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Cinema Akil


Cinema Akil is the arthouse cinema dreams are made of - cosy, quirky, and a pioneer in bringing critically-acclaimed films from around the world to UAE audiences.

After years of hosting nomadic pop ups in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah, the first arthouse cinema in the GCC opened its permanent home at Alserkal Avenue in 2018, quickly becoming a fan favourite. Founded by Butheina Kazim, Cinema Akil promotes the goal of education and awareness-building around film and the cinematic arts.

Housed within Cinema Akil, Project Chaiwala is an all-day diner where you'll taste the best chai in Dubai, and savour delicious street food. Inspired by tea culture from around the world, from karak stops in Bur Dubai to clay kulhar cups in vibrant Delhi markets, Project Chaiwala shares an authentic take on chai, and infuses every cup with the chaiwala spirit.

Opening hours
Sun - Thu 5PM Onwards | Fri - Sat 3PM Onwards
Warehouse 68


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