Interactive educational entertainment brand Kidzania, has announced the grand opening of KidZania Doha in Qatar, in the heart of Aspire Park. Doha joins KidZania as the 27th facility around the globe in 21 countries, marking 20 years of KidZania brand success igniting the hearts and minds of more children to ‘Get Ready for a Better World’.
The foundation ceremony of the new KidZania City occurred in the facility on April 30th, with the presence of local government authorities, industry partners, representatives from the different KidZania Franchises around the world, company’s collaborators and media.
During the light-hearted ceremony, that was entirely run by kids featuring the talents of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Thani – Chairman of Sharaka Holdings & Qatar Entertainment (Tasali), Xavier Lopez – KidZania President, Ric Fearnett – KidZania Doha Governor and Dr. Ger Graus OBE – KidZania Global Director of Education spoke about how the KidZania concept brings learning and entertainment together to strategically teach children values through role-playing activities prepared to deliver hands-on experience which could not be easily replicated and absorbed in a traditional classroom.
This concept aligns with the Qatar National Vision 2030 to build a sustainable and harmonised society by preparing the children of tomorrow, enabling the kids in Qatar to fully embrace and learn about real working life, and how the economy works.
As Xavier Lopez mentioned: “With a population of almost 3 million, a remarkable economic development in the past few years and a special focus on developing the education and touristic sectors in this country, we think that Qatar is the perfect territory to join the KidZania Nation.”
KidZania Doha keys were handed to the industry partners who invested in the future of the younger generation through KidZania as their preferred CSR and learning platform. Some of the companies that attended include QNB, Qatar Airways, Ministry of Defense, Qatar Rail, Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Qatar National Library, Al Rayyan Water, Olive Suno Radio, Ghadeer Dairy, Fairy Tale Salon, Millies Cookies, Hot Dog House, Al Mutahajiba, and Jotun Paints.
The next day, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Thani, Ric Fearnett, and Thej Roy, Mayor of KidZania Doha, joined Xavier Lopez Ancona at the ribbon cutting to officially open the doors of KidZania Doha to kids and families of Qatar.
From toddlers to 14-years old, KidZania will deliver an unparalleled experience with 42 establishments with more than 73 role-playing activities that will have the perfect mix of learning and entertainment.
With this new addition, KidZania keeps consolidating its rapid global growth, with 27 facilities currently operating in 21 countries, and ongoing expansions with 10 new facilities in 5 new countries.
KidZania Doha is operated by Qatar Entertainment, Tasali W.L.L a joint venture of Aspire Zone Foundation and Sharaka Holdings, a National Qatari investment.