Heading out to the cinema in Dubai is one of the most classic things to do possible and one of our favourite days out at Godesto.com. Spending a few hours relaxing in a comfortable chair in the huge air conditioned cinema halls while you watch the latest and greatest blockbuster hits and indulge yourself in barrels and barrels of caramel popcorn or, if you’re lucky, treat yourself to the latest VIP experience on offer from each cinema. However, during Ramadan, the rules on eating and drinking are quite strict in that you’re not allowed to eat or drink in public while the sun is up. Doing so can land you in quite a bit of trouble, so it’s best to adhere to the rules and avoid eating or drinking during day time in public.
However, sometimes the rules are a little different depending on what you’re doing and the location and here’s where a bit of confusion always hits residents and visitors of Dubai, can you eat in the cinema during Ramadan? Well, the answer this year is a resounding, ‘Yes,’ from each cinema provider, but they have some ground rules first.
You’ll find Roxy Cinemas at The Beach in JBR, City Walk and, soon to be La Mer. If you’re a Roxy Cinema kind of person then you’ll be glad to know that all food and drink sales and consumption can continue as normal while you’re in Roxy Cinema. You might be served food in a sealed bag, which is to be opened only inside the cinema hall, but you won’t feel the effects of Ramadan too strongly.
Reel Cinemas has locations across Dubai at the Dubai Mall, The Dubai Marina Mall and the Jebel Ali Recreation club.
The Dubai Mall cinema has announced that they will be open for takeaway only and the dine-in Jebel Ali cinema will be continuing as normal with altered times. Jebel Ali Recreation Club cinema will be open at 2:00 PM from Sunday through Wednesday and then 12:00 PM noon on Thursday and 11:00 AM on weekends.
The largest chain of cinemas across the UAE, VOX Cinemas has locations almost everywhere. During Ramadan, it’s been announced that VOX will continue to serve food within their cinemas however they will be wrapped in a plastic bag and customers will be told they cannot open them until they are inside the cinema hall.
One of the most classic examples of perfecting the ultimate VIP experience, Novo Cinema have locations in Ibn Battuta Mall, Dragon Mart and Dubai Festival City. We’ve had confirmation that food and drink will continue to be served during Ramadan to non-Muslims, children under the age of 10 and pregnant women.
Novo Cinemas at Ibn Battuta Mall will be serving food only from the inside counter and all food will be placed into bags, only to be opened within the cinema hall.