Alan and Yousef make it to the Welcome Center at KAEC. It's a million degrees outside.
Alan is greeted by two men, Sayed and Mujaddid, who give him a tour of the center, complete with a mock-up of the completed city.
And Alan loves it. He loves the exciting vision of a shiny city rising out of the desert.
He recalls another bout of optimism in his professional life. He'd worked to open a Schwinn manufacturing plant in Hungary—which failed spectacularly. Hmm…maybe optimism doesn't always work out for our man Alan?
Yousef doesn't seem to be buying any of Mujaddid's propaganda (a marketing film and the model), but Alan is totally into it.
It's clear that Sayed and Mujaddid have his number. They've done enough research to know a little something about Alan and what will appeal to him.
Alan recalls participating in case studies for business students in which they asked him about his astounding lack of professional foresight.
He often asks himself the same questions, wondering how he could have been so gullible as to allow Chinese suppliers to become competitors.
The memories of golden days in manufacturing are actually painful to Alan. He's watched manufacturing leave the U.S. and had to acknowledge his role in that.
Now Sayed is asking him if he would have done things differently. Duh.
At the end of the presentation and tour, Mujaddid takes Alan and Youssef by car to a huge tent pitched outside the Welcome Center.
It's where Alan and his crew will prepare their tech presentation for the King. In a tent. In the desert. With patchy wi-fi.