Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Kidzania Singapore unveiling the latest partnership : Qatar Airways

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You heard about it, read about it on the some social media feeds, you might have probably took a "preview"of it if you happened to be in the vicinity of Beach Station or passed by Palawan Kidz City in Sentosa. I have read reviews about Kidzania located overseas but I have yet to bring Xav to try out any. Imagine his excitement when I told him that there will be one opening in Singapore.

The long awaited moment is finally getting closer! Kidzania Singapore, the first indoor family edutainment centre in Singapore, is opening it's doors to the public in April !

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. In 2015, Qatar Airways won the following at 2015 Skytrax Awards :
- Airline of the Year
- Best Business Class Airline Seat
- Best Airline
and it was the third time the airline won the accolade of Airline of the year. On 15 February 2016, it announced it's significance partnership with Qatar Airways as it's 33rd industry partner ! 

I read that some were puzzled and disappointed on why wasn't our own national airline in partnership with Kidzania Singapore. I be very upfront here and I do not have the intention to offend anyone. Seriously, I was not a bit of upset nor puzzled as to why is Qatar Airways, in partnership instead.

My thoughts: I do not think that the kids would mind the fact that it is not our national airline. To them, As long as the purpose is fulfilled and met, they get to learn and have fun with the given facility, I don't see why we would need to be so upset over it.

It is the functionality of the facility and  the sight of a real airplane within the premises to make them wow over it. To the kids, it is awesome enough. Furthermore, Kidzania Singapore is the second collaboration Qatar Airways is working with. They are going to announce their third collaboration soon!

His Excellency, Mr Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, and Tunku Dato’ Ahmad Burhanuddin, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels gave their speeches and "pushed" the throttle to unveil the aircraft.

This life-size decommissioned Boeing 737 measures 25 metre long with a full wingspan of 28 metres, welcoming visitors with the head of the aircraft sticking out of the building while the body of the aircraft stretches across the ceiling of the foyer.

Photo Credit : Kidzania Singapore

Boeing 737

Upon entry into the City, visitors will be greeted at the Qatar Airways branded airport terminal , complete with check-in desks and personnel dressed in Qatar Airways uniforms. The facility is also home to the Aviation Academy where kids can immerse themselves in the world of aviation and travel. The moment Vera saw the aircraft, immediately and repeatedly, she told me "mummy, play aircraft" !

Photo credit :Kidzania Singapore

Through the Aviation Academy, not only can kids inch closer to their dreams of becoming pilots and cabin crew, they also gain a greater appreciation for the responsibilities and skills required to be part of the airline’s operating crew. What's more, I'm over the moon when I learnt that parents are highly encouraged to join in the role playing as on-board passengers while the kids get to role play as Qatar Airways cabin crew, providing their five-star inflight hospitality to us.

With the help of Zupervisors,  aspiring pilots at Kidzania Singapore can experience flying two of Qatar Airways' flagship aircraft - the 787 Dreamliner and the A380 superjumbo aircraft - using state-of-the-art flight simulators. The flight simulation facility was also specially designed to demonstrate taking off and landing at Qatar Airways home base and hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha and Singapore Changi Airport.

Among the rest of the Kidzania locations worldwide, Kidzania Singapore will be the ONLY ONE to showcase the full fuselage of an actual plane within its City. This is ultra cool !

I could feel Vera's excitement too when she was ever so ready to take some photos with the mascots of Kidzania, Urbano and Chika.

Designed to suit children aged 4 and above, KidZania Singapore complements school learning experiences through realistic role-play. Kids will have the option to choose among a diverse range of role-playing activities within KidZania Singapore.

Not only Kidzania Singapore is a place for fun learning, it connects people too ! I was elated to chanced upon one of my ex-colleagues who used to be working in the same division as me. It has been a decade and he could still recognised and called out to me.  Certainly, it felt great to be connected back to friends whom I have lost touch with !

Kidzania Singapore is located at :

31 Beach View, Palawan Kidz City
Singapore 098008

Tel: +65 6653 6888

Facebook Page : KidZania Singapore

The clip below shows the process of how the aircraft is being transported to Palawan Kidz City. Mean while, keep your eyes peeled on the actual opening date ! The kids can't wait to board and turn their dreams into reality !

Video credit: Kidzania Singapore

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