Chinese Circus, traditional lion dancing, and plenty of delicious meal deals
Shang Palace’s Chinese New Year Festivities in the hotel include a traditional lion dance at 10.18am on Friday January 31 (traditionally considered an auspicious time to bring luck) and the distribution of hong bao, red envelopes (containing prizes such as Dhs500, a complimentary one night stay and more). Shang Palace Chinese restaurant will also be offering special set menus this week. From Dhs288 per person (minimum of two guests). Daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Until February 2. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Family entertain at Mall of the Emirates Watch out for walking puppets, lion dancing, national dress shows and other traditional Chinese performances, with daily roaming entertainment at 3pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm, from January 31 to February 14, all to celebrate the Year of Horse. Daily January 31-February 14. Mall of the Emirates.
East China State Circus With more than 2,000 years of tradition incorporated into its show, The East China State Circus is promising elaborate multi-coloured costumes, aerial artists, acrobats and eye catching backdrops and effects. Read more about the show here. Dhs170. Until February 1. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6546).
Dinner and gifts at Saffron, Atlantis Enjoy a Chinese New Year-themed buffet dinner at Saffron and receive a humbau Chinese gift, including fortune cookies, mandarin and chocolate coins. Dhs248. Until January 31. Saffron Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).
Dim Sum Happy Hour at Blue Jade Unlimited Chinese dim sum and tea-infused mixed drinks, all crafted by chef Ta Van. Dhs150, daily until January 31, 5pm-7pm. Blue Jade at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai Marina. www.ritzcarlton.com/dubai(04 318 6150).
Zheng He’s Chinese New Year Menu A special set menu of traditional Chinese New Year dishes will be served at this chic Madinat Jumeirah eatery. From Dhs188 per person. Daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Until February 1. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6730).
Dusit Delicatessen’s dim sum In honour of Chinese New Year of the Horse, the deli will be running an à la carte promotion, including ha gao Shanghai dumplings and barbecue chicken buns. Prices vary. Daily 11am-midnight. Until February 9. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 317 4515).
Hakkasan’s Chinese New Year promotion Dubai’s classiest Chinese lounge restaurant is offering a five-course set menu, including a welcome mixed drink, served at lunch and dinner. Dhs488 per couple. noon-3pm, 7pm-1am. Until February 9. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 384 8484)
Aspen by Kempinski’s Chinese tea Try a Chinese-inspired afternoon tea deal, featuring fortune cookies made in-house. Dhs295 per couple. Wed-Sat 3pm-6pm. Until February 1. Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 5999).
Lafayette Gourmet’s CNY The venue boasts an all-Asian menu in celebration of the Year of the Horse. Prices vary. Daily 10am- 10pm. Until February 7. Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall (04 339 9933 ext 2394).