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Flower design for Thailand's Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion

Innovation will take centre stage at the nature-resembling structure highlighting 'Thailand 4.0'

Thailand Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will be situated within the Mobility district of the expo.
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Thailand Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will be situated within the Mobility district of the expo.

The Thailand Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will have a façade resembling a flower garland and will showcase breakthroughs in connectivity, transport, and mobility.

The Asian country unveiled its design for the “smart” pavilion that showcases its innovation-driven Thailand 4.0 economic model for growth and prosperity.

Thailand wants to highlight business opportunities in the country, popular with backpackers, by promoting its expertise in transport planning, logistics, digital connectivity, and personal mobility.

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Each flower on the building’s façade will be woven together. Visitors will be invited to engrave a message on the flowers that will eventually bloom, creating an elevated garden along the exterior walls during the expo.

The Dok Champa flower is a symbol of hospitality, luck, and respect in Thailand, and garlands are often used as a way to welcome people.

The pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will sit on a 3,606m² plot of land in Mobility, one of three Thematic Districts alongside Opportunity and Sustainability.

READ: Sweden builds treehouses at Expo 2020 Dubai

Index Creative Village, which has managed Thailand’s World Expo projects for more than a decade, will deliver the project.

An arm of Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, Digital Economy Promotion Agency, will be responsible for the Thailand Pavilion during the six-month expo that opens its doors in October 2020.

Thailand said in a statement that it wanted to attract international “investors and business tycoons” to the country by positing itself as a hub for innovation and digital technology.

With just 10 months to go until all major construction work needs to be completed for the expo, Thailand is the latest in a list of countries to have unveiled their plans for Expo 2020 Dubai.

Brazil, the Netherlands, and Sweden made their design plans public in December 2018. The Dutch Pavilion will be able to grow organic mushrooms, Sweden’s building will have dozens of tree houses, while the Brazil Pavilion will resemble a floating cube at night.

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