The calendar marks another new year on 25 January, the start of the Year of the Metal Rat 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 2020 marks the Year of the Metal Rat with the last being in 1960. The rat is the first of the zodiac animals with them being seen as a sign of wealth and surplus in Chinese culture.

Here are our favourite places in Qatar to celebrate and welcome the Chinese New Year 2020!


Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

Aramede CNY crowne plaza

Aramede Looking for a place to celebrate the year of the Rat! Our international restaurant Aramede will give you the best Asian buffet in town to make sure the new Chinese year starts the right way.

Price: Starts at QAR175 per person inclusive of soft beverages
When: 6 pm to 11 pm 
Where: Aramede

6641 5504, [email protected]

Sizzle CNY crowne plaza

Sizzle At Liquidity Come and join us to celebrate the year of the Rat at Sizzle Lounge and indulge in our selection of delectable Asian dishes, featuring premium ingredients exclusively curated by our talented chefs.

Price: Starts at QAR150 per person
When: 25 January, 7 pm to 11:30 pm 
Where: Sizzle At Liquidity

4408 7639, [email protected]


Crowne Plaza Doha – West Bay

crowne plaza wb

Celebrate the year of the rat with your near and dear ones at Nidaaya, while you savour our Asian Night bundled with a good load of Chinese options.

Price: QAR195 only with soft beverages
Upgrade at QAR200 only for special beverages
Entertainer, My Book and Urban Point vouchers are accepted
When: 25 January, 7 pm–11 pm
Where: Nidaaya

4019 8876 or WhatsApp 3348 5456


InterContinental Doha The City

The Square InterContinental Doha The City

Celebrate the year of the Rat at The Square with the launch of our Taste of Asia dinner nights! Awaken all your senses with a myriad of bold flavours when you dine on live station specialities such as Chinese Peking duck, Korean Bibimbap, Vietnamese Pho, Indonesian Nasi Goreng, and Japanese Wagyu beef teriyaki and a selection of sushi.

Price: QAR195 inclusive of soft beverages.
Add QAR140 for our special beverage package (including brews, vino, bubbly, spirits, and cocktails)
When: 22 January, 6 pm – 11 pm
Where: The Square

4015 8888, [email protected]


JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

Bring happiness, good health and prosperity to your new year with a visit to Shanghai Club. The restaurant’s Executive Chef Kim Ooi specialises in Cantonese cuisine and he has prepared a lavish four-course menu to welcome the Chinese New Year. Your meal begins with a colourful and contemporary Yusheng of finely sliced Salmon, mixed shredded vegetables and traditional sauces or Pan-friend Chili Crab with a Shrimp Bun. An enchanting Seafood Money Bag Pumpkin Soup follows. Your choice of main dishes includes Roasted Chicken with a Spicy Vinaigrette Sauce, Crispy Tiger Prawns with Golden Garlic, Sautéed Sha Cha Scallops with Broccoli and an Eight Treasure Fried Rice. Complete your celebrations of China’s ‘Year of the Rat’ with a sensational Wolfberry Honey Jelly.

When: 25 & 26 January, 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Shanghai Club | Level 43 | JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

4429 5295


Millennium Plaza Doha

millennium plaza

Millennium Plaza Doha brings in Prosperity CNY Meal Sets that present an array of prosperous dishes prepared with love and warmth. Post a selfie and Use the hashtag #CNYatTOSHI and get a chance to win a complimentary Set Menu for two.

Price: QAR111 buffet and QAR199 couple set menu
When: 27 January–5 February 2020, 7 pm–11 pm
Where: Toshi

4041 6999


Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

CNY-2020 Go Explore radisson

Two special set menus will be offered in celebration of the Chinese New Year.  Join us and find out your fortune in the Year of the Rat!

Prices: QAR199 per person; QR238 per person (The rates are per person however two people must dine together)
When: 24–30 January, 6 pm – 11 pm
Where: Ruby Wu’s

4428 1652 or [email protected]


W Doha Hotel & Residences

Chinese New Year W Doha

Chinese New Year Celebrate the Chinese New Year with special entertainment at Spice Market. Enjoy the dragon dance and drum show during your dining experience.

When: 19–25 January
Where: Spice Market

Chin Chin Brunch – Chinese NYE Edition Join our iconic Chin Chin brunch with a Chinese twist: special dim sum options & live entertainment with Chinese DJ Guzhen Virtuoso.

Price: QAR350 including unlimited soft sips or QAR450 including unlimited speciality sips
When: 24 January, 12 pm–4 pm
Where: Spice Market

4453 5135, 7794 3975


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

Copyright © Marhaba Information Guide. Reproduction of material from Marhaba Information Guide’s book or website without written permission is strictly prohibited. Using Marhaba Information Guide’s material without authorisation constitutes as plagiarism as well as copyright infringement.


Food Files #10: Chinese Cuisine


valentine's day cover