x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 18 October 2017

Edutainment centre KidZania coming to Yas Mall in 2018

The new 8,200-square-metre complex will feature an entire city complete with a hospital, fire station and beauty salon so that children can role play their favourite professions in real-life situations.

Children playing as surgeons, one of the structured play options at KidZania. Courtesy KidZania
Children playing as surgeons, one of the structured play options at KidZania. Courtesy KidZania

Life in Abu Dhabi for kids is about to get even more fun when KidZania opens in Yas Mall in 2018. Aldar Properties has joined forces with Emaar Entertainment to bring the popular edutainment centre to the capital.

The new 8,200-square-metre KidZania complex will feature an entire city complete with a hospital, fire station, beauty salon, bank, radio station, supermarket, television station, pizzeria and a theatre so that children can role play their favourite professions in real-life situations.

It will give families another attraction to enjoy alongside Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Water World, before Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi theme park opens in 2018.

“Since the introduction of KidZania® at The Dubai Mall, this dedicated children’s city has become the must-visit leisure and learning destination for young ones. The opportunity to learn real-life professional skills drives their all-round development and delights families,” says Maitha Al Dossari, the chief executive of Emaar Entertainment.

Aldar’s chief asset management officer Jassim Busaibe is just as excited.

“Our partnership with Emaar Entertainment to bring the first KidZania® to the UAE capital, will provide exciting and unique experiences to all members of the family, whether they are residents or tourists.”

KidZania Abu Dhabi joins 20 other locations around the world including Santa Fe, Monterrey, Tokyo, Jakarta, Koshien, Lisbon, Dubai, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Cuicuilco, Santiago, Bangkok, Kuwait City, Mumbai, Cairo, Istanbul, Jeddah, São Paulo, London and Manila. KidZania offers an ultra-realistic experience, providing children a powerful learning experience by blending reality with entertainment.

Children will also learn the value of independence, decision making skills and the importance of a community- skills they will need to succeed as adults.

mhealy@thenational.ae