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That’s ‘happy new year’ in Can­tonese, of course. China is gear­ing up for New Year (also known as the Spring fes­ti­val), which falls on Jan­uary 28. You can cel­e­brate the Year of the Rooster while perched at the fol­low­ing restau­rants (or en­joy the DP Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val, which is the first sport­ing event to take place at the Dubai Wa­ter Canal, on Jan­uary 27 and 28).

Na3na3 at The Ad­dress Dubai Mall has a tea cer­e­mony and a buf­fet of Chi­nese culi­nary sta­ples such dim sum, Pek­ing duck and more. From Dh195 per per­son, on Jan­uary 28, 7pm on­wards. Call 04 888 3444.

Royal China Dubai at DIFC will wel­come guests with a be­spoke golden mock­tail to match the lucky colours of the Year of the Rooster fol­lowed by baked golden bun, roasted and poached chicken with gar­lic, sticky rice dumplings and sweet os­man­thus flower pud­ding, fol­lowed by a gift of tra­di­tional red pack­ets handed out to din­ers. Jan­uary 27 to Fe­bru­ary 2. Call 04 354 5543.

They’re not the only ones giv­ing. Hakkasan restau­rants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are giv­ing for­tune in the form of a Year of the Rooster coin. You’ll be for­tu­nate enough with the Golden Halo dessert: ba­nana and peanut cake with a five-spice in­fused cream, caramel, choco­late and peanut topped with gold leaf. Din­ers can write wishes for the year on rib­bons, to be hung in the eatery (Jan­uary 22-Fe­bru­ary 22).

Gau­cho in Dubai’s DIFC has 12 days of Chi­nese New Year-themed mock­tails un­til Jan­uary 31. Each is in­spired by the 12 Chi­nese zo­diac signs; from Dh38. Call 04 422 7898.

At Burj Al Arab, pan-Asian restau­rant Jun­sui is cel­e­brat­ing from Jan­uary 28 to Fe­bru­ary 2 with a lunch from Dh495 per per­son and a din­ner at Dh550 per per­son. Call 04 301 7600. Lat­i­tude, Jumeirah Beach Ho­tel has an Asian-themed evening on Jan­uary 27 and lunch or din­ner on Jan­uary 28, from Dh275 per per­son. Call 04 432 3232. Zheng He at Souk Mad­i­nat Jumeirah will roll out a three-course menu on Jan­uary 28 with tra­di­tional dances, cal­lig­ra­phy and other ac­tiv­i­ties. Dh350 per per­son, two-guest min­i­mum; call 04 432 3232.

In other parts of Asia, new year is cel­e­brated with a salad that is tossed high, high in the air. Grand Hy­att’s Sin­ga­porean restau­rant Pep­per­crab is serv­ing Yee Sang salad from Jan­uary 26-Fe­bru­ary 4.

The Shangri-La Dubai is do­ing it Can­tonese style with a 10-course set menu at Shang Palace from Jan­uary 27-Fe­bru­ary 3 at Dh388 per per­son; call 04 405 2703. Make sure you’re in the lobby on Jan­uary 28 for the lion dance at 9am.

It’s not all eat­ing, of course. Head to Yas Mall from Jan­uary 25-31 for pa­rades, stage per­for­mances (dragon dance troupes, kung fu ac­ro­bats and Chi­nese fan and rib­bon dances), cal­lig­ra­phy and su­gar paint­ing and Chi­nese lan­guage work­shops for chil­dren.

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