Our favourite cinemas under the stars


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 autumn temperatures after-dark are beginning to create an almost perfect climate for outdoor cinemas. So it’s only natural that each year we see a fine crop of alfresco screens springing up over the emirate.

By Miles Buckeridge

Urban Outdoor Cinema

This outdoor cinema brings a cunningly curated season of movies to the alfresco 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.

Themes of The Beatles and mass amnesia star in Saturday 9th’s movie, ‘Yesterday’. With an 80s doubleheader on Sunday 10th (‘Pretty Woman‘) and Monday 11th (‘The Breakfast Club‘).

Begins October 12th. Habtoor Grand Resort, near JBR. Screenings at 7.30pm. AED 75. Tickets from platinumlist.net.


Azure beach, Screen by the sea

Private JBR pool club, Azure Beach begins its alfresco movie season this week. And the outdoor screen is accompanied by deluxe confectionery options like gourmet hotdogs, loaded fries, popcorn and a range of adult drinks to compliment the viewing experience.

The seaside cinematics commence with the concluding chapter of Nolan’s DC thrillogy, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ Followed (weekly) by Emosh Paul Walker swan song ‘The Fate of the Furious’ and a second DC Comics outing, in ‘Suicide Squad.’ In December, be shore to coast in and catch more superhero shenanigans with ‘Logan’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ There’s also ‘A Star Is Born,’ and it’s cool because – it’s still dark enough outside that nobody can see you crying into your popcorn. And of course, ‘The Grinch,’ because Christmas.

Based on last season: 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. Showings begin 9.30pm. VIP hamper for AED 1,000. Azure Beach, Rixos Premium, JBR. 052 777 9472.


Vox Outdoor at Galleria Mall

VOX OUTDOOR GALLERIA, outdoor movies

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.

Now showing – Terminator: Dark Fate. For those that want a bit of alfresco Arnie.

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.


Vox Outdoor at Aloft City Centre Deira

Vox Cinema 'Outdoor' Concept_Rendering Aloft Dubai City Centre Deira, outdoor movies

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. Because of the September heat, they’ve not rolled the top down just yet – but we’re ecxpecting it to start from some time next month. Oh and it’s licensed, for those that like an adult beverage with their blockbuster movies.

Terminator: Dark Fate also showing here.

Aloft Hotel, City Centre Deira. From AED 75. Timings from 4pm, check scheduling and book on uae.voxcinemas.com.

Cinema on the Sand, Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina

Zero Gravity sunset

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. Beanbags and blankets are available, and an awesome menu of cinema snack classics – popcorn, chilli fries, chicken wings, nachos, shawarma, burgers and more.

The latest movie on screen was Pirates of the Caribbean, on November 3rd. Keep your eyes peeled for the next, as yet undisclosed showing.

Based on last season: AED 50 (which you get back as credit to spend on food). Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh Road. 04 399 0009.



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