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Al Maryah Island’s Spectacular Chinese New Year Celebration!

Al Maryah Island's Spectacular Chinese New Year Celebration!

Dive into the vibrant celebrations of Chinese New Year on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. Join traditional performances, arts & crafts, and indulge in authentic street food. Don’t miss out on the festivities!

Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi’s vibrant destination, is gearing up to celebrate Chinese New Year in style. This article serves as your ultimate guide to the festivities, highlighting traditional performances, engaging activities, delectable cuisine, and luxurious accommodations. Get ready to immerse yourself in the rich culture and excitement of the Year of the Dragon celebration!

Live Performances: Revel in Traditional Chinese Entertainment

  • Chinese Hand Drummers: Experience traditional Chinese hand drummers’ rhythmic beats and mesmerizing melodies as they captivate audiences with skillful performances.
  • Mask Changers: Be enchanted by the mysterious art of mask changing, a centuries-old tradition that showcases quick transformations and skillful movements, leaving spectators in awe.
  • Lion Dancers: Witness the grace and agility of lion dancers as they perform intricate routines symbolizing luck, prosperity, and warding off evil spirits—a sight not to be missed during Chinese New Year celebrations.
  • Spring Festival Performers: Immerse yourself in the festive spirit with vibrant performances by Spring Festival artists featuring traditional music, dance, and theatrical displays that celebrate the essence of Chinese culture.
Al Maryah Island's Spectacular Chinese New Year Celebration!

Roaming Mascots: Meet and Greet with Fortune and Fun

  • Fortune Mascots: Encounter adorable fortune mascots spreading joy and prosperity as they roam through the South Plaza, interacting with guests and spreading good fortune for the upcoming year.
  • Stilt Walkers: Marvel at the whimsical stilt walkers as they navigate through the crowds, towering above with grace and charm, adding an element of whimsy to the festivities.

Arts & Crafts: Engage in Creative Cultural Activities

  • Chinese Calligraphy: Discover the art of Chinese calligraphy and try creating beautiful characters using brush and ink, guided by skilled calligraphers who share insights into this revered tradition.
  • Traditional Paper Cutting: Delve into the intricate world of traditional paper cutting, where delicate designs come to life under artisans’ expert hands, offering a glimpse into China’s rich artistic heritage.
  • Peking Opera Mask Art: Unleash your creativity with Peking Opera mask art. This symbolic art form allows you to design and decorate masks inspired by characters from traditional Chinese opera.
  • Lantern Making: Embrace the festive spirit by crafting your lantern, adorned with auspicious symbols and vibrant colors, symbolizing hope, prosperity, and good fortune for the year ahead.
  • Face Painting: Transform into a work of art with traditional Chinese face painting, featuring intricate designs and vibrant colors that evoke the spirit of celebration and joy.

Food & Beverage: Savor Authentic Flavors and Culinary Delights

  • Authentic Street Food: Treat your taste buds to a culinary journey with an array of authentic street food, from savory dim sum and crispy Peking duck rolls to steaming hot baos bursting with flavor and aroma.
  • Michelin Guide Restaurants: Indulge in exquisite dining experiences at Michelin Guide-selected restaurants, such as Kopitiam by Chandy’s and the renowned BaoFriend, where innovative culinary creations and impeccable service await.
  • Fine Dining at Rosewood Hotel: Elevate your dining experience at the Rosewood Hotel’s Dai Pai Dong, where each dish is a masterpiece crafted with precision and passion, offering a symphony of flavors that tantalize the senses.
Al Maryah Island's Spectacular Chinese New Year Celebration!

Stay: Experience Luxury Accommodations

  • Four Seasons Hotel: Immerse yourself in 5-star luxury at the Four Seasons Hotel and take advantage of exclusive offers during Chinese New Year, including the ‘Feel the Beat’ promotion, designed to enhance your stay on Al Maryah Island.
Prayer – 3:49PMPrayer – 3:49PMPrayer – 3:49PMPrayer – 3:49PM
4:00pm5PM – OPENING CEREMONY Chinese Drummers & Stunt Lion PerformanceStunt Lion PerformanceChinese Mascots1:00pm
4:30pmChinese MascotsSpring Festival DanceBalloon Artist1:30pmChinese Mascots
5:00pmBalloon ArtistChinese Umbrella Dance2:00pmBalloon Artist
5:30pmRibbon DanceStilt WalkersMask ChangerMask Changer (Photo Op)2:30pmChinese Mascots
Prayer – 6:13PMPrayer – 6:13PMPrayer – 6:13PMPrayer – 6:13PM3:00pmStilt Walkers
6:15pmMask ChangerMask Changer (Photo Op)Ribbon DanceStilt Walkers3:30pmPrayer – 3:49PMPrayer – 3:49PM
6:30pmSpring Festival DanceBalloon ArtistChinese Drummers Balloon Artist4:00pmStunt Lion PerformanceBalloon Artist
7:00pmChinese Umbrella DanceChinese MascotsStunt Lion PerformanceChinese Mascots4:30pmChinese Mascot 
7:30pmStunt Lion PerformanceBalloon ArtistSpring Festival DanceBalloon Artist5:00pmMask ChangerMask Changer (Photo Op)
Prayer – 7:43PMPrayer – 7:43PMPrayer – 7:43PMPrayer – 7:43PM5:30pmBalloon Artist
7:45pmSpring Festival DanceMask Changer (Photo Op)Mask ChangerMask Changer (Photo Op)6:00pmPrayer – 6:13PMPrayer – 6:13PM
8:00pmChinese DrummersStilt WalkersChinese Umbrella DanceStilt Walkers6:30pmChinese Umbrella DanceStilt Walkers
8:30pmChinese Umbrella DanceBalloon ArtistRibbon DanceBalloon Artist7:00pmBalloon Artist
9:00pmMask ChangerChinese Drummers 7:30pmChinese DrummersStilt Walkers & Chinese Mascots
9:30pmRibbon DanceStilt Walkers & Chinese MascotsStilt Walkers & Chinese Mascots8:00pm


Celebrate Chinese New Year in grand style on Al Maryah Island, where traditional performances, engaging activities, delectable cuisine, and luxurious accommodations await. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and festivities of the Year of the Dragon, creating unforgettable memories with family and friends. Join us for a celebration like no other and welcome prosperity and good fortune in the heart of Abu Dhabi.

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