Rare Ot­toman arte­facts get de­but dis­play

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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

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