The UAE welcomes new opportunities to celebrate and this time for the Chinese New Year which signifies ‘out with the old in with the new’, and is encapsulated with much superstition. The year of the Monkey is symbolized by two elements; with yang fire sitting on top of metal. The monkey is a strong metal element and hidden inside is yang metal which is a destructive element. The year of the Monkey means that there is more movement in terms of business this year. So it is safe to say that the Year of the Monkey will boost to business as the monkey will climb up to bring in more money.
The UAE has a sizeable Chinese population. It is home to approximately 250,000 Chinese nationals working in different sectors with the majority being in Dubai. The UAE is also an important hub for Chinese products as it has been china’s second largest trading partner. The Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) recorded a 25 per cent year-on-year growth in Chinese tourists with the number reaching 344,328.
Tea Ceremonies, Lion dances and more were hosted in honor of the Chinese New Year across the Emirates. The best way to celebrate the Chinese New Year has to be at the Yas Mall where there was a line-up of performances including the UAE’s first Lion Pole Dance, acrobatics shows, calligraphy, Chinese lantern-making, an authentic Chinese Garden and a Tree of Wealth, plus roaming entertainers and more.
The circus performances and kids entertainment at The Galleria was something to revel in. The Galleria celebrated the Year of the Monkey with spell-binding performances from the world-renowned Cirque Shanghai. Shanghai is an incredible Chinese group which has performed in front of thousands of people. A scintillating display of fireworks breathed life into the occasion causing Al Maryah Island and its promenade to come to life. The kids enjoyed the Chinese-themed arts while painting paper fans and attempting Chinese paper cutting.
The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo , heralding a breath-taking spectacular underwater show with an eastern twist for this Chinese New Year, 2016. For the first time, the visitors will have the opportunity to view the beautiful species of weedy Sea Dragons, native to the waters of southern and eastern Australia. Some of the most ornately camouflaged creatures on the planet; Sea Dragons are closely related to Seahorses and pipefish. An aquatic take on the time-honored classic art form, ‘Dragon Dance’ is a sight for sore eyes.
Similar to the Christmas season, families spend a frantic few days visiting family members and exchange gifts but the most anticipated gifts are the traditional Lai-See packets which are little red packets filled with new money notes. These are given to children, people who work for you. The flower markets explode with color and most families at this time of year visit the temple believing that this year will encompass good luck.