Fact Check: The King of Bahrain Did NOT Arrive In Dubai With A Robot Bodyguard

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: The King of Bahrain Did NOT Arrive In Dubai With A Robot Bodyguard Robot Greeter

Did the King of Bahrain attend a convention with an eight-foot-tall weaponized robotic bodyguard? No, that's not true: This video shows a performer wearing a partially mechanized robot suit in a promotional appearance as "Titan the Robot" at the UAE defense show IDEX in Abu Dhabi in 2019.

The claim originates from a video in a post published on Facebook on August 25, 2020, (archived here) with following text:

King of Bahrain arrives in Dubai with his Robot bodyguard. Talk about the 4th Industrial Revolution.
It can speak 6 languages. It can rescue him literally carry him from mobs. It can physically fight, chase, shoot. It's armed with an electric teaser, an undisclosed 360 degrees camera system Secondary to a set of infrared cameras, 3 hidden machine guns with enough ammunition to fight 1050 men and a laser guided sniper machine gun. It also carries the medications and water
The guard cost about US $7.4 million

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Sep 1 13:24:40 2020 UTC)

A tweet from the verified account of UAE Forsan (archived here) boasts of the appearance of, "The world's first commercial entertainment robot," eight-foot-tall robot greeter, Titan, at IDEX2019.

The man who appears walking ahead of Titan the Robot in this video clip is not King Hamed bin Issa of Bahrain. The King of Bahrain has always preferred to wear a moustache, the man in the video sports a full beard. There are no reports of King Hamed bin Issa of Bahrain attending IDEX2019.


On the left: Official White House Photo of King Hamed bin Issa of Bahrain by Shealah Craighead, 2017. On the right: unknown man followed by Titan the Robot.

Titan, the self-proclaimed "future of entertainment," belongs to the UK-based Cyberstein company and has performed around the world. A far-ranging variety of the international appearances are featured in videos and articles of Titan's blog.

Titan the Robot does have many interesting features, but not the weapons mentioned in the fanciful caption of the post. He does comedy and other tricks to entertain audiences. Titan's comedy show can be reworked to be performed in languages other than English. Currently the official website (here)(archived here) only mentions a full show available in French although delivering custom messages is part of the promotional robot's duties.

Titan does carry a small amount of water on board, but this is only used for his crying prank (pictured here)(archived here). There is more than one Titan available for hire, but apparently from the company's Booking Enquiry Form, they will not accept bookings from other robots.


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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


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