Dubai's Arabic-speaking robot takes a flight to Riyadh
Published: 08:11 February 9, 2010
Ibn Sina safely made the trip to Riyadh where it was the key exhibit at a conference and exhibition on higher education.
Dubai: Ibn Sina, the Arabic-speaking humanoid robot, recently thrilled passengers as he flew Emirates flight EK817 from Dubai to Riyadh.
A first for Emirates, Ibn Sina, one of the world's most advanced robots, travelled as a First Class passenger on the flight accompanied by Dr Nikolaos Mavridis, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the UAE University College of Information Technology in Al Ain where the machine was developed, along with two of his assistants.
Able to verbally interact with people, Ibn Sina stunned fellow passengers as he was checked in at Emirates' dedicated First Class check-in counter and relaxed in Emirates' First Class lounge prior to boarding his flight.
The transportation of Ibn Sina required countless hours of planning and input from multiple Emirates Group departments to ensure the humanoid was cleared for travel by the Dubai Police, the Dubai International Airport and Emirates' safety team.
Mohammad Mattar, Divisional Senior Vice-President, Airport Operations, said: "The planning and integration of numerous Emirates departments is testament to our commitment to give every passenger, human or not, the best level of care and service possible. Ibn Sina embodies the forward thinking and innovative ethos of Emirates and we were honoured to have him fly with us.
"This was certainly an interesting challenge for the team however through careful planning Ibn Sina was successfully transported to his destination and we look forward to many more trips of the same nature."
Ibn Sina safely made the trip to Riyadh where he was the key exhibit at a conference and exhibition on higher education.
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