It’s that rare and magical time in Dubai – we’re not complaining about the cold, nor are we complaining about the heat. Evenings during the next few months are ideal to take in a little al fresco cinema, and you’ll be surprised at just how many venues – ranging from rooftops to garden terraces – you can choose from. Read on to see Savoir Flair’s top picks for where you can curl up with popcorn and soda for a must-see flick.
If you’re hoping to watch a new release like Murder on the Orient Express, this is the place to do it – the view is reason enough. Located on the rooftop of Galleria Mall, the lounge-style VOX Outdoor cinema features single seats and large beanbags, all accompanied by tables. A standard ticket covers a seat, a food-and-beverage package, and even a blanket to cozy up with in case it gets chilly. You can choose from either nachos or a hot dog alongside salt or caramel popcorn, a soft drink, an Evian water bottle, and a box of Monkey cookies. And, in true Dubai fashion, there’s a VIP couch-seating area as well.
Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road
(+971) 4 344 4434
Located in Oceana Beach Club, West 14th steakhouse is currently hosting a weekly series of al fresco movie nights. Two films are screened every Thursday, the first at 6:30 p.m. and the second at 8:30 p.m. Coming up in the month of November are titles like Ocean’s Eleven, The Terminal, Bridesmaids, and lots more. Entry is free of charge, but food and drinks will be charged separately. To see the selection in its entirety, click here.
Oceana Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah
(+971) 4 447 7601
Dubai Marina Mall
Indulge your inner kid – you know you want to – at Dubai Marina Mall Promenade, where a series of film screenings is currently taking place every Friday and Saturday until the end of December. Childhood favorites such as Doctor Dolittle and Princess Mononoke have already played, and movies like Alvin and the Chipmunks and Diary of a Wimpy Kid still await. Entry is free of cost, so head there early to grab a beanbag and some food from the onsite Salt food truck – and you’re set.
Marina Promenade, Dubai Marina Mall
(+971) 4 436 1020
Relaxed garden terrace The Backyard at Steigenberger Hotel has paired up with Urban Entertainment to screen the type of titles you’ll happily watch a second or third time on Tuesdays at 8 p.m., with special deals on food and beverages to keep you fuelled. On the roster? Snatched on November 14th, Casino Royale on November 21st, and La La Land on November 28th. Tickets are priced at AED 75.
Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay
(+971) 50 213 5816
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
Annie Hall, Casablanca, and Some Like It Hot – need we say more? A novel take on watching cinema under the stars comes courtesy of The Cinema at Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday until December 26th, it will showcase the “greatest films from the last three generations”, all accented by a private bar and seriously adult takes on cinematic snacks. For those looking to kick their experience up a notch, the resort’s five restaurants – Maya, Geales, Zengo, Al Khaima, and Rhodes Twenty10 – are offering special pre-theater menus. You can choose from two (AED 120) or three (AED 150) courses, both of which guarantee seat reservation.
The Walk, JBR
(+971) 4 399 5333
Habtoor Grand Resort
Yet to watch must-see films like Ghost, Jerry Maguire, and Slumdog Millionaire? Well, you now have a reason to make your way to Habtoor Grand Resort. Hosted by Urban Outdoor Cinema, screenings take place every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday – just in case it takes you a little longer to recover from those post-weekend blues. There are plenty of menu options and adult beverages to choose from, with the JBR skyline in the backdrop serving as the proverbial cherry on top. Tickets cost AED 75 and can be purchased online or at the door.
Beach Lawn, Habtoor Grand Resort
(+971) 4 408 4444