Connector August 2023

CONNECTOR.AE 12 CONNECTOR.AE 13 Dining Around Dining Around After leading the EPL for most of the 2022 to 2023 season, North London club Arsenal FC came close to lifting the title for the first time in almost 20 years, and will hope to go one better this time around. Supporters of the ‘Gunners’ can follow their journey at garden on 8 at Media One Hotel in Media City. The venue features a unique urban rooftop setting as well as indoor seating, with ample space to relax with friends and family and cheer on the team. To make sure not a minute of the action is missed, large screens are added, and after the game, a foosball table is available to keep people entertained. One of the longest-established English football clubs, supporters of Everton FC in Dubai meet up to watch their matches at McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah. While watching the ‘Toffees’ with fellow Everton fans, guests can enjoy delicious Irish and international dishes from starters, flatbreads and mains including chicken gyoza, Wagyu beef chilli nachos, burrata and mushroom flatbread, cod and chips, and sticky toffee pudding. The restaurant also has an outdoor seating area, where fans can enjoy a relaxing meal and catch up with friends after watching the game, while taking in the views of Burj Al Arab. Liverpool FC are one of the most recognisable names in English football, and their large Dubai fan base gather at the popular McGettigan’s JLT at the Bonnington Hotel, in JLT. A great place to catch the EPL matches this football season, from multiple television screens around the restaurant. Fans can also delight in dishes from pasta, flatbread to salads including falafel wrap, Mexico beef taco, fish cakes, pan-roasted chicken breast, and Wagyu beef chilli nachos, and wash it down with a range of drinks. Guests can also enjoy sitting outdoors and catching the game, as the temperatures drop in the UAE. garden on 8 Media One Hotel McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah McGettigan’s JLT JLT Aston Villa FC have a long history in football since the leagues were formed. Their chairman, William McGregor, was the founder of The Football League in 1888, the first organised football league in the world, and from where the EPL evolved. One of the most successful and decorated teams in English football, and undoubtedly the most successful team in England’s West Midlands, Aston Villa seem to be very much on a resurgence after a few seasons of underachieving. Supporters of Aston Villa looking to catch the game with other ‘Villans’ need to head down to Rose and Crown in Al Habtoor City. The British pub set over 2 floors, features a number of television screens on each wall and if that was not enough to make sure everyone gets to watch, a large projector screen is in place, where visitors will not miss a second of the games. After the match, a dart board and pool table are available for those in a competitive mood. The iconic red British telephone booth can be found at the entrance to get that typically British photograph, in a different country. Rose and Crown Al Habtoor City For the last 20 years, Chelsea FC have been one of the most successful English football teams, however the team finished last season in the bottom half of the EPL for the first time in almost 30 years. Dubai fans can watch to see if the ‘Blues’ return to winning ways at the Belgian Cafe in GrandMillennium Barsha Heights. The bar is based over two floors indoor, where football fans can catch the game from every corner through the two large screens and 11 screens around the bar. Fans can also delight in dishes including prawn skewers, fish and chips, and chicken escalope. During breaks or after the match, make the most of darts, board games and the rooftop mini-golf. Belgian Cafe Grand Millennium Barsha Heights Crystal Palace FC are currently the only team representing South London in the EPL, and fans of the ‘Eagles’ in Dubai gather for matches at Goose Island Tap House at Five Hotel JVC. The bar is a great spot to watch the EPL match, with multiple screens decorating the restaurant to get a glimpse of every second of the game. Tuck into a delicious international menu with choices including appetisers, salads, loaded house fries and pizzas. Fans can finish off the evening with a game of pool with friends or enjoy the only indoor golf simulators in a sports pub. Goose Island Tap House Five Hotel JVC