Festival to feature authentic food, cultural performances, live cooking demonstrations and more 

Dubai: Souk Al Marfa at Deira Islands, the new waterfront souk and marketplace by Nakheel, is partnering up with the Royal Thai Embassy in Abu Dhabi, the Royal Thai Consulate, Thai Trade Center and Tourism Authority of Thailand to host the city’s largest free-to-enter Thai Festival from 16 to 18 December. 

Embark on an authentic Thai experience this weekend at Souk Al Marfa’s waterfront daily from 2 pm to 10 pm and indulge in a plethora of Thai-inspired activities. 

With a jam-packed agenda of activations, the festival is the perfect opportunity for visitors to experience the Thai culture in a completely new way, and savour authentic Thai food and products as well as experience cultural performances, cooking demonstrations and carving workshops.  The festival will also include Muay Thai boxing exhibition matches and an all-encompassing Thai Flea Market featuring an array of products across multiple categories. 

Omar Khoory, Chief Assets Officer at Nakheel, said: “The Thai Festival at Souk Al Marfa is a reflection of our commitment to foster multi-cultural experiences on a large scale.  This festival marks an excellent opportunity to engage with customers as well as introduce the many facets of the Thai culture to residents in the UAE. We look forward to welcome visitors to embark on a raw Thai experience filled with food, entertainment and shopping.”

His Excellency, Mr. Waravuth Pouapinya, Ambassador of Thailand to the U.A.E, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Nakheel to deliver the largest Thai Festival to ever be held in Dubai. Souk Al Marfa is an ideal destination to host events of this scale, testament to its infrastructure, location and multi-cultural nature. We are sure that visitors will find the Thai Festival enjoyable, and we can’t wait to host them”.  

More than 800 shops currently operate at Souk Al Marfa with another 300 set to open in the next month. Souk Al Marfa’s operating hours are 10 am to 10 pm Sunday to Wednesday, 2 pm to 12 midnight on Friday and 10 am to 12 midnight Thursday and Saturday.

About Nakheel:

Dubai-based Nakheel is a world-leading master developer whose innovative, landmark projects form an iconic portfolio of master communities and residential, retail, hospitality and leisure developments that are pivotal to realising Dubai’s vision. Nakheel’s waterfront projects, including the world-famous, award-winning Palm Jumeirah, have added more than 300 kilometres to Dubai’s original, 70km coastline, paving the way for the development of hundreds of seafront homes, resorts, hotels and attractions. 

Nakheel’s master developments span 15,000 hectares, accommodate nearly 300,000 people and provide a growing range of destinations, attractions and facilities for Dubai’s citizens, residents and tourists. They include Palm Jumeirah, The World, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Village, Al Furjan, The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Jebel Ali Village, Dragon City, Nad Al Sheba Villas, Warsan Village, International City and Deira Islands – a new destination for tourism, living and leisure at Dubai’s oldest, most traditional trading hub. 

Nakheel Malls owns and operates a diverse range of world-class retail experiences with a distinct portfolio of iconic lifestyle, shopping, dining and entertainment destinations across Dubai. Palm Jumeirah is home to The Pointe, featuring the world’s largest fountain, The Palm Fountain, as well as Nakheel Mall, Golden Mile Galleria, Club Vista Mare, The Palm Monorail, Palm West Beach, and the recently opened observation deck, The View, at the top of The Palm Tower.  Nakheel Malls’ expanding portfolio also includes distinguished, large-scale shopping centres such as Ibn Battuta Mall, Dragon Mart, Souk Al Marfa and Circle Mall, and retail Pavilions at six Nakheel residential communities. Upcoming projects include Souk Warsan and Al Khail Avenue.

Nakheel Hospitality’s project portfolio includes a diverse range of hotels and resorts, including five star, luxury establishments, family-friendly resorts and stylish, modern hotels: The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm, Premier Inn Ibn Battuta Mall, Avani Ibn Battuta, ibis Styles Dragon Mart, Premier Inn Dragon Mart, Riu Dubai and the Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai.  

Nakheel Home Rental’s portfolio currently comprises more than 16,500 villas and apartments at The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Nad Al Sheba Villas, Palm Jumeirah, Badrah, Veneto and International City. 

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