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International Youth Day takes off with Qatar Airways

Posted 17 August 2017 · Add Comment

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, 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.

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