From the rubble of Iraq's war-ravaged city of Mosul arises the sight of androids gliding back and forth in a restaurant to serve their amused clientele.
The futuristic servers are the result of technology developed in part in the northern city, formerly the stronghold of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. Occupied by Daesh between 2014 and 2017, the northern metropolis of Mosul still bears the scars of war.
But at dinnertime, patrons of the restaurant that is packed every night can escape from the city on a voyage through space.
"Welcome", "We wish you a good time in our restaurant", "We would be happy to have your opinion on the quality of the service", chime the automated attendants, red eyes blinking out of their shiny blue and white exteriors.
"On television, you see robots and touch-screen tables in the United Arab Emirates, Spain and Japan," said Rami Chkib Abdelrahman, proud owner of the White Fox which opened in June.
"I'm trying to bring these ideas here to Mosul."