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 spring temperatures after-dark still create 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 before the summer shutterdown.
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 a period-ish movie nostalgia – you’re in luck because on Sunday (21st April) – Will Ferrell and Steve Carell’s classic Anchorman is showing. “Knights of Columbus”, we can’t wait (don’t be a hater, it’s a quote). Later in the month, a rom-com-y special is scheduled for 28th April – Bridesmaids. 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, 21st April: Anchorman, 28th April: Bridesmaids. 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. This week is going to be heart-wrenchingly special because they’re screening Lady Gaga in A Star is Born on 6th April and Interstellar on 7th April. It’s not possible, no, it’s necessary.”
Habtoor Grand Resort, near JBR. Screenings at 7.30pm. AED 75. Tickets from platinumlist.net.
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 4pm, check scheduling and book on uae.voxcinemas.com. Now showing: Shazam! and RAW.