People watch a performance at the Thai pavilion at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai. Around 5 million people have visited the exhibition since the beginning of October.
The Thailand Pavilion at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai ranks among the top five most visited attractions, attracting over 100,000 attendees to date with an immersive experience that showcases digital mobility, business opportunities and beautiful destinations travel from Thailand.
The 2020 World’s Fair has been rescheduled after being postponed last year due to the pandemic, but organizers have kept the original name for marketing and branding purposes.
The event, which spans 438 hectares and looks like a mirage in the middle of the desert, has three themed areas: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
Around 5 million people have visited the exhibition since the beginning of October.
Located in the Mobility District, the Thai Pavilion features the theme of ‘Mobility for the Future’ with Thailand’s growing development in cutting edge innovation, organic, circular and green business model and Eastern Economic Corridor – a special economic zone under the Thailand 4.0 plan.
The highlight of the pavilion is an immersive 360-degree adventure that takes visitors on an animated drone flight with two mascots – Rak and Mali. He envisions the future of Thailand’s digital infrastructure, advanced transportation, and 5G connectivity.
Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, Minister of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand, who led the press team through the pavilion on Thailand’s National Day (December 5), welcomed the Arab Emirates’ full attention united (UAE) and visitors to the exhibition.
“The attendance target for the entire exhibition is 25 million visitors by the end of March next year. So far there have been 500,000 visitors, and the Thai pavilion in welcomed a good 10%, âhe said.
“This is an accomplishment for us because there are 192 pavilions. It shows the keen interest the UAE and others have in us, in various fields such as medical tourism, investment, trade and especially oil and gas. “
To mark Thailand’s national day, there was a Thai parade from the pavilion to the main stage of the exhibition, where Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade of the United Arab Emirates, held a delivered a speech and hoisted his country’s flag alongside Thailand. flag, hoisted by Mr. Chaiwut.
âAs the UAE hosts the 2020 World Expo in Dubai – which is the first time for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region – we look forward to building on exciting partnerships between our two countries, which maintain solid relations in the fields of trade, tourism. and the medical sector, âAl Zeyoudi said.
âThe UAE is proud to be among Thailand’s top 20 partners in the Middle East and a gateway for Thai products to enter our local and regional markets. “
Thai Trade Center-Dubai, a government agency under the Ministry of Commerce, said bilateral trade between Thailand and the United Arab Emirates in the first 10 months of 2021 was 311 billion baht, an increase of 62% compared to the same period last year.
Thai Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Waravuth Pouapinya told the Bangkok Post Auto parts and air conditioners are Thailand’s main exports to the UAE, but he hopes agriculture and poultry products will soon gain popularity there, as food production is an area Thailand has long championed.
Mr Waravuth said Charoen Pokphand Foods has made significant progress in achieving halal food certification in the UAE.
LIQUID GOLD EXPLORATION
The rich natural resources, especially oil, are one of the many reasons the UAE is attractive to investors.
Thailand’s national oil and gas explorer PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) recently expanded its presence and production in the United Arab Emirates from three to four sites following a 25% stake in an onshore gas field in the United Arab Emirates. emirate of Sharjah.
Montri Rawanchaikul, President and CEO of PTTEP, who attended the Thai National Day, stressed the importance of the strong ties the country has forged with the UAE over the past 45 years.
He said it was good for trade and diplomacy for oil and gas to remain âtransientâ sources of energy.
âPTTEP is here today because of the excellent relations between our two countries. Coupled with the vision, capabilities and technological advancements of the Emirati rulers, their oil production is expected to grow from 3.8 million barrels per day to 5 million barrels by the end of this decade, âsaid Mr. Montri. .
“We see great investment and partnership opportunities in the United Arab Emirates.”
The company is currently investing in three offshore projects in Abu Dhabi through a partnership with the Italian Eni. All are in the exploration phase.
BOOM IN MEDICAL TOURISM
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, around 45,000 visitors out of a total of 130,000 UAE arrivals to Thailand in 2019 did so for medical purposes, with each person spending around 120,000 baht.
The booming medical tourism sector generated a staggering 5.4 billion baht before the pandemic.
Aqueel Bokisha, UAE-Thailand Medical Tourism Lecturer and Former Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Representative, said that despite advanced technology available in over 400 UAE public and private hospitals, majority of Emiratis still prefer to travel to Thailand. for treatment due to rapid accessibility to high-quality care and affordability.
“Emiratis have sufficient income to travel and it is easy to reach Thailand from here. They can be seen by good doctors very quickly. Then they have a good vacation and explore the country,” a- he declared.
âThere is no long medical waiting list in Thailand in private hospitals, which most Emiratis go to. For example, if a patient wants to do an ultrasound in the United Arab Emirates, it would be a waiting period of 10 to 15 days. An MRI takes even longer. “
In July and August, some hospitals in Thailand have more than 100 Arabic translators.
According to Bokisha, these translators are mostly Thai Muslims from the south of the country who studied in the Middle East and acquired effective language skills during their stay abroad.
Thailand’s position as a leading medical hub in Asia was strengthened when the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) revealed news at World Expo 2020. The agency said the country was submitting an offer at the Bureau International des Expositions in France to host an expo medical center in 2028 in Phuket.
Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of TCEB, told the Bangkok Post in Dubai as Thailand faces intense competition from the United States, which is planning to host the medical exhibition in Minneapolis, where the highly regarded Mayo Clinic is located.