Grand Cinemas at Bawadi Mall, Al Ain

At the south end of the upper floor at the Bawadi Mall in Al Ain is Grand Cinemas with 8 screens. It’s 30 AED for a ticket, and 35 AED for a seat in the VIP section which takes up the back 3 rows.

Grand Cinemas Al Ain

One challenge: when our sons were aged 10 and 7, we took them to see the remake of The Karate Kid at the Bawadi Mall Cinemas. Before the film started we were treated to several trailers as per usual… including for a pretty graphic 18-rated horror film featuring zombies and a few sudden, very brief scary bits. The boys didn’t say anything at the time, so I said nothing, but 6 months later my youngest son mentioned that trailer in passing.

In the spring of 2012 we 4 were again in Bawadi Mall Cinemas, and again our children saw the gruesome trailer for an upcoming horror movie.

So be aware that, very occasionally, you may be in the cinema with young children and see a trailer which isn’t really suitable.

You can only pay for tickets in cash. The staff, like in a number of outlets in Al Ain who only take cash, can be reluctant to give change, and do occasionally seem to be low on change, so it’s best to have the right change with you when you visit

Lastly, you cannot find out what films are showing here by looking online. You could find details online until around May 2010, but since then, and as of the time of writing, April 2012, there have been no listings on the Grand Cinemas website.

You can pick up a colour brochure showing current and upcoming films and showtimes, but the staff have told me that there are occasional errors in the showtimes printed.

So if you want to find out what’s on, you’ll have to call them on 03 784 0300.

The staff’s accent is often so thick that it’s very difficult to work out a movie title. So when I rang the other day, I was told about one new movie that sounded like Threat of the Takehouse. I tried to get the guy to say the words more slowly but this was the best I could do. I checked online for movies showing at the Rotana, and found a movie there called Wrath Of The Titans! That was what he was trying to convey to me! :)

Apart from these minor issues, this is a superb cinema.

Al Ain Mall cinemas

Al Ain Mall has a cinema on the top level which has 4 screens.

You can go to the Grand Cinemas website to see what is showing. As of the time of writing this short article, this website does not have a separate listing for the Al Ain Mall Cinema. Al Ain Mall Cinema staff told me today that if you go to this site and look at the listing for the Rotana Grand Cinemas, then the Al Ain Mall Cinema shows the same films at the same times.

(I would recommend you ring to confirm a film time just in came!)

Call them on 03 751 1228.

Ticket price: 30 aed

Other cinemas…

Bawadi Mall

Rotana Grand Cinemas

Al Foah Cinemas (5 screens; opened in January 2012)

Alliance Francaise

Grand Cinemas Rotana, Al Ain

I think that the Grand Cinemas is one of the first movie theatres in Al Ain, if not the very first. It’s situated below ground, next to the Rotana Hotel…


They have 4 screens there. One of the smaller screens had a rip about a foot long (30 cms) in the centre right of the screen when I went with a mate to see a non-blockbuster movie in early 2011. I thought it might spoil our viewing but we didn’t notice it during the film.

You’ll find a list of what they’re showing online at the Grand Cinemas website.

If you look at the site on a Wednesday, you’ll only see information on films which open the next evening, so if you want to find out what’s on that night, you’ll have to call, and talk with someone whose English isn’t great. As films sometimes have unusual titles, this can be a challenging process!!

Also, if you see a time listed for a film that you want to see, and you have a spare moment, take the time to ring the cinema to confirm the time. Why? Because the staff here do say whenever I ring to always check the times by phone as the website isn’t always accurate. (The staff at the Bawadi Mall Grand Cinemas say the same thing.)

Phone the Rotana Grand Cinemas on 03 754 4447.

Other cinemas in Al Ain…

Al Ain Mall (4 screens too)

Alliance Francaise

Al Foah Mall (5 screens; opened January 2012)

Bawadi Mall Grand Cinemas