Qatar Museums has announced Nakilat as the sponsor of one of the two children’s adventure areas that opened at the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) earlier this year.
The Nakilat Adventure Ship Playground is inspired by celebrated Qatari pearl trader Erahma Bin Jaber and his famous Ghatrousha – a type of dhow or Qatari boat. Indeed, Nakilat’s world-class Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan is named in honour of the famed maritime leader.
Ahmad al-Namla, Qatar Museums CEO: "As global leaders in the maritime sector, it made perfect sense for Qatar Museums to partner with a local enterprise that continues Qatar’s maritime legacy"
Ahmad al-Namla, CEO of Qatar Museums, and Abdullah al-Sulaiti, Nakilat’s CEO, signed the sponsorship agreement that confirmed Nakilat, the global shipping and maritime company, as the Patron Sponsor of the Adventure Ship Playground.
Commenting on the agreement, al-Namla said: “We are excited to welcome Nakilat onboard as the Patron Sponsor of the Adventure Ship Playground. As global leaders in the maritime sector, it made perfect sense for Qatar Museums to partner with a local enterprise that continues Qatar’s maritime legacy. Through the Nakilat Adventure Ship Playground, we have recreated longstanding traditions that have shaped Qatar’s heritage and culture. The playground invites children and families to reconnect with the country’s fascinating roots in an immersive and fun way.”
Abdullah al-Sulaiti, Nakilat’s CEO: "This partnership will allow us to further raise awareness of our services, as well as Qatar’s rich maritime heritage."
For his part, al-Sulaiti said: “We are honoured to come onboard as the Patron Sponsor of the Adventure Ship Playground in our first collaboration with Qatar Museums. This partnership will allow us to further raise awareness of our services, as well as Qatar’s rich maritime heritage. In alignment with our corporate social responsibility framework, we are proud to be associated with this initiative, which aims to educate the wider community about these traditions while celebrating and preserving them for future generations.
“This collaboration contributes to the Qatar National Vision 2030, which espouses sustainable and societal development. As a responsible corporate citizen, Nakilat strategically partners with various national institutions to make a positive impact on the community’s health and education, as well as environmental protection."
Children visiting the playground can learn about sailing, pearling, fishing, trading and other maritime occupations and practices that were once common in Qatar. Through storytelling and songs, cargo and treasures, and an array of other imaginative play opportunities, youngsters can reconnect with - and reimagine - their shared and cherished national history, QM has said in a statement.
The Adventure Ship Playground was unveiled at NMoQ in February alongside The Cave of Wonders, a playground designed to resemble a dahl or cave, with rays of light beaming through openings in the structure’s roof. The ‘Cave’ features glowing rocks, and recreations of nationally important relics, including the Al Jassasiya rock carvings and other archaeological finds.
Together, the playgrounds provide immersive experiences that promote inter-generational play activities, while also encouraging visitors to explore NMoQ’s collection and permanent galleries, as well as Qatar’s wide-ranging natural and cultural offerings.
The NMoQ playgrounds follow the museum’s opening hours. For more information, one can visit https://visit.qm.org.qa and https://www.nmoq.org.qa/the-park