Are you sick and tired of conventional cinemas? If the answer is yes, then it’s time to escape those stuffy, cold theatre walls and hit up these alfresco movie spots in Dubai.
Be it watching a film classic under the stars, or a blockbuster with the sunset in the background, there’s just something about an alfresco movie spot that just hits different. Here are 5 best outdoor cinemas every movie lover in Dubai should absolutely visit!
Vox Outdoor at The Galleria Mall
VOX Outdoor is one of the top picks for outdoor cinemas in Dubai. The open-air Vox Cinema, on the rooftop of The Galleria Mall can host around 100 guests. The theatre comes with the highest standards of technology, Dolby 7.1 surround sound, and your movie-going experience is taken to the next level.
Guests can choose from a low-slung seat, oversized beanbags or upgrade to the VIP experience and stretch out on a cabana. If you’re still not impressed, how about we say that your food and beverages will be brought to your seats, as there are waiters around.
The standard package is Dhs137 from Sunday to Wednesday and Dhs158 from Thursday to Saturday. It includes a ticket and your choice of either nachos or a hot dog, salt or caramel popcorn, a soft drink, a bottle of water and a box of Monkey cookies.
Kids package is Dhs95, which includes a choice of salt or caramel popcorn, fresh juice and a box of Monkey cookies.
VIP Couch Package (for 2 guests) will cost you Dhs315 from Sunday to Wednesday and Dhs368 from Thursday to Saturday, which includes a two-person VIP cabana along with the food and beverage options for both the people.
Location: The Rooftop at Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road
Dive-in Cinema at The Green Room
The Greenroom (formerly The Pangolin) in Sports City hosts a family-friendly film night every Friday that lets you keep cool at the pool with a classic family film, delicious set menu and more. You can either lounge in the pool on a floatie or recline on a plush lounger or beanbag by the water’s edge while watching.
For adults, the ticket price is Dhs150, which includes unlimited popcorn, a three-course menu (with options like crunchy prawn tacos, hot chicken wings, pepperoni pizza, and an all-American cheeseburger), and three house drinks inspired by the movies on the big screen.
For kids under the age of 21, it will cost Dhs80 (dinner and unlimited popcorn included).
Timing: Every Friday at 7.30pm
Location: Dive-in cinema at The Green Room, The Els Club, Sports City
Vox Outdoor at Aloft Dubai Creek
On the rooftop of Aloft Dubai Creek, VOX Cinemas also provides an outdoor movie experience in a comfortable air-conditioned lounge setting. Additionally, gourmet cinema snacks and beverages from Aloft Hotel are served directly to your seat.
The outdoor cinema here at Aloft Dubai Creek is strictly for guests above the age of 21, and it is fully licensed, so you can sip on a glass of wine while you enjoy your movie.
Ticket Price: Single seater Dhs65 | Double Seater Dhs130
Location: Vox Outdoor, Aloft Dubai Creek
Retail Plaza, Bluewaters Island
This winter season, Bluewaters Island will open an outdoor cinema where you can watch cult classic movies.
You can indulge in a plush beanbag while sitting by the sea on Friday and Saturday nights from October 28 to November 12 and everyday from November 18 to 25.
The movies are free to attend and will take place at the Retail Plaza at 7pm.
Location: Retail Plaza, Bluewaters Island, off Dubai Marina
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Cinema Akil at Alserkal Avenue
From classic films to foreign film festivals, Cinema Akil is the arthouse haven at the heart of Alserkal Avenue. There is one screen inside, complete with vintage film posters, cosy sofas and beanbags, but visitors can also watch films outside on Alserkal Avenue’s The Yard.
Film screenings at Cinema Akil happen almost every day, but tickets are sold out on a first-come, first-served basis at the cinema itself.
Location: The Yard in Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz
Ticket Price: Free of charge