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Saturday February 10 will mark Chinese New Year and, in true Dubai style, there will be fireworks to catch on the occasion. This year will be the year of the dragon in China – which is a symbol of success, intelligence, and honor in Chinese culture. For those celebrating the event, also referred to as Lunar New Year, in Dubai, there will be firework displays dotted around the city as the weekend draws to an end.

Chinese New Year fireworks Dubai: There will be shows to see across the city

There are two places in particular putting on massive displays to bring in the year of the dragon.

Chinese New Year fireworks: Dubai Parks and Resorts

Firstly, at RIVERLAND at Dubai Parks and Resorts, fireworks will light up the sky on Saturday February 10 following the park’s daily laser shows. There will also be dragon and lion dances throughout February at the park. Fireworks shows will be held every Saturday at the park throughout the year, but the Saturday show falls on Chinese New Year so expect, well, fireworks. You can enter RIVERLAND for just Dhs15 or for free if you have a valid ticket to MOTIONGATE Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai Theme Park, LEGOLAND Water Park Neon Galaxy, or JUMPX.

The other parks are also putting on special celebrations for Chinese New Year. A show at the Kung Fu Academy at MOTIONGATE will star Po from Kung Fu Panda and feature an obstacle course for the little ones. Dhs15. Sat Feb 10, 9pm. RIVERLAND, Sheikh Zayed Road. riverlanddubai.com

Chinese New Year fireworks: Dubai Festival City Mall

At Dubai Festival City Mall, there will be an extravagant fireworks show on Sunday February 11 at 9pm on the waterfront. People wanting to see the show up close at the mall will need to download the Blue app, register, and show their account on the day. Or, alternatively, admire it from a distance hassle-free. Your call. The fireworks display is part of a wider celebration of the Lunar New Year by the mall as they’re offering shoppers the chance to win Dhs10,000 when people purchase a Dhs300 gift card (with 10 percent cashback) from Friday February 2 until Sunday February 11. Free (with Blue app). Sun Feb 11, 9pm. Dubai Festival City Mall

Chinese New Year aerial display: Burj Al Arab

Artist impression of how the drones above the Burj Al Arab will look. Credit: Supplied An alternative to the traditional Chinese New Year fireworks display will be held at one of Dubai’s most famous landmarks on the evening of Saturday February 10. Between 1,600 and 1,800 drones will illuminate the sky around the Burj Al Arab to create a 300-metre long Chinese dragon. Free. Sat Feb 10, 7.30pm. Burj Al Arab Still locking in plans? Check out all the top deals in Dubai for Chinese New Year.

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