Rare Ottoman artefacts get debut display
It was a curious incident of the dog in the nighttime that left one pet owner frantically searching for his beloved canine.
Financial worker ZC claims he had Dhs12,000 Pomeranian Mr Tiki stolen when he turned his back to take a phone call outside a hotel in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) on Tuesday night.
The culprits: two finance workers apparently known in the financial district’s bars for their antics.
But after initially contacting police, ZC turned sleuth to rescue Mr Tiki himself.
After an 11-hour search involving “half of the DIFC” the two men were identified.
The American expat also secured CCTV from hotel staff and circulated a ‘wanted’ poster on social media.
ZC told 7DAYS: “We have CCTV images of these guys. They picked him up, were laughing and joking around then looked around over their shoul- ders and walked away with him.”
After tracking down one of their phone numbers, ZC said he demanded the return of Mr Tiki and the dog snatcher met him in DIFC. ZC said: “It was kind of like a hostage handover. The guy was standing way over on the other side by the entrance of his building and kind of pushed the dog along and he ran to me.”
The ‘thief’ then ran off, ZC said. He added: “I had no interest in confronting him, I was just happy to see my little dog.” ZC said he will not “go out of his way to press charges” after initially filing a police report.
He said: “The police took a report – due to the price of the dog it constitutes grand larceny.”
An official at Bur Dubai Police Station confirmed they received a call about a stolen dog on Tuesday.
A member of staff at the DIFC hotel confirmed a resident who lives in the apartment building next door reported having his dog stolen.
“The owner came to us and he told police. But we cannot press charges,” the staff member added.
ZC said he was relieved to have Mr Tiki back, adding: “He’s my little love bug. He helps me calm down after a stressful day at work.” A collection of priceless Islamic artefacts from 16th-17th century Hungary will be shown in the Arab world for the first time at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation. Spectacle and Splendour – Ottoman Masterpieces from the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest – will display exquisite examples of early Ottoman craftsmanship, including embroidered luxury textiles, bejeweled ceremonial weapons and elaborately crafted horse saddles. Running from October 26 to January 19, 2017, the exhibition marks the inaugural collaboration between the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation and the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts, which was established in 1872. See more at sharjahmuseums.ae