With the major European domestic leagues and cups all now over, and no major international competitions scheduled tduring the summer, it’s going to be a long, hot, gameless couple of months for football fans. This means the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid is your last chance to catch some action till the season starts again in August. Here’s some places you can watch the goals. The match kicks off at 10.45pm on Saturday, June 3, and all venues are free to enter unless otherwise stated.
This Dubai beach bar is a perennial favourite for the footy, and with the traditional summer tent now covering the main outdoor area and giant screen, you needn’t worry about sun block, though the air con may tempt you to bring a coat instead. Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai.
A long-standing favourite with the Old Dubai crowd, the traditional Irish bar will be serving its usual mix of nibbles, burgers and curries to go along with the action on screen. Le Meridien Airport Hotel, Dubai.
Reform Social and Grill
The English Premiere League may have resolutely failed to deliver a team to the final, once again, but British gastropub Reform will still be serving up its selection of Brit favourites, including a full roast dinner from Dh115 alongside the on-pitch action. The Lakes, Dubai.
Warehouse is throwing in half-time foodie challenges to keep half-time nerves at bay. Take the hot seat challenge of eating eight seriously spicy chicken wings in eight minutes with no drinks allowed, or face off against a giant burger in the Mouth Full Challenge to win free food, prizes and a place on the Wall of Fame. Le Meridien Airport Hotel, Dubai
Perry and Blackwelder
What better excuse than the big game to try out P+B’s new menu? Loaded Chicken Shawarma Sliders, the new Surf’n’Turf burger and desserts including orange chocolate cookie with orange chocolate ice-cream and the all new sweet dog are among the treats on offer.
The popular Mexican joint is as well known for its multi-screens and big game action as it is for its tacos, so settle down with a plate os spicy goodness and watch all the action unfold. Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi
Stars ‘N’ Bars
The classic American Sports Bar will be serving up its usual array of US-style snacks and meals for fans, as well as showing the game on its multiple big screen TVs. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
You might think a pub or sports bar is the obvious choice for the big match, but why not give things a local twist? Yas Island’s popular Arabic restaurant will be serving up its Iftar menu alongside the on-field action from Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
The Sports Cafe at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr offers a slightly more upmarket twist on the sports bar theme, with its leather armchairs and dark wood tables. Full bar snack menu is available after sundown. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi.
You don't have to be in a bar or cafe to watch the football – Vox Cinemas will be showing all the action live on a full size cinema screen with Dolby surround sound and commentary in English or Arabic for the closest experience you'll get to actually being at the game, but with a much comfier seat. Locations include: Yas Mall, City Centre Ajman, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, and Mall of the Emirates, from Dh50. Go to www.voxcinemas.com