ENOC takes children with special needs on a day out to KidZania®
Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) brought fun into the lives of 60 children with special needs by taking them on a day out to KidZania®, a full-fledged mini city scaled down to the size of children, at The Dubai Mall. The trip was organised to develop the mental and social skills of the children through fun and enjoyable activities.
Al Amal Camp, which comes under the patronage of His Highness Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE and Ruler of Sharjah, and to which ENOC is a sponsor, provides around 100 children with special needs with the opportunity to learn, cultivate their sense of identity and enhance their participation in society.
Saeed Abdullah Khoory, ENOC Group Chief Executive, said that ENOC CSR agenda pays special attention to programmes that develop, encourage and integrate individuals to become better people within their communities: “A key goal of our community development programmes is to foster community spirit and bring people together and Al Amal Camp helps us move closer to that goal. We are proud to take part in this noble initiative and play a social role in the UAE community”.
“Playing is an important part of a child’s development, as it stimulates their creative thinking, strengthens their self esteem, and increases social interaction with other children, which is what we aimed for through this activity. The children enjoyed role playing and each of them took up their dream jobs at KidZania®,” he added.
The children were also given the chance to undertake professional roles as station attendants at the ENOC service station and experience motor vehicle upkeep. The trip ended with the children enjoying a meal at Pronto café.
Founded in 1986, Al Amal Camp is an annual event organised by Sharjah Humanitarian City, which brings children with special needs from across the Middle East, to develop their social skills, increase their self-confidence and help them learn and grow into a contributing part of society. This year’s camp, held from January 30 until February 4, includes art, science, culture and heritage activities as well as sports activities.