Megaplex will include 21 screens and exclusive VIP lounge in Dubai's Meydan One
Dubai's first ever Cinépolis cinema is set to open next year as part of the Meydan One entertainment destination.
The 9.527m sq megaplex will include 21 screens and an exclusive VIP lounge with a total seating capacity of 3,035.
The partnership with Meydan One will introduce the cinema giant’s high-touch theatre concepts, such as Luxury, Premium, Macro XE, 4D E-Motion and family-friendly Cinépolis Junior, to the destination.
Cinépolis opened its first outpost in the GCC region in Bahrain in January this year, followed by Oman in May. And, in June, the global chain also announced six new branches coming up in Saudi Arabia.
Ashish Shukla, CEO of Cinépolis, said: “Box office revenue in the MENA region exceeded $500 million in 2017, and this number is set to increase year on year. With the UAE attracting more people from around the globe through its enabling policies and diverse resident-friendly activations, the cinema industry looks poised for further growth.”
The Cinépolis megaplex will comprise state-of-the-art auditoriums with leather reclining chairs that feature personal amenities, call buttons, advanced storage solutions and adjustable tables.
Macro XE auditoriums will boast screens that are three times the standard size, while 4D E-Motion theatres enable movie fans to ‘live’ the experience with innovative motion seats and exhilarating special effects.
Catering to the needs of the smallest cinemagoers, Cinépolis Junior will offer a jungle gym, bean bag seating, and 15-minute intermissions halfway through the film to allow children to take a break.
Almost 50 percent of the leasable space in Meydan One, which is also due to open in 2020, is dedicated to F&B and leisure, with 46,000m sq allocated to entertainment, sporting activities, edutainment and e-gaming.
Fahad Abdulrahim Kazim, vice president of Meydan Malls, Meydan Group, said: “Cinépolis’ immersive and futuristic cinematic experiences perfectly demonstrate just how far retail concepts have grown and advanced in the region, and we couldn’t be prouder to be leading this exciting evolution.”