Free family activities in Dubai to celebrate Chinese New Year

Activities to run in Dubai malls and venues


Chinese New Year, also referred to as the “Spring Festival”, varies from year to year. This year, China is celebrating the Year of the Dog on Friday February 16, and there are festivities taking place all over Dubai that you’ll want to check out.

The Dubai Mall’s China Art campaign will run from Thursday February 15 to Sunday 25. You’ll get to explore China’s provinces through a full line-up of activities including workshops showcasing bottle-painting, face-painting and calligraphy, as well as enjoy live musicians performing authentic Chinese melodies.

You’ll also learn the ancient art of Chinese Tea and watch a gravity-defying Tea Ceremony by Kung Fu artists.

A dedicated kids’ arts and crafts area on the second floor near the Dubai Aquarium will also give little ’uns the opportunity to explore China’s traditional arts with face-painting, Chinese dough doll-making, fan-making, and Chinese origami.

Roaming the mall will be an iconic Chinese character showcasing the art of “bian lian” or face-changing, and live entertainers performing the famed Chinese umbrella dance throughout the two weeks of festivities.

Outdoors, a complimentary Tai Chi session will be hosted daily at 11am on The Dubai Fountain Promenade.

Fancy visiting a different mall? BurJuman is celebrating everything Chinese New Year on Thursday February 15 to Saturday 17. The traditional Chinese Dragon Dance will roam the mall from 7pm to 9pm.

More of an outdoor fun kind of family? The free-to-enter Riverland Dubai is celebrating Chinese New Year with a fair from Saturday February 10 to Saturday 24, featuring a traditional Chinese market, roaming acts and much more.

The French Village zone within Riverland Dubai will be lit up with a Chinese lanterns display, hosting a red pocket tree – a traditional Chinese wishing tree full of lucky red wishing cards and gifts for both kids and adults.

Furthermore, the river will be decorated with a five-metre-long dragon, which is a symbol of power, strength and good luck in Chinese culture.

And, to end each day of the festivities at Riverland Dubai, there will be a spectacular fireworks show at 8pm.
Free. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (800 382246255); BurJuman, Bur Dubai (04 352 0222); Riverland Dubai, Dubai Parks And Resorts,

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