Robots are tak­ing over Fes­ti­val City

7 Days in Dubai - - BUSINESS -

Don’t be sur­prised if you see robots whizzing past you in Dubai Fes­ti­val City mall this Eid. New Zealand based com­pany Ac­tion to Ac­tion chose Dubai to open its first Robotics and In­no­va­tion store this week. Store man­ager Rami Kab­bani says a ro­botic rev­o­lu­tion means the world is ready for a robot re­tail store for gad­gets of all sizes that per­form any task. “We be­lieve that five years from now ev­ery­thing will be ro­botic, and as you know in Dubai al­ways the lat­est tech­nol­ogy comes here first,” Kab­bani, Gen­eral Man­ager at Ac­tion to Ac­tion, said. In its few days of oper­a­tion the store wel­comed cus­tomers from across the GCC, he said. The most pop­u­lar robot so far is a six-legged hexa­pod, called EZ Robot. The store said 18 units had been pur­chased in the first three days by buy­ers, mostly aged be­tween 17 and 24 years. “You build the robot and then you can pro­gramme it to do what­ever you like,” Kab­bani said, adding that his four-year daugh­ter uses it to chase the cat. The EZ Robot Hex­abot (pic­tured be­low front), costs Dhs2,199 and in­cludes a 3D prin­ter that can print any at­tach­ment you’d like to add to the robot, such as a drinks holder. An­other pop­u­lar robot is the Ho­vis Fighter that is pro­grammed to fight other robots.

ROBOTS ON THE RISE: Two of the robots on sale at the Ac­tion to Ac­tion store. Left, other robots, in­clud­ing the EZ Robot Hex­abot (front)

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