Nearly 500 Best Buddies Qatar and Shafallah Center members from the ages of 3 to 18 explored various jobs and expressed their creative, artistic, leadership and communication skills and ambitions by participating in fun activities at the soft–opening of KidZania Doha. Participants engaged in 42 educational and entertaining activities which also introduced them to a number of professions as they participated in role-playing that included jobs of doctors, dentists, police officers, actors, singers, intelligence agents, bankers, businesspersons, fire-fighters, engineers, perfumers, scientists and teachers.
Laalei Abu Alfain, Managing Director of Best Buddies Qatar and CEO of Shafallah Center for Persons with Disabilities, commented, “We express gratitude to KidZania Doha for bringing joy, inspiration and fun to our members with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities through experiencing the adult jobs. KidZania Doha provided all games accessibility to persons with disabilities equally to persons without disabilities to live through various occupations and entertaining activities. This event is an asset into supporting of our mission to enhance life of people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities through social integration and one-to-one long lasting meaningful friendships.”
Laalei Abu Alfain added, “This occasion is a valuable contribution to highlighting the matters of persons with intellectual and developmental and to spread awareness about their abilities to be essential particles in Qatar community. Our ultimate aim is their social integration and empowerment. We are glad to start cooperation with KidZania with today’s success of educational and entertaining experience of social integration.”
Ric Fearnett, KidZania Doha Governor and CEO: “We strive to ensure that children with disabilities become a part of KidZania’s society. Our goal is to help every child find their calling and to be happy. KidZania takes pride in having the city fully accessible together with a well-trained and qualified team.
Collaborating with Best Buddies Qatar and Shafallah Center for Persons with Disabilities is to serving our community in a meaningful manner and develop good values and qualities for the younger generation.”
He added, “Today, we are so excited to open the doors of our city for Best Buddies Qatar members to share the KidZania educational and fun experience and showcase what we have to offer.
We are also very keen to receive their valuable feedback which will, definitely, contribute in achieving our vision aligned with the Qatar National Vision 2030 of the development and empowerment of today’s children and future leaders.”
KidZania is an interactive kids’ city that combines fun and learning through realistic role-play for children 2-14. Kids independently explore a kid-sized city with over 100 exciting careers.
Each ultra-realistic experience is designed to empower kids, giving them the confidence to be their best selves, and inspiration to be great global citizens.
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