Evenings during the next few months are ideal to take in a little al fresco cinema by the beach or up on a rooftop. When the temperature goes down, Dubai offers the perfect place to catch a screening of your favourite films outdoors. So grab your friends, some popcorn and unwind under the stars at these open-air cinema experiences.
Outdoor at Galleria Mall
This al fresco venue may screen the latest blockbusters but the real star of the show is the view. Dubai's most iconic landmarks, the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa, shimmy on the horizon at this rooftop Vox Cinemas venue on Al Wasl Road. It's a polished affair; a complimentary hamper of soft drinks and snacks is included in the entry price, but there's the option to have a restaurant meal delivered directly to your table for a further cost. Info: The Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road
Relaxed garden terrace The Backyard at Steigenberger Hotel it’s screening a collection of classics this season with special deals on food and drinks. They’ll be showing a different film every Tuesday at 8pm, with tickets priced at Dhs75. Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay
The outdoor movie night is back at West 14th Steakhouse on The Palm every Thursday. It’s free entry, with snacks and drinks charged separately. There’s two films shown each Thursday – a family-friendly option at 6.30pm, and a classic showing at 8pm.
To see regional arthouse flicks in an edgy outdoor environment, head straight for Cinema Akil at The Yard in Dubai's main art hub, Alserkal District. The two collaborate during the winter months to provide a programme of progressive local and international films, which seem even more relevant within the context of the dusky, aluminium facades and urban warehouses that are signature of Al Quoz. Info: Alserkal Avenue
Habtoor Grand Resort
Must-seen films to watch like Ghost, Jerry Maguire, and Slumdog Millionaire? Screenings take place every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at Habtoor Grand Resort. There are plenty of menu options and adult beverages to choose from, with the JBR skyline in the backdrop serving as the proverbial cherry on top. Tickets cost AED 75. Info: Beach Lawn, Habtoor Grand Resort