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AI robot Sophia explores Abu Dhabi

Sophia the Robot – the world’s most advanced Artificially Intelligent robot – recently visited Abu Dhabi to explore and discover all the excitement and emotions one can experience on a visit to the UAE capital.

Sophia is officially the first robot to race Yas Marina Circuit, ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and experience the beauty of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

In a new video released by Etihad Airways, Sophia is seen accompanied throughout by UAE influencer Khalid al Ameri, a popular Emirati personality known for creating heartfelt videos about himself and his family on social media.

Delectable diversity

Global ‘foodies’ in Dubai have found a new haven on weekends at the Waterfront Market, which recently launched its latest fresh food attractions featuring the world’s most favourite cuisines from the Asian, Mediterranean and Arab world.

Encouraging creativity

A’Saffa Foods, Oman's largest fully integrated poultry, snacks and allied foods producer, recently organised an Art Competition for children at a park in Qatar.

The participating children had to colour a drawing of their choice, in A’Saffa’s Coloring Book, as part of the Art Competition.

A’Saffa Foods Coloring Book for kids contains drawings of kid-favorite products from the A’Saffa range such as – nuggets, sausages, popcorn, strips, to name a few. Each participant was awarded an A’Saffa goodie bag containing kid favourites from A’Saffa Foods - such as chicken nuggets, franks, burgers and several other popular products at the end of the competition.

Baahubali' start in Abu Dhabi

Top talent from three of the world’s leading film hubs have converged in Abu Dhabi for new Indian action movie ‘Saaho’, proving that the emirate is truly at the centre of the world’s film industry.

Pan India superstar Prabhas, Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor and Hollywood stunt legend Kenny Bates are all part of the cast and crew of ‘Saaho’, which is currently shooting at locations across Abu Dhabi.

‘Saaho’, the seventh major Indian movie to be shot in Abu Dhabi, is a trilingual thriller written and directed by Sujeeth Reddy and produced by UV Creations, whose other hit films include ‘Mirchi’, ‘Run Raja Run’, and ‘Express Raja’.

On the new venture, Baahubali star Prabhas said: "We are all excited to be shooting in Abu Dhabi – friends in the industry have told me that it’s an incredible filming destination boasting awe-inspiring landscapes, and it is certainly living up to that reputation."

Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO of Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi and twofour54, said: "We are no strangers to international productions in Abu Dhabi, however ‘Saaho’ is a milestone for us as it illustrates the incredible reputation our emirate now has on a global scale."

"The UAE sits at the crossroads of the world, geographically and culturally, with two-thirds of the global population within eight hours’ flying time – meaning we are literally at the centre of the global movie industry," stated AlMheiri.

"Add in financial incentives of filming here such as the 30 per cent rebate on production spend, world-class infrastructure, diverse locations, government support, and incredible talent pool, and it is easy to see why three major international productions have filmed here this year already – and it’s only April," he added.

The twofour54 is providing full production services as well as the support of its Government and Travel Services department and the film will benefit from Abu Dhabi Film Commissions 30 per cent rebate.

A number of interns are also working on the project, part of twofour54’s aim to ensure that attracting productions to Abu Dhabi helps to develop the Emirate’s media professionals of the future.

At 50 days, and with more than 250 crew members, ‘Saaho’ will be the second longest Indian movie to be produced in Abu Dhabi after ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ last year.

It will also be one of the most dynamic - the large-scale action scenes are expected to take about 20 days to shoot.-TradeArabia News Service


Family fun on Labour Day

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of Bahrain’s leading employers, marked International Labour Day by celebrating a Family Day event for all employees and their families at the Adhari Park on May 1.

Etihad launches ‘Year of Zayed’ A380 aircraft

Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, chairman of Etihad Aviation Group; Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of the Department of Transport; and Tony Douglas, Group CEO, Etihad Aviation Group inspect the specially-designed Etihad Airways “Year of Zayed” A380 at Etihad Engineering in Abu Dhabi.

Guests travelling on this aircraft will enjoy a host of content and services inspired by the late Sheikh Zayed, including themed in-flight entertainment, kids packs and a photo gallery of his life.