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Experience the magic of the Land of Smiles with Thai Cultural Week at Thailand Pavillion at Expo2020
Running until March 14, the Thailand Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai presents an uplifting programme of amazing performances, cooking shows, arts and crafts and wellness experiences.
The Thailand Pavilion is inviting families and friends to make the most of the last month of Expo 2020 Dubai and fully immerse themselves in the wonder of Thai art, music, cuisine and traditions. Thai Cultural Week is thrilling guests with an action-packed programme dedicated to the vibrant and exciting world of Thai culture. Running until March 14, it features awe-inspiring live performances that far exceed any others found across the whole of the landmark global gathering, plus enriching daily workshops and fascinating demonstrations.
Based around four immersive elements: Thai Food, Muay Thai, Thai Arts and Crafts and Nuad Thai, the event is launching in spectacular style with a moving opening ceremony on Saturday March 5. Starting with an opening address by H.E. Mr. Chairat Sirivat, Consul-General of Thailand to Dubai, the celebration will feature exclusive programme highlights such as a fashion show dedicated to the ‘Beauty of Thai Jewellery’, a gripping ‘The Spirit of Muay Thai’ fighting show, the pavilion’s iconic ‘Thai Miracle’ performance and many more brilliant and entertaining spectacles.
Throughout the rest of Thai Cultural Week, guests are able to immerse themselves in the unique and mesmerising culture of Thailand by taking part in a series of daily workshops and shows. This includes ‘The Charm of Thai Food’ cooking demonstrations, which cover how to make authentic tasty dishes such as papaya salad, chicken satay, pad Thai, grilled beef spicy salad, chicken stir-fry with basil and many more spicy and aromatic delights.
Meanwhile, the ‘Nuad Thai’ wellness workshop showcases the therapeutic benefits of a traditional Thai massage, and the Thai Arts and Crafts sessions encompass fruit and vegetable carving and other intricate and historical Thai handicrafts.
Finally, the Muay Thai Training Classes encourage guests to roll up their sleeves and throw themselves into the adrenaline-fueled art of Thai fighting. Delivered safely under expert instruction, these physical classes are the perfect way of mentally and physically experiencing the essence of Thailand.
Located in the Mobility District on a plot of more than 3,600 sqm, Thailand is presenting its most impressive pavilion in 150 years at Expo 2020 Dubai. The dynamic space takes visitors through the story of ‘Digital Thailand’, the nation’s technologically driven, economic vision. Filled with colour, impressive decor and charm, the ‘Miracle of Smiles’ pavilion has already charmed and enraptured over 100k people with its cultural exploration of this charming Southeast Asian country.
Visitors are encouraged to seize this last opportunity to witness the wonder of Thailand Pavilion and visit the stunning space before it closes on March 31, 2022. The Thai Cultural Week Grand Opening Ceremony will run from 2pm to 4.30pm on Saturday, March 5, while the full programme of activities is available to enjoy until Monday, March 14.
The design of the Thailand Pavilion integrates the allure of Thai hospitality into every element to impress the audience at first glance, using a Thai flower called the ‘Dok Rak’ (Crown flower) that represents warm greetings from Thai people and ongoing development. The flowers are also a representation of endless mobility from its proliferation and dispersal of pollen. As the inspiration for the design of the Pavilion’s architecture, the ‘Dok Rak’ flowers will be interwoven around the pavilion like floral curtains. Moreover, the gable roof, a distinguishing feature of Thai architecture, is applied to the entrance of the pavilion to express the delicacy and the beautiful Thai greeting, or ‘Wai’. Such remarkable uniqueness will make the Thailand Pavilion memorable during the day and night. The traditional flower garland or the “Puang Malai” was selected as the symbol of the Thailand Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to represent the friendship and welcome that guests have come to expect from Thai people. The flowers will be fine-tuned and digitally arranged into lines to demonstrate the limitless digital connection that links ideas from several sources. Gold is used as a dominant colour to depict the abundance of the Suvarnnabhumi region and our rich history, while four bouquets represent Thailand 4.0. The theme also reflects Thailand’s stepping into the innovation-driven, digital age toward stability, wealth, and sustainability