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. With more to be announced shortly, these are some of the best opportunities to catch fresh-air flicks…
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 set distinctly with a very comfy spectating perch and the ticket price include a picnic pack with delicious sippables and munchables. Because it’s Vox, you’ll get to see all the bang-up-to-date releases 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. Now showing: A Star is Born, Venom.
Urban Outdoor Cinema
Reopening October 20th with The Greatest Showman, this outdoor cinema brings some really great movies to the al fresco screen scene! Urban Outdoor cinema is in Habtoor Grand Resort, near JBR, where films screen 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.
A Halloween weekend special is coming up from the 27th October featuring, A Quiet Place (27th), Shaun of the Dead (28th) and The Lost Boys.
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 blockbusters.
Aloft Hotel, City Centre Deira. From AED 75. Timings from 6pm, check scheduling and book on uae.voxcinemas.com. Now showing: A Star is Born, Bad Times at the El Royale.
Yas Movies in the Park
This silver screen adventure, as the name suggests, is not in Dubai. It’s a special weekend of outdoor cinema action and special movie-themed entertainment in the dU Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. However it’s totally worth the road trip, because it’s absolutely FREE to get in. Events kick off on Thursday, 18th October with a triple header of Moana, Jurassic World and IT. The latter is a fantastic Stephen King horror reboot that is probably not for the kiddlywinks.
You’ll also find food trucks, a mini Smash Room, games, a 3D simulator, professional dancers from London’s West End and a whole bunch more.
dU Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. 18th-20th October. Free entry. Event 3pm-12am, movies start from 6pm. For a full showtime schedule and to register your free spot now, visit www.yasmovies.ae
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 sees Harry Potter searching for the Philosopher’s Stone. We suggest he looks in Dragonmart. You can get almost anything there.
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. Until 31st October. Showings from 8.30pm. Azure Beach, Rixos Premium, JBR. 052 777 9472.