Chinese New Year in Dubai
Ski, shop, eat, play, relax – there are plenty of ways to celebrate the Year of the Monkey in Dubai. Here’s a guide to the top activities to do with your family and friends.
Dubai is the place to to celebrate Chinese New Year
Dubai is a great place to celebrate Chinese New Year with your family. Here are the top activities to add to your itinerary:
Ski inside a mall
The biggest indoor ski slope in the world, and the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East, is a favourite for winter sports enthusiasts. With its mountain-themed wintery setting, you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing in an area the size of three football fields. Sign up for lessons or enjoy the Snow Park, perfect for young ones. Be sure to say hello to the local colony of penguins who call the park home. After hitting the slopes in sub-zero temperatures, step back out to the adjoining Mall of the Emirates , where shopping and dining await.
Go to the beach
The weather at this time of year is prime for some beach fun – and we have plenty of beaches to choose from. Grab your sunglasses and head to JBR Beach, located in close proximity to The Walk and the Beach mall and promenade. Want to try some watersports? Then make your way to Kite Beach, where you can try paddleboarding, kite surfing and more – all while enjoying prime views of our iconic Burj Al Arab hotel.
Visit Dubai Mall
No trip to Dubai is complete without a visit to our mega-mall, which is also home to Dubai Ice Rink, Sega Republic and Dubai Aquarium, as well as 1,200 stores. You can easily spend a whole day here, and when the sun sets it’s just a short walk to the promenade to see the dancing Dubai Fountain show in front of the towering Burj Khalifa.
Wander through history at Al Fahidi
Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is one of the oldest trading districts in Dubai. You’ll see traditional houses, charming arts and craft stores, boutique museum and cafes aplenty to stop at along the way. A short stroll from the main neighbourhood is Dubai Museum, located in the Al Fahidi Fort - the oldest existing building in Dubai. There, you can learn about what our city used to look like and discover our past as a small fishing and pearl-diving commune.
Bounce on a giant trampoline
Travelling with kids? Then definitely add a visit to Bounce Dubai to your to-do list. You’ll find this trampoline playground in the heart of Al Quoz neighbourhood, located in a converted warehouse. There’s plenty of room to jump around, and nearby cafes such as Lime Tree and Tom & Serg are ideal place to refuel afterwards.
Sail along Dubai Creek
Hop onto a water taxi, an Abra, for very affordable and scenic transportation across Dubai Creek. You’ll get to see life along both sides of the bank from a great vantage point, and the boat ride will connect you from Deira Souks to the traditional markets of Bur Dubai, if you plan to do some souvenir shopping.
Dubai Corporation of Tourism & Commerce Marketing