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From the UAE to Thailand, Check out how this tech company celebrates the spirit of independence day

At Forest Interactive, diversity is our strength. We are a team of over 130 key players and game changers from 23 different countries celebrating different ideas and talents while contributing to a great work culture with a united vision and mission. One of our tradition at Forest Interactive is that we celebrate each of our colleagues’ Independence Day throughout the year and on the 2nd and 5th December last week,  we celebrated two of our colleagues’ independence day – the UAE and Thailand. Let’s get to know them and check out which countries they are from!

Meet Nahlah from the UAE

Nahlah Nahlah during the UAE Independence Day Celebration Image

What’s the pet name that your colleagues call you by at Forest Interactive?

Everyone calls me by my name Nahlah but sometimes I notice the “h” is missed and its ‘Nalla” hehe.

What do you do at Forest Interactive?

I am the Regional Manager for Marketing and Business Development based in Dubai.

How long have you been with this company?

Its been a little over a year now with Forest Interactive.

What does the National Day of UAE mean to you?

The UAE for me is a home away from home. I’m not a local, but I don’t feel like an expat either. This is that one place where your nationality doesn’t matter and makes you feel like you belong to this country and its culture. Every year when I celebrate the UAE National Day, I celebrate and appreciate the tremendous opportunities this country has given me along with its exceptional lifestyle.

Nahlah Celebrating the memorable day with her family Image
Nahlah Celebrating the memorable day with her family

How do the locals celebrate it? Are there any must-do traditions?

For the locals, it stands for the anniversary of the union of all Emirates to be one country. So raising the country flag and preparing the UAE National Food – Machboos are few ways they start the celebration.  The climate at this time of the year is fantastic so a long line up of activities will be taking place across various Emirates at malls, public places with concerts and traditional dances. It’s basically a mix of embracing traditional values in the vibrant modern environment.

What do you think are the best things that resemble your country the most? 

Compassionate people, extraordinary lifestyle & skyscrapers.

Any quote that you would like to share about your country?

2018 was declared as the “Year of Zayed” in the UAE. So I’d like to share a famous quote from Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE  “Every individual has to perform his duty. Man is mortal, but his work is not. Therefore, work is greater than wealth.”

Happy Independence Day, UAE! Image
Happy Independence Day, UAE!

Btw see gaming trends in the UAE!

Also, Meet Siwa from Thailand!

Siwa with his family Image
Siwa with his family

What’s the pet name that your colleagues call you by at Forest Interactive?

My full name is Siwakorn but friends do call me Siwa or SonyR7 as that is my “gaming” name.

What do you do at Forest Interactive?

I am responsible for the Marketing and Business Development in Thailand.

How long have you been with this company?

11 months.

What does the National Day of your country mean to you?

Actually, 5th December every year in Thailand is not only the National Day but it is also the Father’s Day and I am a father so its a celebration of two occasions for me!

How do the locals celebrate it? Are there any must-do traditions?

The Thai people have never been ruled by any other countries, so there is actually no historical precedence for an “independence day” per se. In Thailand, 5th December is celebrated as it was the former ruler, King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday. He was the longest sitting King in the world until his passing at the age of 88 on 13 October 2016. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday on 5th December has long been one of the most prominent dates for Thailand and is celebrated as a national holiday.

Traditionally, the locals would gather on the streets to honor the King on his birthday, often camping out the night before in order to get a good spot and the chance to see the king up close when he made an appearance and gave a speech. Many Thais would wear yellow shirts, yellow being the color considered to represent Monday, the day of the king’s birth in 1927. This is based on an astrological rule influenced by Hindu mythology, which holds that the color is that of the god that protects that day. For this reason, many patriotic Thais have long been seen wearing yellow at the start of each week. As King Bhumibol was seen by many as the symbolic father of Thailand, 05 December has also long been celebrated as father’s day nationwide.

What do you think are the best things that resemble your country the most? 

Our local cuisine! Everyone knows Tom Yum Kung (Sour & Spicy Lemongrass Prawn Soup) but I also recommend Pad thai (stir-fried rice noodle with Chicken or Prawn).

Any quote that you would like to share about your country?

Thailand – a land of smiles

P.s. Check out the gaming trends in Thailand!

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Ana Rahman

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When Ana is not busy writing about the telco industry, you can find her guilty of being a shameless self-proclaimed secret virtuoso that wishes she can time travel and witness the masterpiece creations of all the great historical composers especially Tchaikovsky.

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