There’s something about watching your favourite stars on screen, under the glow of the sky’s own stellar cast, that connects you with the REEL magic of cinema.
Dubai’s beautiful autumn temperatures and minimal rainfall creates an almost perfect climate for outdoor cinemas. So it’s only natural that each year we see a fine crop of al fresco screens springing up over the emirate. These are some of the best opportunities to catch fresh-air flicks…
By Miles Buckeridge
Cinema on the Sand, Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina
The ultimate party destination becomes the ultimate outdoor movie destination. Zero Gravity is erecting a big screen, with Dubai Marina providing a suitably cinematic backdrop. If you’ve got the need, the need for kitsch 80s action movie nostalgia – you’re in luck because on Sunday (9th December) – Tom Cruise cult classic Top Gun is showing. Are you “filthy animals thirsty for more?” (don’t be a hater, it’s a quote). Later in the month, a festive special is cleverly scheduled on 23rd December – Home Alone! Beanbags and blankets are available, and an awesome menu of cinema snack classics – popcorn, chilli fries, chicken wings, nachos, shawarma, burgers and more.
AED 50 (which you get back as credit to spend on food). 8pm, 9th December: Top Gun, 23rd December: Home Alone. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh Road. 04 399 0009
Vox Outdoor at Galleria Mall
Situated on top of the Galleria Mall, the Vox Outdoor Cinema provides a luxury movie-watching experience with a spectacular view of the city. The vibe is dialled to fancy level chill with a floor full of comfy spectating perches. And, cha-ching, the ticket price includes a picnic pack with delicious sippables and munchables. Because it’s Vox, you’ll get to see all the bang-up-to-date movies in a suitably dramatic setting.
Galleria Mall. From AED 137 (AED 158 at weekends), children from AED 90, VIP Couch package AED 316 for two (AED 368 at weekends). Timings from 7.30pm, check scheduling and book on uae.voxcinemas.com.
Urban Outdoor Cinema
This outdoor cinema brings a cunningly curated season of movies to the al fresco screen scene! Urban Outdoor cinema is in Habtoor Grand Resort, near JBR, where films glow up every Saturday to Monday. Watch contemporary classics and long-time favourites paint out on a huge canvas, sitting in the comfort of big ol’ bean bags.
Habtoor Grand Resort, near JBR. Screenings at 7.30pm. AED 75. Tickets from platinumlist.net. Coming soon: Mamma Mia! Here we go again (8th December).
Vox Outdoor at Aloft City Centre Deira
Brand new for this year, this screen is part of the gorgeous Aloft hotel development (which has its own pretty sweet movie-themed suites) at City Centre Deira. The cinema has a retractable roof and walls, is climate controlled and features extremely plush seating. Oh and it’s licensed, for those that like an adult beverage with their blockbuster movies.
Aloft Hotel, City Centre Deira. From AED 75. Timings from 6pm, check scheduling and book on uae.voxcinemas.com. Now showing: Bohemian Rhapsody and The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Sea-nema, Azure Beach
JBR beach club, Azure Beach has launched an al fresco movie season for October’s glorious warm evenings. Their outdoor Sea-nema, offers gourmet hotdogs, loaded fries, popcorn and a range of adult drinks to compliment the viewing experience. This week’s movie is Ocean’s 11. And despite the movie literally having nothing to do with oceans, it is appropriate at least, being ocean adjacent.
Tickets AED 50 (free for the hotel’s guests). AED 95 basic food and drink package. AED 145 for adult beverage (two house drinks) and food package. VIP hamper for AED 1000. Showings from 8.30pm. Azure Beach, Rixos Premium, JBR. 052 777 9472.