The calendar marks another new year on 12 February, the start of the Year of the Metal Ox according to the Chinese calendar. Similar to the celebrations to mark the start of the year on 1 January, this occasion is marked auspiciously by different traditions to bring in good fortune, wealth and longevity, which are also expressed in different types of food.

The year 2021 marks the Year of the Metal Ox with the last being in 1961. The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal.

Here are our favourite places in Qatar to celebrate and welcome the Chinese New Year 2021!

Mandarin Oriental, Doha

Liang mandarin oriental

Liang is delighted to celebrate the Year of the Metal Ox with an enticing menu. Chinese New Year is known as the holiday of new beginnings, reunion dinners with loved ones and Spring Festival celebrations in China. The Year of the Metal Ox marks this new beginning with the end of the Year of the Metal Rat. 

Executive Chef Lam brings his expertise to elevate Liang as a unique Chinese cuisine experience offering unparalleled authenticity. Menu highlights include classic Dim Sum with specialities like Hong Kong-style Turnip Cake and Steamed Chicken Dumplings. Along with advanced wok cooking techniques from the main courses include Aromatic Braised Seabass, Mongolian Lamb Ribs and Peking Style “Zha Jiang” Noodles each highlight the flavours of the fresh ingredients used. Then there’s the traditional preparation of the exceptional Peking Duck, a roasted whole duck served with steamed Peking-style pancakes – surely a unique treat in the region. 

The Chinese New Year menu is available for a limited time from 11 to 26 February. To book, please call the hotel on +974 4008 8888 or reserve online.

Mandarin oriental spa

The Spa Treat yourself, or your loved ones, to one of the spa’s signature treatments Oriental Qiand receive an exclusive gift of the Elemental Bath & Shower Oil set developed exclusively by Aromatherapy Associates’ with our compliments. Our Oriental heritage is celebrated with this range of signature products developed for the Group by the award-winning UK based company, Aromatherapy Associates in consultation with a team of Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors. The bespoke product range incorporates five bath and shower oils which are based on the mystic properties of balancing the five elements. 

Oriental Qi is a 2-hour hands-on body massage treatment and it begins with a private consultation to determine the individual’s state of wellbeing. The treatment and oils are then tailored to their needs, with guests provided with a wellbeing tip sheet and oil to extend the beneficial effects of the programme at home. To celebrate Chinese New Yearguests can book the Oriental Qi treatment between 12 to 25 February at QAR 1,560 per guest. 

To book, call +974 4008 8888 or email [email protected]

Radisson Blu, Doha



Where: Ruby Wu’s
When: Thursday, 11 February, 6 pm – 11 pm Offer:   
Price: *Food Only
Menu 1: QAR188 per person
Menu 2: QAR238 per person

Reservation number: +974 4428 1555

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

ritz-carlton chinese new year

Welcome the year of the OX. This 2021 the hotel brings you traditional Chinese dishes, B-Lounge style. A special menu for the occasion.

12 to 26 February

Call 5080 4421, [email protected]

W Doha Hotel & Residences

Chinese New Year W Doha

CHINESE NEW YEAR WEEK Cross the line and enjoy our Chinese NY week and brunch edition with special dishes & decorations.

When: 7 – 12 February, Set Menu
Where: Spice Market


When: Friday, 12 February, 12 pm – 4 pm
Where: Spice Market

QAR350  including soft sips
QAR450 including speciality sips

Call 4453 5135, 7794 3975 for reservations or more details.

Important Note: Prices subject to change. Please check with the hotel before you confirm your reservation. Bon appetite! 

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