Spending a night at the cinema is a huuge part of the Dubai lifestyle, and with the cool weather sticking around (for now), film fanatics can now combine their love of the silver screen with the great outdoors and catch their favourite films under the stars.
1. Add a luxury twist to movie night
Perched atop Galleria Mall in Jumeirah, VOX Outdoor Cinema is a premium al fresco theatre screening the latest Hollywood flicks alongside special theme nights catering to different movie genres and even families. Book in advance to nab a comfy VIP cabana for two where you can kick your feet up with a basket of delicious snacks.
2. Spend an evening with local hipsters
Promising indie film lovers front-row seats to a number of critically-acclaimed movies every weekend, Cinema Akil is where Dubai’s artsy community love to gather. With a screening programme that features a mix of genres – all free to the public – head down to Alserkal Avenue if you’re craving something other than big budget blockbusters.
3. Watch a movie with Burj Khalifa views
Can’t decide between heading to the bar or cinema? Thanks to Level 43 Sky Lounge’s movie nights that take place on the terrace, you won’t have to choose. Order a cocktail and bites while taking in views of the skyline – this is one killer movie experience. Available from the end of February onwards, this joint is first-come, first-serve, so make sure to book your table at Level 43 before the secret’s out.
4. Kick back with a film on the Palm
Boasting a cinema setup on the lawn outside West 14th at Oceana Beach Club on the Palm, families are welcome to come down to this seaside hangout where everything from kiddie classics to commercial flicks are screened every Thursday evening. Best part? The evening includes an American-style BBQ, drinks and snacks that go perfectly with the atmosphere.
5. Give the kiddies some fun in Marina
Promising family-friendly fun till the end of April, Dubai Marina Mall has set up a giant screen on the promenade showing kiddie favourites from 101 Dalmatians to the Secret Life of Pets every day from 5:30 to 8pm. Oh, and the screenings are totally free! If you’re feeling peckish, you can pick up some savoury snacks from a few of our favourite Dubai food trucks nearby.
6. Enjoy the classics in a garden setting
Head to the Habtoor Grand Resort in Dubai Marina every Saturday, Sunday & Monday and catch popular films from E.T to Avatar. Nestled in the luxury hotel’s massive gardens, movie-goers can take in the scenic sights of the Marina as they munch on a mix of popcorn and nachos.
7. Enjoy ‘Movies Under the Stars’
If you’re looking to plan an intimate date night, Dubai’s ever-popular Movie Under the Stars is a magical experience that couples will love. Showing a healthy mix of classics and recent releases, sit back on a giant bean bag and treat yourself to fresh popcorn and a glass of wine. And in case you didn’t know, all screenings are absolutely free!