Bringing world-class cinema design to Dubai

Chapman Taylor has designed and delivered some of the world’s most innovative cinema developments in Dubai on behalf of Emaar Entertainment and its Reel Cinemas subsidiary. Building on decades of experience, our designs have brought state-of-the-art cinema environments to Dubai, enhancing the experience of Emirati moviegoers and maximising value and impact for the cinema developers. Below are some of the industry-leading Dubai cinema projects which Chapman Taylor has designed and delivered in collaboration with Emaar Entertainment.

Rove Downtown Hotel Boutique Cinema, Dubai, UAE

This 49-seat hotel cinema was the first of its kind to open in the UAE, offering the latest global and regional films to both hotel guests and the general public. The stylish yet comfortable décor and seating are colourful and in keeping with the target demographic of this mid-range, hipster-friendly hotel.

Reflecting Rove Downtown’s ornate charm, Reel Cinemas at Rove Downtown has stylised seating and a distinctive inner-city vibe along with ample parking space. The contemporary ‘Reel Boutique’ experience provides a casual-chic experience for movie-goers. The cinema is also a venue for screening events, including sporting and cultural occasions.

Rove Hotels is a joint venture between the major development firm Meraas and Emaar Entertainment, the owners of Reel Cinemas, which operates the hotel cinema. Chapman Taylor acted as Lead Consultant on this boutique development.

Reel Cinemas, Dubai Mall, UAE

Chapman Taylor’s renovation of the Reel Cinemas offering at The Dubai Mall, phase one of which won ‘Best Leisure Interior’ at the 2018 Dubai Property Awards, has created the best cinematic experience in the region. This 26-screen complex, the largest in the UAE, offers many cinema options to moviegoers, including a Dolby Cinema, an MX4D cinema, a fully immersive ScreenX cinema, five dine-in cinemas and five Platinum Suites (with a new Platinum Suites lounge). There is also a 170-seat Guy Fieri restaurant and a large lobby area.

As well as being the largest cinema in the UAE, Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall is the world’s first cinema with all screens using laser RGB projectors and Dolby Atmos sound and adopts the world’s first fully automated sales process. Large LED screens clad the walls at entrances and in the lobby, and a Twitter wall has been installed for people to upload their messages and see them appear live on the screen. There is also a striking cinema access corridor, with curved and inclined LED screens creating a stunning visual effect.

Acting as Lead Consultant, Chapman Taylor worked in conjunction with Emaar Entertainment to conceive, create, develop and deliver both the first and second phases of this flagship project, which has set the benchmark for a luxury cinematic experience.

Jebel Ali Village, Dubai, UAE

Reel Cinemas partnered with the world-famous celebrity chef Guy Fieri to create the Middle East’s first standalone dine-in cinema, featuring Fieri’s American Kitchen concept. This was Fieri’s first venture in the region, adding to his portfolio of 45 restaurants across the USA and Mexico.

The highly-praised menu is available to moviegoers while they watch the latest global blockbusters and regional hits, enjoying the Dolby Atmos and Barco Flagship Laser technology.

Chapman Taylor acted as Lead Consultant on this project for Emaar Entertainment, designing the architecture, interiors, AOR, structural engineering, MEP, FLS, acoustics and specialist lighting.

Marina Mall Dolby Cinema, Dubai, UAE

The dynamic cinema brand, Dolby Laboratories Inc., and Emaar Entertainment, combined to deliver the first Dolby Cinema in the United Arab Emirates at Marina Mall. Dolby Cinema is a premium offering for moviegoers which combines spectacular image and sound technologies with inspired design to deliver the total cinema experience - making every visit a captivating cinematic journey. This format is considered by many specialists in the cinema industry to be the best possible presentation for movies.

Chapman Taylor acted as Lead Consultant for Emaar Entertainment on this project, the first installations for the Dolby brand in the UAE, designing the architecture, interiors, AOR, structural engineering, MEP, FLS, acoustics and specialist lighting.

​Springs Village, Dubai

Springs Village is a six-screen cinema complex commissioned by Emaar Entertainment to complement the retail and leisure options at their new neighbourhood-style shopping centre.

The scheme serves a well-established residential community and offers a children’s cinema with smaller seats and an adjacent party room. The other five screens all use digital projection and Dolby sound, while LED displays are used throughout the complex.

Chapman Taylor acted as Lead Consultant on this project, the first installations for the Dolby brand in the UAE, designing the architecture, interiors, AOR, structural engineering, MEP, FLS, acoustics and specialist lighting.

The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

Located opposite the world-famous Atlantis Hotel, The Pointe is a five-screen boutique cinema complex which uses state-of-the-art technology to provide residents and visitors with an immersive cinematic experience.

A 100-seat restaurant anchored by leading US celebrity chef Guy Fieri provides classic American comfort foods, which can be enjoyed while watching the latest regional and international films.

Chapman Taylor acted as Lead Consultant on this project, designing the architecture, interiors, AOR, structural engineering, MEP, FLS, acoustics and specialist lighting on behalf of Emaar Entertainment.

Chapman Taylor’s understanding of what adds value to the customer experience helps us create exciting cinema environments. We strive to design the best movie experience available, combining state-of-the-art technology with simplified functionality to create maximum value for both clients and cinemagoers. This is why many of the best-known names in cinema choose to work with us again and again.

For more information, please contact:

David Wallace (B.Arch. Dip. Arch, RIBA)

Director, UK and Dubai

David joined Chapman Taylor’s London studio as a Director in 2015 and leads our work in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

He has over 25 years’ experience working internationally in the cinema sector, as well as the fast-moving Chinese hospitality market.

He has an established track-record and reputation for good design with an ability to deliver projects on time and to budget.

Areas of expertise:

Leisure / Hospitality

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