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Where to go for a movie screening in Abu Dhabi

If nothing bores you more than always heading to the same spot to watch a movie, then, what we have just rounded up may be interesting to read in detail.

Actually, for the last two years, we have become so spoiled we could almost spend every night in different locations around the city watching movies of all kinds: beautifully restored classics, contemporary movies, Arabian, blockbusters for kids, …

One useful advice though. Better follow these spots on Facebook or register to their newsletter to make sure you do not miss any of their upcoming events. The added bonus is some of them are free or outdoors.
Let’s get through the list!


The Space Abu Dhabi
Free – first come, first served!
This is a spot worth bookmarking in Abu Dhabi as they regularly propose free screenings. From one movie now and then at the beginning, there now is a dedicated website with three programs to choose from: inspiring world cinema, stunning restored classics, family-friendly movies. You will also find all details about each movie screening including category, director, country of origin, length, and age restrictions.
RSVP is mandatory due to limited seating. A waitlist becomes available as soon as the RSVP is full for a program.


Warehouse 421
Wednesdays at the Warehouse
This new cultural hub located in Mina Zayed not only showcases exhibitions highlighting the history, culture and heritage in the UAE they have just started a curated program of creative activities taking place every other Wednesday (from the 20th January until the 27th April 2016).
The program mixes film screenings, workshops and also panel discussions.
These events are free of charge with prior registration required. Once registered to their newsletter, you get regular updates about the upcoming screenings.


New York University Abu Dhabi
“A new beacon of inspiration at the university where performance, education, and community come together in a vibrant, state of the art setting to enrich the cultural life of both the campus and the city.”
New York University Abu Dhabi opened a brand new campus located on Saadiyat Island and they propose regular film screenings, talks and lectures to attend, for free with prior booking required.
The program is available to browse online at the Arts Center of NYUAD mixing shorts, films, but also dance and music shows.
As an example, they are currently screening parts of a theme entitled “Imagine Science 2016” with different screenings and talks related to this topic.


Mushrif Central Park
Mushrif Central Park is not only our preferred outdoor hangout in the Capital; it also proposes many family-friendly activities to enjoy and regular outdoor film screenings which kids usually adore.Song of Sea (2014, directed by Tomm More) was projected on a Wednesday night at 7pm in February 2016 at the amphitheatre with a huge screen settled there, chairs and buggle-up poufs. You simply have to pay the park entrance fee (5 AED/person) to attend the screenings under the stars. They also propose regular screenings for kids during the weekends.
To get updated, follow their Facebook page as they create a Facebook event for each screening.


Manarat Al Saadyiat
New season for The 7th Art – indoors or Al Fresco?
In partnership with TCA Abu Dhabi and Image Nation Abu Dhabi , the 7th Art is curated and hosted by veteran film historian Peter Scarlet. They just launched the second season of film series screenings at Manarat Al Saadiyat, that started on the 7th February 2016 and runs every other Sunday until May 15th.
They will present some of the masterpieces of cinema’s first century. They’ll then ‘go on with screenings of Mark Cousins’ remarkable The Story of Film: An Odyssey with its final 7 episodes tracing the evolution of the medium up to the present”, Peter Scarlet says.
Admission is free with prior booking required by emailing


The 7th Art Al Fresco
A brand-new series of outdoor screenings await Abu Dhabi residents this season. Starting from Saturday 20th February 2016, this initiative will go on every third Saturday until the 23rd April 2016 with a different location throughout Abu Dhabi.
Follow their Facebook page to get all details about their program.


Yas Marina
The outdoor Classic Movie Night
This monthly event with screenings on the lawn will take place on February 9, March 8 and April 12. Basically, it’s on every Tuesday night once a month and starts at 7.30pm. Admission is free and it’s first come first served!
Get full details here


Ciné Rendez-Vous at The Mercure Centre Hotel Pool Terrace
Free Open Air Cinema
Want to improve your French skills? Then check Alliance Française’s website and Mercure Centre Hotel Facebook page to get regular updates about their outdoor film screenings. It’s usually a French movie subtitled in English.

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