Here’s where to celebrate Chinese New Year in the UAE

The Year of the Tiger is all about making big changes and here are the best places to welcome in the Chinese Lunar Year across Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Buddha-Bar Dubai

The Grosvenor House hotspot will host a special edition of its weekly “Buddha-Bar Nights” to celebrate Chinese New Year. A Chinese dragon dance will greet diners and the venue will be decorated with delicate orchids and traditional Chinese decorations to transport you to the Far East. Enjoy a menu of duck salad, truffle mushroom chicken bao, char sui Wagyu short rib, mushroom rice clay pot, sweet and sour sea bream, and grilled five-spice cornfed chicken. Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 February, from 7pm until late. 

GO; Visit or call 04 317 6000 for reservations and more information.

Chinese New Year in the UAE


Dressed up with themed decor and featuring live entertainment, Ewaan at Palace Downtown will serve a special menu adorned with dishes that pay homage to Chinese spices and flavours. Celebrants can enjoy a range of buffet stations featuring Peking duck rolls, dumplings, baos and a carvery offering Hoisin roasted turkey and teriyaki salmon fillet. Main courses will include steamed ginger soy sea bream and braised beef short ribs. Dessert wraps up the evening with a Year of the Tiger (pear compote and ginger crémeux walnut sponge), Money Bag (red velvet fruit cake) and Gong Xi Fa Cai (strawberry and milk chocolate cream choux). Monday 31 January, from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. AED 325 per person.

GO: Email or call 04 428 7961 for reservations and more information.

Chinese New Year in the UAE


For those looking to celebrate in true Versace fashion, Giardino will host a themed buffet to mark the arrival of the Year of the Tiger. Enjoy a tasteful dinner with an atmosphere to match. Monday 31 January and Tuesday 1 February, from 6:30pm onwards AED 250 per person (food only).

GO: Email or call 04 556 8805 for reservations and more information.

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Hakkasan Dubai

Hakkasan will welcome guests with a signature set menu for the Chinese New Year celebrations. The set menu starts with a ‘Yu Sheng’ smoked salmon salad and a Xingfu dim sum trio. Main dishes include baked cornfed spatchcock with morel mushroom, wok-fried seabass, Wagyu rib eye and XO sauce lobster egg fried rice. A gold tiger-striped orange dark chocolate firecracker and mandarin sorbet will mark the end of the luxurious feast. Hakkasan’s wishing tree returns this year and guests are invited to write their wishes on a red ribbon before tying it to the restaurant’s wall latticing in hopes that they will come true. Available from Monday 31 January to Tuesday 15 February, from 6pm to 11pm. AED 498 per person.

GO: Call 04 426 2626 for reservations and more information.

Chinese New Year in the UAE


Hutong will enchant guests with an unforgettable experience and traditional entertainment to welcome the Year of the Tiger. Available exclusively on the evening of 1 February, guests will witness an outstanding lion and dragon dance paying tribute to Chinese culture and traditions. Fans of Hutong are also in for a special treat as each venue across the globe will present an exclusive cocktail for the month of February. The Dubai outpost will serve a special handcrafted cocktail composed of Mandarin puree, fresh peppercorns, dry chill and pepper honey. The cheery cocktail is topped with an edible and artistic Hutong region tiger rice paper. Hutong will also introduce a Chinese New Year Dim Sum Platter and flavourful Northern Chinese dishes such as Lobster Lo Hei and Wagyu Rolls with Sichuan Chili Sauce to mark the occasion. Tuesday 1 February, from 6pm to 1am. 

GO: Visit or call 04 220 0868 for reservations and more information. 


Maiden Shanghai

Start the year of the tiger the Maiden Shanghai way with an exciting Chinese New Year celebration. Indulge in a four-course set menu from Chef Luo Bing to celebrate the occasion in style, featuring organic gourmet Chinese dishes inspired from four renowned Chinese cuisines – Cantonese, Sichuan, Shanghai and Beijing. Monday 31 January and Tuesday 1 February, from 7pm to midnight. AED 350 per person.

GO: Call 04 455 9989 for reservations and more information. 

Chinese New Year in the UAE


With exotic ingredients and exciting dishes, diners can indulge in a contemporary Chinese celebration with a selection of Cantonese, Szechuan, Shandong and Anhui dishes. Indulge in comforting favourites such as Peking duck and steamed dim sum and enjoy a selection of Chinese flavours with more than 220 different dishes to choose from. With a mix of Chinese and international sweets, the extensive line-up of desserts is also not to be missed. Tuesday 1 February, from 6pm to 10pm. AED 255 (food and local water) and AED 127.50 (children aged four to eleven years).

GO: Visit or call 04 426 2626 for reservations and more information.


Sea Fu

Just footsteps away from the Arabian Gulf, the characteristics of Sea Fu at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach depict the elegance and prestige of the upcoming year of the tiger. A special a la carte menu consisting of dumplings, xiao long bao, Alaskan King Crab and chicken with winter black truffle will be served to celebrate Chinese New Year and bring forth luck and good fortune. Available from Monday 31 January to Saturday 5 February, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm and 6pm to 2am.

GO: Email or call 04 270 7777 for reservations and more information.

Sea Fu

Shanghai Me

As the Year of The Tiger roars in, Shanghai Me celebrates the beginning of the new Chinese Lunar Year with decadent cuisine and a grateful spirit. The art-deco Asian inspired restaurant will honour the auspicious occasion with an evening of celebration, encouraging joyous new beginnings, bountiful fortune, and prosperity to all for the year ahead. Diners can expect to be dazzled by a live percussionist while enjoying the stunning restaurant or the lush Shanghai Me Garden – inspired by the Yuyuan Gardens in China – inviting prosperity, optimism, and happiness for the new year. Tuesday 1 February, from 7pm to 2am. 

GO: Call 04 564 0505 for reservations and more information.

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Overlooking Ain Dubai, contemporary Chinese restaurant SHI will debut a limited-edition à la carte menu to commemorate Lunar New Year. The menu will feature black Angus beef char siu bao, duck salad with peanut sauce, coral seabass with chef’s hometown sauce and wok tossed lobster with Guilin sauce. SHI’s expansive terrace offers views of the JBR skyline and sparkling Marina. Available from Saturday 29 January to Saturday 5 February for lunch and dinner.

GO: Email or call 04 393 9990 for reservations and more information.

SHI Bluewaters Dubai


Grand Millennium Hotel Dubai’s Pan Asian restaurant will be unleashing the tiger to celebrate Chinese New Year. Enjoy an unlimited selection of dim sum, a live station featuring Peking duck and complimentary moon cake and Fortune cookies. Tuesday 1 February, from 6:30pm to 11:30pm. AED 245 (soft beverages), AED 299 (three hours of selected house beverages) and AED 349 (three hours of selected house beverages and sparkling).

GO: Email or call 055 561 2122 for reservations and more information.

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Zheng He’s

The waterside restaurant invites guests to celebrate the Year of the Tiger and indulge in a curated selection of festive dishes. Guests will be immersed in the celebratory atmosphere with brightly coloured lanterns and an authentic set menu, bringing prosperity for the year ahead. The menu offers diners a feast of flavours with Dynasty Prawns, Steamed Sea Bass with Spicy Black Bean Sauce, Szechuan Spice Australian Beef Tenderloin and Lotus Leaf Rice with Taro and Chicken Sausage. In addition, diners can indulge in Sago Pearls with Fresh Mango for the sweetest end to the celebrations. Available daily until 28 February, from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. AED 220 per person (minimum two people).

GO: Call 04 432 3232 for reservations and more information.

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Abu Dhabi
Li Jiang

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with your nearest and dearest as you indulge in a sharing menu of traditional Chinese delicacies. Savour fresh Yusheng salad, scallops with yuzu salsa, Hainanese chicken and accent your evening with a special raspberry-dark chocolate Nama cake. Monday 31 January, from 5pm to 11pm. AED 320 per person.

GO: Call 02 818 8203 for reservations and more information.

Chinese New Year


The FACT award-winning restaurant encourages diners to immerse themselves in the Chinese-themed décor and authentic Chinese dishes at this special Lunar New Year brunch. Saturday 5 February, from 12.30pm to 4pm. AED 370 (soft beverages), AED 495 (house beverages), AED 625 (premium grapes) and AED 695 (bubbles).

GO: Call 02 811 5666 for reservations and more information.


Urban Kitchen

The culinary team at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi will captivate you and your loved ones this Chinese New Year with a celebratory buffet. Savour international favourites, including Peking duck, a sushi selection, aromatic Thai dishes, Indian curries and a spread of enticing Asian desserts. Tuesday 1 February, from 7pm to 10:30pm. AED 180 (soft beverages), AED 320 (house beverages) and AED 90 (children).

GO: Email or call 02 698 8137 for reservations and more information.

Saturday brunches

Central Yas Plaza

Roar into the New Year at Yas Plaza Hotels and savour Asian cuisine from a choice of live food stations, accompanied by a selection of Asian brews and cocktails. Entertainment comes in the form of a live DJ and Dragon Dance. Friday 4 and Saturday 5 February, from 6pm. AED 110 (soft beverages) and AED (children aged ten to twelve years).

GO: Call 050 662 4957 for reservations and more information.

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