Pack a picnic blanket – or a bathing suit – for these open-air cinema experiences
With beautiful balmy weather carrying on well into the evening, Dubai is the perfect place to catch a movie under the stars in unbeatable settings, from the beach to rooftop gardens and even a swimming pool.
La Playa Beach Lounge
Undoubtedly the most impressive of Dubai’s outdoor cinema offerings, La Playa Beach Lounge has all the ingredients that make a truly excellent al fresco viewing experience.
Firstly, the location, with JBR’s shiny new Beach mall development on one side and the azure water of the Arabian Gulf on the other, is nothing short of spectacular. It also boasts a giant LCD screen showing Premier League football and films, as well as comfortable beach seating and an extensive menu of snacks and drinks to keep hunger and thirst at bay.
Where: The Beach at JBR
When: Daily, from 4.30pm until late
How much: AED50 for adults, Free for children under 10
Reform Social & Grill
British restaurant-lounge Reform Social &Grill uses its idyllic location in the sleepy Dubai neighbourhood of The Lakes to its advantage, hosting a weekly movie night in its peaceful gardens.
With a big screen in front of the lake and plenty of the venue’s always-excellent and classically British food and drinks available to order throughout the film, it’s a great option for those who enjoy their food just as much as their films.
Where: The Lakes
When: October to May, every Tuesday from 8pm
How much: Free with the purchase of food or drinks
Pyramids Rooftop Gardens
One of Dubai’s longest-running outdoor cinema nights takes place every Sunday (during the cooler months) in the rooftop courtyard of the Ancient Egypt-inspired Wafi Mall. Expect a decidedly relaxed atmosphere, with inviting bean bags providing the ideal seating for a chilled-out movie night under the stars.
Where: Wafi Mall
When: Every Sunday from 8.30pm
How much: Free
Jumeirah Lakes Towers Outdoor Cinema
With the unusual backdrop of surrounding skyscrapers, the experience of watching a film at JLT Outdoor Cinema is certainly memorable.
Running every fortnight on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the cooler months, the al fresco cinema focuses on Indie films on Fridays and children’s films on Saturdays. Refreshments come in the form of food trucks provided by local restaurants, with the Mexican truck from Maria Bonita always popular.
Where: JLT Park
When: Fortnightly, Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm
How much: Free
Cine Splash at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
Ideal for keeping cool in the hotter months, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club welcomes both children and adults to take a dip in the pool while watching a film every Thursday and Friday evening.
Two films are shown per night and entry to the pool includes one towel per adult and one towel plus a box of popcorn per child.
Where: Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches
When: Every Thursday and Friday, from 7pm
How much: Free for members and their children; AED45 for non-members; AED35 for children between 4 and 12; free for children under 4