Where to celebrate Thai New Year and Songkran festival

Splash around with friends and indulge in street food

The biggest water festival of the year is just around the corner, and Dubai is doing Thailand proud with the amount of festivities the city is offering up.

Get those swimmers on, as Novotel Dubai Al Barsha is celebrating Thailand’s New Year Songkran with free access to the outdoor pool.

They will even be providing water guns to all guests. Choose your weapon of choice, and get spraying, soldier.

Splash around with friends and indulge in a feast of Thai street food delicacies at the hotel’s outdoor pool terrace.

Songkran is Thailand’s New Year festival that will be celebrated on Friday April 13.

Traditionally, people return to their families and pay respect to their elders by spraying a small amount of scented water on their hands.

However, the event has changed to a three day water fight, and we’re pretty thankful for that.

While we may not be able to make it all the way over to Thailand to be doused in water, a hop, skip and a jump over to Al Barsha will do the trick.

Dhs125 (mocktails), Dhs225 (house beverages). Fri Apr 13, 12.30pm-4pm. Deck Se7en, Novotel Dubai Al Barsha (04 304 9000).

Not keen to get your hair wet? You’re in luck, as Dubai is home to some incredible Thai restaurants that will be going all out for the event.

Sukhothai will be celebrating the festival right in the heart of Dubai. Expect traditional hospitality, beautiful performances and a fancy deal. Come dressed in traditional Thai costume with your friends, a group of five will pay for four.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs259 (house beverages). Various time. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel + Conference Centre, Airport Road (04 702 2455).

The Spice Emporium offers a selection of curries and spicy salads that would make any restaurant in Thailand proud. Go along for the classical Thai dance and terrace dining with live outdoor cooking stations, serving up some of your favourite Thai dishes.
Dhs179 (food only). Sat Apr 14, 6pm-10:45pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7373).

Head Chef Aphichat at Pad Thai is bringing the culinary celebrations of Songkran to Dubai with a three-course sharing menu of Thai signature dishes.

The set menu features classic Thai starters such as Chor Muang (purple-flower chicken dumplings with fried onions, peanuts and sweet chilli sauce) along with Chu Chee Goong (crispy prawns, creamy red curry, ripe mangoes and kaffir lime leaves) for mains.
Dhs280 (up to two people sharing). Apr 12-23, various times. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).

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