What with the digital navigation aid for the fair site and what looks like a far less cluttered layout than previous years, the Dhaka International Trade Fair 2018 certainly offers a better experience than ever before. We took a stroll down the aisles and picked out the four best stalls for how cool and useful they were. They stand out from a legion of stalls selling essentially similar items.
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'Onnorokom Bigganbaksho' by A M Enterprise features interactive science kit boxes for six age groups. The boxes and the tools corresponds with the science curriculum in school. The box that was, unsurprisingly, most popular with the visiting young students was the one that had magnets. Between these six boxes, there are a total of 157 experiments. Five of the boxes are available in 'English 'medium' versions. The stall has very friendly staff who demonstrate the products and let the children try them out. These science kit boxes are both great gifts and provides something for the young visitors, who often find the fair experience tedious following around adults looking for boring things like jewellery and kitchen utensils.
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation Food Pavilion
The spacious two-floor food pavilion by the Parjatan Corporation hosts 'Cream and Fudge' and 'American Fried Chicken', in addition to its own catering of deshi cuisine. With beautifully decorated sitting areas on both floors, the pavilion is perfect for a nice snack or big meal with family and friends. The sitting arrangement looks particularly enticing because they are laid out with a lot of breathing space and soothing colour combination. If that wasn't enough, the food offered here is very versatile, starting from full course deshi meals and snacks like 'doi-fuchka', 'chotpoti', to fried chickens to premium quality ice cream and freshly ground North End coffee. There is also a whole range of bakery and pastry items available. If the Parjatan Corporation can now make Bangladesh tourist spots as welcoming as this, then their job will have been done.
Pita 3D is a free screening of a 14 minutes clip of Bangabandhu's March 7 speech in 3D. Pita 3D is housed in a small booth with only 9 seats. The 3D projection is not intrusive and adds to the experience. And coupled with good quality sound the historic moment does come to life. It would be a great 14 minutes spent without a doubt. There is a big caveat though. To make the show '5D' the seats move, but not in any correlation to what is transpiring on the screen. The whole sitting platform basically sways from side to side like a boat and will potentially leave many with serious motion sickness.
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With 20 different kinds of juices and smoothies available, Pure Sugarcane certainly offers the most refreshing and healthy drinks option in the entire fair. The neat interior is reassuring and the staffs seem to maintain cleanliness. The drinks are very reasonably priced and you have the option to get them chilled or normal. Although ice cold juices may seem an uninviting choice at this chilly weather, it actually gets quite hot if you are visiting during the day. It's also a great way of re-energizing after lengthy walking around the fair.