On 25th January, the world will officially say hello to the Year of the Rat to mark Chinese New Year.
The day is traditionally observed with fireworks (as expected), lion and dragon dances, and lots of food to symbolize prosperity throughout the year.
And you don’t need to fly to China to soak up the festivity. Luckily for us, there are plenty of places here in Abu Dhabi that are celebrating the occasion.
Kung Hei Fat Choi, everyone!
Dai Pai Dong
Serving authentic Chinese cuisine is this chic restaurant on Al Maryah Island.
The All Day Prosperity Feast will roll out flavours from four different locations in China from noon to 11pm. Guests will be served with a buffet featuring duck and chicken dishes, soups, salad and dim sum, among many others. From AED 388 with soft drinks and AED 488 with house beverages.
Meanwhile, a special set menu inspired by traditional Chinese New Year dishes including wok-fried wagyu beef, lobster dim sum and dessert platter will be on the table from 26th January until 10th February. AED 298 per person.
The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. Contact: 02 813 5520
Fill up on Oriental delights to celebrate Chinese New Year at the restaurant’s pan Asian Night and special brunch.
Diners will have their hands full tasting the many dishes including steamed dumplings, noodle dishes, stir fried beef and Peking duck served wirh hoi sin sauce and pancakes.
AED 200 (Pan Asian Night), AED 270 (brunch). 29th Jan 7pm-11pm, 31st Jan 12.30pm-4pm. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street. Contact: 02 698 8888
Enjoy authentic Chinese fare combined with an elegant setting at this posh Asian restaurant from 24th January to 8th February.
A three-course set menu will be served including wok-fried Scottish scallop with taro mousseline and brown butter black bean sauce and the Lucky Jie dessert.
AED 498. 6pm-11pm. Emirates Palace, Corniche West. Contact: 02 690 7739)
Welcome the Year of the Rat at Shang Palace with an authentic eight-course Cantonese dinner from 24th January to 8th February.
Indulge in mouth-watering dishes such as the deep-friend crispy garlic lamb, sea bass and sweet dessert.
Keep an eye on the Mahjong tables inside the restaurant and feel free to play the traditional Chinese game.
AED 288. Jan 24-Feb 8, 7pm-11pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri. Contact: 02 509 8888
Favorite cartoon characters will greet visitors to celebrate the Year of the Rat by dressing up in tune with the season. Don’t forget to take pictures with them for social media.
Kids can get their hands on Chinese arts and crafts where they’ll learn how to create lanterns and more. From 17th January to 1st February.
This popular Abu Dhabi theme park once again celebrates the occasion with its annual Chinese New Year event from 23rd January to 1st February.
Enjoy acrobatic performances, lion dancing, dining experiences, foot jugglers, live shows and many more. Don’t miss the heart-stopping rides while you’re there.
AED 295. 12.30pm – 6pm for Chinese New Year activities; 11am – 8pm theme park hours. Yas Island. Visit: ferrariworldabudhabi.com
Al Maryah Island
The promenade at Al Maryah Island will celebrate Chinese New Year with a live entertainment, shows and activities from 23rd to 24th January.
Activities on the ground include Ming vase designing, Kung Fu dancing, acrobatic dancing, mask changing performances, drum shows and more.
A dazzling fireworks display will brigthen up the evening sky on the event’s last day.