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The Hot List: 6 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year in the UAE

The number of Chinese visitors to the GCC is expected to hit 2.5 million in 2021* and Chinese New Year is a peak time to travel. We round-up the best ways to welcome the Year of the Dog on 16 February…


Words by Habiba Azab



Armani Dubai Hotel

Boasting a prime spot inside Burj Khalifa, Armani Hotel Dubai is a top choice for luxury seekers who want to be at the heart of all the action. While you’re there, head to Armani/Mediterraneo for a festive feast of Cantonese, Szechuan, pan-Asian flavours like Szechuan chicken with asparagus and black pepper beef with ginger. The banquet-style buffet is available from 16-23 February from 6:30pm and is priced at Dhs295 per person.


Address Dubai Mall

Shopping fans will find a stylish home-from-home at this popular hotel that’s directly connected to The Dubai Mall. Foodies should book in for the Chinese NYE Dinner at Cabana, where you can tuck into traditional dishes such as barbeque duck and steamed dim sum and toast to new beginnings with a Mandarin Orange Ice Tea. 15 February from 7pm to midnight. From Dhs300-400 per person (depending on the drinks package). Dhs150 for kids.


Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam, Madinat Jumeirah

This boutique-style hotel offers a luxurious Arabian setting with easy access to the beach, Talise Spa and a traditional style souk. This year it is cranking the Chinese New Year celebrations up a notch at Zheng He’s (pictured). On 15 February guests will be entertained by a special Lion Dance Show while, from 16-21 February, the Chinese God of Fortune show will ‘wow’ with traditional music, a tea ceremony and four-course set menu. Dhs388 per person (bookings must be for a minimum of two guests).



The UAE is famous for its mega malls, with a rising number of coveted designers bringing their talents to the emirates. We recommend you check out Chinese-born designer Huishan Zhang, who has recently launched his 18’ collection at Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall. Featuring feminine details, strong lines and directional design, the outfits are comfortable yet dressy, with a variety of fabrics – think lace, sequins, jacquard, cotton, wool and silks.



Drums banging, lanterns glowing and dragons dancing, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is hosting a Chinese New Year takeover from 16 to 24 February, allowing thrill seekers to satisfy a need for speed, with a dash of culture. There’s a fun line-up of traditional events, including a parade, performances by the award-winning Shenyang and Hebei Acrobatic Troupes, and Kung Fu lessons. Children will adore Huan Hua the panda, who’ll be taking up residence at the Bamboo Garden at La Piazza.



Art enthusiasts are being lured to The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, to meet acclaimed Chinese paper cutting artist Yuan Chengxiang who’ll be showcasing a selection of unique pieces from 13-26 February. Learn more about this intricate art form that symbolises luck and happiness, and don’t miss the firework display at 9pm on 16 February.


* Source: Colliers International


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