7 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 seven outdoor cinemas in Dubai to try. 

Daily: Vox Outdoor at Rooftop Galleria Mall

This rooftop cinema above the Galleria Mall will soon reopen 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.


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 opened its doors this year at the 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

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.

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

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

Thursday, Friday, Saturday: Kite Beach

From Thursday October 24 to Friday November 8 2019, visitors to Kite Beach who spend a minimum of Dhs30 will be able to watch one of the scheduled blockbusters. All of the films on offer are family-friendly and includes Moana, Toy Story (1, 2 and 3), Despicable Me (1, 2 and 3), Jumanji, Kung Fu Panda, Harry Potter and more. The movies will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 5pm and 8.30pm until November 8.

Kite Beach, Jumeirah, Thursday October 24 to Friday November 8, 5pm and 8.30pm, Dhs30. kitebeach.ae

Monthly: Nikki Beach Resort

World renowned Nikki Beach Resort and Spa has launched a new outdoor cinema, which takes place on the stunning pristine sandy beach. The cinema will run on the first Tuesday of each month during the winter, 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 5 and Tuesday December 5. While we don’t have details of the upcoming films yet, we’ll let you know as soon as we hear.

Cinema on the Beach, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira, 8pm, Tuesdays, Dhs50. restaurantreservation.dubai@nikkibeachhotels.com

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