8 ways to celebrate Chinese New Year
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with special set menus, classic Chinese films and an epic fireworks display.
1. The Galleria Mall
Head over to Al Maryah Island to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. You’ll be able to watch a fireworks display, try your hand at traditional Chinese crafts, check out folk dancing, acrobatic performances and even kung fu demonstrations. Visit the website to find out timings for each event. Don’t miss the fireworks display on Friday, February 5 at 9.45pm.
February 3 to 8
The Galleria, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, timings vary. Tel: (02) 6166999. Taxi: Galleria, Al Maryah Island. thegalleria.ae
2. Noodle Box
Usher in the year of the monkey with a four-course set menu at Noodle Box. You’ll be able to chose a choice of starter, main, soup and dessert with menu offerings including sea bass and truffle dumpling, Szechuan style chicken with Yu Xiang sauce, Chinese rice soup dumpling with hot ginger broth and mango pudding with vanilla ice cream.
February 7 to 21
Yas Viceroy, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 5pm to 11pm, Dhs165 per person. Tel: (02) 6560600. Taxi: Yas Viceroy. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
Toast the Year of the Monkey with an a la carte menu featuring dishes such as Hakka braised duck, five spice crispy squid and sweet and sour prawns.
Park Rotana, Al Matar, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, a la carte. Tel: (02) 6573333. Taxi: Near Khalifa Park. rotana.com
4. Li Jiang
Expect a Pan Asian set menu including Yu Sheng salad, truffle soup with crab meat and baby corn, fried king prawn with chili bean sauce, barbecue lamb fillet and for dessert, a rosewater meringue with vanilla ice cream.
February 7, 8
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to midnight, Dhs300 per person. Tel: (02) 8188282. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com
5. Urban Kitchen
There’s a special carving station serving up Peking duck and pancakes at this Chinese New Year celebration. In addition, there’ll also be dim sum, soba noodles, wok fired chicken and sweet and sour fish on offer.
Dusit Thani, Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, Dhs159 per person. Tel: (02) 6988137. Taxi: Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. dusit.com
6. Café Palmier
This all-day-dining restaurant will be streaming a selection of classic Chinese films while you chow down on a buffet of dim sum, Yangzhou fried rice, Beijing roast duck, tofu with preserved egg, Chongqing house chili chicken and more.
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs155. Tel: (800) 101101. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. Leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
7. Yas Mall
Take the family to Yas Island to watch acrobatic shows, kung fu workshops and a special lion pole dance for Chinese New Year. There’ll also be calligraphy and Chinese lantern making workshops and more.
February 4 to 8
Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 10pm. Tel: (02) 4146401. Taxi: Yas Mall. yasmall.ae
8. Dai Pai Dong
This weekend brunch will see traditional dim sum trolleys weave their way around the restaurant, serving up fresh dumplings, congee, roasted meats and more to hungry diners. There’s also unlimited Jasmine tea too.
February 5, 6 and Feb 12, 13
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Abu Dhabi, noon to 3pm, Dhs195 per person. Taxi: Rosewood, Maryah Island. Tel: (02) 8135550. rosewoodhotels.com