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The country’s largest cinema is now open

Cinemacity Al Qana launched with a preview of the Arabic film Al Hayba.

Between its waterfront location and wealth of dining and entertainment options, Al Qana has fast become one of the capital’s favourite destinations. And now, it’s gaining new fans following the arrival of Cinemacity Al Qana, which happens to be the biggest cinema in the country. It made its debut with a preview of the highly awaited Arabic film Al Hayba in the presence of key officials and developers as well as its director and stars. 

The opening of Cinemacity Al Qana extends the lifestyle offering of the destination, with 15 screens including three VIP theatres, one Presidential Theatre, and the XXL theatre (which boasts the capital’s largest screen) – and a collective capacity of over 1,800 seats. For the ultimate in luxury, the three VIPS theatres offer reclining seats with a dine-in service including on-demand waiter service. The XXL Theatre, meanwhile, is Cinemacity Al Qana’s first custom PLF (Premium Large Format) theatre that features a 26-meter-wide screen with dual high contrast laser projectors and Dolby ATMOS surround sound.

Cinemacity Al Qana

Fouad Mashal, Chief Executive Officer of Al Barakah International Investment, developer of Al Qana, said, “As the new outdoor season commences, Al Qana is emerging as the new hotspot in Abu Dhabi, offering a unique mix of homegrown and international concepts. Building on the successful launch of The National Aquarium Abu Dhabi, we predict that Cinemacity Al Qana will also delight visitors of all ages as it redefines the modern cinema experience.”

Hammad Atassi, CEO of Cinemacity Al Qana, said, “Our grand opening with a key avant-premiere echoes our ambition to bring more exclusive premiers, blockbuster movie debuts, and key events that will entertain our visitors.” Besides screening Hollywood, Bollywood, and Arabic movies, the cinema has also launched an array of culinary options. Graffiti is described as a hip and urban space perfect for millennials, serving pizza and Italian dishes amidst a backdrop of tunes spun by the resident DJ. Backlot Cafe caters to those seeking a touch of elegance, serving freshly baked treats and sandwiches in a sophisticated setting. Elsewhere, a taste of Tokyo awaits at Azul Lounge in the form of Japanese fusion cuisine such as sushi and carpaccio.

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A textbook third culture kid with a perpetual thirst for adventure, Samia Qaiyum specialises in travel and culture, having lived in five countries and travelled to 34 others – just don't ask her to define the word 'home'.

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