CAFE ABU DHABI

Cheer on the Red Devils as they bid to be crowned champions of the world for the first time in their history.

With such a dazzling array of talent, it wouldn’t be wise to rule them out either.

The big game will be shown in the venue’s tent that has been set up on the terrace overlooking the marina.

There’s food inspired by each game, deals on drinks and prizes to be won.

Dhs100 minimum spend. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

BRAUHAUS

The German bar has a tent especially for the World Cup that seats 190 fans.

Expect top Bavarian drinks and food as well as a Dhs25 voucher back on every Dsh100 you spend.

You can the voucher at other Rotana outlets across the UAE. 

The German's may be out, but it doesn't mean their hospitality needs to end.  

Open daily 2pm-1am. Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah (02 979 011).

EMIRATES PALACE TENT

Catch the big game in style in an Abu Dhabi landmark – and it will cost you less than you might have thought.

Football fans can relax in the cool comfort of the spacious tent and never miss a single moment of action across the two 28 sq m LED screen. There are 500 sofa seats, with plenty more screens dotted around inside.

Happy hour runs an hour before every kick-off and all throughout, where you’ll get 15 percent off beverages.

Free (Dhs100 minimum spend). Daily 2pm-midnight. Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road (02 690 9000).

NRG SPORTS CAFE

This Abu Dhabi favourite runs a daily happy hour from 3pm until close, offering selected drinks for just Dhs25, as well as 25 bottles of hops and four-person platter for Dhs450.

Feeling lucky? Predict the final score of the game during the first half-time and get a chance to win a free drink.

There will also be raffles and games to enjoy too.

Free. Open daily 3pm-onwards. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club Area, Al Zahiyah (02 697 4382).

SHERATON TENT

You’ll find various screens in this laid-back tent, serving delicious pub grub and drink deals with every game.

Enjoy a 25 percent discount on beverages if you wear your team’s jersey during the game and a bucket of five beers for Dhs105.

Free. Open daily 3pm-onwards. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Rd (02 677 3333).

STARS ’N’ BARS

Not one screen, not two, not even three… but a whopping 76 HD TVs can be found at this giant of the sports bar genre.

Stars ’N’ Bars is also running a series of deals including a buy one get one free option on selected hops, buy five beers and get the sixth one free and the chance to win your own height in hops.

There are daily prizes to be won, too.

Free. Open Sun-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat noon-2am. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 0101).

THE WAREHOUSE

Throughout the World Cup, The Warehouse is showing all the games on big screens in the cool venue.

There are also be daily specials and a score prediction game – choose your team, pick a variety of grape to go with the side, post your prediction on social media using #thewarehouse and those who choose correctly will win prizes.

Sounds like a fun way to get involved to us.

Free entry. Open daily 4pm-1am. Pearl Rotana, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).

VELOCITY SPORTS BAR

Velocity Sports Bar are serving selected hops for free until the first foul is called during every World Cup match.

Not only that, but happy hour runs from opening until midnight every day.

You’ll also have the chance to win a Dhs3,000 cash prize with every purchase of selected drinks.

There are 38 screens beaming out the footie too.

Free. Open Sun-Wed 4pm-2am, Thu-Fri noon-3am, Sat noon-2am. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

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