The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E Dr. Bahia Tahzib-Lie, visited Trimoo Parks, on Thursday 7 December 2017.
Her Excellency was given a guided tour of the development of a cutting-edge entertainment park at Doha Festival City.
During her visit, the Dutch Ambassador was delighted to learn about the valued alliance between Trimoo Parks and the Dutch NHTV Breda University for Applied Sciences – one of the leading universities in the world in the field of Leisure & Tourism. NHTV Breda University has seconded a team of its top students specialising in Entertainment Attractions & Theme Parks Management to work in collaboration with Trimoo Parks. This clearly strengthens the partnership, cultural exchange and knowledge sharing between Qatar and the Netherlands.
The students are currently working on a project for JUNIVERSEâ„¢ â€“ The WorldÂ´s 1st City in Space, with a wide range of learning and edutainment attractions that aim to inspire and entertain children. JUNIVERSEâ„¢ is one of the four theme parks being developed by Trimoo at Doha Festival City. Trimoo ParksÂ´ Family Entertainment Complex at DFC also includes VIRTUOCiTYâ„¢ â€“ the region’s gaming capital with a state-of-the-art eSports Arena; SNOW DUNESâ„¢ â€“ Qatar’s first indoor snow park; and the soon to open ANGRY BIRDS WORLDâ„¢ – the first official indoor and outdoor theme park in Qatar.
As part of the visit, Dr. Bahia joined the team of students on a special bike tour along the mallâ€™s newly opened Outdoor Leisure Trail. The 4.5km track is a one-of-a-kind facility, offering residents and fitness enthusiasts the choice of walking, running or biking across the specially designed course.
Speaking at the event Her Excellency said, â€œI am pleased to be here to personally witness the active engagement of a well-known Dutch educational institution in a ground-breaking project in Qatar. It is good to see how NHTV Breda University contributes to the development of leisure and hospitality initiatives here in Qatar. I am proud that a group of talented Dutch students have been given an opportunity to play a hands-on role in Qatar. My visit provided me with an excellent view of the projectâ€™s progress. I look forward to seeing JUNIVERSEâ„¢ go live.â€
Trimoo was founded by: Mr. Talal bin Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Attiyah, Mr. Luay Darwish and Mr. Riad Makdessi. Mr. Darwish and Mr. Riad accompanied Her Excellency the Ambassador along with Mr. Klaus Hoven of NHTV Breda, the team of nine NHTV students, and representatives of the Embassy of Netherlands.
Addressing those gathered, Trimooâ€™s CEO Riad Makdessi said, â€œWe are delighted to welcome Her Excellency Dr. Bahia Tahzib-Lie to Trimoo Parks to show her the next generation of Location Based Entertainment, housed at Qatar’s largest entertainment destination. Trimoo is happy to create an opening for students from NHTV Breda University to engage with us and share the excitement of becoming part of this massive development.â€
Mr. Klaus Hoven of NHTV Breda University confirmed that the Middle East has become a worldwide tourist and leisure hotspot in recent years, with huge investments being made in the sector. â€œAs the largest university in the world in terms of leisure, tourism and hospitality, NHTV naturally wants to be where it happens. Qatar offers opportunities to apply our knowledge, and further develop it, in a very international environment. In addition, the need for talented and well-trained professionals for this specialist field is great. NHTV wants to play a role through training both students and professionals who have a passion for this industry. We are very glad to be here and be part of it all,” he said.
Mr. Hoven further said that NHTV views the relationship with Trimoo as a strategic partnership, as he sees great potential to mix leisure, gaming, media and entertainment of the future here in the Middle East.