Etihad Airways to Host AI Robot Sophia at ATM 2018 in Dubai

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Published April 22nd, 2018 - 09:46 GMT
Sophia will take part in a one-on-one interview with host Damian Watson, Head of Station at Abu Dhabi Media Company.
Sophia will take part in a one-on-one interview with host Damian Watson, Head of Station at Abu Dhabi Media Company.

Etihad Airways will introduce Humanoid Robot Sophia to the UAE as a spokesperson for the future of innovation and technology in aviation at ATM.

Sophia is the AI-powered robot famous for speaking at the UN and interviewing celebrities and world leaders alike. She was named the United Nations Development Programme’s first ever Innovation Champion for Asia and the Pacific, and is also the first robot in the world to have a nationality, after being granted citizenship by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Sophia will take part in a one-on-one interview with host Damian Watson, Head of Station at Abu Dhabi Media Company, to discuss the future of innovation and technology in aviation, as well as talk about her experiences and impressions of the Capital, at the Etihad Theatre on Etihad’s ATM stand at 12 noon on Sunday, 22 April.

As well as Sophia’s appearance, the Etihad Theatre will feature presentations and Question and Answer sessions with Etihad executives and guests including Special Olympics and Manchester City Football Club, covering the areas of guest experience, marketing partnerships, environment and sustainability.

Etihad Airways CEO Peter Baumgartner will take part in a one-on-one CEO interview as part of the main ATM programming on the ATM Global Stage from 1615 – 1715 on Sunday 22 April.

Once again, Etihad’s stand will feature the world’s first and only airline mobile exhibition unit,  providing delegates with a first-hand experience of its award-winning cabin products and inflight service.

Visitors to the stand will also be able to engage with Etihad’s latest innovation in the Skylights – VR Entertainment Trial, as well as learn about and interact with key partnership properties including the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and Manchester City Football Club. 

The Arabian Travel Market 2018 takes place from Sunday 22 through Wednesday 25 April at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Etihad Airways stand will be located at Stand Number ME2310 in Hall Number 2.


Day 1 -  Sunday 22 April: Abu Dhabi to the World

12:00 PM

The Future of Innovation and Technology in Aviation with Sophia (AI Robot)

2:00 PM

Gavin Halliday: Hala Abu Dhabi & Etihad Desert Oasis

 4.15 PM

Peter Baumgartner CEO Discussion – ATM Main Stage

Day 2 -  Monday 23 April: Innovation

11:00 AM

Linda Celestino:  Enhancing the Customer Experience

 2:00 PM

Patrick Pierce: Winning Partnerships

 3:00 PM

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi mascots & athletes

Day 3  - Tuesday 24 April: Sustainability and Loyalty

11:00 AM

Linden Coppell: Biofuel and Sustainability

1:00 PM

Yasser Al Yousuf: Etihad Guest

Background Information

Etihad Airways

As an airline, Etihad has come a long way in a short time – just like its home Abu Dhabi. 

The airline was established by Royal (Emiri) Decree in July 2003 and is wholly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi with a mandate to operate safely, commercially and profitably.

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