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Guide to The Dubai Sevens

November 27, 2017 Dubai / expats / rugby / UAE

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The Dubai Rugby Sevens

After the excitement of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the party will continue in Dubai next Thursday November 30th to December 2nd in the lead up to National day on Saturday December 2nd.

The Dubai Sevens is an annual rugby union sevens tournament held in Dubai, UAE in The Sevens stadium, built to host the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens.

With the Dubai Rugby Sevens taking place this weekend from Thursday to Saturday, we wanted to give expats and tourists in Dubai a guide to getting there and around the city during the three days of the tournament: from transport from Abu Dhabi to free shuttles within Dubai, we have it covered.

Schedule of events at Dubai Sevens

Thursday November 30th:

  • Women’s HSBC world series kicks off on Thursday November 30th
  • Rugby & Netball Invitation Tournament

Friday December 1st:

  • HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series concludes
  • HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series kicks off
  • Rugby & Netball Invitation Tournament

Saturday December 2nd:

  • HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Final
  • Rugby & Netball Invitation Tournament

Attire at Dubai Sevens:

Dubai Sevens Attire

The Dubai Sevens is all about what you wear, so if you want to stand out from the crowd then it’s advised to dress up to get the full 7s experience. If you are caught out and didn’t get time to grab a costume, check out this chain of costume hire shops.

Dubai Sevens 2017 Irish Teams’ Schedule:

As CurrencyFair HQ is in Dublin, Ireland we are admittedly biased towards the Irish teams and their success at the following games:

Dubai Sevens Irish Men/s Rugby Team Fixtures 2017

Rugby Sevens Irish Womens Team Fixtures 2017

Local Clubs

But the action from local teams over the three days will be just as exciting. Gulf Men’s League games on November 30th are:

  • Abu Dhabi Harlequins vs Kuwait Scorpions play at 4:00pm local time.
  • Dubai Hurricanes vs Kuwait Scorpions play at 8.40pm local time.
  • Dubai Exiles vs Kuwait Scorpions play at 6.20pm local time.
  • Dubai Exiles 1 vs Dubai Hurricanes play at 4:00pm local time.

Dubai Sevens tickets

At the time of writing, tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday and there is free entry on the Thursday into the grounds. Choose your tickets for the event wisely though, otherwise you will spend the day roasting in the sun. Tripadvisor reviewers recommend either of the end stands, as they are mainly covered and that is where most of the fun seems to be had.

Travel time from Dubai to the Sevens

  • From Dubai International Airport: The stadium is 40 minutes by car.
  • From Al Maktoum International Airport: The stadium is 30 minutes by car.

Getting To The Sevens

By Car:
The Sevens is located on E66 Dubai Al Ain Road and has parking space for 15,000 cars.

Taxi:
Getting to the Rugby Sevens via taxi will be relatively easy, however there might be a bit of traffic as you get closer to the event. Taking a taxi may see you waiting a while, as their website states there is only one rank so pre-book your taxi to avoid standing around. A review of last year’s event on Tripadvisor.co.uk quoted the taxi fee to be about £20.

Uber:
Another option to avoid queuing is to use the Uber or Careem apps and ask the driver to collect you at the gates of the Sevens Stadium.

TIP: In previous years Uber has offered a discount off your total fare if you use their app while you’re in Dubai. But when leaving the event, normal prices will apply.

Bus:
While there are no official buses to the event, Dubai’s Big Bus service will be on hand to take you from the Sevens to a number of stops around the city for free.
The bus pick-up point will be located next to the taxi rank.

TIP: One thing to note about this service is that the buses only leave when full up – so there is a wait of about 30/40 minutes for each bus to fill completely.

Where does Dubai Big Bus stop during the Dubai Sevens:

  • Every day: Buses will travel to Crowne Plaza on Sheikh Zayed, Double Decker in Downtown, Dubai Festival City, Media City, Motor City, UBK Movenpick JLT, Umm Suqeim 3.
  • Friday and Saturday only: Barasti, Bidi Bondi, Brunswick Sports Club and of course Irish Village.
  • Saturday only: There is a bus going to the Atrium and Al Habtoor City.

Bars and After-Parties at the Dubai Sevens


We asked the team in CurrencyFair to give us their tips on where to go after the matches.

Lounges

Buddha bar
Buddha bar offers refreshing cocktails and a mouth-watering menu fusing the cuisines of China, Japan and Thailand.

Siddharta Lounge
Siddharta Lounge offers stunning 360-degree views of the Dubai Marina.

Sport Bars

McGettigans
Winner of the Irish Pubs Global Federation
“Best Irish Pub” in 2017 for their Jumeriah Lake Towers (JLT) location. McGettigans has 5 locations in Dubai, including DXB airport, and has crafted the Irish experience into their venue by offering great food, top service in an amazing atmosphere.

Barasti Beach
Barasti is a popular choice offering good music and plenty of space. Plus, in previous years, Barasti ran their own buses to and from the event. The bus from Barasti to the Sevens ran on both Friday and Saturday at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. The Barasti bus back to the beach bar left the Sevens at 7pm.

The Irish Village
Offering “a small piece of Ireland in Dubai” the Irish Village is a hub of activity and “craic” during all major sporting events in Dubai. With a capacity for 3,500 people, it was designed in 1995 as a permanent outlet to host visitors to the many sporting events held at the Tennis Stadium and in Dubai every year.

NightClub

People by Crystal
The two-time winner of the “best nightclub in Dubai” award, situated at the top of the Raffles Hotel’s pyramid, with a panoramic clear view over the city skyline. Hotel guests are admitted for free, however non-guests must be accompanied and have female guests in their group to obtain admission.

For a full list of after-party spots, check out this list by LivinginDubai.org.

Getting from Abu Dhabi to Dubai


Taxi: if you want to spend upwards of Dhs300 (each way) then by all means do. There are also Facebook groups that link people up who are looking to share the costs of a taxi to events.

Car: it should take you around 90 to 120 minutes to drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, with parking available for 15,000 at The Sevens stadium.

Bus: This is least glamorous way but by far the cheapest. It will take one and a half to two hours. Tickets are Dhs 25 one-way and can be paid for using a standard RTA Nol card.

The E100 bus will take you from Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station to the Al Ghubaiba Bus Station in Bur Dubai. Those in the Marina, JLT or JBR areas can similarly catch the E101 bus from the Ibn Battuta Metro Station to Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station saving you a trip in the opposite direction. Leaving you to take a taxi direct to the Sevens stadium.

See more about the bus services here.

Having covered all the essentials, we hope we have given you a handy pocket-sized guide to the tournament. Let us know your tips: where is the best place to watch the matches in Dubai? Are you car-sharing from Abu-Dhabi? And most importantly, who do you think will win?

The team at CurrencyFair hope you have a great time over the three days in Dubai and wish all the teams the best of luck at the Dubai Rugby Sevens.

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