World Cup Final 2018: Where to watch France v Croatia

11 great Abu Dhabi venues to watch the battle to be crowned champions

World Cup Final 2018: Where to watch France v Croatia

32 teams, 63 games and 11 host cities across 33 days.

It all boils down to tonight – the final of the 2018 World Cup.

At 7pm UAE time, France take on Croatia in an all-European clash and the winner takes it all.

Can Mbappe, Pogba, Griezmann and co. see off the challenge of Modric, Perisic, Mandžukić and their Croat teammates?

No matter who wins, it promises to be a wonderful spectacle and you won’t want to miss a minute of the action.

So here’s 11 great Abu Dhabi venues for you to watch the crowning of the new world champions.


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).


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).


Reigning champions Germany may have suffered a humiliating exit at the group stages, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the big game at this German hotspot.

There are ten 55-inch HD screens showcasing the football in this special tent.

It costs Dhs100 to enter, however you’ll be given it back to spend on food and drink.

There is room for up to 200 seated in the shaded courtyard. Perfect for cooling off as the games heat up.

Dhs100. Open daily 2pm-1am. Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah (02 979 011).


If you’re used to watching the footie in a traditional pub with wooden panelled walls and barman who knows your name, then you’ll find a home at Cooper’s at Park Rotana.

The friendly, homely venue has multiple screens dotted around, with tonnes of great food and drink deals, pub games and prizes to be won.

You’ll find pub bites from Dhs15, hop buckets from Dhs97, bucket and pub grub combos for Dhs125 and themed cocktail selections.

During matches, you can have unlimited selected beverages for ninety minutes for Dhs129.

While you’ll earn a free house drink if you wear the shirt of any team playing.

Free. Open daily noon-2.30am. Park Rotana, Khalifa Park Road Eastern Ring Rd (02 657 3325).


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).


The craic has been going on at McGettigan’s all day, every day throughout the tournament.

Enjoy a range of great food in a bar always guaranteed to have a great atmosphere on match day.

They weren’t highly commended for Best Sports Bar in the Time Out Abu Dhabi Music and Nightlife Awards 2018 for nothing.

Free. Open Sun-Wed 3pm-3am, Thu-Sat noon-3am. Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort, Al Raha Beach (02 652 4333).


This one is probably more for the English fans than the Croatians.

There are sure to be plenty of Three Lions fans here to celebrate with if England win or to commiserate with if England lose.

You’ll find big screens, live music and enough food and drink to keep you going all the way to penalties.

Free. Open daily noon-3am. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street, Al Wahda Complex (02 495 3936).


At Stills there are loads of deals during the World Cup, including two-for-one on bar bites from 3pm-8pm, selected drinks for Dhs25, themed mixed drinks, towers of hops and loads of games and prizes.

Should be a fun place to watch the game then.

Free. Open Sun-Thu 3pm-1am; Fri-Sat noon-3am. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island (02 656 3066).


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).


Our new Time Out Abu Dhabi Sports Bar of the Year, 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).


Catch the big game at this ever-popular Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi venue.

They have one of the longest happy hours in town, between 12pm and 12am every day.

And you’re sure of a great atmosphere whether you’re cheering for the Three Lions or the Vatreni.

Free entry. Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 666 5508).

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