Cinema Under the Stars in Dubai – Where to Go and Why

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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 weeks are ideal to take in a little al fresco cinema, and you’ll be surprised at just how many venues – ranging from rooftops to gastropubs – 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.

Vox Outdoor

If you’re hoping to watch a new release like Sleepless or Beauty and the Beast, 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 as well a food-and-beverage package. You can choose from either nachos or a hot dog alongside popcorn, a soft drink, an Evian water, 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
www.voxcinemas.com

Wafi Pyramids

Make every Sunday – until the end of April, at least – a little bit brighter, courtesy of the film screenings at Wafi Pyramids. Free seating in the form of oversized beanbags is complemented by a laid-back ambience and plenty of food options such as popcorn, burgers, and hot dogs. On the agenda? Movies that are perfect for a girls’ night out: Eat Pray Love, He’s Just Not That into You, and Rachel Getting Married are just some of the titles you can look forward to. There’s no need to book in advance – simply walk into the rooftop garden.

Pyramids Building, Wafi Mall
(+971) 4 324 4100
www.pyramidsrestaurantsatwafi.com

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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 April. Childhood favorites such as Jumanji and 101 Dalmatians have already played, and movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Honey I Shrunk the Kids still await. Entry is free of cost, so head there early to grab a beanbag and some food from the on-site food truck – and you’re set.

Marina Promenade, Dubai Marina Mall
(+971) 4 436 1020
www.dubaimarinamall.com

The Backyard

Unlimited popcorn and soft drinks, a relaxed garden terrace, Fatboy seating, and plush beanbags – yet this isn’t your standard al fresco film series in Dubai as adult beverages and a South East Asian-inspired food truck are also part of the offering at The Backyard at Steigenberger Hotel. This time, it’s your Tuesday nights picking up, as there will be two back-to-back screenings taking place every week until March 28th. Transformers: Dark of the Moon and We Are Your Friends will play tomorrow, while Southpaw and The Walk will be screened next Tuesday.

Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay
(+971) 50 213 5816
www.steigenberger.com

Cinema Akil

Independent cinema platform Cinema Akil is arguably the greatest thing to happen to bonafide cinephiles across the city, playing everything from foreign films such as Barakah Meets Barakah to comedic gems like Play It Again, Sam. Screenings take place at dynamic venues such as Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, Warehouse421 in Abu Dhabi, and Mirage City Cinema in Sharjah. Entry is free of charge and the website is updated frequently – win-win.

Multiple locations across the UAE
(+971) 55 760 9260
www.cinemaakil.com

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Habtoor Grand Resort

Yet to watch must-see films like Casablanca, Seven Pounds, and Up? Well, you now have a reason to make your way to Habtoor Grand Resort. Hosted by Urban Entertainment, screenings take place every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday – just in case it takes you a little longer to recover from those post-weekend blues. Menu options include sandwiches, burgers, and nachos alongside fresh juices and adult beverages, with the JBR backdrop serving as the proverbial cherry on top. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Beach Lawn, Habtoor Grand Resort
(+971) 4 408 4444
www.urbanoutdoorcinema.com

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