Children’s mini-city to open in Mall of Qatar in early 2016

A miniature city where children would be able to “work” as pilots, doctors or firefighters will be one of the key family attractions at Mall of Qatar when it opens its doors slightly later than planned in early 2016, its operators have announced.

The $824 million (QR3 billion) under-construction mall, situated west of Education City on the Dukhan Highway, has signed a deal with Lebanon-based Kidz Holding to bring children’s center KidzMondo to Doha.

The child-friendly $25 million (QR91 million) project will feature more than 70 scaled-down businesses in an 8,000 sq meter, two-story complex designed to resemble a town, including a central plaza, fire station, clock tower, police station and hospital theater.

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Children between the ages of two and 14 years old would be able to act out a variety of everyday jobs as well as some of the roles in space, technology or energy which might exist in the future. Supervised by staff, they can earn a salary in the complex’s dedicated currency, and use it to shop in some of the on-site stores.