6 outdoor cinemas in Dubai to enjoy over the cooler months


Fancy an al fresco film? You’re in the right place…

Now the winter season is upon us, there’s nothing we love more than being outdoors.

And with the weather in Dubai finally starting to play nice, we’re all about any excuse to be outside. So what better way to do it than with an al fresco film?

Here are six outdoor cinemas in Dubai to try. 

1. Daily: Vox Outdoor at Rooftop Galleria Mall

This rooftop cinema above the Galleria Mall has re-opened for the winter season and is showing a host of blockbusters. Each ticket includes a food and beverage pack, as well as a blanket to cosy up with in case it gets chilly. Seating options vary from beanbags and single seats to cushy couches suitable for two.

The Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, daily, various timings, from Dhs130. voxcinemas.com

2. Vox Outdoor at Aloft City Centre Deira

Dubai’s first permanent licensed outdoor cinema opened its doors this year at the recently opened Aloft City Centre Deira. While through the hot summer months the roof stays on, during winter the roof comes off so guests can enjoy a stunning open-air movie experience. It’s lounge-style seating designed for both singles and couples, and comes with a menu of gourmet cinema snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages served to your seat.

Vox Outdoor Cinema, Aloft City Centre Deira, daily, various timings, Dhs75 single, Dhs150 double. voxcinemas.com

3. Saturday, Sunday and Monday: Habtoor Grand

The Urban Outdoor Cinema shows a variety of family-friendly classic films three times a week on a Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Plus, there’s food service from the hotel’s pizza restaurant and poolside lounge as well as a pop-up bar serving popcorn and bites. Wrap up warm as it gets cool at night.

Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, 7.30pm onwards, Dhs75. Tel (056) 895 6280. urbanoutdoorcinema.com

4. Sunday: Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity’s cinema on the sand runs every other Sunday on the beach of the Dubai Marina beach club. They’ll show a different blockbuster each time, with the movie starting at 8pm. Admission is priced at Dhs50, though it’s fully redeemable on food and drink, with a range of cinema snacks, as well as service from a fully licensed bar on offer.

Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina, 8pm onwards, Sundays, Dhs50. Tel: (04) 399 0009. Facebook.com/Zero.Gravity.Dubai

5. Thursday: West 14th Steakhouse

Fancy catching a film with the twinkly Dubai Marina as your backdrop? Then head to West 14th on The Palm, where their movie night at the beach takes place every Thursday. There’s two films shown each week – a family-friendly option at 6pm, and a classic showing at 8pm. This month, catch child-friendly films including Ice age and Penguins of Madagascar, and classics such as Hitchcock and Skyfall.

West 14th, Dukes Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, 6pm and 8pm, Thursdays, Dhs100 adults, Dhs50 children. Tel: (04) 4551101. dukesdubai.com

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