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Airline celebrates Nigerian kids on Children’s Day


Children cutting cake at the event

As part of activities to commemorate this year’s international Children’s Day, Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airline, has demonstrated its priority attention to Nigerian children by hosting a dedicated Children’s Day event, which also featured the exclusive screening of a blockbuster movie, Aladdin.
Held at the Maryland Mall, Maryland, Lagos, the children were treated to a full day of entertainment and inspiration at the spectacular Children’s Day event.

The package include movie screening, special cake cutting, positive interactions, display of a model aircraft, visualisation of the Emirates flying experience and one-on-one with the Emirates Regional Manager West Africa, Afzal Parambil.

Some of the children, who dressed in specially made Emirates pilot and cabin crew uniforms, expressed their aspirations to not only pursue aviation careers, but to also fly actual Emirates planes someday. The children felt encouraged to dream and work towards those dreams.
Speaking at the event, the airlines Regional Manager West Africa, Afzal Parambil, said, “We can think of no better way to celebrate the special young travellers in our lives than by bringing the joy of movies to life. Whether they are flying with family or alone, we ensure that children always have an unforgettable experience on Emirates. We always want to make the journey as enjoyable as the destination.”
Afzal pointed out that, “We recognise young travellers as one of our most important customers. We know how challenging it can be for parents to keep their children occupied and happy on flights. We have ensured that every aspect of the travel experience is catered for, from toys and kids’ entertainment to special meals on board, and even family check-in areas. We are committed to ensuring a smooth travel experience for families,”

The Emirates award-winning ice offers a wide variety of children’s programming including the very best movies and television from Disney, Cartoon Network, CBeebies and Nickelodeon channels plus much more. For young music fans, Emirates offers a great selection with hundreds of channels of music available. Young travellers on Emirates also receive specially designed colorful headphones for a better fit and improved sound quality.

To fuel a sense of wonder and imagination, Emirates has developed its own set of toys for children, which includes, Fly With Me Cuddle Buddy, a soft comfort blanket for infants, Fly With Me Animal Tin Cases with magnets and activity sheets for toddlers, and Fly With Me Lonely Planet Kids case for older children featuring a fold-out board game, spinner, ID holder, lanyard, gadget stand and pen.
Other attractions for children and infants on Emirates include priority boarding, special fares for those aged two to eleven years of age, and 10kg free baggage allowance for infants not occupying a seat.
“Emirates celebrates children beyond Children’s Day. On every Emirates flight, we clearly demonstrate the importance of children,” Parambil concluded. 

Children’s Day is an event celebrated in many places around the world. The holiday is simply set to honour children and minors. It has its origin in Turkey in 1920 (April 23, 1920) and later in the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925. However, it was first celebrated worldwide in October 1955, under the sponsorship of International Union for Child Welfare in Geneva.

The idea of a Universal Children’s Day was mooted by Rubab Mansoor grade 8 and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954. First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children.

It was also chosen as the day to celebrate childhood. Generally, children get all excited and eagerly await the day. All the local schools go to their local stadium where each school has a special march, which they perform. The school with the best marching performance wins the honour for that year.

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