Thai pavilion among most popular at World Expo

Thailand’s enduring appeal is evident at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), as the Kingdom’s pavilion at the global fair is among the top five attractions in terms of numbers of visitors, organizers of the fair said last week.

“This is an accomplishment for us as there are 192 pavilions,” said Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, Minister of Digital Economy and Society. “The attendance goal for the entire expo is 25 million visitors by the end of March next year. So far there have been 500,000 visitors, and the Thai Pavilion welcomed a good 10 percent of that.”

World Expos have been staged since 1967 in various locations. The previous one was hosted by Milan, Italy in 2015 and the next host will be Osaka, Japan in 2025.

Countries exhibiting at the Expo display and promote a wide range of national aspects from culture to tourism, to fashion, to business and investment. The current Expo is focusing on three themes: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

The Thai Pavilion showcases the theme of “Mobility for the Future.” It highlights Thailand’s growing development in cutting-edge innovation, the bio-circular-green (BCG) economic model, and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the Kingdom’s showcase advanced development zone under the Thailand 4.0 national strategy.

The pavilion contains a 360-degree immersive adventure that takes visitors on an animated drone flight with two mascots named Rak (Love) and Mali (Jasmine). It virtually depicts the future of Thailand’s digital infrastructure, advanced transportation and 5G connectivity.

The future looks bright, while people in the UAE are looking to Thailand today for medical treatment and healthcare. Aqueel Bokisha, a former Bangkok Dusit Medical Services representative, said that Emiratis still prefer to travel to Thailand to see world-class doctors, avoid long waiting lists, and receive quality care.

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