Twenty children from the Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs and the Qatar Orphans Foundation Dhreima recently spent a day at Kidzania, Kuwait, sponsored by Qatar Airways.

Kidzania is a child-sized replica city featuring miniature buildings, transport and shops, which provides them the opportunity to practice working as an adult and earning money.

Salam Al Shawa, Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications, said:

Corporate social responsibility is a key priority for Qatar Airways. We are committed to supporting local community initiatives across the communities that we serve and strengthening relations between non-government organisations.’

‘Qatar Airways was delighted to support Doha’s children’s charities to recognise the outstanding students of both Shafallah and Dhreima with this trip. Their two days spent in Kuwait City were full of fun activities and included an afternoon at Kidzania, where they were able to explore the inside of an aircraft and play the role of pilots to a Qatar Airways’ plane. We will continue to support such initiatives that play an important role in strengthening human and organisational relations in the country.’

The children were invited to attend two days of fun festivities in Kuwait City, in collaboration with the Residence Inn by Marriott hotel, where they enjoyed an exclusive event on the afternoon of Wednesday 19 August, followed by a special dinner complete with FC Barcelona and Qatar Airways gifts.

Kidzania Kuwait, which opened in 2013, was built on the concept of ‘edutainment’, providing education and entertainment that embraces the educational potential in having fun. Qatar Airways sponsors the aviation activities provided by Kidzania Kuwait, where children can explore the inside of an aircraft, learn about the cockpit and control panels as pilots, and safety procedures and hospitality services as cabin crew.

The non-profit organisation, Shafallah Center was an initiative by HH Shaikha Moza bint Nasser to provide comprehensive services to children with limited capabilities from birth to adulthood. The first facility of its kind in the world offers state-of-the-art technologies including an on-site genetic research center, cutting-edge therapies and first class faculty and counsellors.

Dhreima, Qatar Orphan Foundation was founded in 2003 as an independent organisation dedicated to provide integrated Islamic system of care and shelter to orphans in the state of Qatar, where it offers residential and non-residential services. The foundation also helps families to find solution to domestic crisis, as well as follow ups on social, psychological, legal, educational and health conditions of foster kids.

As one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, Qatar Airways has experienced rapid growth in just 18 years of operation. Today it flies a modern fleet of 164 aircraft to 151 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.