See the matches on the big screen, with food and drink deals
It starts this week! So where will you be on Thursday, May 30 for the first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup? Get ready for an action-packed six-week tournament, held across 11 stadiums in England and Wales, culminating in the final at Lord’s in London on July 14.
There are 10 teams taking part in a total of 48 matches. The opener is England vs South Africa, starting at 4.30pm local time, with the defending champions, Australia, playing their first match on June 1 at 7.30pm against Afghanistan. Catch India vs Pakistan on June 16 at 4.30pm; England vs Australia on June 25 at 4.30pm; and India vs England on June 30 at 4.30pm.
Dubai is getting into the Cricket World Cup spirit, with plenty of places to watch the matches around town. Here are a few ideas:
At the Majestic City Retreat Hotel in Bur Dubai, Bar Baar has a 250in digital screen and 12 SMD 110 customised screens, with free entry, cheerleaders during the India matches, and a live DJ. There is also a special Cricket Menu, featuring 10 platters at AED60 each, inspired by the food of the participating countries, with India receiving a bonus menu, and dishes honouring each of its 15 players. Every team has a themed cocktail too, priced at AED80, with AED20 promotions on selected beverages during the first innings. 04 501 2631
The sports pub at the Ramada by Wyndham Jumeirah Hotel on Al Mina Road has a great food offer on throughout the Cricket World Cup. It will show the matches on the big screen, with its Burger Flights promotion offering three burgers for AED75, and a selection that changes according to the teams playing (England burger, India burger, Pakistan burger etc). 04 702 7000
The Eloquent Elephant
Known for its quality food, a great range of craft hops, theme nights and deals, The Eloquent Elephant at the Taj Hotel Dubai in Business Bay is perfect for watching the cricket, with several large screens showing the action. Quiz night is every Monday, and Musical Bingo is on Tuesday, with a outside terrace to relax in if the excitement of the matches gets too much. 04 438 3131
The Irish Village
Ireland may not have a team in the Cricket World Cup, but that won’t stop the matches being shown on the large indoor and outdoor screens at The Irish Village in Garhoud. There is no entry fee, and you can enjoy the happy hour promotion if a match is taking place (AED35 on selected beverages from 3pm-7pm on weekdays). 04 282 4750
The Cricket World Cup could give you the perfect excuse to visit the city’s newest sports bar, Offside Dubai, at the JA Ocean View Hotel in Jumeirah Beach Residence. Offering a theme night every day of the week, you can watch cricket on the 200in screen and enjoy Margarita Mondays, retro tunes on Thursdays, and more. Some great pub grub will be available too. 04 814 5590
WXYZ Bar & Lounge
Located on the fourth floor of the Aloft City Centre Deira, the WXYZ Bar & Lounge will be pulling out the stops for the Cricket World Cup. Drink deals will be offered during the matches, including buy-two-get-one-free on selected beverages. Popping in will also give you a chance to try the new WXYZ AED29 drinks menu. 04 210 3333