Where to take the kids for Chinese New Year in Dubai

February 5 signals a new lunar cycle, and the start of Chinese New Year celebrations. Where will you be celebrating in Dubai?


Mazina, Address Dubai Marina

Feast on traditional favourites as you enjoy this unique dining experience, complemented by red and gold themed décor. Indulge in an exclusive Chinese dishes buffet, along with an international spread from Tuesday, 5 February or experience a Friday brunch on 8 February 2019. Brimming with traditional delicacies, Mazina promises to transform into an extravagant Chinese themed brunch for the whole family to enjoy.

The Chinese buffet dinner is available from February 5-8, from 7pm-11pm. Priced at AED 179 AED per person including soft beverages. Brunch will be served on Friday 8th from 12pm-3pm, priced at 325 per person including soft beverages. Children from the age of 6 to 11 – 50% discount, children aged 5 years and below dine for free!

 Details: For reservations, please call +971 4 8883444 or email dine@emaar.com


Dubai Mall

In celebration of Chinese New Year, Dubai Mall will offer an exciting programme of authentic activities showcasing art, music and dance through arts & crafts workshops, traditional Chinese games and exciting live performances.

The hub of activity will be in Star Atrium, where a highly decorative red pagoda will host a daily programme of traditional arts and crafts, including Chinese finger palm painting and calligraphy, egg carving, umbrella art painting, knot tying, Chinese lucky bag making and wood carving pen workshops.

Starting from late afternoon, the Star Atrium will host a line-up of entertainment, including a Chinese Parade, Chinese Mask Changer, Chinese Puppet & Calligraphy plus live musical performances using traditional Chinese instruments. In addition, roaming characters from Chinese folklore and myth will bring guests good fortune and a great photo opp.

Details: The programme of authentic activities will take place at the Dubai Mall from February 1-10.


Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates will host a striking production of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, which will take visitors on a journey through one girl’s dreams and fantasies while showcasing the stunning traditional Chinese performing arts, with lions and dragon dances and acrobatic feats.

The mall’s Luxury Wing will turn into a cultural hub with activities highlighting Chinese crafts. Visitors can try their hand at different workshops, including calligraphy, Chinese fan craft, rice painting and playing Mahjong, a popular game of skill, strategy and calculation in China.

During the Chinese New Year, shoppers will be rewarded with amazing promotions and a daily prize of AED 15,000. Visitors who spend AED 1000 or more in the mall’s shops, dining outlets or entertainment facilities will be eligible to enter the prize draw.

Details: The performance times for ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ are as follows: 5pm, 6.15pm, 7.45pm, and 9.45pm, daily until February 13.


Al Seef

Take the kids for a taste of China this month, as 30 stands will assemble along the streets of Al Seef for the Food Market that is set to offer visitors the chance to sample all things deliciously Chinese, from spring rolls to dumplings and wontons, as well as favourites from the region.

Details: The food market will be available from February 7-23 at Al Seef, Bur Dubai.


Dubai Parks and Resorts

There’s plenty of fun to be had at Dubai Parks and Resorts this week to celebrate Chinese New Year.  Riverland Dubai will be decked in red and gold traditional lanterns and will host roaming parades, entertainers and dragon dances. Families can take part in activities such as Couplet Pasting to convey wishes for the new year and a tea ceremony. Don’t miss the festive market featuring Chinese arts, crafts and gift items. There will also be a Dragon on the River show in the evening with a display of light, sound and colour. Catch the fireworks show on February 4 at 8pm.

Details: Open from 2pm to 10pm daily, free entry, Riverland Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai. For more information, visit the webstie www.dubaiparksandresorts.com

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