Ring in the Chinese New Year Dubai-style, with unlimited Asian eats, parades of dancers thronging the mall and free language lessons for kids.
City Centre Deira
Lion dances, ribbon twirling, drum beating and acro-balancing – see them all at Deira City Centre from 15th-21st February as the mall welcomes Chinese New Year. Every day one lucky shopper will win AED 5,000.
Performances at 5.15pm, 6.30pm, 8pm and 9.15pm. 04 295 1010.
Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate
An auspicious start to the year is assured at the dramatically-draped Shanghai Chic restaurant, where Chef Peter will be creating unlimited quantities of an Asian-inspired menu on the evening itself. Enjoy barbecue, dim sum, noodles and more with house beverages for AED 275 or soft drinks AED 175.
16th February, 7pm-11pm. 04 444 5613.
City Walk, Culture Parade
Head to City Walk on Friday (16th February) see a parade of 1,500 performers dancing and singing to represent 20 Chinese provinces. Held in partnership with the Consulate General of China and Dubai Police, it’s totally free and bound to be fun!
4pm. City Walk.
‘Light Up’ show on Burj Khalifa
A captivating show of dragons and other Chinese cultural symbols and traditions will soar over Downtown Dubai from 16th-24th February.
Spanning a surface area of 109,252 sq metres (the size of about 20 football fields), the show is made up of 1.1 million pixels set on the Burj Khalifa’s new LED panel displays. Catch its seven-minute long spectacular light show at 8pm on Tuesday and Wednesday and 10pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai.
Dragon Mart 2
To coincide with the second anniversary of Dragon Mart 2, the mall is being given over to 10 days of entertainment and prize draws. As you’d expect, the huge Chinese shopping space is celebrating the spring in style.
From 15th-24th, little shoppers have their own creative arts and crafts zone, open daily from 2pm to 10pm, to teach the art of making traditional Chinese ornaments and rattle drums. Every day from 5pm-9pm entertainment comes from dancing ‘lions’, drummers, Shaolin warriors and roving stilt-walkers wearing traditional colourful Chinese.
04 390 9999. 10am-10pm weekdays, 12am Thursday/Friday/Saturday.
Blossom Early Learning Centre, Academic City
Get kids involved with learning about another culture in the most fun way possible – making dumplings, taking part in free Mandarin classes and throwing themselves about (in a safe and organised fashion) with kung fu and martial art. All on Thursday, 15th February.
3pm-6pm. Block 12, Academic City. 04 421 4458.