ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Where to Watch in Dubai, UAE

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Where to Watch in Dubai, UAE

Here's where you can watch ICC Cricket World Cup in Dubai, UAE

We can’t believe that it’s been four years already and that it’s time for some cricket madness again! People will soon be spending most of their time awake in front of a television screen or on a sports news website, and friendships will be in jeopardy as cricket fans obsess and argue over who deserves the trophy. The 12th edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will begin this Thursday, on 30th May 2019, and will run till Sunday, 14th July 2019. This a One Day International Cricket tournament, organised by the International Cricket Council every four years.

The latest edition is being jointly hosted by England and Wales, and the matches will take place in 11 stadiums, with the finals at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Stadium in London.

There are 10 competing teams this time, including Australia, England, South Africa, Pakistan, India, West Indies, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Following a round-robin format, each team will compete against the other nine and only the four best teams will make it to the semi finals. This is the same format that was followed during the tournament in 1992.

There will be a total of 48 matches, while the warm-up matches have been taking place from 24-28 May, building up people’s expectations of the championship that will commence in less than two days!

The highly anticipated India vs. Pakistan match will be held on Sunday, 16th June.

Where to watch ICC Cricket World Cup in Dubai: 

Dubai-based Satellite broadcaster OSN will be providing live and exclusive coverage of ICC Cricket World Cup in Dubai, on its two new channels OSN Cric Xtra 1 and OSN Cric Xtra 2. The matches will begin at 10:30 am (UAE time). This means that you can watch the tournament from the comfort of your home. However, as the World Cup is also considered a big social event, several restaurants and sports bars in Dubai are setting up large screens and projectors, and have special offers on food and drinks.

If you want to enjoy the matches live in large groups, below is a list of exciting options that you can choose from:

The Irish Village - This award-winning pub’s main branch in Garhoud will stream the matches on indoor and outdoor screens. Though often crowded, this place has an incredibly cool vibe and is great for watching such sports tournaments.

The Rose & Crown - This is a cosy British pub inside The Atrium at Al Habtoor City. It will have 8 big screens and many special discounts on food and drinks.

The Q - This sports lounge and bar, inside Holiday-Inn Al Barsha, will have comfy sofas and massive cinema screens around their circular bar and a special cricket menu.

Hitchki - A restaurant inside Millennium Hotels in Barsha Heights, Hitchki will be a good choice to watch the matches if you also enjoy Indian cuisine.

QD’S - Located inside Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, near Deira City Centre, QD’s is a popular Shisha joint in Dubai where you can the match against the beautiful backdrop of Dubai Creek. It will have two huge screens.
The Eloquent Elephant - Taj Dubai’s stylish and lively gastropub, located in Business Bay, is a great place to chill whilst closely following the cricketing action over big screens.

This list is by no means exhaustive as there are umpteen options (fortunately) catering to thousands of cricket fans in Dubai. You can go to a new place every day if you like variety or find one that gives you and your cricket-loving friends the best deals and screening experience.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.