Thailand breaks ground on Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion

Construction starts on Thailand pavilion which will be located in Expo 2020's Mobility District
Thailand breaks ground on Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion
A ceremony has been held on the Thailand Pavilion plot at the Expo 2020 site to officially mark the beginning of work on the pavilion.
By Sam Bridge
Tue 30 Apr 2019 01:57 PM

Thailand has broken ground on its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, becoming the first South East Asian country to begin construction.

A ceremony has been held on the Thailand Pavilion plot at the Expo 2020 site to officially mark the beginning of work on the pavilion.

The Thailand pavilion will be located in Expo 2020’s Mobility District, with a plot size of 3,606 square metres.

The construction and design of the Thailand Pavilion has been carefully planned to use a minimal amount of power and energy, a statement said. 

It added that the exterior and interior of the pavilion are designed to ensure the building uses less energy and stays cool. To help reduce the heat transmitting to the building, the pavilion has been designed with two layers.

The first layer, the pavilion’s delicate woven flower façade, will not only help protect it from the scorching sun, but will also glow with different colours.

The second layer is covered with heat insulation designed to reduce the temperature of the pavilion. It has been designed in an arc shape that will shade the Gathering Plaza area, where most visitors will be.

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

Pattanapanchai said: “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.”

All materials will be locally sourced to help reduce the pavilion’s carbon footprint, with recycled concrete, steel and aluminum used for the structural works.

The Thailand pavilion is expecting to welcome 1.7 million visitors during the six months of Expo 2020 Dubai from October 20, 2020.

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