Founder of Cinema Akil
By the force of her passion, Butheina has turned what was once a makeshift pop-up theatre into the
preeminent arthouse cinema in the UAE with permanent home in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue. If Cinema Akil were a
person, she told Time Out, it would be the flamboyant, original and fearless British designer Vivienne
Westwood. With the attention has come more exclusive films and a reputation as one of the strongest homes
for independent cinema in the Arab world.