QATAR AIRWAYS TAKES FLIGHT AT KIDZMONDO DOHA

The edutainment city inaugurates its aviation-inspired establishment

Award-winning airline provides unique learning experience for children aspiring to have a career in the skies

11 May 2017

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways celebrated the opening of KidzMondo, Doha’s interactive edutainment establishment, on Wednesday during a special ceremony held at the kid-sized city at Mall of Qatar. The inspiring partnership offers children an interactive and fun introduction to their preferred roles as pilots and cabin crew, and an understanding of the exciting vocations available to them with the world-class airline.

Under the patronage of His Excellency Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, the opening ceremony was hosted by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker and Mr. Ali Kazma, Chairman of Kidz Holding and Founder of the KidzMondo concept. The special event was also attended by Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ehab Amin; Engr. Badr al Meer, Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport; Mr. Moutaz Al Khayyat, Group Chairman and President Power International Holding; Mr. Ramez Al Khayyat, Group CEO and Vice President of Power International Holding and Mr. Nabil Barakat, General Manager Aura Entertainment Services, alongside distinguished guests and media members, who were taken on a special tour of the city’s unique indoor establishments.

At KidzMondo Doha, Qatar Airways offers an insight into the complete travel experience for children who can take on roles as passengers, as well as airline staff, within the specially-adapted aircraft fueslage model. Children are able to explore the aeroplane, examine its different parts, and experience the daily tasks required of Qatar Airways staff. Children will also be able to play the role of cabin crew, learning about the safety and service standards required of all aviation professionals, and other children will live out the excitement of being a pilot, in a Qatar Airways' cockpit. There is a specially-adapted real Qatar Airways aircraft to set the stage for both passengers and staff on board. Children can also adopt the role of an airport agent, issuing boarding passes to visitors at a replica of Hamad International Airport’s check-in counter. Upon arrival at KidzMondo Doha, the youngsters’ journey begins with check-in, where they enter the city to become part of an amazing experience, becoming official ‘Kidizens’ of the city.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “It is our great pleasure to open these airline-inspired attractions to support and inspire our leaders of the future. We fully support KidzMondo’s Doha unique and innovative techniques to help engage and encourage children’s development, and these new activities are a great introduction to the many rewarding roles available across the aviation and travel industry.”

Qatar Airways aviation academy unveiled by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker and Chairman of Kidz Holding and Founder of the KidzMondo concept Mr. Ali Kazma

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker addresses the media and VIP guests at the Kidzmondo Doha event.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker addresses the media and VIP guests at the Kidzmondo Doha event.

Qatar Airways Aviation Academy at Kidzmondo

Qatar Airways Aviation Academy at Kidzmondo

The Aviation Academy is one of the key attractions offering aspiring pilots the experience of flying two of Qatar Airways’ flagship aircraft – Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A380. Simulators are designed to demonstrate the exhilarating moments of taking off and landing at Qatar Airways’ gateway to the world, Hamad International Airport in Doha.

If children are more interested in becoming one of the iconic Qatar Airways cabin crew, kids can role-play and learn about the safety and comfort of their customers on board. Parents will be able to join in the fun too as they participate as passengers receiving the in-flight hospitality from their young ones.

The indoor theme park offers children aged between two and 14 realistic role-playing activities, which uncover children'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.

Chairman of Kidz Holding and Founder of the KidzMondo concept, Mr. Ali Kazma commented: “It is a pleasure and an honour for KidzMondo to partner with Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines. We value our mutual vision in positioning Qatar on the world’s top tourism map in promoting the country as a destination for exploration, entertainment and culture."

“Qatar Airways aircraft simulation at KidzMondo’s entrance, Qatar’s first edutainment city, will mark the beginning of every kid’s journey at KidzMondo and this will continue to tap into airline’s potential beyond its tourism and hospitality supremacy, in activating its role as a trusted partner in transforming the educational landscape in Qatar." added Kazma.

KidzMondo Doha provides children with a relevant and tangible learning experience, indicating the growing need across the world for unique experiences aimed at children and youth that combine entertainment and education. Before they can ‘live the role’ of their adult counterparts, Kidizens have already experienced the ‘at-first-glance’ inner-workings of an adult's world, like checking-in at the airport. Considering the range of opportunities children can explore, Kidizens can engage in unique activities in a dynamic and safe environment, built as a replica of the real world, powered by its own currency, constitution, economy and functioning infrastructure. This distinctive experience is further augmented with the special curricula that has exclusively been designed to educate children and foster their development in a fun way.

Built on a total indoor area of approximately 8,000 sq m, KidzMondo Doha offers various sponsored activities in the kids’ city in the Mall of Qatar. KidzMondo is actively present in Beirut, Istanbul and Qatar, with further expansion plans across the GCC, MENA, Levant and International regions – including Russia, Australia and Azerbaijan – with the aim of becoming the number one edutainment destination in the world.

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About Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fast growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including Dublin, Nice, Skopje, Sarajevo and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 199 aircraft.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways sponsors world-leading sports teams including FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 199 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

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