What are your plans for the Chinese New Year, 2021? Would you like to enjoy a day filled with enormous dragons, lion dance and traditional Chinese performances? Or are you still in the mood for some more fireworks? You don’t have to be in China or Hong Kong to enjoy the Lunar New Year in style. From Dragon Boat Festivals to dining authentic Chinese cuisine at The Noodle House, VoucherCodesUAE presents to you the best places to enjoy the Chinese New Year in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

About Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2021

The Chinese New Year is a festival that marks the beginning of a new year in the traditional Chinese Calendar. It is commonly referred to as the “Spring Festival” in China and the East, typically because it observes the end of the winter season and the arrival of spring. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the day the new moon that appears between January 21 and February 20. This year, it falls on February 12 and is the year of the Ox.

The Chinese New Year celebration is generally observed by Chinese residents, Chinese tourists and Chinese visitors alike. with the Chinese New Year parade and other Chinese tradition.

Chinese New Year in UAE is also a grand event with fireworks, offers, deals and shows in various attractions. Whether at the Dubai duty free, Dubai parks or any other theme park, the festivity in this Emirate is no less than any other.

Places to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Dubai

Burj Khalifa

Chinese New Year 2021

No matter what the festival or celebrations in Dubai are, you can always count on the iconic tower in Downtown Dubai to be in the midst of it all. The Burj Khalifa light and laser show scheduled until March 31 will exhibit shows every Tuesday through Saturday, at 7.45 pm and 9.45 pm. Meanwhile, the Chinese New Year LED and light and laser show will be displayed from February 12-20.

Waterfront Market

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A range of festive activities will also be hosted by the Waterfront promenade in Deira, Dubai from February 6 to 12. Shoppers will be given fortune cookies throughout the week, and visitors can pose at the Year of the Ox selfie wall for a chance to win various prizes. There is also be a show of Chinese culture with traditional dances including the lion dance, fan and umbrella dances on February 10, 11 and 12.

Address: Waterfront Market, Deira Enrichment Project, Al Khaleej Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Here’s where you can enjoy some amazing meals in Dubai exclusively curated to welcome the Chinese New Year:

Hakkasan, Atlantis Palm

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Hakkasan, the world-renowned Cantonese restaurant at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai is offering a set menu on February 12 for AED 498. Guests will be welcomed with a ‘fire and grace’ cocktail, and then by a meal that is said to bring good health and fortune. Get a taste of China with dishes that include wok-fried prawn with macadamia nuts, braised abalone roasted duck fried rice and more. Check it out from February 10 to 26, 6 pm to 11 pm. This place is also famous as the best Peking Duck house.

Address: Hakkasan, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah.

Lao, Palm Jumeriah

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Chinese restaurant Lao at Palm Jumeriah is hosting a feast on February 11 from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm. Served China family-style, guests can relish a four-course menu to celebrate the New Year. The menu features a variety of traditional festive flavors and is priced at AED 299 per person.

Address: Lao, Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai United Arab Emirates.

The Noodle House

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The Noodle House is also kicking off the year of the ox with an exclusive menu, full of traditional flavors from China. The Asian soul food house will host this limited-edition menu across its venues from February 11 to 28. The menu will offer edamame dumplings with China-style Szechuan chili oil, vegetable spring rolls, whole seam bream and more. You can enjoy the complete ‘Chinese New Year Experience’ menu priced at AED 179 for two.

Address: The Noodle House, several locations: Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Nakheel Mall or JBR The Walk, Dubai.

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year in Abu Dhabi


Chinese New Year 2021

Welcome the year of the Ox with a two-week-long series of festivities and a family reunion China set menu from 11th to 26th February 2021 at Shangri-La. Shang Palace will host the perfect China ambiance as their Kung Fu Tea Master performs an astonishing martial arts-based traditional tea pouring ceremony while you enjoy your lunch starting at 1:08 pm and dinner at 08:38 pm.

From February 11 to 26, 2021 (6 to 11 PM), there will be an authentic Cantonese dinner including 5 courses at AED 248 per person. Children aged between 6 and 12 years can enjoy it for half price, while younger children can dine for free. A La carte menu will be available for lunch from 12 to 3 pm


Chinese New Year 2021

Get China right here as Crust at the Four Seasons Hotel,  Galleria Al Maryah Island will also host a lavish feast of Chinese favorites to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Ox with your loved ones.

Address: 1st Floor, Four Seasons Hotel, Al Maryah island The Galleria Mall, Abu Dhabi Global Market – Al Falah St – Abu Dhabi

Eclipse Terrace Lounge

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Enjoy the panoramic views of the Abu Dhabi skyline from Eclipse Terrace Lounge as it sets the stage for a spectacular Chinese New Year. Guest will be offered specialty dishes like dim sum, chicken ball soup, sweet & sour seabass, and more.

Li Jiang

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Now, this is a place where you can see centuries-old traditions of China unfolding before your eyes. Say ‘Ni Hao’ to the Year of the Ox and celebrate with a feast of Pan-Asian dishes freshly prepared at their live cooking stations. Meals start from AED 225 net per person.

Right at the comfort of your home

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Will you head out to these destinations to welcome the Chinese New Year? Or would you just stay at home and binge on Netflix and order some Chinese delicacies? If your choice is the latter, you might miss some of the festivities, but you will definitely not be missing out on any of the food. You can order all the flavors of China from over 80 top-rated Chinese restaurants in Dubai. Have some Chongqing Noodles, watch the Dragon Boat Festival, Lion Dance, or some fireworks on TV,

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Chinese New Year fun facts to know

Chinese New Year 2021

  1. February 12, 2021, marks the beginning of the year 4719 on the Chinese calendar.

  2. The Chinese New Year is celebrated during the second new moon after the winter solstice. It is celebrated for a full 15 days until the full moon.

  3. Legend has it the Lord Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on New Years Day and named a year each after the twelve animals that came.

  4. Animals in the Chinese Calendar are a dog, pig/boar, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, and rooster. This year happens to be the year of the rat.

  5. There is a tradition that includes giving cash in a red envelope with messages in Chinese calligraphy called Hongbao, to children, bachelors, and spinsters.

  6. Lunar New Year ends with a lantern festival, celebrated at night with displays and parades of painted lanterns. The highlight of this grand parade is the Dragon Dance.

Exclusive Chinese New Year offers

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Here are some more exclusive CNY offers you can enjoy:

Here’s wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year and hoping the Year of the Ox will be a bountiful one.

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