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 beaches – 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 Doctor Sleep or Playing with Fire, the two outposts of VOX Outdoor are great options – the view is reason enough. The first is a lounge-style cinema on the rooftop of Galleria Mall, where seating options accommodate both singles and couples. And, in true Dubai fashion, there’s a VIP package as well. The second location, meanwhile, is at Aloft City Centre Deira and happens to be the very first licensed outdoor cinema in Dubai.
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Cinema Under the Stars
This one gets our vote for bringing free cinema to a neighborhood that’s a veritable haven for foodies – we suggest you make a beeline for Pickl right after. On the roster? Oscar-nominated Capernaum on November 29, lighthearted comedy I Feel Pretty on December 6, and the world’s first fully painted feature film Loving Vincent on December 27, amongst others.
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Located in Oceana Beach Club, West 14th steakhouse is currently hosting a weekly series of al fresco movie nights. Two family-friendly films are screened every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m., with past editions featuring the likes of Goosebumps 2 and Rob-B-Hood. There’s even a separate menu just for the little ones. Entry is free of charge, but food and drinks will be charged separately.
Oceana Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah
(+971) 4 455 1101
Urban Outdoor Cinema
Yet to watch must-see films like Pretty Woman, The Devil Wears Prada, Dirty Dancing? Well, you now have a reason to make your way to Habtoor Grand Resort. Hosted by Urban Outdoor Cinema, “a mix of cult, classic, and new films” are currently screening every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday – just in case it takes you a little longer to recover from those post-weekend blues. The JBR skyline in the backdrop is just the proverbial cherry on top. Tickets cost AED 75 and can be purchased online or at the door.
Beach Lawn, Habtoor Grand Resort
(+971) 4 399 5000
Open Air Movie Nights
Partnering up with Reel Cinemas, The Pointe is hosting family-friendly flicks such as Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse, Mary Poppins, and Home Alone every Saturday at 8 p.m. All screenings are free and open to the public. Next up? Fantastic Beats: The crimes of Grindelwald.
The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah
Cinema on the Sand
Yes, we’re still horrified by that video, but the good news here is that Cinema on the Sand (which screens crowdpleasers like A Star Is Born and Pirates of the Caribbean) is one of the better offerings at Zero Gravity – think: bean bags, cinema snacks, and views of the Arabian Gulf and city skyline. Entry is AED 50, but you get AED 50 back in food and beverage vouchers, so this one’s a steal.
Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina
(+971) 4 399 0009