Information on how to find full listings of what's showing at the movies today in Dubai, and where to find your nearest cinema...
Dubai has a wide selection of English-language films. Most cinemas are large multiplexes that show Hollywood blockbusters as well as European, Bollywood and Arab films in English or with English subtitles. American films are released in Dubai about two months after their US release date.
New schedules are usually published weekly on Thursdays.
The UAE Ministry of Information and Culture rates films according to the following system:
- G: General audiences - suitable for all ages
- PG15: Parental guidance - some material may be unsuitable for children under 15
- 15+: no-one under 15 admitted
- 18+: no-one under 18 admitted
United Arab Emirates
The Emirates Network publishes listings of films showing in larger cinemas across the Middle East; it does not include rating information and only some language information.
- Dubai City Guide: One-page summary of the day's films in Dubai with language and certificate information, screening times and cinema locations
- Timeout Dubai: Listings films in all cinemas, links to movie information and search engine for films showing in Dubai. No ratings or language information
Cinemas in Dubai
- At: Deira City Center Al Ittihad Rd.
Tel: 04 294 9000
- At: Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road
Tel: 04 341 4222
- Grand Cinecity
At: Al Ghurair City, Al Riqqah Street
Tel: 04 228 9898
- Galleria Cineplex
At: Dubai Grand Hyatt, Al Garhood Road
Tel: 04 324 2000
- Grand Megaplex Cinemas/IMAX
At: IBN Batuta Shopping Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road
Tel: 04 366 9898
- Grand Mercato
At: Mercato Mall, Jumeira Beach Road (Al Jumeirah Road)
Tel: 04 349 9713
- Grand Metroplex
At: Dubai Metropolitan Hotel, Opposite Al Safa Park, Sheikh Zayed Road
Tel: 04 343 8383
- Al-Nasr Cinema
At: Al-Karamah, Al-Naser Club
Tel: 04 337 4353
- Donya Cinema
At: Donya Entertainment, Jebel Ali
Tel: 04 881 2797
- Dubai Cinema
At: Abu Bakr El-Sedeeq Street
Tel: 04 266 0632
- Lamcy Cinema
At: Lamcy Plaza Center
Tel: 04 336 8808
Tel: 04 393 9966
- Rex Drive-in Cinema
Tel: 04 288 6447
The Plaza Cinema provides online booking through GulfCinema.com; cinema goers must become members of the WHIZTEC Cyber Club to use this facility. Payment is made for tickets when collecting them, although there are plans for online payment in the future.
The Grand Cinemas chain has its own online booking facility, referred to as the E-ticket system. This runs in association with Bank Audi credit cards, although payment can be made by all major credit cards. Cinema goers must register with the MyGC Club to use this facility. Users pay for tickets online and print them out before going to the cinema.
Dubai International Film Festival
Dubai has hosted an annual film festival since 2003: the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). This showcases films from the Arab world, with a smaller number of films from Asia, Europe and North America.
DIFF includes films with subtitles as follows:
- Arabic films with English subtitles
- Other non-English films with English and Arabic subtitles
However, films do not have to be subtitled.