Are you ready for The Dome Box? A novel 360-degree cinematic experience opens its doors at Boxpark in Dubai.

50 reasons to love Dubai
New fun-runs to try
Puzzle houses in DXB

Here at What’s On, we’re a film-loving bunch, so when we heard that an altogether new cinema experience would involve standing inside a giant dome while looking up at a 360-degree screen that covers the ceilings – we had to check it out.

The Dome BoxYou can’t miss The Dome Box on Al Wasl road.

The Dome Box is the brainchild of development company Meraas, whose cool outdoor shopping malls have wowed residents and tourists in Dubai since they opened last year. “Boxpark is particularly unique to Dubai and we wanted an entertainment outlet that was equally special,” said Meraas manager Jean Marc Bled at our sneak preview earlier last week.

The Dome Box is certainly that. As you walk through the foyer, around the white giant dome that’s built in the centre, giant bronzed cogs spin overhead and a plasma screen TV welcomes guests to the show.

The Dome Box_ cogsThe Dome Box is more like a theme park attraction than a cinema. 

Don’t expect blockbuster movies, or independent indie films here; The Dome Box is more of a theme park attraction, screening family-friendly animated movies that focus on nature, science and the environment.

The Dome BoxVisitors  stand (or lean against cushioned railings) inside the giant dome.

The Dome BoxFamily-friendly, educational adventures are screened across the ceiling. 

Showcased on a superb 360-degree screen, you’ll find yourself journeying through space or deep into nature. Each movie lasts between 10 and 30 minutes with movie screenings changing every half an hour. It’s great for the little ones and a unique experience for grown-ups.

The Dome BoxThe Dome BoxDon’t miss the waffle-maker station on your way out.

Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, Sun to Wed noon to 10pm, Thur to Sat noon to midnight, Dhs45 (two movies), Dhs75 (four movies). Tel: (800) 637227. Taxi: Boxpark.