Since Mosul was liberated from the Islamic State (IS) four years ago, the city has shown the world its road to recovery by opening a restaurant-café that features robot waitresses.

In 2014, militants from IS closed all restaurants, casinos, entertainment centers, and sports venues in Mosul. Three years later, 3,176 residents from Mosul lost their lives in their path to liberation.

From 2014 to 2017, the people from Mosul, especially women, were deprived of basic human rights that they are enjoying today. IS denied locals access to entertainment and recreational activities. 

Mosul’s old buildings and important religious structures were destroyed, and it has traumatized the city’s population, particularly the youth. In hopes to restore the city’s former glory, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural (UNESCO) has launched a program called “Revive the Spirit of Mosul” in 2020.

UNESCO aims to provide the necessary support to Mosul’s ongoing recovery by empowering the locals to be involved in the process of rebuilding the city through heritage, education, and culture. 

Today, the city is recuperating from the traumatic events of the past few years. To show their resilience, the people from Mosul have portrayed to the international community their capability to adapt to technological advancements, which indicates that they are moving on from the chaotic incidents instigated by IS.

The remarkable bistro in Mosul is called the White Fox resto-café. It is located in the Left Coast neighborhood, which is the most populous part of the city, with sixty percent of Mosul’s inhabitants. It is owned by a dentist named Rami Shakib, who aims to enhance the city and introduce peace and prosperity.

According to Shakib, the robots operate as an electronic waiter outfitted with a full uniform, including a tray, serving customers who order from a tablet attached to their tables as an electronic menu.

These robot waiters were programmed by students belonging to an engineering team from the mechatronics department at the University of Mosul. The students were able to produce the robot’s software that efficiently connects the restaurant’s operation from the tables to its staff. 

Based on Shakib’s interview with Al-Monitor, customers are delighted with the robot servers as they have proven to be quick and efficient with their orders.

Indeed, Mosul’s transformation from being a war-torn city just a few years ago to becoming a city that can now operate a fully autonomous robot restaurant is a feel-good story that brings hope and a feeling of progress to locals.

In fact, the local government of Mosul is prioritizing media and entertainment as the city’s driving force to make their locals feel more confident in living with the current socio-political situation. According to Nashat Mazen, a journalist from a local satellite channel in Nineveh, the media should play a vital role in encouraging the people of Mosul with the regained freedom they fought against the IS. Furthermore, Mazen suggested that the reopening of entertainment venues can significantly help locals get over the daily difficulties caused by the traumatic incidents in the past.

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