Cinema experiences in Dubai, from VIP screenings to movies under the stars
There are few more relaxing experiences than sitting back and watching a good movie. And when it comes to a movie outing, Dubai really pushes the envelope. Whether you’re sitting under the stars, in a luxury lounge with a waiter at your service, or even in a swimming pool – a cinema experience in Dubai is a must on the itinerary.
Vox Gold offers fully reclining leather armchairs, cooked-to-order food from an exclusive menu and a private butler service. There are five Vox Cinema outlets across Dubai – Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Centre, Mercato Mall and Burjuman Mall – and all offer the Gold experience.
Reel Cinemas at Dubai Marina Mall
Next up, there’s the boutique branch of Reel Cinemas at Dubai Marina Mall. The only all-premiere-class cinema in the UAE, the cinema comprises twin recliner seats with masses of legroom, and gourmet food and beverage offerings. For an extra charge, there are even blankets and pillows available to make you feel completely at home!
Vox ThEATre by Gary Rhodes
Vox Gold is undeniably luxurious, but Vox ThEATre by Gary Rhodes takes the art of cinema to another level. Set to open in the new Vox Cinema development in the Mall of the Emirates in September 2015, the concept will see Michelin-starred celebrity chef Gary Rhodes launch his very own cinema experience, where viewers enjoy a world-class meal with their film. With Rhodes famous for his classic British cuisine with a touch of Arabian flavour, Vox ThEATre is sure to be the most delicious way to watch – expect gourmet shawarma, classic grilled steak and delicate desserts served with all the finesse for which Rhodes’ restaurants are known.
They say cinema is getting more realistic, and with Vox 4DX (at Midriff City Centre and Deira City Centre), this is certainly true. The most immersive cinema experience, 4DX really throws viewers into the action. As well as motion seats, cinemagoers may also experience rain, fog, wind, water, lightning and even smell during a movie.
Cinema under the stars
Dubai has a lot of options for those who prefer to view their movies under the stars rather than in the theatre. The open-air theatre in the park at Jumeirah Lakes Towers runs throughout the cooler months of the year, showing indie films and family favourites. Wafi Mall’s Sunday evening Movies Under The Stars night offers free showings of comedy classics in the resort’s rooftop gardens; and British favourite Reform Social and Grill in The Lakes solicits votes on its social media channels to decide which films it will show on its big waterside screen.
Swim and see at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club offers a truly unique way to experience films – while immersed in the resort’s pool! Every Thursday and Friday night from 7pm onwards, a family favourite is shown first, before a film for the grown-ups is aired. Each ticket includes access to the pool, a towel, and a carton of popcorn.