9 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 getting a bit warmer, we’re all about any excuse to be outside. So what better way to do it than with an al fresco film?
Here are nine outdoor cinemas in Dubai to try.
Daily: Vox Outdoor at Rooftop Galleria Mall
This rooftop cinema above the Galleria Mall is now open for the winter season and typically shows an array of the latest 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. They’re currently showing Play With Fire and Doctor Sleep.
The Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, daily, various timings, from Dhs130. voxcinemas.com
Daily: Vox Outdoor at Aloft City Centre Deira
Dubai’s first permanent licensed outdoor cinema can be found at 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. They’ve recently launched a weekly Friday evening brunch where for Dhs250 per person, you can enjoy a selection of sharing-style snacks, movie access and free-flowing alcoholic beverages.
Vox Outdoor Cinema, Aloft City Centre Deira, daily, various timings, Dhs75 single, Dhs150 double, Dhs250 for Friday evening brunch. voxcinemas.com
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
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. Next up is The Bodyguard on November 17.
Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina, 8pm onwards, Sundays, Dhs50. Tel: (04) 399 0009. Facebook.com/Zero.Gravity.Dubai
Wednesday: Azure Beach
Every Wednesday from 9.30pm, movie fans can enjoy the ‘Sea-nema’ at Azure Beach. From the comfort of a sofa or bean bag on the spacious lawn, guests will be able to snack on popcorn and drinks in front of blockbusters such as Suicide Squad, Logan, Avengers: Endgame, A Star Is Born, and even The Grinch at Christmas time. Snacks include pizzas, hot dogs and loaded fries, as well as the all-important popcorn.
Azure Beach, Rixos Premium JBR, JBR, Wednesdays from Nov 6, 9.30pm onwards, Dhs50. Tel: (052) 777 9472. azure-beach.com
Thursday: West 14th
The perfect way to end the working week, head to West 14th Steakhouse every Thursday for their weekly movie night by the water. Cosy up in one of their comfy bean bags, order your snacks from traditional popcorn and pizzas or from the array of barbeque and drinks stations and settle in for an alfresco film. The first screening is a family friendly film at 6.30pm, followed by a classic at 9.30pm.
West 14th Steakhouse, Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, Palm Jumeirah, free. Tel: (04) 455 1101. Facebook.com/West14thUAE
Friday: JLT Park
The huge park at Cluster O of JLT has started showing free movies every Friday night. Upcoming movies include Ride Like a Girl, The Professor and the Madman, and Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty. Bring your own chairs or mats and you can catch all of them on the lawn from 6.50pm.
Cluster O, JLT, Dubai, Fridays, 6.50pm onwards, free. dmcc.ae
Saturday: The Pointe
Palm Jumeirah’s The Pointe has launched a free weekly cinema showing blockbusters such as Fantastic Beasts –The Crimes of Grindelwald, Lego Movie 2 and Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. Come Christmas time, you’ll also be able to catch both Home Alone 1 and 2 at the free open-air cinema. It runs every Saturday from 8pm.
Event Plaza, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, Saturdays, 8pm onwards, free. facebook.com/ThePointePalm
Monthly: Nikki Beach Resort
World renowned Nikki Beach Resort and Spa has launched a new outdoor cinema, which takes place once a month on the stunning pristine sandy beach. To enjoy the cinema you’ll just need to spend a minimum of Dhs50 on food and drinks. The next film screenings will take place on Tuesday November 26, when they’ll show The Great Gatsby.
Cinema on the Beach, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira, 8pm, Tuesday November 26, Dhs50. email@example.com