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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Khazanah: KidZania to be opened by 2012

KHAZANAH Nasional Bhd and its partner, Boustead Holdings Bhd, expect the indoor educational theme park, KidZania Kuala Lumpur, to be opened by 2012.

Khazanah managing director, Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar, said the RM50 million theme park would occupy about 60,000 sq ft at the new building in Mutiara Damansara.

"About 500,000 visitors are expected per annum," he told reporters after the signing of licensing agreement between Rakan Riang Sdn Bhd and KidZania SA de CV today.

Rakan Riang is a joint-venture company between Khazanah and Boustead.

Azman said the theme park was expected to create 400 jobs.

He said the company would announce the entrance fees soon.

Founder/chief executive officer of KidZania SA de CV, Xavier Lopex Ancona, said it cost between US$12 and US$13 to visit KidZania in Jakarta.

KidZania is a family entertainment centre where children play adult roles in a child-sized replica of an actual city with streets, buildings, shops as well as vehicles moving along its streets.

The first KidZania was opened in 1999 in the Santa Fe Shopping Mall of Mexico City. The others are in Japan, Indonesia and Portugal.

By Bernama

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