A scene in the Barbie movie.


Barbie movie gets approval to screen in UAE cinemas

The Barbie movie will be showing in the UAE after the UAE Media Council granted approval to screen it in cinemas across the country.

The highly awaited movie was scheduled to hit UAE cinemas in mid-July but faced delays. UAE cinemas listed it for release starting August 10.

UAE officials didn’t explain the screening delay, but reports cite possible content issues as the reason for the three-week delay.

The movie stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, and is directed by Oscar-nominated writer and director Greta Gerwig.

“The UAE Media Council has granted the Barbie movie the approval to be screened in the UAE’s licensed cinemas after completing the necessary procedures in line with the standards of media content and the UAE age classification,” the council announced on Thursday (August 3).

The movie about the world-famous doll stars Margot Robbie in the titular role and Ryan Gosling as Ken. It also features Hari Nef, a transgender actress from Philadelphia, who plays one of the Barbies.

The movie has been a box office hit globally since it released last month. It talks about Barbie doll and her quest for self-discovery.

Barbie the movie has sparked many trends on social media. In Dubai, a CGI video of a giant Barbie doll stepping out of her box to stand next to the Burj Khalifa got millions on views since it was posted on Instagram. ICA/Expat Media

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