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Thailand breaks ground for pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Pavilion will focus on contemplative design and construction practices aimed at reducing its environmental impact

The Kingdom of Thailand has started work on its pavilion for the Expo 2020 Dubai, becoming the first South East Asian country to begin construction of its pavilion.

The theme for Thailand’s pavilion is ‘Mobility of the Future’ and will focus on featuring contemplative design and construction practices aimed at reducing its environmental impact. The pavilion has been developed to use minimal amount of power and energy to align itself with the sustainability focus of Expo 2020 Dubai.

The  ground-breaking ceremony took place in the presence of Ms. Ajarin Pattanapanchai, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and the Commissioner General of Section for Thailand Pavilion; Dr Nattapon Nimmanphatcharin, President and CEO of the Digital Economy Promotion Agency; and HE Waravuth Pouapinya, Ambassador of the Royal Thai Embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Pattanapanchai said: “We are proud to participate in the first mega-event to be held in the Middle East, with the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. Thailand welcomes all participants and visitors of Expo 2020 with great warmth and goodwill to achieve global goals.”

“Construction of the Thailand Pavilion will be divided into three phases including shell and core building, interior works and external works.”

“Construction of the pavilion will include an approximate 250,000 man-hours of work, with the pavilion expected to be completed and operational-ready by September 2020,” she added.

A statement from the expo organisers said that specially-designed features and solar orientation will maximise the natural shading of the pavilion. Additionally, it will be built using world-class software that applies value engineering methodologies with sustainable materials.

It added that only recyclable materials will be used for construction which will be locally sourced to reduce the pavilion’s carbon footprint along with the recycled concrete, steel, and aluminium used for structural works.

The Thailand pavilion will be located in Expo 2020 Dubai’s Mobility District, and will have a total area of 3606 sqm.

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