10 Things To Do In UAE For Chinese New Year

by Deeplata Garde
10 Things To Do In UAE For Chinese New Year

Dubai is the land of celebrations & festivals. Emirates welcome every culture with open hands. After all, it is home to a humungous ex-pat crowd and hence is multicultural and accepting compared to other Emirates. Similar to other festivals, Dubai is becoming home to Chinese expats that are anticipated to celebrate the Lunar year a.k.a the Chinese New Year. So if you are planning to spend the festive season in Dubai we might help you plan your celebrations.

Here Are 10 Things To Bring In Chinese New Year In Dubai

Visit These Restaurants To Feel Back Home

1. Lao

The Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah’s LAO restaurant is hosting a weekend-long celebration of the Chinese New Year. A four-course dinner with chicken dumplings, fish wrapped in lotus, and more is available to guests. The festivities start on Friday, January 20 through Sunday, January 22 for Dhs299 per person. From 6 to 6.30 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, guests can also take in a customary lion dance.

2. Shi


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Shi, an authentic Chinese fine dining establishment on Bluewaters Island, will be celebrating with a limited edition daily set menu. Available from Friday, January 20 until Friday, January 27, it is jam-packed with both classic and contemporary Chinese dishes. As a thank you from the Shi team, visitors will also be given a fortune cookie and a surprise gift box.

3. Seasons


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Enjoy a delicious supper buffet to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Customers in Dubai get a fantastic dining experience at Seasons Restaurant. With its live cooking stations, Seasons brings a variety of flavours from around the globe to your table. Their chefs hand-select only the best ingredients to create a variety of distinctive dishes that call to the hearts of food connoisseurs.

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4. Day & Night

Visit Day & Night, the hotel’s 24-hour restaurant, to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year. The restaurant will commemorate the traditional celebrations with magnificent lanterns, furnishings, and music in addition to a tantalising selection of traditional Chinese food.

5.  Village Bistro

The grilled feast brunch at Village Bistro will let you ring in the Year of the Rabbit with a fiery and flavour-filled day. With prices starting at Dhs179, the brunch will have a Chinese New Year theme.

6. BA-Boldly Asian

A three-course family-style dinner is what you can anticipate. Favourites like hot wontons, wok-fried noodles, traditionally steamed seabass, and more will be on the menu. The feast begins on January 20 and 21 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on both days. Each guest will pay Dhs250 for it.

7. Visit The China Pavillion At Global Village

Live entertainment, Lunar New Year snacks, celebrations, and one-of-a-kind cultural goods to shop are all featured in the bright China pavilion at Global Village in Dubai.

Value tickets are available at the gate for AED 20 and any-day passes are only AED 25 (AED 22.5 online).

8. Visit Chinese Mall Dragon Mart For Shopping And Decorations


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It’s a location where a variety of Chinese traditional entertainment and activities will be offered daily, such as Chinese fans, drums, and a kids’ art and craft section. At the dragon mart, you can eat and shop to your heart’s pleasure.

9. Expo City Is Drapped In Red & Golden For The Chinese New Year Parade


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The big parade takes up a substantial portion of the events in Expo City. You can view 20 floats that are marching in the parade. 2,500 people will be present in Expo City on January 14, 2023. The festival will offer a wonderful display of Chinese culture as well as entertainment from acrobats and parade bands.

A few of the other entertaining activities scheduled for the Chinese New Year parade include festival booths, Chinese food stalls, street performances, and games.

10. Watch The Immersive Laser & Light Show At Burj Khalifa


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Burj Khalifa similar to other festivals and occasions will light up with the colours of Chinese New Year. The year of rabbit would be evidently visible on the tower making it a scenic view to enjoy as part of celebrations. The laser & light show will continue till 31st March 2023 if you miss out on the event anytime soon.

Here are a few ways to ring in the Chinese New Year in Dubai. What are your plans?

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