Are you tired of sitting in a bar with your Arsenal shirt on while surrounded by Spurs fans? We’re sure you are, so follow our guide to the major football supporter’s clubs in the UAE.
If we haven't mentioned your supporter's club then please get in touch.
English Premier League
There are also agreements with two other outlets. YAMO Shisha Cafe and Restaurant which is near the Gloria Hotel in Media City is ideal for United fans in New Dubai. Abu Dhabi Red Devils can join fellow fans in Coopers at the Park Rotana in Khalifa Park.
Members also have the opportunity to book tickets to watch matches at Old Trafford in Manchester as the supporters clubs have an allocation of tickets. A recent tie-up with Soccerscene means that United fans are entitled to special-rate discounts on purchases.
Venue Harvesters, Crowne Plaza, Trade Centre; YAMO, Media City; Coopers, Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi Colours Red, white & black Main rivals Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Leeds United… the list goes on Contact Facebook
Whenever Spurs are playing, the club get together to watch the match at The Icon Bar & Lounge, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City. Email them with your details or send a Facebook friend request and you will be added to the UAE Spurs Facebook group.
Venue Icon Lounge, Radisson Blu, Media City Colours White & black Main rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and, thanks to the Olympic Stadium, West Ham United
The Dubai Reds meet regularly at Goodfellas Sports Bar, Ramee Rose Hotel, Tecom for all televised Liverpool games. There’s no need to be a member to watch the games with the supporter’s club, all are welcome.
VenueGoodfellas, Ramee Rose, Tecom Colours Red Main rivals Everton & Manchester United Contact Email
The club is run on a committee basis with the committee members being voted on at the AGM. Essentially the club is run by the fans, for the fans.
Venue Loca, Dubai Marina Beach Resort & SpaColours BlueMain rivals Fulham, Millwall, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur… and many more! Contact Facebook
Until recently, Abu Dhabi’s Arsenal members have had to travel to the bright lights of Dubai to join their fellow Gooners to watch matches live at Velocity at the JW Marriott Marquis. Now, though, the capital’s Gunners gather at Harvester’s Bar at the Holiday Inn in the heart of Abu Dhabi.
Annual membership is Dh50 and includes a 25 per cent discount on all food and drinks from the bar, as well as access to match tickets for home games at the Emirates.
Venue Harvester’s, Holiday Inn, Abu Dhabi and Velocity, JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai Colours Red and white Main rivals Totthenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City… And from this year at least, West Ham Contact Email
Evertonians have been self-proclaimed nomads in recent years but recently have been meeting up for games at Girders, which is an industrial-themed bar at the JA Ocean View Hotel at Jumeirah Beach Residence. For most of the season, supporters are given the big screen on the rooftop to watch live games.
While there are no official offers, Girders does provide 30 or so bottles of hops to Toffee Men, which just so happens to be the team’s title sponsor.
Venue Girders, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR Colours Blue Main rivals Liverpool Contact Email
It’s not an official supporters club as such, but it’s important that Citeh fans stick together.
Venue Crown and Lion, Byblos Hotel, Tecom Colours Sky blue and white Main rivals Manchester United and just about everyone else. And Stockport Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dubai Lions meet at the Centre Circle bar at the Ramada Chelsea Hotel in Al Barsha. It’s one of the fastest growing supporter’s clubs in Dubai, which suggests most Villains are fed up with the Birmingham weather.
Venue Centre Circle, Ramada Chelsea, Al Barsha Colours Claret and blue Main rivals Birmingham City, West Bromich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanders, Coventry City Contact Facebook
West Ham United
The club has a long standing agreement with Nelson’s Bar in the Media Rotana, Tecom, which includes togging the bar out in East London colours: claret and blue. Discounts are offered to all members and free half-time chip butties are handed around.
A special yearly event is organised as a treat, which has so far included members-only access to a private training session with the Hammers’ first team in Dubai and a Q&A with their former manager. This year the club is hosting an evening with three former East London legends.
Venue Nelson’s Bar, Media Rotana, Tecom Colours Claret and Blue Main rivals Millwall, but due to lack of fixtures between the two attentions have turned to Tottenham and Chelsea Contact Website
When games are televised, Dubai Saints gather to watch their red and white-striped men at Barasti, next to Le Meridien Mina Seyahi just off Al Sufouh Road.
A table is reserved for every televised game inside the main bar and, regardless of performance, the Saints live by a strict motto: “If the game is rubbish who cares?”
Outside of football, the group enjoy bonding together by photo-bombing golf tournaments. Such high-jinks encapsulate this slightly avant garde football supporters’ club. They consider themselves more of a family above anything else.
Southampton FC does not have a formal Global Fans Group programme but the Dubai Saints have been recognised by the club and have been featured in the match day programme.
Venue Barasti Bar Colours Red and white stripes Main rival Portsmouth, well, it may be a while before the next league meeting of El Classicoast Contact @DubaiSaints Website www.dubaisaints.com (under construction)
Scottish Premier League & Championship
New members are always welcome to join one of the longest-standing supporters' clubs in the UAE. All of Celtic’s Scottish Premier League matches and selected cup competition matches are at The Dubliners.
The club is active with its members, and they organize activities throughout the year.
Venue The Dubliners, Le Meridien, Al Garhoud, Dubai Colours Green and white Main rivals Rangers Contact Website
Always happy to welcome new Bears, the club runs activities throughout the course of the year, as well as a group trip to watch Rangers live once a year. Children are also encouraged to join, and are permitted in Centre Circle until 9pm.
Venue Centre Circle, Ramada Chelsea, Al Barsha Colours Blue Main rivals Celtic Contact Website
Spanish La Liga
Membership includes a variety of discounts and plum seats when matches are shown. The club meet to watch matches at the Spanish Seville’s Restaurant & Bar, and 25 per cent discounts on food and drink are on offer.
Venue Seville’s Restaurant & Bar, Wafi Mall, Oud Metha Colours Blue and maroon Main rivals Real Madrid Contact Website
Fans are given several of the LCD screens around the bar during all live matches.
By becoming a member, Real fans can enjoy a range of undisclosed benefits. Family participation is keenly encouraged.
Venue Girders, JA Ocean View Hotel Colours White Main rivals Barcelona Contact Email
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Benfica fans gather at Barrels Sports Pub, which is at the Majestic Hotel Tower in Al Mankool. For bigger games you’ll be surrounded by an excess of 50 like-minded Encarnados.
Venue Barrels, Majestic Tower Hotel, Al Mankool Colours Red and white Main rivals Sporting and Porto Contact No official contact
English Football League Two
Venue Sportsman's Arms, Abu Dhabi Colours Blue & yellow Main rivals Crawley Town and – reluctantly – Franchise Contact Email
Do you run, or are you involved, in a football supporters club in the UAE, either official or unofficial? If so please get in touch on email@example.com.