The UAE have by far the highest cinema attendance of the Middle Eastern countries, with 82% of respondents who watch films in the cinema.
Expats in the cinema
Because expats outnumber nationals, cinema-going varies greatly by nationality. Non-Arab expats are far more likely to attend the cinema than expats in these countries. In the UAE, essentially all Asian and Western expats go to the cinema (97% and 99%, respectively), compared to two-thirds of nationals and Arab expats (67% versus 68%).
UAE movie fans go to the cinema roughly 13 million times per year and spend almost 141 million $ at the box office yearly.
According to Mena Cinema Forum, the UAE is set to join the world’s top 10 leading markets for global box office revenues by 2030.