The inauguration of the new 312 Café branch at Jazeera Terminal 5 (T5) marks a significant milestone as the first-of-its-kind establishment in the region.
Dedicated to providing youth with special needs an avenue to showcase their skills and abilities, the café proudly employs over 16 differently abled individuals, reaffirming its commitment to fostering a more inclusive society.
Founded by partners Tareq Abdeen and Georges Khoury, the café is named “312” in honor of December 3, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The concept features both a permanent café location and short-term pop-ups at corporates, universities, or events. Offering a variety of delicious hot and cold beverages along with light refreshments, the café caters to passengers and visitors alike.
Speaking at the launch event, Abdeen expressed his excitement about partnering with Jazeera Terminal 5 for their new branch location. He emphasized the importance of providing special youth with the opportunity to develop their personalities and interact with people from diverse backgrounds.
“At 312 Café we function as a family, giving them a safe and comfortable environment to learn and develop. We feel strongly about giving them an opportunity to grow and become a part of society. Supporting these special youth is both a humanitarian and social responsibility, especially because they are creativity and skills must be utilized,” Abdeen said.
In T5 at Kuwait International Airport, 312 Café now shares space with several well-known local, regional, and international brands, both in F&B and retail. The new branch location, T5, is owned and operated by Jazeera Airways, which flies to 64 destinations and serves over 4 million departing, arriving, and transiting passengers. The airport location allows 312 Café to operate around the clock and gives the youth an opportunity to serve a wider range of customers.
Rohit Ramachandran, Chief Executive Officer of Jazeera Airways, emphasized the significance of their partnership with 312 Café, stating, “This marks our second collaboration with 312 Café, following our initial venture at our head office and now extending to Jazeera Terminal 5. It is an absolute pleasure to be working with such an innovative and socially beneficial concept to offer these special individuals an opportunity to function as normally as possible. They are all talented and skilled, so empowering them to utilize their full potential is a privilege for us at Jazeera Airways, where diversity and inclusion are strong parts of our organizational culture.”