The competition in the world of cinema is stiff. The UAE’s leading cinemas, credit card providers, telecom operators, are all in this race. They are constantly trying to draw in movie-goers by offering interesting deals and discounts.

Our team has hunted down the best cinema deals across the UAE. Here’s to making sure you never pay full price for movie tickets again.

Cinema promotions

Cinemas in the UAE offer some great deals on movie tickets, food and beverages all year round. Reel Cinemas has ‘Buy 1 Get 1’ student offers, 25 percent discount with MasterCard and discounted ticket plus snack combos. Or you can head to VOX Cinemas if you fancy competitive rates for ladies’ night event combos and student discounts. They even run a parents and babies morning deal. Novo Cinemas too offers student discounts and 50 percent off ticket prices with SamsungPay. Plus, there’s discounted F&B under its ‘Mommy & Me’ mornings promotion.

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Bank offers

Below is our list of top bank offers that can help you save big bucks on cinema outings.

Emirates NBD

You get 2 tickets at just AED 47.25 at VOX Cinemas with an Emirates NBD Go4it credit card. Further, you could also use the Emirates NBD x U by Emaar card for 1 free ticket when you buy 1 at Reel Cinemas. 


HSBC offers ‘Buy 1 Get 1’ free and 20 percent off food and beverages to its Black, Premier and Advance credit card holders at Reel Cinemas. At VOX Cinemas, Black, Premier, Advance, Cashback, Platinum and Platinum Select credit card holders can all avail 1 free ticket on purchase of 1. 


Emirates-Citibank Ultima and Citi Prestige card holders can avail the ‘Buy 1 Get 1’ free and 20 percent off cinema food and beverages offer at Reel Cinemas. Further, VOX Cinemas also offers up to 4 ‘Buy 1 Get 1’ complimentary movie tickets each month. This depends on the category of Citibank credit card you own. 

First Abu Dhabi Bank

At VOX Cinemas, you can use your FAB Visa Infinite and FAB Visa Signature cards to purchase tickets for Thursday, Friday or Saturday at 50 percent discount. At Reel Cinemas, weekday movie tickets are available for AED 10 and weekend movie tickets for AED 20 to FAB Titanium, Platinum, Signature, Infinite, World & World Elite card holders.

Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered Manhattan Platinum, Visa Infinite and Shukran World credit card holders can get a free ticket for every ticket purchased at VOX Cinemas. At Reel Cinemas, Standard Chartered Visa Infinite, MasterCard Platinum & Manhattan Platinum card holders can avail the same offer.

Mashreq Bank

The exclusive Mashreq Novo credit card helps you save 50 percent on ticket prices at Novo Cinemas.

Commercial Bank of Dubai

CBD World MasterCard, Visa Infinite, Visa Infinite Islamic, Visa Signature and Visa Infinite Private Banking Metal card holders get a 50 percent discount on tickets at VOX Cinemas.

National Bank of Fujairah

NBF offers a staggering 60 percent cashback at Reel Cinema to its Classic, Platinum Exclusive and Infinite credit card holders. 

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Other great deals

du Tuesday

du subscribers can grab 2 tickets for the price of 1 at VOX Cinemas across the UAE for screenings on upcoming Tuesday. From your du number, SMS ‘SUB MOVIE’ to 9979 to subscribe to receive a coupon code automatically every week. Using this code, book your tickets online or on the VOX Cinemas mobile app. Remember, you can avail this offer once each week per du mobile line.

Etisalat Smiles

Etisalat Smiles mobile app helps you earn points for every transaction on Etisalat. You can redeem these points for a 50 percent discount at Novo Cinemas, Reel Cinemas, Roxy Cinemas and Cine Royal.

Group buying websites 

E-commerce marketplaces like Groupon and Cobone offer deeply discounted limited-time offers on movie tickets. For instance, Reel Cinemas, has an ongoing deal at Groupon where you can grab a 31 percent discount on dine-in cinema package which includes a two-course meal and movie ticket. 

Souqalmal Tip

Each offer has its specific set of conditions. Some offers are only available for a limited time while others are available on certain days and times. There are others that you can only redeem online and not at the box office. So, we recommended that you review all terms and conditions before booking your tickets.

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