DOHA: A Qatar Airways captain helped International Youth Day take off at Doha’s KidzMondo – located in the Mall of Qatar – with the aid of two would-be pilots.
International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. The annual event was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999, when announced that 12 August should be International Youth Day.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is very pleased to support International Youth Day through our partnership with KidzMondo Doha. As an airline, we know how important it is to help inspire and motivate the younger generation to be full and active members of society, to play their part to make the world a better place, and to fulfill their dreams and ambitions.
“Children and young people love flying with Qatar Airways, and many would like to have a career in the airline industry. Through our partnership with KidzMondo Doha we aim to inspire children to be part of the airline’s amazing success story, promote a sense of patriotism and national pride, and connect with them in a fun and engaging way.”
General Manager of KidzMondo Doha, Dr. Eman Baker Abu El Hawa, said: “KidzMondo Doha is pleased to welcome Qatar Airways at our indoor theme park to celebrate International Youth Day. Our one-of-a-kind miniature edutainment city jointly celebrates this special day with our internationally renowned national airline.
“Through our partnership with Qatar Airways, we have been able to provide a well-rounded understanding of how a world-class airline works and the opportunities it can offer Kidizens, by providing them the opportunity to enact their preferred roles, with the help of a specially-adapted aircraft. Our highly interactive, small-scale city is self-sufficient and dynamic. It allows us to witness firsthand how we inspire the passion for fun-learning, which we at KidzMondo Doha are very proud of.”
Qatari Captain Al Yafei Abdulaziz, from the airline’s Airbus A320 fleet, was joined by eight year-old Maryam Mahasneh and eight year-old Bader Albanna. Both were dressed in the same uniforms proudly worn by the airline’s pilots and cabin crew to mark the start of local celebrations for the United Nations-inspired International Youth Day, being held around the world.
Qatar Airways is the Official Airline partner of KidzMondo Qatar. An inspiring partnership between the airline and KidzMondo Doha took off earlier this year when the national carrier joined forces to offer children a dynamic and fun introduction to their preferred roles as pilots, cabin crew or passengers. The aim is to enable them to understand the exciting jobs and careers available to them within the world-class airline, at Qatar’s one-of-a-kind edutainment city.
The KidzMondo Doha indoor ‘edutainment’ theme park offers children aged between two and fourteen realistic role-playing activities which uncover a child’s innate creativity, through fun-learning within the boundaries of the kid-sized city. The entertainment park, complete with its own economy and currency, has been designed to holistically educate children by developing their cognitive, emotional, psychomotor and social abilities through exciting activities of the theme park’s different establishments. The aim is to prepare children in an entertaining way to become well-versed citizens and prepare them for the professional world of adults.
Qatar Airways has received a number of accolades this year, including Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition as the world’s best airline. At the same ceremony, Qatar’s national carrier was also named Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.
All passengers can also enjoy the airline’s award-winning interactive in-flight entertainment system, Oryx One, which offers up to an amazing 4,000 entertainment options.
Celebrating 20 years of flying, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world, with 200 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Qatar Airways is also launching 26 exciting new destinations around the world between now and the end of 2018, including Chiang Mai, Thailand; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Francisco, U.S. and Canberra, Australia, to name a few. News Desk