Celebrate Chinese New Year in Dubai

Bring out the festive spirit in a spectacular way
Dubai is a fantastic place to celebrate the Chinese New Year. See the red-tinted fireworks, splurge on a sky-high tea, eat your way around the city or shop ‘til you drop at one of the exciting new leisure precincts that have popped up throughout Dubai. Xin nian hao!
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Dubai Festival City

Waterside wonders

Dubai Festival City

Waterside wonders

Enjoy fireworks and pyrotechnic displays

Dubai Festival City, a shopping, entertainment and lifestyle precinct fronting Dubai Creek, is home to the Festival Boardwalk – where for one night only, you can witness an amazing display of fireworks and pyrotechnics celebrating the Chinese New Year. Book a table at one of Dubai Festival City Mall’s many water-facing restaurants or simply make your way to the boardwalk at 8pm on 4 February for an amazing show. What’s more, the mall will also run special promotions and themed entertainment shows for the entire family to enjoy.

When: 4 February
Cost: Free
Contact Details
  Dubai Festival City
  +971 800 332
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Gifts for you and yours

The Dubai Mall

Gifts for you and yours

The Dubai Mall

Indulge in retail therapy this Chinese New Year

The Dubai Mall is gearing up for another unforgettable Chinese New Year. For ten whole days this February, enjoy ‘China Art’, a Chinese-themed celebration complete with live shows, arts and craft workshops and traditional games. Challenge your mind and indulge in a game of Mahjong or look out for popular Chinese characters roaming the malls. Each day of the festivities will also see a traditional parade, musicians and puppet shows, making it a celebration you can’t miss. There are also prizes to be won for shopping enthusiasts spending over AED600 using Alipay until 18 March.



When: 1 to 10 February
Contact Details
  The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
  +971 800 38224 6255

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Shop and win

Mall of the Emirates

Shop and win

Mall of the Emirates

Fortune becomes yours

With over 630 stores, Mall of the Emirates is a shopping haven where you can admire the latest collections and limited-edition favourites from top brands. If luxury is on your mind, the mall also has an incredible selection of designer brands to choose from, including Balenciaga, Cartier, Chanel, Gucci, Omega, Louis Vuitton, Rolex and many more. To celebrate Chinese New Year, shoppers who spend AED1,000 at the mall will stand the chance to win AED15,000 daily. There will be one lucky winner chosen each day, so it’s the perfect excuse to get shopping.

When: 3 to 13 February
Contact Details
  Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road
  +971 4 409 9000
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Deals and offers

Dubai Duty Free

Deals and offers

Dubai Duty Free

Don’t miss the special CNY discounts on top brands

Kicking off the festivities with a special Chinese New Year celebration ceremony at Dubai International (DXB) Terminal 3 on 22 January, travellers have a lot to look forward to this season. Head to Dubai Duty Free and discover special offers and discounts on thousands of products, exclusively for Chinese customers. Don’t forget to follow Dubai Duty Free’s official WeChat and Weibo social media accounts for the chance to win limited-edition souvenirs and gifts too.

When: 22 January to 11 February

Contact Details
  Dubai Duty Free, Dubai International
  +971 800 4443

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Family fun

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Family fun

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Enjoy a mix of adventure and entertainment

Buckle up for a wild ride at the largest indoor theme park in the world. With heart-racing rollercoasters, realistic simulators and dedicated action-packed zones for the coolest cartoon and movie franchises, IMG Worlds of Adventure is the ultimate hub for both thrill-seekers and fans. From the indestructible Marvel heroes to the historic dinosaurs of the Lost Valley, the rides are based on the some of the most formidable characters of the fantasy world. 

Cost: From AED285 per person for park admission

Contact Details
  Dubailand, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
  +971 4 403 8888

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Celebratory feasts

Atlantis, The Palm

Celebratory feasts

Atlantis, The Palm

Dinner and a show at Palm Jumeirah

The Chinese New Year celebrations kick off in style at Atlantis, The Palm. Get into the festive spirit with special menus and traditional lion dances. Book a table at Hakkasan, which will serve up a refined Chinese New Year Menu from AED498 per person, or go all out at Saffron restaurant that offers a spectacular dinner complemented by live entertainment from just AED265 per person. On 4 February, the resort will also host a stunning fireworks display.

When: 28 January to 28 February
Cost: Prices vary
Contact Details
  Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah
  +971 4 426 1000
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Paint the town red

#WOWJBR

Paint the town red

#WOWJBR

Live entertainment at The Walk

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture at The Walk at JBR. As part of the #WOWJBR Chinese New Year celebrations, watch as talented artists perform the ancient Chinese art of ‘Bian Lian’ or face changing, with roaming dragon characters and puppets engaging with little ones. Visitors can enjoy an unforgettable evening stroll of the lively district, which offers a glimpse into Asian culture with vibrant LED lion installations, live performances and plenty of surprises.

When: 7 to 9 February 2019
Cost: Free entry
Contact Details
  The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residences, Dubai Marina
  +971 4 390 0091

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Dinner with a view

Palace Downtown

Dinner with a view

Palace Downtown

Unmissable sights and bites

Celebrate the essence of family time this Chinese New Year at Palace Downtown. Treat yourself to unparalleled views of the Burj Khalifa as you sample delicious treats from award-winning restaurants like Thiptara, where a four-course Chinese set menu offering dim sum, crispy duck and other traditional favourites costs just AED288. Foodies can also enjoy either a seafood or dim sum buffet each day at Ewaan from AED188. Or, soothe your senses at a relaxing Afternoon Tea complete with a live harpist at Al Bayt for AED188.

When: 1 to 10 February
Cost: AED188 onwards
Contact Details
  The Palace Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 888 3444
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Themepark thrills

Dubai Parks and Resorts

Themepark thrills

Dubai Parks and Resorts

Celebrate with traditional festivities

Riverland Dubai, the themed dining and retail area connecting Dubai Parks and Resorts’ three theme parks and waterpark is open to everyone, whether you have a park ticket or not. Celebrate Chinese New Year at the precinct with fireworks that will light up the sky on 4 February at 8pm while enjoying traditional Chinese roaming entertainment, tea ceremonies and markets selling Chinese crafts. Motiongate Dubai’s Master Po and squad are set to entertain the entire family this Chinese New Year with dance performances, vibrant decor and delicious food daily from 2pm to 7pm from 1 to 13 February. And if that’s not enough, Legoland will be hosting a range of activities for the little ones in mind, including a mosaic-building experience, wishing wall and a ‘Gold Badge’ hunt where winners can walk away with complimentary day tickets.

When: 1 to 13 February
Cost: From AED175, free for Riverland Dubai
Contact Details
  Dubai Parks and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road, Opposite Palm Jebel Ali
  +971 4 820 0000

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Shopping haven

Dragon Mart

Shopping haven

Dragon Mart

Incredible discounts and cultural shows

Get ready for some memorable family fun. Dragon Mart – the largest trading hub for Chinese products outside mainland China – is pulling out all the stops with special discounts and promotions. Don’t miss the traditional drumming shows at 5pm, 6.30pm, 8.15pm and 9.15pm daily at Dragon Drive. Meanwhile, the newly-opened Faby Land family entertainment zone will also offer kids free access to the soft play area or the trampoline, with 30 per cent off rides and attractions during the festive period.

When: 4 to 16 February
Cost: Free entry
Contact Details
  Dragon Mart 1 & 2, Al Awir Road
  +971 4 390 9999
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Festive market

Palazzo Versace Dubai

Festive market

Palazzo Versace Dubai

Experience a luxury twist on festivities

The grand Como Garden at the Palazzo Versace resort will host a spectacular Festive Market to celebrate the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival on 16 February. Visitors can expect a lively atmosphere, complete with authentic culinary delicacies prepared fresh at live cooking stations and food trolleys, as well as a whole host of activities for kids such as face painting and calligraphy. A live DJ set will add a memorable soundtrack to the evening with infectious, upbeat tunes. This is one event the whole family will enjoy.

When: 16 February
Cost: Free
Contact Details
Palazzo Versace Dubai, Jaddaf Waterfront
  +971 4 556 8888
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