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Video: Robodog Joins Museum of the Future’s Growing Robot Community

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Museum of the Future introduces a four-legged robotic canine as the latest member of the museum’s growing family of advanced robots.

The agile robodog, which has 3D vision and moves using 17 joints, will join Ameca, the museum’s AI-powered humanoid, along with Bob the robot barista and the museum’s flying robots, among several others.

The museum’s visitors will be able to interact and play with the new robotic pet. Robodog is an advanced robot that uses machine learning and navigates the terrain with unprecedented mobility for a robot. It will roam the museum lobby greeting and interacting with all those visiting.

Majed Al Mansoori, Deputy Executive Director at the Museum of the Future said, “We are excited to welcome the latest addition to our family of intelligent robots. With Ameca, the robodog, and others, the Museum of the Future enables visitors to meet some of the most cutting-edge and advanced robots and AI systems currently on the market. We welcome visitors to come and meet our interactive robots and learn about the technologies that are shaping our future today and tomorrow.”

The robodog was designed by US tech firm Boston Dynamics. It uses 360° perception to map terrain and avoid obstacles and can balance on uneven surfaces. The robodog’s base platform provides advanced mobility and perception to navigate stairs, gravel, and rough terrain while collecting 2D and 3D information with on board-sensors.

The Museum of the Future is home to a collection of the most advanced technologies and robots in the world which includes but is not limited to Ameca, the AI-powered humanoid robot, Bob, the robot barista, a robotic flying penguin, and a flying jellyfish, among many others. The Museum of the Future is inviting people on social media to name the robodog. Individuals can suggest names via the museum’s social media handles: including Twitter, Instagram handles.

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Play Now, Pay Later with Tabby Card at Dubai Parks and Resorts

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Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest theme park in the Middle East, has signed a multi-year partnership with Tabby, the MENA’s largest shopping and payments app, to launch a new ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ payment option using Tabby Card.

Tabby Card is a digital credit card that enables guests to buy park tickets and annual passes to MOTIONGATE Dubai, BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park and pay the fees in instalments. While purchasing passes at the gate, online or through the call centre, guests can simply select the ‘Tabby’ option to set up their instalment plan, without any interest or financing fee.

Residents of the UAE can enjoy more flexibility and accessibility when using the Tabby Card to purchase the park’s tickets and annual passes. Tabby Card can be added directly to the digital wallet and can split purchases into four interest-free payments without the need for prepaid top-ups or any hidden fees. Set up is easy and completely free, ensuring guests can enjoy the thrilling rides, entertainment and attractions at the ultimate family destination.

Committed to enhancing guest experiences, the ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ service makes it easier and more convenient for thrill seekers to enjoy all that the different theme parks have to offer without having to worry about paying for their purchases upfront.

This partnership aims to enhance the ability for more guests to experience Dubai Parks and Resorts through an exciting season which will see several new announcements in addition to the opening of the world’s first Real Madrid-themed park.

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Dubai Parks and Resorts Transforms into One of the Largest Festive Destinations in Dubai

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Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest theme park in the Middle East, has turned into the ultimate magical destination this season with fireworks, festive workshops, enchanting live shows, and parades, adding to the park’s thrilling rides and rollercoasters. With over 50 different activities across four theme parks, Dubai Parks and Resorts is one of the largest Festive destinations in Dubai this season.

MOTIONGATE Dubai is launching festive theater shows including “Smurfmas” and “King Julien’s Holiday Stomp”, that have been given a festive twist only for the season. Not only will kids and adults get to meet Santa in a special meet and greet, but they will also enjoy the fantastic merry parade with Po, Shrek, King Julien, Drac, Elves, and many more of their favorite characters.

Families and friends can also take a walk through the Festive Market where they can enjoy the best of Mrs. Clause’s baking, as she has prepared a spread out of Santa’s favourite treats including cakes, cookies, pretzels, and gingerbread men. Guests can look forward to unmatched Festive Bricktacular adventures at LEGOLAND Dubai this season.

For the second year in a row, LEGOLAND Dubai has announced the comeback of the daily Christmas Countdown in MINILAND. A huge 4-metre-high Advent Calendar with LEGO gifts worth AED 40,000 are waiting for winners to claim daily all the way till December 25. Families who visit the park on December 17 will also get the chance to join the magical celebration of LEGOLAND Dubai Christmas Choir in FACTORY Street, performing some of everyone’s favourite Christmas carols.

Santa will also be making his way to Riverland Dubai, the perfect destination to experience the holiday spirit amid a European wonderland. A variety of festive performances and entertainment, including magnificent carollers, buskers to an entire merry parade will be transforming the park into the ultimate destination for all things jolly. The park has also been adorned with Festive Street animations and photo opportunities with Santa’s sleigh, worthy of a holiday postcard or a couple of great Instagram pictures. Children can also send their secret wishes to the north pole by dropping letters into Santa’s mailbox. Free for all customers.

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Yas Marina Circuit to Host Four-Day #ABUDHABIGP Festival

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With the four-day Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race festival just around the corner, Yas Marina Circuit is buzzing with activity as the world-famous F1 landmark prepares to welcome 60,000 motorsports fans with 55% visiting internationally, despite the current challenging conditions. Hundreds of team officials along with VIP guests, celebrities, international media, and, of course, the world’s best drivers will all be in attendance.

Making sure everything is ready and set to go ahead of the big race is a huge team of dedicated cleaners, painters, gardeners, and skilled technical experts who will be hard at work across the Circuit’s track, grandstands, and landscaped areas. As one of the world’s iconic motorsports venues, it’s vital that Yas Marina Circuit looks its very best for the tens of thousands of fans packed into the stands and the many millions watching live on TV around the globe. Squads of painters will work around the clock to apply a fresh coat of paint to the newly reconfigured 5.28-km track.

This year Yas Marina Circuit used new robot technology for the first time to mark out and paint special track run-offs to celebrate the UAE’s Year of the 50th. The innovative Robot Plotter was used for a compact and autonomous way to mark lines quickly and accurately, providing a safe and cost-effective technique. Other unique murals, painted by UAE-based artists, will feature across Yas Marina Circuit to celebrate the Golden Jubilee and the future of the region.

Before this year’s four-day racing festival, a small army of cleaners will be given the essential task of clearing away the dust from the Circuit’s impressive Grandstands. Equipped with high-pressure hoses, the team will set about tackling the Circuit’s 228 canopies over a mammoth 6,920 hours of non-stop cleaning work in order to have the venue looking spick and span and ready to welcome spectators.

Away from the track and the Grandstands, Yas Marina Circuit’s 88.4 acres of landscaped areas are also given special attention with teams of gardeners pruning and planting 2.52 acres of seasonal flowers and petunias. The green-fingered gardeners will install more than 1,750 different kinds of foliage along with 886 varieties of Palms and 529 potted plants to bring a splash of natural colour and the wonderful scented aroma of flowers to Yas Marina Circuit.

While the huge cleaning operation is going on ahead of the F1 long weekend’s official start, behind the scenes the huge logistical task of organising this epic motorsport event is already well underway. Teams of motor racing experts and logistics managers direct fleets of transporters carrying everything required for the FIA F2 Championship and the non-championship F4UAE race.

Squads of highly skilled technicians and safety experts will inspect every inch of the Circuit as part of intensive procedures to ensure the safety of the drivers, teams, and the spectators watching the F1® action unfold. With the huge to-do list slowly being completed the job by job, the time arrives for the 10 teams to land in Abu Dhabi. Fresh from the season’s penultimate race in Saudi Arabia, the teams and the hundreds of personnel that travel with them will sweep into the UAE’s capital city in a fleet of planes, ships, and lorries, all loaded with the essentials that keep F1 on the road and racing.

After 21 rounds of racing the 2021 F1 season is guaranteed a thrilling grand finale in Abu Dhabi – and Yas Marina Circuit is guaranteed to be looking great.

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