Chinese New Year In Dubai: 5 Places To Eat And Shop At

Enjoy activities that authentically showcase the beauty of Chinese culture.

by Priyanka Fernandes
Chinese New Year In Dubai: 5 Places To Eat And Shop At

Dubai is a culturally diverse city that has not only experienced economic growth but also cultural growth. It has welcomed expats from different cultures and celebrated their festivals, such as Christmas and Diwali. One important festival celebrated in Dubai is the Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival. This Year, the Year of the Dragon “Loong” festivities will start on February 10, 2024. Chinese Lunar Calendar, based on the moon and sun cycles, decides the festival’s date. You can participate in various activities during the Chinese New Year celebration in Dubai. Here are five things you can do to enjoy and celebrate this festival.

1. Dragon Mart


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This lively trading hub has over 4,000 retail and wholesale shops filled with an incredible selection of Chinese goods, from quirky toys to practical appliances and textiles. The hub also offers trendy clothing and home decor at unbeatable factory prices. Don’t forget to try bargaining for an even more exciting and rewarding shopping experience.

What: Dragon Mart
Sunday to Wednesday – 9 am to 7 pm and Thursday to Saturday – 9 am to 7 pm
Where: Al Awir Road towards Hatta

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2. China Town Dubai Mall


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China Town is a destination that promises an authentic experience that allows visitors to journey through Asia without leaving the city. Guests will be fully immersed in the emotions of the Orient, from the stunning architecture to the vibrant fabrics, colours, tastes, and smells. Taste the flavours of Asia at restaurants like Hawker Chan and Lanzhou Beef Noodles. Enjoy delectable desserts at Luckin Spring Bakery and Koi Tea, and quench your thirst with Koi Tea.

What: China Town Dubai
When: Monday to Sunday – 10 am to 12 am
Where: The Dubai Mall

3. Global Village

Various country pavilions, including China, can be found at Global Village. Visitors can experience live performances, traditional Chinese cuisine, and authentic shopping opportunities. The Chinese pavilion also offers an array of authentic goods for visitors to browse and purchase – everything from handcrafted souvenirs to intricate artwork. With so much to see, taste, and explore, the Chinese pavilion at Global Village is truly a feast for the senses.

What: Global Village
When: Sunday – Wednesday – 4 pm to 12 am, Thursday – Saturday & Public Holidays:- 4 pm to 1 am
Where: Exit 37 via Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd/E311 and Emirates Rd/E611

4. LEGOLAND Dubai Resorts

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with Chinese-themed family activities! At the Fun Zone, make a wish, build your own LEGO dragon, and enjoy the Lucky Red Envelope Hunt to win LEGO sets and a stay at LEGOLAND® Hotel Dubai. Join character parades, enjoy Chinese food, and get a FREE ‘Year of the Dragon’ LEGO Box Set when you spend AED399. Exit the park with a limited-edition 2024 Chinese New Year LEGO brick souvenir.

What: Chinese New Year At Legoland
When: February 10th to 17th
Where: Al Awir Road towards Hatta

5. Dubai Opera


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Experience a memorable performance on 30-31 January 2024 at Dubai Opera by the prestigious National Ballet of China performed on stage, presented by Multiple Events. Let the exceptional talents of this world-renowned ballet company take you on a mesmerizing journey through the magical world of dance. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the beauty of artistry at its finest.

What: Ballet by National Ballet of China
When: January 30th and 31st
Where: Dubai Opera

Hope these places add a special touch of uniqueness and unforgettable memories to your Chinese New Year celebrations.

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