Enter the Year of the Dragon…


Hakkasan unveils a spectacular limited-edition menu that captures the essence of Chinese New Year. Indulge in highlights such as the smoked eight treasure duck, the wild red king prawn with braised dragon beard noodles, and to conclude your meal, the cayenne chocolate mousse accompanied by a spicy raspberry compote and salted streusel. For beverages, sip on the red dragon, available as a cocktail or a mocktail. To fire up the festive entertainment, a vibrant lion dance will entertain you on February 9 and 10.

Hakkasan, Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, February 9 to 24, 6.30pm to 11pm, Dhs488. Tel: (0)2 690 7739. @hakkasanabudhabi

Shangri La Qaryat Al Beri

Shangri La Qaryat Al Beri launches its special lunar afternoon tea, as we celebrate the Lunar New Year and soak in a few more weeks of gorgeous weather in the capital. With flavoursome delights such as the matcha rare cheesecake, deep-fried prawn cheese roll and the Beijing mask profiterole along signature teas, coffee or bubbles, you have a great spread to look forward to all month long.

Shangri La Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, February 1 to 29, 2pm to 6pm, Dhs150 soft, Dhs235 house. Tel: (0)2 509 8888. @shangrilaabudhabi


Luxury French patisserie brand Laduree had you covered throughout the festive season, and they have your back now. For Chinese New Year, a delightful dessert experience has been launched with a limited-edition Chinese New Year macaron box, available at outlets across Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

Laduree, Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 10pm daily, Dhs150. Tel:(0)2 672 2673. @ladureeuae

Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi

The incredible international all-day dining space at the top of Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi is transforming into a vibrant restaurant celebrating the Chinese New Year, so you can welcome the Year of the Dragon. Welcoming you will be a spread of authentic Chinese delicacies and international delights, coupled with fun live entertainment.

Anantara Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi, February 10, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs295. Tel: (0)2 656 1000. @anantaraeasternmangroves

Hudayriyat Island

Head on over to the capital’s adventure hub, Hudayriyat Island, and welcome the Year of the Dragon with amazing Chinese-themed shows and activities at Marsana on Hudayriyat Island. Exciting roaming attractions include the stilt walker and dragon show, that will entertain you against the backdrop of beautifully decorated sets and breathtaking waterfront views. There’s also a lively drummer duo show, the dragon dance, the traditional umbrella dance, and a special kung fu show that will be happening throughout the evening.

Marsana, Hudayriyat Island, Abu Dhabi, February 10, from 4pm, free entry. @marsanahudayriyat

The Galleria Al Maryah Island

Al Maryah Island is set to revive its Chinese New Year celebrations, with a unique experience bringing you family friendly activities blended with exhilarating performances. Featuring traditional lion dancers, Chinese umbrella dancers, a Kung Fu show, face painters, fortune mascots, stilt walkers and a whole lot more.

The Galleria Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, February 16 and 17 3pm to 10pm, February 18 1pm to 8pm. Tel: (0)2 493 7400. @thegalleriauae