Dubai: Friends and family are invited to celebrate together the rituals and traditions of Songkran, the Thai New Year. To mark the occasion Dusit Thani Dubai is hosting a number of events which everyone can get involved in and enjoy.
The hotel’s General Manager, James Wilson, who spent many years living and working in Thailand, noted: “The Thai New Year is an incredibly important occasion in the country’s calen dar. Friends and family come together during this period to offer blessings to their elders as a sign of respect. We wanted to give Dubai the opportunity to experience the very best of what Thai culture and heritage has to offer.”
Songkran falls on April 13th each year and marks the solar New Year, when the sun alters its position in the Zodiac to welcome in the Thai New Year. Festivities take place across Thailand through a blend of solemn rituals and riotous festival. This year Dusit Thani has chosen to celebrate through its performing arts and food, which the hotel is well known for.
During the four day festival at the hotel, guests can experience not only authentic Royal Thai Cuisine and more familiar Thai dishes, but also the arts reflected through our ice carver (international gold medal winner), traditional Thai dancers and fruit and vegetable carvings. A number of traditional Thai dance performances will be taking place throughout the four days, and live ice carving will take place during Brunch on both Friday and Saturday (13th and 14th).
The festivities are not just open to Dubai residents. The hotel is offering a preferential hotel package, Songkran Splash, throughout April which will embrace the full Thai culture and hospitality Dusit Thani Dubai is famous for. Reservations can be made directly through www.dusit.com.
Songkran Brunch (Friday and Saturday)
Brunch takes on a Thai twist as Dusit Thani Dubai’s 24th floor takes guests through a traditional Thai street market. Travellers will witness experts carving fruit and vegetables into items of beauty and wonder, blocks of ice will take on life and as birds emerge and a number of live dance and music performances throughout the afternoon. All this will take place as you sample the finest selection of Thai dishes from across the country, along with traditional deserts. For those less adventurous, items from our infamous international brunch will also be available.
Price: Dhs 185 (soft drinks and chilled juices); Dhs 215 (house wine and beer); Dhs 265 (Sparkling wine and selected house spirits); Dhs 465 (Bubbly)
Times: April 13th and 14th 12:00-16:00
Venue address and phone number: 24th, Dusit Thani Dubai, 133 Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 317 4515
Songkran Theme Night Buffets (Sunday and Monday)
The Californian travels to the South East giving dinners the opportunity to experience all the tantalising flavours of Thailand. The finest dishes from across the world’s most visited country have been selected highlighting the very best in the countries flavours. Whilst sampling these delights you will be entertained by our classically trained dancers and musicians.
Price: AED115 food only, AED125 with soft drinks and chilled juices, AED150 with house wine and house beer.
Times: April 15th and 16th, 19:00 – 22:30
Venue address and phone number: The Californian, Dusit Thani Dubai, 133 Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 317 4515
Songkran Special in Benjarong
Benjarong is celebrating the Thai New Year with a Songkran Special four-course set menu dinner. Sample authentic Royal Thai delicacies such as, Goong Pao Nam Pla Wan (grilled tiger prawn with tamarind sauce), Gaeng Phed Ped Yang (roasted duck in red curry with pineapple, tomato and grapes) and Khao Niew Mamuang (sweet mango with sticky rice) and enhance your Royal Thai dining experience with the Thai classical dance and music performances and Dusit’s Thai hospitality for a memorable occasion.
Price: AED 300 per person
Times: Dinner: 19:00 – 23:30
Expiry date: April 8th-15th
Venue address and phone number: Benjarong, Dusit Thani Dubai, 133 Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 317 4515
Celebrate Thai New Year with Dusit Thani Dubai by availing the special Dusit Songkran Splash offer throughout the month of April. Enjoy an instant 25% off the Dusit Best Rate for the days of your stay, including complimentary daily buffet breakfast for two persons with a 20% discount off of Songkran Brunch or Songkran Theme Night buffet, or if you fancy a longer sleep we will offer complimentary Songkran Brunch for two persons instead.
Terms: Valid only for stay during the month of April 2012. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 10% government fees.
Hotel address and telephone number: Dusit Thani Dubai, 133 Sheikh Zayed Road, PO Box 23335, Dubai. +971 4 317 4212/13,