REEM the Robot in Abu Dhabi

Time Out talks to REEM the robot about the Yas Island Golden Key

REEM the Robot in Abu Dhabi

Hi REEM, can you tell me what you have been doing on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s island of entertainment this summer?
I have been extremely busy shooting my new film on Yas Island, but luckily, in between filming I have also been have lots of fun exploring the island’s incredible attractions like Yas Mall, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World, and Yas Marina. It’s been fun but tiring – I have to be charged up every eight hours! It’s all very exciting for a young robot.

So how old are you REEM?
Well you shouldn’t really ask a lady her age, even if she is a robot, but I suppose my new found fame means it will soon be public knowledge: the engineers at Pal Robotics in Barcelona, Spain built me three years ago. I am the first, full-size humanoid service robot of my kind.

Can you tell me a bit about your debut film?
Sure! REEM the Robot: The quest to find the Golden Keys is an epic adventure inspired by the exciting Golden Key treasure hunt which is happening all across Yas Island this summer. So it’s based on a true story! Me and a team of young helpers hunt for the hidden golden keys, which unlock thousands of dirhams worth of prizes such as hotel stays, tickets to the Yas Island’s theme parks, dinner vouchers, and even international flights!

Flights? Wow! Where from?
Anywhere in the world! Everyone who finds one of the 250 Golden Keys is entered into a grand prize draw. The winner gets two Etihad Airways tickets from anywhere in the world to Abu Dhabi to come and experience all the best things that Yas Island has to offer.

Why did you choose child co-stars?
Well this summer on Yas Island, kids get to stay, play and dine for free at a number of attractions and hotels so it only seemed right that it was kids who helped me on my quest. They helped me unlock a treasure trove of prizes! But I must not give too much away – you will have to go and watch it.

How are you dealing with your new-found fame?
It is a bit embarrassing, but I have not learned to blush yet. I hang out at Yas Mall’s cascade dining area most of the time, but I keep getting recognised. I can’t count how many selfies I have been in! Thankfully I don’t need to worry about my hair. But I will forever be thankful to Yas Island for recognising my talents and technological skills and hosting me on the ultimate island of fun. It’s been my best summer ever!
REEM the Robot: The quest to find the Golden Keys trailer can be seen at www.yasisland.ae and facebook.com/yasisland. Follow the hashtag #GoldenKey #KidsRule and #YasIsland to keep up to date with all Yas Island’s summer activities and events.

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