Semi-finals and final to be played out across the weekend, here’s where to watch
Between Thursday August 3 and Sunday August 6, the top four women’s footballing nations in Europe are in action, with England, Netherlands, Denmark and Austria all battling out in the semi-finals and final of the Women’s Euro 2017 championships.
The popularity of women’s football has surged in recent years, and not just as a spectator sport – the UAE has seen a spike in interest from ladies wanting to get involved.
Meanwhile, Dubai is known for its incredible sports bars (here are 33 places to watch the Premier League, if you don’t believe us), so we’ve rounded up some of the best spots showing Sunday’s final.
On Thursday August 3, Denmark take on Austria at 8pm, before host nation Netherlands play England at 10.45pm. The winners from each game will face off on Sunday August 6 at 7pm in the competition’s final.
Brunswick Sports Club There are bottles of craft hops available, a long list of mixed drinks and a good selection of mocktails and juices. Sport is played on about a dozen screens and the music policy gets a thumbs up from us. Open daily noon-2am. Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Al Barsha (056 404 0685).
Crown & Lion This large, booming pub is seemingly always busy with thirsty Barsha Heights types. For British expats, it’s like you never left old Blightly – table service and spirited covers band aside, that is. This Byblos bar fits snugly into the UK pub genre, offering a solid approximation of hearty pub grub, a decent range of draft hops, live sports and a pool table. Open daily 11am-3am. Byblos Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 448 8000).
McGettigan’s DWTC This chain of Irish pubs can turn its hand to just about anything. Live music, good food, live sport, comedy nights, quiet drinks or big nights out – all seem to find their way into the location. Sometimes all on the same day. The Dubai World Trade Centre branch can be quieter than its JLT sister, but it livens up when the big game is on, like it will be on Sunday August 6. Open daily noon-2am. Dubai World Trade Centre (04 378 0800).
Nezesaussi Grill Downtown This one, we love. The antipodean Downtown bar is Time Out Dubai’s Sports Bar of the Year, and while its NZ, Australian and South African roots inspire the menu and sports selection, you’re always sure to find a bit of English footie on the tube. The atmosphere is usually friendly, but can get rowdier when it’s game time. You’ll also find good pub grub here – the kitchen specialises in grilled meat. Of course it does, this is a sports bar. Open Sun-Wed 4pm-2am; Thu noon-2am; Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Manzil Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888).
The Underground This friendly London Underground-themed pub has long been a stalwart of the city’s sport-watching sites. It’s almost exclusively filled with enthusiastic fans on match day, and puts together some top notch pub grub. Open daily noon-3am. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina (04 408 4221).