20160205_190412(0)Happy Chinese New Year everyone! The year of the Red Fire Monkey is predicted to bring a lot of financial change and creativity as the monkey is all about being innovative and creative.

What I really love about this country is the acceptance, tolerance and celebration of all cultures. Abu Dhabi has put on an exciting program for Chinese New Year this year in all areas of the city. The Galleria Mall on Al Maryah Island displayed a brilliant collection of fireworks which lit up Reem Island this weekend. They are also showcasing Chinese culture by displaying crafts, rituals and performances until 8th February.Β Yas Mall put on an incredible performance by a Chinese troupe attracting hundreds of people to the mall from all nationalities and ages. Many hotels around town are offering deliciousΒ dining options to commemorate the year of the red fire monkey, so be sure to try them out if you are visiting Abu Dhabi in the next few days πŸ™‚

It’s all about unity here in Abu Dhabi, and cultural events like these not only bring people together, but teach us all how to appreciate and accept difference. According to Chinese astrologers, the Year of the Monkey in 2016 is a good year to take risks, break free from routine and embark on new journeys …. sounds like I am on the right path so far πŸ™‚

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