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Chinese New Year

Abu Dhabi Residents visitors enjoy Chinese New Year weekend of celebrations, fireworks, and cultural shows


Abu Dhabi, UAE, 21 January 2018: Guests are invited to celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 with an authentic experience on Al Maryah Island, from 15th to 17th February. Visitors will enjoy an array of events on offer, from traditional Chinese dances and entertainment, to enigmatic performances from the Far East, and a delicious food market. Abu Dhabi’s business and lifestyle destination will be filled with authentic experiences for all ages to enjoy, with an impressive firework display on 16th February at 9pm.

Known for hosting one of the most spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations in the UAE, Al Maryah Island’s waterfront Promenade and The Galleria on Al Maryah Island’s interior will be transformed into an illuminating display of Chinese lanterns and decorations. A stunning Tree of Fortune (Ang Pao) will be located in The Galleria Ground Floor ‘Great Room’, where visitors can make a Chinese New Year wish. Throughout the weekend on the glistening waterfront Promenade, residents and visitors will experience the roaming entertainment of lion dancers, special performances by a Chinese opera singer, and will also be transfixed by the cultural art of Chinese folk and fan dancing, along with an array of delicious Chinese cuisine to try.

Little ones will adore the hands-on activities such as origami making and Chinese paper lanterns, as well as kite designing and face painting. The public will be enchanted with the arts and crafts section, showcasing Chinese calligraphy, paper marbling and the customary Chinese New Year Red Packet.

Ali Eid Al Mheiri, Executive Director, Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure, commented: “Al Maryah Island and The Galleria has quickly become the hub for cultural activities bringing the Abu Dhabi community together. The Chinese New Year celebration is a spectacular event for all visitors to enjoy and create lasting memories.”

Ni Jian, Chinese Ambassador to the UAE comments, “We are pleased to see Chinese traditions so beautifully celebrated in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The city has become a location of regard for Chinese visitors and residents within Abu Dhabi. Al Maryah Island, as a destination has brought together this community to celebrate the Chinese New Year and it is wonderful to witness our culture being so aptly showcased and commended.” 

Al Maryah Island waterfront Promenade will bring to life the essence of the Orient with traditional Chinese cooking stations, which will take visitors on a culinary journey to China with live demonstrations of authentic cooking techniques. The pinnacle of the celebrations will be the impressive fireworks display, illuminating the entire Promenade in a colorful spectacle on the Friday night.

Visitors can share their experiences of the celebrations using #AtTheGalleria.

Waterfront Promenade:

Activity Date Time Details
Chinese Opera February 15th and 16th 3 pm – 10 pm 20 minutes, 2 performances a day
Stunt Lion Dance February 15th and 16th 3 pm – 10 pm 15 minutes, 2 performances a day
Traditional Drummers February 15th and 16th 3 pm – 10 pm 15 minutes, 2 performances a day
Traditional Folk Dancers & Fan Dancers February 15th and 16th 3 pm – 10 pm 15 minutes, 2 performances a day
Fortune Mascots February 15th and 16th 3 pm – 10 pm 15 minutes, 2 performances a day
Mask Changers February 15th and 16th 3 pm – 10 pm 15 minutes, 2 performances a day
Arts & Crafts:
  • Chinese Calligrapher
  • Red Packet Folding
  • Paper Cutting
  • Tangerine Crafts
  • Paper Marbling
  • Lantern Making
  • Face Painters
February 15th and 16th 3 pm – 10 pm Promenade
Food and Beverage (8 authentic vendors) February 15th and 16th 3 pm – 10 pm Promenade
Firework display February 16th 9pm Promenade

The Galleria

Activity Date Time Details
Sugar Painting Demostration February 15th 16th and 17th 3:00pm – 9:00pm In-Mall
Paper Cutting Demonstration February 15th 16th and 17th 3:00pm – 9:00pm In-Mall
Tea Making Demonstration February 15th 16th and 17th 3:00pm – 9:00pm In-Mall
Fan Making Demonstration February 15th 16th and 17th 3:00pm – 9:00pm In-Mall
Children’s Arts & Crafts February 15th 16th and 17th 3:00pm – 9:00pm In-Mall
Lion Dance (Roaming Performance) February 15th 16th and 17th 3:00pm – 9:00pm In-Mall, 10 minutes, 5 Performances per day
Kung-Fu Dance (Roaming Performance) February 15th 16th and 17th 3:00pm – 9:00pm In-Mall,  6 minutes, 2 Performances per day
Chinese Art Exhibition February 13th to 26th Throughout Opening Hours In-Mall