We’re always up for a party, especially one that goes on for weeks! With the year of the goat kicking off on February 19, we’ll start the celebrations with a Chinese tea ceremony in Alba at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi (02 818 8282), where we’ll learn to brew our own Oolong black dragon tea traditional Gong Fu-style (Dh150 for two).
Then we’ll be dressing up Chinese-style, in a brand new dress in the lucky colour red, like this one from Finders Keepers (Dh750, Sivvi.com), to ward off bad fortune and symbolise new beginnings.
We’ll want to show off our new frock somewhere nice, and it will be tough to choose between Trader Vic’s tiki-Chinese fusion menu (February 15-21, 04 366 5646) with its Peking lamb chops, Sizzling Wok’s traditional buffet (February 19-20, Dh79, 050 859 2082) with its crispy duck, or the nine-course banquet at Hakkasan with its Kumquat wishing-tree dessert, based on the Hong Kong tradition of hanging written wishes for the new year on tree branches (February 8-March 1, Dh450 per person at Hakkasan Dubai; Dh388 per person at Hakkasan Abu Dhabi. 04 384 8484, 02 690 7999).
It wouldn’t be Chinese New Year without entertainment, so we’ll be heading to Jumeirah Beach Hotel to catch the shows on offer, which include a Kung Fu Master performance and Dragon Dance (February 18, 04 406 8999).
We’ll then finish off our evening at the One Night in Shanghai event at Yuan in Atlantis, The Palm, where we’ll be treated to a range of craft drinks and live jazz in a 1930s’ Shanghai-style hang-out (Thursdays, 04 426 2626).