Fam­ily in search for miss­ing child

Boy, 7, van­ished on Fri­day evening

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi

The dis­traught par­ents of a young boy who van­ished from out­side his home have ap­pealed to the pub­lic for help in find­ing him.

Seven-year-old Obaida Ibrahim Al Aqrabawi has not been seen since 7.30pm on Fri­day and his par­ents are fran­ti­cally try­ing to lo­cate him.

He was last seen play­ing out­side his fa­ther’s car busi­ness, close to the fam­ily home, in Shar­jah’s In­dus­trial Area 8.

Obaida’s fam­ily, from Jor­dan, posted a pic­ture of him on Face­book and said: “Our child dis­ap­peared in In­dus­trial Area 8 at 7.30pm.

“He was play­ing next his fa­ther’s garage, which is un­der our build­ing. Our child’s name is Obaida and he is seven years old. “We have found no trace of our child, we have con­tacted all hos­pi­tals and po­lice sta­tions.”

A se­nior Shar­jah Po­lice of­fi­cer con­firmed the search is on­go­ing.

Obaida’s fa­ther, Ibrahim Al Aqrabawi, 43, told 7DAYS that he and his wife “drove around for hours” on Fri­day night look­ing for their son.

He said they started pan­ick­ing af­ter re­al­is­ing he was miss­ing.

Al Aqrabawi said: “I went back home on Fri­day night at 9pm as usual. I asked my wife about Obaida and she said he was play­ing in front of the garage.”

They checked out­side their home, to find he was nowhere to be seen and be­gan search­ing the area.

Al Aqrabawi added: “We went to look for him ev­ery­where. We were ex­tremely stressed and anx­ious.

“We looked around the neigh­bour­hood for hours and hours in the car… we checked ev­ery hos­pi­tal in Shar­jah.”

The fa­ther, who has two other chil­dren, said Obaida knows the area well.

Al Aqrabawi said that be­cause of his son’s sense of di­rec­tion and knowl­edge of the area, he does not be­lieve Obaida would have wan­dered off and be­come lost. He said: “Los­ing a child is ev­ery par­ent’s worst night­mare. He has been miss­ing for the past two days. I worry about my child be­ing kid­napped. “When­ever Obaida is sit­ting next to me in the car, he pays at­ten­tion to the way and di­rects me to our house. “I am aware of the fact that he plays in front of the garage and that’s way I used to make sure he knows how to get back home. “My wife is in a state of shock since my son has gone miss­ing. She has wo­ken for the past two days and gone to get Obaida up [for­get­ting he is miss­ing]. “Obaida is in grade two at Ajyal Al Mostaqbal School. He is a very smart kid. I doubt that he lost his way.” Shar­jah Po­lice are work­ing with Dubai Po­lice to search the area. On the 7DAYS Face­book page, many read­ers said their thoughts were with the fam­ily. Anne-Marie Caine said: “I pray to God he is found soon poor thing...just hope he is ok.”

SEARCH: Obaida’s fam­ily are dis­traught

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