New drive-in cinema set to open in Sharjah

Sharjah is getting its very own drive-in cinema. (File/Shutterstock)
Short Url
Updated 17 May 2020

New drive-in cinema set to open in Sharjah

DUBAI: With the coronavirus showing no signs of letting down, it’s unlikely that cinemas will re-open in the foreseeable future. But, movie-goers in the UAE  frustrated by the closure of cinemas during the coronavirus pandemic will soon be able to watch films from the comfort of their own car at a new drive-in theater opening in Sharjah on July 1.

The new drive-in cinema will be housed in Madar at Aljada, Sharjah’s new entertainment complex and it is being launched in collaboration with Urban Entertainment, a Dubai-based company known for hosting outdoor screenings at its Habtoor Grand location. 

Films will be screened on a nightly basis at 8pm. 

It's the second drive-in movie concept to launch in the UAE amid the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, VOX Cinemas announced the launch of a drive-in movie theater at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. 


Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour receives BAFTA nomination

Youssef Kerkour is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Sami Ibrahim in the comedy series “Home.” (Instagram)
Updated 04 June 2020

Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour receives BAFTA nomination

DUBAI: Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour has landed a nomination for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), the academy announced on Thursday, after the awards were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The actor, who grew up in Rabat, is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Sami Ibrahim in the comedy series “Home.”

Kerkour, who is also known for roles in “Dracula,” “Redemption,” “Criminal” and “Marcella,” took to Twitter to thank his supporters. 

“Thank you all for your lovely messages this morning. It is a tremendous honor to be nominated in such stellar company,” the 41-year-old actor said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

La famille MAISON @channel4 #home #season2

A post shared by Youssef Kerkour (@youssefkerkour) on

The series, created by British writer and actor Rufus Jones, follows a middle-class London family who find a Syrian asylum seeker named Sami (Kerkour) hiding in their luggage while returning from holiday in France.

Kerkour’s tweet also paid tribute to Jones. 

“I must however say that there is a name missing IMO (in my opinion). That name is Rufus Jones. His writing will give you nominations,” he wrote.