And that means dozens of exciting choices when it comes to viewing your team – and others – in action across Dubai. We visited two venues to soak up the atmosphere.
At least 800 fans reportedly turned up for the opening night of Russia 2018 and there was healthy crowd for the venue’s Friday football brunch last weekend.
While former Liverpool and England star Robbie Fowler was a guest of honour later on for that, the atmosphere is good enough to make this a decent destination most times during the festival of footy.
There’s a salad selection for a healthy start and sticky toffee pudding among the sweet treats for the end.
Beside the brunch offer, snack platters stuffed with chicken wings, sliders, potato croquettes, mixed satay and nachos are available along with house grapes, hops and spirits.
All the while, that giant screen offers plenty of distraction as does a kit shop and a couple of play areas for 'kick the ball through the hole' and PlayStation gaming action.
The hotel has manipulated its beach garden into the Football Village. It is displaying all 64 games live on multiple screens throughout the venue until July 15.
Centre stage, however, is a giant LED screen placed on the other side of the chilled infinity pool, meaning you can watch the action from the water with refreshment in hand courtesy of a floating bar - or table and lounger service, depending on your booking.
Food is available as is in between match entertainment such as foosball, ping-pong, crossbar challenge, volleyball and football pitches, and face painting.
This could well be one of the best spots in town to watch the games – although not so good if you want to do some lane swimming.
FOOTBALL Central has free entry but offers a number of packages, starting at AED474 for a snack platter and eight beverage vouchers, suitable for a group of four. Or AED1,120 for up to 10 guests, inclusive of two snack platters and 20 beverage vouchers.
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FOOTBALL Village is open from 4pm until 2am everyday starting with DJs playing post match until 1am.
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