Chinese New Year 2020: Celebrate with these Special Offers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Chinese New Year celebrations have started in the UAE, comprising special performances, new collections, exclusive gift items and packages.
The UAE is gearing up to celebrate Chinese New Year, which officially falls on Saturday, 25th January. Also known as the Spring Festival, it marks the beginning of the traditional Chinese calendar. It is an important occasion in China and for Chinese people around the world, and marks the end of the winter season. North and South Korea and Vietnam also celebrate this festival and call it Lunar New Year. The event is celebrated in Dubai with a number of special activities and discounts. If you are planning to celebrate, check out some of the upcoming events and offers for Chinese New Year 2020 below:
Hala China at Meraas Desinations in Dubai
What: Meraas and Dubai Holding are conducting the Hala China festival, for the third time, to usher in the Chinese New Year in Dubai. This year Hala China will comprise a range of cultural performances and experiences, taking place at City Walk, Al Seef, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Nikki Beach and Kite Beach. Hala China includes the Grand Parade, Lion Dance Competition, Kite Festival and other Chinese-inspired cultural events.
When: 16th January - 8th February
How much: Free entry
The Year of the Golden Rat at Shangri-la Hotel
What: Shangri-la Hotel in Abu Dhabi is celebrating the Year of the Golden Rat. Its award-winning Chinese restaurant, Shang Palace, will be serving an eight-course meal from 7 to 11 pm and also hosting two Mahjong tables for guests to play the historic Chinese game. Lion dance performances, including popular acts such as Eye Dotting, will be taking place at the Qaryat Al Beri complex. A lantern release ceremony will also be hosted by the infinity pool on the last day of the festival.
When: 24th January - 8th February
How much: Set menu prices start from AED 288
Ring in the Chinese New Year with Asian5
What: Diners at this Asian street food restaurant can enjoy Asian5’s famous Peking Duck for a discounted price of AED 79, a meal for two people, at any of its three locations in Downtown Dubai, BurJuman and DAFZA.
When: 23rd - 30th January
How much: AED 79
Usher in Lunar New Year 2020 with Chloé
What: Chloé is launching an exclusive capsule collection to represent the Chinese New Year’s zodiac animal, rat, which is a symbol of optimisim and good fortune. British artist and illustrator Julie Verhoeven has created exclusive motifs of the animal for the collection of signature pieces, bags, small leather gifts, sneakers and t-shirts.
When: Mid-January onwards
2020 Chinese New Year is the Year of the Rat, the first of all zodiac animals. In Chinese culture, this animal symbolises weath and surplus. Lily Hoa Nguyen, the owner of Dubai-based restaurant Vietnamese Foodies has said the Lunar New Year is a time to give back. She said in Vietnam it “is a time when people travel all over the country to be reunited with family members. It's a holiday filled with festivities and revelry.” As most staff members at Vietnamese Foodies will be missing the festivities back home, Lily has promised to continue the tradition in Dubai by closing the restaurant on 25th January and giving her team an extra day’s earnings.