Where to celebrate Chinese New Year in Abu Dhabi
The capital’s restaurants are serving special menus to mark the Year Of The Dog, which falls on February 16, and you can also celebrate at Ferrari World and on Al Maryah Island
Dai Pai Dong
The What’s On Award-winner is serving a Chinese New Year Feast package featuring Shrimp Har Gow, Cantonese roast duck, traditional roasted short ribs, and braised ‘E Fu’ with lobster. You can catch Al Maryah Island’s Chinese New Year fireworks display from here on the 16th, at 9pm, as well.
Until February 28
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, 6pm to 11pm, Dhs228. Tel: (02) 8135550. Taxi: Rosewood. rosewoodhotels.com
The hotel is celebrating the Year Of The Dog with a daily lunch in the Etihad Ballroom. As well as traditional Chinese dishes, there will be dragon dancers and oriental decorations.
February 16 to 20
Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs333. Tel: (02) 6907999. Taxi: Emirates Palace. emiratespalace.ae
Abu Dhabi’s original Cho Gao has a special four-course set menu available all day to mark Chinese New Year. On the menu is jellyfish salad, sweetcorn crab soup, steamed sea bass and more.
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Fri noon to 11pm, Dhs140. Tel: (02) 6166261. Taxi: Crowne Plaza. ichotelsgroup.com
It’s all about brunch for this outlet’s celebrations – head here for mains such as steam garoupa Hong Kong-style, Singapore chilli crab, Chinese buns, dim sum and soft shell crab.
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs240 to Dhs348. Tel: (02) 5080555. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. alrahabeach. danathotels.com
Le Royal Méridien’s revolving restaurant has a Chinese- themed yum cha menu available, a fireworks show and Chinese-inspired cocktails at this supper club-style event.
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Fri 8pm to 11pm, Dhs325. Tel: (02) 6950300. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
Cho Gao Marina Walk
One of the capital’s newest Asian restaurants will be serving a special brunch to mark the Year Of The Dog, with tunes from DJ Lucy. There’s a sushi station, plus main dishes such as steamed fish with ginger soya, and a dim sum counter.
InterContinental, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, Fri noon to 4pm, Dhs299 to Dhs485. Tel: (800) 423463. Taxi: InterCon. dining-intercontinental-ad.ae
Head to the Ritz-Carlton’s pan-Asian for a traditional menu featuring a Yu Sheng salad, a dim sum basket, and mains such as golden sand king prawn and wok-fried US tenderloin. There’s deep fried fruit and vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi, Fri 7pm to 11pm, Dhs280. Tel: (02) 8188282. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com
Thai restaurant Benjarong is also celebrating with a four- course set menu – you get starters, a soup, a main course and a dessert for the price.
Until February 16
Dusit Thani, Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs200. Tel: (02) 6988137. Taxi: Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. dusit.com
The menu here has been created by Hakkasan chefs all over the world. On it you’ll find Szechuan wind-dried oyster with lotus root with crispy rice in man tou, wok- fried native lobster in superior stock with edamame and caviar, lamb in seaweed soy with celery and more.
Until March 4
Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, Dhs598. Tel: (02) 6907999. Taxi: Emirates Palace. hakkasan.com
Head to this Chinese restaurant for a five-course celebratory menu featuring Chinese New Year dumplings, spring festival soup and clay pot-cooked yellow range chicken. The hotel is hosting a traditional Chinese lion dance at the hotel on February 16 at 11am.
Until February 17
Shangri-La, Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, Dhs590 for two. Tel: (02) 5098888. Taxi: Shangri-La. shangri-la.com
Abu Dhabi’s theme park is celebrating with its annual festival. Expect acrobats, a bamboo garden with life-size pandas, and some Oriental flavours.
February 16 to 26
Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, timings vary. Tel: (02) 4968000. Taxi: Ferrari World. ferrariworldabudhabi.com
Head over to Al Maryah Island to celebrate the Year Of The Dog. There will be a daily Chinese opera performance, lion dancers, arts and crafts (think lantern making and calligraphy) and traditional drummers. There’ll also be an exhibition of pieces by acclaimed Chinese paper cutting artist Yuan Chengxiang, a fireworks display on February 16 at 9pm and a food market. The majority of Al Maryah’s celebrations though take place this weekend, February 15 to 17.
February 13 to 26
The Galleria, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6166999. Taxi: Galleria, Al Maryah Island. thegalleria.ae