We’re heading into the Year of the Rabbit…

This year, Chinese New Year will fall on Sunday January 22. 2023, and it marks the Year of the Rabbit.

The Year of the Rabbit is a symbol of kindness, courage and strength. So get ready and mark your calendars, because here are all of the places where you can celebrate the Chinese New Year in Dubai.


Chinese New Year - Novotel Dubai Al Barsha

Lunar New Year is kicking off with a bang at this all-day dining restaurant in the Novotel Hotel Al Barsha. Expect a buffet of Chinese delights such as Cha Siu kebabs, moon cakes and prawns with cashews for Dhs125.

365, Novotel Dubai, Al Barsha, Sat 21 Jan from 7pm to 11.30pm, Dhs125 soft, Dhs62.5o kids aged 6-12, kids under 6 free. Tel: (0)4 304 9000 @novoteldubai

Akira Back

Akira Back

A special Lunar New Year menu awaits at this vibrant restaurant at W Dubai – The Palm. The Michelin Guide-recommended venue has unveiled six themed specials to mark the occasion. The menu includes items such as noodles, mandarin and shellfish. Of course, you can also expect dumplings, tataki and ramen.

Akira Back, W Dubai, The Palm, from Sun Jan 22 to Sun Feb 5. Tel: (0)4 245 5800 akirabackdubai.com

Address Beach Resort

Chinese New Year

Welcome Lunar New Year in style with this stunning afternoon tea at the Address Beach Resort. Starting on Wednesday, January 11, guests can enjoy a tantalising set menu in an ambient setting at The Lounge. The menu starts from Dhs288 and will feature a selection of curated dishes for the Chinese New Year. Expect dishes such as crab tartlets, smoked paprika hoisin duck and more. Drinks include a matcha latte or red litchi soda.

The Lounge, Address Beach Resort, open daily, from Dhs288 per person. Tel: (0)4 879 8866 

BA – Boldly Asian

Welcome the Chinese New Year with a Year of the Rabbit brunch at BA Boldly Asian. Celebrate with a one-of-a-kind culinary experience inspired by the Far East, and expect a three-course family-style menu to share. The menu will include favourites such as spicy wontons, wok-fried noodles, traditionally steamed seabass and more.

BA – Boldly Asian, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Fri Jan 20 and Sat Jan 21 from 6pm to 11pm, Dhs250. @ba.boldlyasian

Demon Duck

Demon Duck

For three nights only a tasting menu awaits at Demon Duck. Spinning creative twists on much-loved classic dishes the menu of delectable specials includes duck breast l’orange and the signature slow-roasted demon duck.

Demon Duck, Caesars Palace Dubai, Friday 20 Jan to Sunday 22 Jan, Dhs520 per person, and Dhs318 for a bottle of wine. @demonduckdubai



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An exquisite array of dishes await at the always-stunning Hutong. Located in DIFC, this Chinese restaurant is ringing in the Chinese New Year with three new dishes and a cocktail. The items will feature Lobster dishes as well as platters of dim sum featuring prawns, abalone and chicken and a saffron mushroom and melon dim sum.

Hutong, Gate Building 6, DIFC, open daily midday to 4pm and 6pm to 2am dishes available until Tue Jan 31. Tel: (0)4 220 0868 @hutongdubai


Feast on a two-day brunch and prepare to be fully immersed with unlimited food and drink that will celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. Kids are welcome too. Packages start from Dhs399.

Kanpai, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, Fri Jan 20 and Sat Jan 21, Dhs399 soft, Dhs499 house, Dhs599 premium. Tel: (0)4 441 9262 kanpaime.com


Chinese New Year Dubai

There is a weekend of celebrations at LAO restaurant at Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah for Chinese New Year. Between Friday, January 20 and Sunday, January 22, guests are invited to enjoy a four-course menu featuring chicken dumplings, salmon wrapped in lotus and more priced at Dhs299 per person or Dhs499 inclusive of a wine pairing. On Saturday, January 21 guests can also enjoy a traditional lion dance from 6pm to 6.30pm.

Lao, Waldorf Astoria Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, Fri Jan 20 to Sun Jan 22, lion dance, Sat Jan 21 from 6pm to 6.30pm, four course dinner from Dhs299. Tel: (0)4 818 2222. @lao.dubai

Maiden Shanghai

Get ready to indulge in a refreshing and gourmet set menu at the renowned Chinese restaurant and bar, Maiden Shanghai. If there is one way to celebrate Chinese New Year in Dubai it would be with a six-course set menu. The menu will feature hand-folded dumplings, honey-glazed beef, kung pao prawns and more.

Maiden Shanghai, Five Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, Friday Jan 20 to Sun Jan 22, Dhs280 per person for 6-course menu. Tel: (0)4 455 9989 @maidenshanghaidubai


A licensed extension of Socialicious, Mogao aims to bring people together. With warm interiors and a moody ambience, indulge in a delightful Chinese New Year-themed brunch on Sunday, January 22. From Tang Yuan soup to delicious dim sum this is the perfect way to enjoy the Year of the Rabbit.

Mogao, Digital Park, Street 73, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Sun Jan 22 from 11am to 3pm. Dhs185 soft, Dhs235 house, Dhs299 premium. Tel: (0)4 554 8220 @mogaodubai


A special set menu will be served at this pan-Asian restaurant in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Nonya will be providing guests with a four-course family-style menu that is inspired by the far east. Expect an array of sharing starters such as their signature dim sum basket, Nonya Lo Hei or delicious buttermilk prawns.

Nonya, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Sat Jan 21 and Sun Jan 22 from 7pm onwards, Dhs300 per person. Tel: (0)4 574 1111 @nonyadubai


Where better to spend Chinese New Year than at an authentic Chinese fine dining restaurant? Located on Bluewaters Island, Shi will be celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a limited edition daily set menu that is packed full of traditional and modern Chinese dishes. The menu will be available from Friday, January 20 until Friday, 27 January. Guests will also receive a fortune cookie and a surprise gift box as a token of gratitude from the Shi team.

Shi, Bluewaters Island, from Fri Jan 20 to Fri Jan 27. Tel: (0)4 393 9990 shirestaurant.com

Village Bistro

Ring in the Year of the Rabbit with a fiesty and flavour-filled day with Village Bistro’s grilled feast brunch. The brunch will be Chinese New Year themed and packages start from Dhs179.

Village Bistro, M Floor, The First Collection, Jumeirah Village Circle, Sat Jan 21 from 1pm to 4pm, Dhs179 soft, Dhs299 house, Dhs399 sparkling. Tel: (0)4 275 6621 @villagebistrodubai

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