Arada reveals opening schedule for Movie Nights at Aljada, as Sharjah’s first drive-in cinema gears up for launch

30 June 2020

• Film programme to kick off with screening of superhero movie The Avengers at 8pm on Wednesday 1 July
• New attraction at Madar at Aljada will show a wide range of Arabic and English language films in a family-friendly and secure environment
• Cinemagoers will be able to order meals on a contactless basis from the 17 outlets at food district Zad, with deliveries directly to cars

Arada has unveiled the opening line-up of films to be screened at Movie Nights at Aljada, the new drive-in cinema that is launching this Wednesday at the mixed-use megaproject in the heart of New Sharjah. The schedule includes a wide range of family, action and comedy classics, in both Arabic and English. All films at the 150-capacity cinema will be free to enter, on a first-come, first-served basis, with all current and future government guidelines with regard to social distancing and safety strictly adhered to.

The first movie to be shown at the cinema will be superhero classic The Avengers, which will be screened at 8pm on Wednesday 1 July at Madar at Aljada, the recently opened family entertainment destination. The 2018 blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians will be screened at the same time on Thursday 2 July, with Pixar family favourite Toy Story showing on Friday 3 July and Marvel smash hit Black Panther on Saturday 4 July.

The first Arabic language film to be shown at the cinema will be Egyptian comedy Zaki Chan, which will be screened on Sunday 5 July.  The full schedule of movies and timings and further details about the cinema can be found both on the dedicated Movie Nights at Aljada website and the Aljada website, as well as Aljada’s Facebook and Instagram social media channels. Future plans for the drive-in cinema include movie double bills and themed nights and weekends.

Cinemagoers will be able to order directly from Zad at Aljada, the new drive-thru food district featuring 17 different types of delicious cuisine from popcorn to burgers and from sushi to vegan snacks. They may either visit the drive-thru prior to entering the cinema, or order via the dedicated website. Meals will then be delivered directly to cars in a contactless and safe manner.

Visitors to the cinema will also be allocated specific parking spaces, depending on the size of their car, and will be able to access the sound of the movie by tuning their car radios to 87.7 FM. All guests are encouraged to arrive at least 10 minutes before the film is scheduled to begin, switch their headlights off and remain in their cars at all times.

HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Arada, said: “We have been delighted with the response to the launch of Madar at Aljada, which has now welcomed well over 130,000 visitors since its public opening in February. Movie Nights at Aljada is just one of a number of exciting plans we have to improve Madar at Aljada still further, and we look forward to welcoming the Sharjah community back to this superb family destination.”

Opened on 27 February by HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Madar at Aljada is the first part of Sharjah’s largest megaproject to be completed. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the entertainment district contains the Aljada Discovery Centre, a children’s adventure playground, a skatepark, an indoor events space and an amphitheatre.

A highlight of Madar at Aljada, drive-thru restaurant district Zad features a wide range of cuisines including Emirati coffee brand Retro 7, seafood eatery Musl and Arabic sweets specialist Kullaj Omar.

Located in the fast-growing Muwaileh district in the heart of New Sharjah, Aljada is a master-planned destination with a sales value of AED24 billion that is set to transform the future of the Emirate. Construction on Aljada began in 2018 and the first homes are scheduled to be handed over to owners in the third quarter of this year.

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